The Thompson Okanagan is unique in that its topography ranges from Mount Robson in the north (the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies) to Canada’s only true desert in the south.
In between is a rich valley bursting with flowers, wine grapes and other fruits, characterized by abundant lakes and rivers. The Okanagan Valley offers a handful of lush gardens in which to relax and reflect.
At the southernmost end of the region, learn about the hundreds of endangered plant and animal species indigenous to the desert at the Desert Centre in Osoyoos.
The area’s dry climate makes water conservation an important consideration, and xeriscape gardening - using drought-resistant plants to save water - is popular here. The Summerland Ornamental Gardens and Kelowna’s Elysium Gardens are wonderful examples.
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