Welcome to Lake Country
With a name like this, it’s easy to imagine the beauty that surrounds this place. Nestled in between Kelowna and Vernon, Lake Country is home to three lakes – Okanagan Lake, Kalamalka Lake, and Wood Lake. As a true Okanagan town, there is always something fun to do for every member of the family.
With a modest population of almost 17,000 people, Lake Country is made up of 4 distinct communities: Okanagan Center, Oyama, Winfield, and Carr’s Landing. The Kelowna International Airport is within a 10-minute drive, making it an accessible vacation destination. By vehicle, it is 4 hours east of Vancouver and 7 hours west of Calgary.
Outdoor activities are in abundance here – hiking, biking, fishing, and boating are the most common of them. Mild winters and hot summers make it the ideal location to enjoy with family and friends. With a variety of places to stay, things to do, and delicious food & drink options, Lake Country is a must-visit when in the Okanagan.
We’ve outlined the best of Lake Country below to ensure you can have the best visit possible. Fair warning – once you experience it, you may never want to leave!
Things to Do
Three world-class lakes within a 10-minute drive, endless hiking trails, restaurants, family fun, and more. Lake Country offers a wide selection of activities that cater to all interests. No matter the time of year, there’s always something fun to explore.
Easy lake access, seemingly unlimited hiking trails, and endless views are key reasons why Lake Country is meant for outdoor play. The most common hike is Spion Kop – a moderate climb that leads you to an incredible southern-facing view of the valley. Rent a bike and pedal the famous Okanagan Rail Trail that stretches from Kelowna to Vernon, or get the adrenaline going at the Oyama Zipline & Adventure Park. No matter what time of year, you’ll always have something fun to do here!
The Lake Country Scenic Sip Trail is a must-do. With unparalleled views, authentic stories, and 8 world-class wineries along the way, you’ll get a full understanding and appreciation of BC’s wine culture. Within many of these wineries are world-class restaurants, each offering unique dishes that pair perfectly with the wine they proudly produce.
Three lakes nearby means you have a variety of options when it comes to beaches. Pebble Beach, as the name suggests, is a quiet and rocky beach that sits on the shores of Okanagan Lake. Beasley Park is an ideal beach for the whole family – a well-maintained, sandy beach, a playground for the kids, and located on the shores of the beautiful Wood Lake. Lake Country’s beaches are perfect for those looking to avoid the craziness of the popular Kelowna and Vernon beaches.
Lake Country has an assortment of family and kid-friendly activities to choose from. Head to the Kangaroo Creek Farm to interact with and learn about various exotic animals. On those hot summer days, take the kiddos to Threthway Splash Park where they can burn off some energy, or when the weather isn’t so good, explore the Lake Country Museum and learn about the history of this beautiful area.
Perhaps the main reason for visiting Lake Country is to enjoy various activities on the three lakes. Beach House Boat Rentals, Lake Country Water Sports, and Turtle Bay Marina all offer watersport rentals of many kinds. Whether you’re on a high-end wakesurf boat or a simple kayak, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy your time on the water.
Sitting in between Kelowna and Vernon gives you even more options for a round of golf. Kelowna offers plenty of course options for all skill levels, and Vernon features the famous Predator Ridge Resort – one of the nicest courses in North America. For avid golfers, this part of the Okanagan is filled with fun for you.
Arts & Culture
Each September for two special days, the Lake Country ArtWalk is held. Over 200 Okanagan artists, 7000 visitors, and an incredible atmosphere where people come together to celebrate the beauty of art in all forms. During other times of the year, you can check out the various exhibits at the Lake Country Art Gallery or live performances at Creekside Theatre.
Shopping & Markets
Local markets with fresh produce, one-of-a-kind shops that carry handmade goods, and shopping centers with all the necessities. Lake Country has no shortage of great shopping. The most well-known local shopping is the Lake Country Farmers Market. Each Friday afternoon from June to September, local vendors are out and about to sell produce, farm products, and artisanal goods.
Health & Wellness
For a smaller town compared to its neighbouring cities, Lake Country has an abundance of wellness centers and day spas for you to enjoy. After those long days spent exploring the beautiful outdoors, sometimes all you crave is some TLC. Whether it’s a relaxing couples massage or a manicure & pedicure, you’ve got plenty of options to pamper yourself here.
There are various events in every season here. Live! In Lake Country gives free access to live music in Swalwell Park every Friday in July and August. The Lake Country ArtWalk brings artists together to celebrate the beauty of art in every form, and a variety of other events that celebrate community, music, and the beauty of this region.
The Okanagan’s winters are very mild in comparison to many other parts of Canada. Hit the slopes at either Big White Ski Resort or Silverstar Mountain Resort, reach winter valley views on Spion Kop, or take a stroll on the Okanagan Rail Trail. For us, winter in Lake Country is one of the best times of year as the town is quiet, the lake is calm, but the outdoor activities are still on in full force.
Creekside Theatre is the place to be for live concerts and plays in Lake Country. If movies are your thing, there are theatres just a short drive away in both Kelowna and Vernon. Into casino games? The same thing, both neighbouring cities have popular casinos with every game you desire.
