Top 5 Things to Do in Oliver

Commonly known as “The Wine Capital of Canada”, Oliver offers a mix of activities that showcase its agricultural roots and world-famous vineyards. Whether you’re immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes that surround the area or embarking on a wine-tasting journey to some of the most well-known wineries in the country, this quaint South Okanagan town offers something for everyone to enjoy.

District Wine Village

District Wine Village is a place like no other, where a vibrant community of 12 wineries, a brewery, and a distillery awaits your exploration. Gather your friends and family for a day of wine tasting, craft beer, and handcrafted cocktails. The on-site restaurant is open daily, offering a tasty menu complemented by wines and beers sourced from the Village itself. Discover the local wineries on display, learn their story, and enjoy the taste of the Okanagan in each glass. Whether you’re a wine seasoned wine connoisseur or just looking to immerse yourself in the rich wine culture of the South Okanagan, this is most definitely the place to be.  

Rotary Beach

Sitting on the southern shores of Tuc-El-Nuit Lake, Rotary Beach in Oliver is a beloved summer haven. With its inviting sandy shoreline and a host of amenities, this is the go-to beach in Oliver. Just a quick five-minute drive from downtown, the beach boasts a picturesque setting and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards, making it an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. Amenities here include washrooms, a grassy picnic area, a playground, and easy parking access. There’s no better place to spend a hot summer day than at the lake!

McIntyre Bluff Hike

Like every other Okanagan town, Oliver has a signature hike that leads to stunning views of the valley. McIntyre Bluff is basically the backdrop of Oliver, one that stands 300 meters above Vaseux Lake and provides a perfect vantage point of the South Okanagan. With ~375 meters of elevation gain, the hike is rated as moderately challenging. The bluff is accessible at any time of year, but keep in mind that during peak summer months, the lack of shade is a factor. Always be prepared with food, water, and the proper footwear, and enjoy your day one of the Okanagan’s most iconic hikes!

Fairview Mountain Golf Course

Other than the fine wine, what else is the Okanagan known for? Golf of course. Fairview Mountain offers an exceptional experience with views that wind through valleys and vineyards in the distance. Smooth greens, well-maintained fairways, and challenging holes make this a must-visit during your time in Oliver. Since 1925, Fairview Mountain has been a standout in the Southern Okanagan, earning recognition as one of Canada’s best public courses by SCOREGolf.

Baldy Mountain Resort

Baldy Mountain Resort is a year-round paradise for adventure seekers. It’s the third-highest ski area in British Columbia, making it a hotspot for skiers and snowboarders of all levels with well-groomed slopes and snowshoe trails. Located at the meeting point of the Nk’Mip Desert and West Kootenays rainforest, it’s a favourite spot for mountain enthusiasts, summed up by the slogan “Local, Unlimited, Freedom.” Whether you prefer easy or challenging trails, cozy lodges, or summer activities like hiking and biking, Baldy Mountain offers something for everyone who loves the outdoors.