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Mountains & Vineyards Circle Route

View of vineyard near Summerland

(Picture BC photo)

Summerland

Kids on the Rotary Pier (Picture BC photo)

Kids on the Rotary Pier (Picture BC photo)

Summerland (population 10,828) is an agricultural community with a location that makes it a natural tourist destination.

The town centre is situated in a flat area above Okanagan Lake with fertile valleys defined by forested ridges. Giant's Head Mountain, an extinct volcano, dominates the skyline.

People come to Summerland to buy fruit from local farms, taste the vintages of Bottleneck Drive wineries, ride the Kettle Valley Steam Railway, see the work of artists in galleries and studios, play golf and to make the most of the town's gardens and parks with hiking, cycling, water activities and wildlife viewing.

Summerland's Tudor-revival town centre is compact and easily walkable, without a single traffic light. People are friendly and welcoming. Drivers stop for pedestrians and shop owners put out bowls of water for thirsty pooches on hot summer days. Everything from hardware to antiques, locally designed fashions to international collectibles is available at downtown shops along with some uptown dining choices.

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