Oliver, British Columbia

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Oliver, BC

Oliver, British Columbia, is located approximately 25 minutes north of the US border in the South Okanagan. Desert to the south, lakes, mountains, vineyards and orchards surround the town and make this area one of the most picturesque places in the Okanagan.

Oliver, was established in 1921 by BC Premier "honest" John Oliver who planned it as a settlement for veterans of World War I. An irrigation system was built and Canada's only desert was soon a lush and prosperous fruit growing area.

Known as the "Wine Capital of Canada", Oliver has the largest concentration of both vineyards and commercial wineries in British Columbia. The majority of these are located along what is known as the Golden Mile of Highway 97, just south of Oliver. New wineries and additional lands are being put into production in what is expected to be a growth industry for the next five to 10 years. The rolling terraces, exceptionally mild climate with lots of sun, gravelly soil and availability of irrigation produce the right elements for growing high-quality grapes.

The community of Oliver, located at the northern most point of the Sonora Desert tucked into the southern end of BC's beautiful Okanagan Valley, is renowned for the quality of wine grapes the area produces. Those grown in the favoured "golden mile" are sought after by vintners throughout British Columbia. Oliver's climate and topography offer the optimum conditions necessary to grow the preferred Vinifera wine grapes. The Oliver area holds 10% of Canada's wineries and just over 3000 acres of the fine grape growing acreage - 61% of BC's 5500 acres. Oliver is a must-stop on any Wine Tour of the Okanagan Valley!

But Oliver is also a great place to spend your BC vacation. Nearby lakes such as Tuccel-Nuit, Gallagher and Vaseaux Lakes are popular with visitors interested in canoeing, boating, fishing, windsurfing and other water sports. Or spend your time hiking, skiing, biking, fruit-picking, kayaking, golfing at a choice of two championship courses .... or simply relax!
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Location: Oliver is located between Osoyoos and Skaha Lakes on British Columbia Highway 97.

Local Attractions: golf courses, Oliver Museum, Pocket Desert Reserve, Vaseux Lake Bird Sanctuary, winery tours, ostrich farm tours, wild boar ranch, Indian Head Cliffs. A rich human history is recorded in the Oliver Heritage Society Museum.

Accommodations: The entire area has a variety of accommodations for the visitor from camping facilities in private sites and provincial parks to numerous motels and hotels plus unique lodges and bed & breakfasts.

Population: 4505

Industry: tourism and fruit production

For Information:
Oliver & District Travel InfoCentre,
36205 93rd St.
Box 460, Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0
• Tel: (250) 498-6321 0149 • Fax (250) 498-3156



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2280-D Leckie Road, Kelowna, BC, V1X 6G6
Telephone: (250) 860-5999 • Fax: (250) 860-9993
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