WHERE YOU'RE AT HOME
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.
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.