AT OLIVER HEIGHTS
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WINE AND LIFESTYLE CAPITAL OF CANADA
The lush and life-giving environs in and around Oliver, BC have been nurtured by small communities of residents since the First Nations people were first drawn to the area’s fertile landscapes.
Uniquely situated at the 49°10′58′′N 119°33′5′′W intersection of stream, sun and soil, Oliver Township considers itself ‘borne of the waters, blest by the sun’. And so it has been through its rich history, in-turn supporting artisanal gold mining, then fruit orchards, and today’s world-class recreation, vineyards, wineries and sustainable agri-tourism.
‘Close but far’ is another Oliver truism that sets the area charmingly distant from its more built-up Okanagan Valley neighbours. Extensive amenities, schools, hospital, government and technology services, retail centres, entertainment, transportation hubs, and other necessities for young, established and retiring residents are all close at hand, intimately scaled to the Township environment and also to the future. Come drink it all in.
Oliver’s singular position at the northernmost tip of the Sonora Dessert, at the southernmost tip of the Okanagan Valley cultivates a semi-arid, resort-like climate year-round. An overhead view of Oliver, BC, reveals its picture perfect geographic location at the apex of the Okanagan Valley; south/southeast British Columbia; the western border of Alberta; and the northern United States.
With a year-round Township and rural population of just under 9,000 permanent residents, Oliver promises small town charm wrapped in services, amenities and recreation worthy of an established regional centre.
At the heart of Oliver’s charm is viticulture and all of its associated benefits. Verdant landscapes — a patchwork of abundant orchards and lush vineyards, artisanal wineries, world-class dining, agri-tours, arts, farm stands and fresh markets — support a thoughtful and creative community of world-class recreation, amenities and transportation hubs.
The beautiful Mount Baldy and Apex Mountain ski resorts flank Oliver Heights to the east and west; both within an hour’s drive, offering stellar winter sports, accommodations and entertainment for all ages and inclinations, plus fair weather hiking, mountain biking and naturalist outings.
The Jacques Villeneuve designed Grand Prix circuit style Area 27 racing track and club is a recent addition to the community, situated discreetly but conveniently across the valley from Oliver Heights. Area 27, built to Formula1 standard, is the new official home of the Camaro High performance Driving School. Area 27 members living year-round or seasonally in Oliver, should take note of the gated community and asset security advantages of Oliver Heights home ownership.
Two of Canada’s most spectacular and best-loved golf courses and associated amenities are situated just minutes from Oliver Heights. The beautiful Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Championship Golf Course, and the stellar Fairview Mountain Golf Course promise world-class golf, percussive quiet, and breathtaking scenery.
Fly fishing and spin casting are popular seasonal pastimes for all ages. Wild rainbow trout, Kokanee, carp and bass abound in nearby Vaseux and Skaha lakes and the Okanagan River. Fly-in excursions to private lakes and area ranches offer ultimate escape.
The 20 km long International Hike and Bike Trail meanders the west side of the Okanangan River. Cycle or walk the tree lined paths and savor seasonal flora and fauna, or quench your thirst and curiousity at one of several wineries tucked in along the way. Alternatively, Oliver Parks and Recreation offer a range of activities, programs and camps for all ages at several community parks, pitches, pools, courts, bowls, and other amenities. A community pool, the Kinsmen water park, and community centre are local favourites.
Imagine life in Canada’s wine country. Imagine home ownership in its premiere, sustainably developed master-planned community, with vineyard, orchard, desert hillside and distant mountain forest views that go on forever.
Imagine wine-paired dinners al fresco under vineyard pergolas, beautifully cool and romantic winery tours and tasting room visits, and summer evening concerts under the inky black desert sky. Imagine family bike rides, strolls and picnics along the Okanagan canal and intersecting vineyard byways. Imagine winter dinner parties in, and farm to table dining out — all nourished by local wine, produce, and passion.
Imagine life at Oliver Heights — a rare opportunity to buy into the quintessential wine country community, to live the life, and meet the neighbours.
Our wine country neighbours include the venerable Black Hills, Burrowing Owl, Tinhorn Creek, Road 13, Hester Creek, and Intersection vineyards and wineries, plus dozens more.
ARTS & CULTURE
Wine Country grows its own special arts culture, nurtured by local and guest talent, celebrating the seasons, community customs and history, and the people who live and work here.
The annual Sunshine Festival, Festival of the Grape, Half Corked Marathon, Pig Out, and Winter in Wine Country are just a few of Oliver’s most popular events with purpose-built attractions and pastimes for the entire family.
Throughout the year, concerts, art shows, gallery and heritage exhibits, evening markets, live stage, dance theatre, First Nations festivals and art, classes and workshops, and other visual and performing arts opportunities are presented by local arts councils, businesses, and tourism associations
The South Okanagan General Hospital, a Level I community hospital is located in Oliver. This regional facility offers 24/7 emergency services, general medicine, palliative care, outpatient services, pharmacy, radiology, gynaecology and obstetrics, physiotherapy, hematology, extended care, and many other services for all ages.
Main Street Medical Associates, McKinney Place Extended Care facility, and several independent pharmacies complete the local offering. Nearby, Penticton Regional Hospital has just undergone completion of its new tower, phase one of a $312M facility. The Kelowna General Hospital, one of two Interior Health referral facilities, is located 90-minutes away by car.