Places to Stay
A lakefront hotel? A campground amongst the orchards? A full vacation home rental? Find these unique stays and more in Lake Country. With options for all budgets, you’ll be staying in comfort and style during your time here.
Hotels & Motels in Lake Country
Turtle Bay Resort Hotel & Marina is a historic lakefront hotel that sits on the south shores of Wood Lake. With easy access to boating, beaches, restaurants, and shops, this hotel is ideal for families looking to escape the city and enjoy a true Okanagan lakeside experience.
Kokanee Beach Resort Motel welcomes guests with a private beach, lakefront rooms, and all the amenities required for an enjoyable stay. Each room features a kitchen, free wifi, comfortable beds, and more. If you want a place where you don’t need to travel far to enjoy the beauty of Lake Country, this is the place to be!
Lake Country Inn is located conveniently near golf courses, restaurants, and three beautiful lakes. Perfect for those travelling on a budget, this Inn provides a comfortable stay with several accommodation options. Sitting on Highway 97, the Inn is close to the Kelowna Airport, the famous Jammery breakfast cafe, and beautiful beaches.
Bed & Breakfasts in Lake Country
Eagle’s Nest B&B is nestled conveniently in a country-style setting, while only being 30 mins from both Vernon and Kelowna. Surrounded by orchards, beautiful mountains, and stunning lake views, Eagle’s Nest is the perfect option for those looking for a secluded place with refined comfort.
Misty Mountain B&B is situated on a quiet acreage that is within walking distance from the beautiful Wood Lake. Surrounded by orchards and mountains, Misty Mountain is an ideal B&B option in Lake Country. A cozy, wooden interior, a modern feel, and a hot tub to relax in are some of the features that make this place so great. Oh yeah, this is one of the best sunset views in Lake Country – a nice little bonus.
Camping & RV Parks in Lake Country
Wood Lake RV Park & Marina is one of those RV parks that you think of when picturing the ideal lakefront getaway. Equipped with washrooms, a playground, and a marina, it is the perfect place to bring the family. Enjoy endless water activities and stunning views right from your campsite. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a nicer setting than this!
The Orchard RV Retreat is the ideal base camp for Okanagan exploration. Although surrounded by orchards, rolling hills, and mountains, this RV park is close to great shopping, restaurants, and beaches. Be sure to ask Judy and Ken about the best local spots to get the most out of your time here!
Ley’s RV Park is an adult-oriented, ari-tourism RV park with 9 sites and one comfortable cabin. The full-service sites are equipped with a picnic area, fire pit, wifi, and more. Ley’s has easy access to Wood Lake and Kalamalka Lake, making beach time an easy priority!
Eat & Drink
Lake Country is home to some of the Okanagan’s most well-known restaurants. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at one of the popular eateries, grab lunch on the go in between adventures, and enjoy a fine dinner with locally sourced ingredients, giving you a taste of the Okanagan with each bite.
Breakfast & Brunch in Lake Country
The Jammery is perhaps the most well-known brunch restaurant in the Okanagan. This often bustling local gem attracts people from all over to indulge in the delicious and hearty food. In addition to the cuisine and hence their name, they produce world-class jams. Watch them make the jam right in front of you, and don’t forget to pick up some memorabilia at the gift shop!
Wooden Nickel Cafe creates some of the best omelets around and is known for their “legendary” eggs benedict. As a local favourite, this diner-style restaurant has all the popular brunch options that will fuel you for a big day of adventure. Be sure to leave room for their homemade cinnamon buns, one of our personal favourites!
Norman’s Diner is a newer diner in town that understands those late morning, and early afternoon breakfast cravings. With an all-day breakfast menu featuring every classic dish and then some, Norman’s has quickly gained popularity in Lake Country. Delicious food, a welcoming ambiance, and top-quality service are what make Norman’s a must-visit.
Lunch in Lake Country
OFK Grill is “the jewel of the Okanagan”. Homemade, locally sourced ingredients made with care. With a menu filled with burgers, wraps, salads, and fries, OFK will leave you satisfied and fueled up. Our favourite time to come here is during a long bike ride along the Okanagan Rail Trail – it’s the perfect place to get a healthy meal to enjoy right on the beach.
SubCity Donair is part of a small Okanagan franchise that creates the best donairs in the region. Top quality meat seasoned with 23 spices, a variety of toppings & sauces, and easy on the wallet. SubCity is the perfect lunch on the go and is a local favourite for good reason!
Invati Vegan Cafe sits inside the Invati Yoga Studio and produces the best vegan and gluten-free food around. The menu is filled with smoothies, hearty bowls, raw snacks, and sandwiches. If you’re craving a high-quality, healthy lunch, this is undoubtedly the right place
Dinner in Lake Country
L’Isolla Bella Bistro means “beautiful island” in English and pays tribute to the Italian island that owner and chef Andrea DiMaggio hails from. If you are looking for a truly authentic experience, this is the place to be. From homemade Antipasto to mouthwatering Linguine and Spaghetti, this Bistro prides itself on making sure every customer leaves satisfied.
