Oliver (population 4,370) is a small agricultural community known as the "Wine Capital of Canada."
This unique town is actually the result of a government plan following the First World War to irrigate the semi-arid South Okanagan and turn it into a viable fruit-growing region.
The plan worked and the orchards remain, but today, vineyards climb the dry hillsides and people throng to the area to visit its wineries. Restaurants and accommodations are catching up to the tastes of the new wine tourists, who are also interested in Oliver's arts scene.
The area's natural attractions continue to draw people for bird watching, water activities, hiking, mountain biking, golf and winter activities.