Oliver is just 30-minutes by car from the Penticton Regional Airport (YYF), and 90 minutes from Kelowna’s International Airport (YLW). Oliver Municipal Airport ( CAU3 ) hosts VFR aircraft on a 3200/50 runway, and offers AvGas and jet fuel. Aurora helicopters operate a nearby helipad and jet fuel dock.
BC Transit operates buses along route 40 through Oliver, from Penticton to Osoyoos, with connections to other major cities in the Okanagan. Oliver Taxi, Schafer Bus Rentals, and HandyDART service the community.
For a town of its size, Oliver offers an impressive menu of winery operated and independent dining options ranging from 4.5 rated French Canadian farm to table restaurant, to a 4.5 rated local bistro, a 5.0 rated moderately priced ethnic bistro, to a 5.0 rated barbeque. Even our bakery/deli, pizzarias, food trucks and brunch spots push 5 stars. Great wine inspires great food. And yes, we have a Tim Hortons.
Three secondary schools, including the newly rebuilt state-of-the-art Southern Okanagan Secondary, five elementary schools, and several preschools and daycare facilities educate and inspire Oliver’s young people.
SHOPPING & AMENITIES
Oliver’s lovely and walkable Main Street is the heart of local shopping and services. Two large grocery stores, several boutique and ethnic food stores, two liquor stores, several bakeries and cafes, a movie theatre, shoe repair, gift shops, clothing and shoe stores, computer and cell phone repair shops, a Telus outlet and many more shops and services provide for everyday wants and needs.
The many tasting rooms and gift shops attached to the valley’s many vineyards and wineries offer wine country gifts and very special and limited release wines not available in liquor stores and wine shops.
Retail centres and malls in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon are 40, 90 and 130 minutes away respectively, by car or transit. The US border at Osoyoos-Oroville is just 20 minutes away, by car.
MORE SUNSHINE AND WINE
The famous Okanagan Valley lies within the Great Basin Desert region which runs south to the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. In the south Okanagan Valley, about one-third of summertime temperatures are considered tropical —- that is, greater than 30C (85F). It is no small wonder that the valley has become a favourite place to live, work and play.
Average high temperature (summer): 28 C/84 F
Average low temperature (winter): -8 C/16 F
Average Hours of Sunshine: over 2000 per year
Average Rainfall: Approximately 300 mm/11in yearly
Average Snowfall: 139.8cm/55in in the valleys (varies by city) and up to 644cm/253" in the mountains
Almost 200 wineries now populate the valley, introduced to its terroir and micro-climates by the fruit farmers and orchardists who called the valley home since the early 1800s’
The very mention of the two words ‘Okanagan Valley’ conjure images of an idyllic resort lifestyle, sipping wine, water play, quiet afternoons, fruit stands, balmy summer nights, and bright winter days of sun and snow to play through.
Indeed it is true, all of that and more. And because of it, those major Okanagan centres in closest proximity to Vancouver via holiday highways 3 and 97, ie: Kelowna, Penticton and Osoyoos — experienced explosive population, residential and commercial growth, and support large hotel and convention facilities, major retail brands, chain restaurants and regional head offices.
Oliver’s proximity to these centres is of big benefit to Oliver Heights home buyers, as they can maintain their discreet distance and enviable small town vibe and values, but still access city-size populations, shopping and amenities when needed.
Population: 133,000 permanent
Distance: 102km northeast from Oliver; 90 minutes by car
Shopping: Orchard Park Mall, Mission Park Mall, Old Kelowna District, winery gift shops
Culture: Kelowna Cultural District, Mission Hill Winery Outdoor Amphitheatre
Viticulture: Over 40 wineries within a 20 minute drive. Wine Tours & holidays
Amenities: Kelowna General Hospital, University of BC Okanagan, UBC Conference Centre, Kelowna Airport
Festivals: Great Okanagan Beer Festival, Okanagan Wine Festivals, Peak Pride, Cider Week, Hopscotch, Okanagan Marathon
Population: 37,000 permanent
Distance: 42km north from Oliver; 40 minutes by car
Shopping: Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, winery gift shops
Viticulture: Over 50 wineries within the Peachland, Penticton, Summerland, Naramata Bench circuit
Amenities: Penticton Convention Centre, South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton Regional Hospital, Penticton Airport
Festivals: Spring Wine Festival, Peach Festival, Oktoberfest, Ironman Canada Race
Population: 6800 permanent, swelling in summer
Distance: 21km southeast from Oliver; 20 minutes by car
Shopping: Seasonal Main Street, winery gift shops
Viticulture: Over 40 wineries within a 20 minute drive.
Festivals: Ribfest Beer and Wine Festival, Desert Live Music Festival, Cherry Fiesta
Population: 59,000 permanent
Distance: 155km northeast from Oliver; 130 minutes by car
Shopping: Village GreenShopping Centre, Vernon Square
Viticulture: 20 wineries within a 60 minute drive.
Amenities: South Thompson Convention Centre, Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Vernon Airport,
Festivals: Vernon Art Festival, Falkland Stampede, Kalamalka Standup Paddleboard Festival