The Lookout at Gray Monk features the vest of what the Okanagan offers in a casual yet pristine setting. With a name such as this, it’s hard to imagine the patio views aren’t sought after. Enjoy a delicious two or three-course meal paired with their delicious wine that was made just steps away.
CHAOS Bistro at Ex Nihilo Vineyards uses a farm-to-table approach to craft their impressive dishes that are designed to pair perfectly with their wine. Although their menu changes with the seasons, their service does not. CHAOS puts an emphasis on top-notch service which is obvious as soon as you step through the door.
International Restaurants in Lake Country
Greek House Restaurant will make you feel like you’re dining in the Greek islands for an evening. Since 1993, the Greek House has been serving locals and tourists alike the best Greek cuisine in the Okanagan. Authentic tastes and an ambiance only emulated in the Mediterranean, this is a must-visit when in Lake Country.
Bun Ta Pho Grill mixes authentic Vietnamese dishes with a Canadian twist. This relaxing and inviting restaurant offers everything from salad rolls and pho to vermicelli bowls and stir-fries. You won’t find a better Vietnamese restaurant in Lake Country than this!
Viva Mexicana prides itself on providing the best Mexican flavours right here in the Okanagan. Doubling as a grocery store, this authentic Mexican restaurant creates all its meals from scratch and features new dishes every day of the week. Try their 5 Tacos in 5 Minutes for a quick, filling, and delicious meal!
Wineries in Lake Country
Gray Monk Estate Winery has been operating since 1972, growing the region’s highest-quality grapes and producing world-class wine. The views are unlimited and the service is top notch and this elegant winery. Whether you’re looking for a quick tasting or indulging in a delicious meal at the Lookout Restaurant, you’re sure to enjoy a visit here.
Arrowleaf Cellars sits on the gently graded slopes on the East side of Okanagan Lake. Endless views, delicious wine, and a European touch are all key features of this fine winery. Come and enjoy a tasting and learn how this winery came to be and bring a picnic to enjoy in the beauty that surrounds it.
50th Parallel Estate Winery is a world-class winery destination. Established in 2009 and winning many awards since then, 50th Parallel boasts panoramic views up and down the Okanagan Valley. The onsite restaurant, BLOCK ONE, features a fine dining experience for anyone to enjoy. Weddings and large events are popular here thanks to their 61-acre property and incredible service.
Pizza in Lake Country
Pane Vino Pizzeria is a family-owned farm-to-table pizza haven. This quaint restaurant sits in between Kalamalka Lake and Wood Lake and features some of the Okanagan’s best Neapolitan pizza. When the weather is right, enjoy a meal on the quaint patio overlooking the lakes and rolling mountains. Pane Vino puts an emphasis on customer service, so don’t be surprised at their fine attention to detail.
Marino’s Woodfire Pizza serves delicious Naples-style pizza from the vineyards of Blind Tiger Winery. What was started by a young and motivated 17-year-old has now become one of the most popular pizza restaurants in the North Okanagan. Come enjoy a tasty pizza paired with a delicious glass of wine from Bling Tiger!
Papito’s Pizza is the go-to joint for a classic takeaway-style pizza. Hearty toppings, large portions, and unique combinations make Papito’s a favourite for Lake Country locals. Papito’s offers takeout and delivery options so you can enjoy it wherever you may be.
Pubs & Bars in Lake Country
Turtle Bay Pub is a classic pub sitting on the waterfront of Wood Lake. The menu is filled with variety and is complimented by an extensive selection of fine beers made both locally and from afar. With the occasional live concert, Turtle Bay is a great place to hang with friends over a hearty meal and tasty drinks.
Woody’s Pub is a family-owned, local favourite in Lake Country. Fresh, locally sourced pub fare combined with a welcoming social ambiance make Woody’s a special place for many. Take advantage of their happy hour and pair it with “Lake Country’s Best Burger”!
Breweries in Lake Country
Grey Fox Brewing is unlike any other brewery. Opening in the fall of 2022, Grey Fox is challenging the perception of gluten-free beer through modern practices and unmatched craftsmanship. As the only gluten-free brewery in the Okanagan, there are many people excited to see what tastes can be produced through these new techniques and brewing approaches!
Big Bear Brewery began as a co-packing plant for other breweries, but has since decided to enter the market with its own fine-tasting Lager. Along with this, they also offer small-batch brewing for other restaurants, pubs, and bars looking to get their own branded beer.
Cideries in Lake Country
Upside Cidery takes pride in being Kelowna’s first organic cidery. Upside produces all its cider from scratch, using the finest apples and sustainable production practices. Pair your tastings with dishes from their extensive food menu and enjoy it on their patio overlooking the glorious Okanagan Valley.
Coffee Shops in Lake Country
Lake Country Coffee House is a quaint cafe that offers all your favourite coffee drinks, pastries, and some lunch options. We recommend carving some time to enjoy the cozy atmosphere and uniquely decorated seating area, it’s the perfect spot for a midday pick-me-up!