You are invited to discover the beautiful communities in our region. Unique, visually stunning landscapes, friendly people, world class wine, gourmet foods, brilliant artists and fun activities all await you!
We hope you love what you see and experience on the BeadTrails and have fun collecting beads and stories as you go.
Here are the wonderful communities to explore & enjoy.
Take your time exploring downtown Summerland, where people are friendly and you’ll find a diverse selection of unique shops, galleries, restaurants and a fabulous museum. Visitors come to Summerland to buy fruit from local farms, taste the vintages of Bottle Neck Drive wineries, ride the Kettle Valley Steam Railway and see the work of accomplished local artists in galleries and studios.
The Trans Canada Trail passes above Naramata’s rugged highland terrain, secluded beaches and, forested trails. It’s the perfect backdrop for visiting the amazing wineries and vineyards of the Naramata Bench. Shop for fresh produce at farms and markets, or tour art studios to browse the works of talented local artists.
Situated between Okanagan and Skaha Lakes, Penticton allows you to experience an abundance of urban attractions or swim, fish, kayak, wakeboard, water ski, jet ski, windsurf or kitesurf . With beautiful sun-kissed beaches, delicious local menus to tempt you and Okanagan wine to sample, Penticton is not to be missed. And you never know, you may even see the famous Ogopogo!
A charming little town named after small, twin waterfalls that were once part of a scenic natural landscape, Ok Falls, also known as The Heart of Wine Country, offers many opportunities to taste Okanagan wine. Explore your adventurous side by hiking miles of trails, going horseback riding or even boating on Skaha Lake. The choice is yours.
Known as the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver is rich with orchards, vineyards and natural attractions that draw people for bird watching, water activities, hiking, mountain biking and golf. But the main attractions are the award-winning reds, whites, fruit wines and ice wines of the burgeoning Okanagan wine industry.
Osoyoos, BC is a valley of stunning beauty and is Canada’s only true desert. With the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and hottest climate, Osoyoos is perfect for growing and producing delicious fresh fruit, vegetables and award-winning Okanagan wine.
The community of West Kelowna includes a very diverse landscape, forests, local businesses and residential properties, nestled between rustic mountains and Okanagan Lake. Discover wineries, artisans, First Nations’ heritage, unique restaurants and much more.
Kelowna downtown offers boutique-shopping, museums, nightlife and the spectacular park-lined lakefront. Just a short distance away, discover Pandosy Village, a charming and upscale lakeside enclave. If you love the beach you are in luck because even main street ends at a beach! Lake Country includes charming communities and a rich culture. If you are heading up to Big White stop off at the Globe Cafe to pick up their signature bead!
Peachland’s resort-style community offers family fun, side-walk cafes and unique shopping experiences. The perfect base for water sports and hiking. Peachland also offers you the opportunity to view the stunning scenery from a different angle as you soar through pristine woods and rolling hills on one of the highest zip lines in Canada!
Tucked away in grassland hills and surrounded by three lakes, downtown Vernon boasts one of the largest outdoor public art displays in Canada. Twenty-seven colourful murals depict the history, culture and stunning scenery of this year-round get-away. Whether you want to taste artisan foods, learn about honey bees, visit a farm or explore galleries and museums there’s the perfect spot waiting for you in Vernon.
Overlooking the fertile Spallumcheen Valley, Armstrong has an authentic old west vibe, complete with heritage buildings and an annual stampede. Browse the specialty shops and sample local cheese and honey. Renowned for its scenic driving routes, just a short drive in any direction will reveal green alfalfa, golden wheat and towering evergreens.
Keremeos is proud to call itself an ‘orchard village.’ Sitting at the edge of Canada’s Sonoran desert in the Similkameen Valley, Keremeos is also the western gateway to the regions vineyards and wineries. The lush orchards are set against a backdrop of steep, rocky, mountains and share the landscape with cattle farmlands. The region is also a haven for hundreds of plant and animal species that are unique to the area. Keremeos is also home to one of the few remaining working Grist Mills in North America.
Born in the place where two rivers meet, Kamloops is as diverse as its dramatic landscapes. Stroll tree-lined Victoria St. in the lively downtown area, explore wineries, galleries and heritage sites including aboriginal experiences at the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park. Follow the park's winding trails to discover the archaeological remains of a 2,000 year old Shuswap winter village site, and interact with the reconstructed pit-houses and summer village.
Put your senses in overdrive at one of BC’s largest winter ski resorts and summer biking parks. The classic champagne powder is a must-ski draw, as are the family activities such as tubing, skating and horse-drawn sleigh rides. The colourful swirl of the Victorian-inspired village set against the mountains is a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable experience.