1-day itinerary – Summerland #OkanaganExploring

Rebecca Bollwitt

1-day itinerary – Summerland #OkanaganExploring

ZenSeekers is teaming up with partners across B.C.’s central region, the Okanagan. Our correspondents will bring you exceptional video, photos and stories to inspire you to #ExploreBC and have your very own #OkanaganExploring adventures.   

Sweet treats, savoury flavours, hiking trails galore and enthusiastic locals are all part of this lovely slice of the Okanagan in Summerland, B.C.

Getting there From Vancouver

Drive: Summerland is about a little more than a four-hour drive from Vancouver about 400 kms via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E, BC-5 N and BC-97C. Find driving directions here.

Fly: Fly into Kelowna via Pacific Coastal Air. Car rental service is available at the terminal. From Kelowna to Summerland it’s about a 45-minute drive or 46 kms via Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 S.

Discover delicious flavours in Summerland here.

Morning – Make a stop at True Grain Bread where the aromas of fresh bread and coffee will make you ravenous for everything on the menu. Pick up freshly baked bread or sweet treats for your day of exploring the region. Located in downtown Summerland at 10108 Main St.

Begin your #OkanaganExploring adventure by checking into Summerland's website.

Summerland food
Rebecca Bollwitt

11 am – Bring your sweet tooth and drop by Summerland Sweets for more home-made Okanagan goodness. It’s never too early for ice cream, which you can also indulge in here. Chances are you’ll see owners working in the shop and you’ll learn about the history of the orchard business and its importance to the Okanagan. You could spend quite a bit of time sampling the jams, syrups, wine, and candies. Located at 6206 Canyon View Road. Here’s how to get there.

Read Rebecca Bollwitt’s (aka Miss 604) story for more details on planning a trip like this.

1 pm – Hike Giant’s Head, which is actually an extinct volcano and named because of its resemblance to, you guessed it, a giant’s head. You’ll get amazing views from 500 metres up over Summerland, vineyards, Lake Okanagan and Penticton to the south. Hike for as little or as long as you like. Learn more about the hiking here. 

4 pm – You’ll be good and ready for more sweet treats at Maple Roch Pure Canadian Maple Syrup. Get your fill of all flavours of maple syrup like sea salt caramel or pick up a few souvenirs for friends and family back home, such as maple lip balm or hand scrub. Located at 13224 Victoria Road North, Summerland.

More things to do in Summerland

Walk the trails down by the lake savouring the goodies you bought in town.

Take a stroll down main street.

Where to stay

Check into the waterfront Summerland Resort Hotel for a relaxing stay with beautiful views, onsite spa, outdoor pool and hot tub.

More information

Check out the Summerland's website to start exploring the area.

Discover delicious flavours in Summerland here.

Learn even more about Summerland on the HelloBC website.

Uncover more about the Okanagan’s offers for adventure. Check out ZenSeeker’s #OkanaganExploring Expedition page to see how you can have an adventure like this.