Map of Canada’s Okanagan Valley  including Canada

Wine, wonderful scenery and First Nations culture await

Welcome to the Okanagan, where wine and wild scenery go hand in hand. On a round-trip from Vancouver, spend five days uncovering the best of the Okanagan Valley with a local leader and group of likeminded travellers. Explore the last section of the endangered Great American Desert with a guide from the Osoyoos Indian Band, dine in a local restaurant celebrating indigenous recipes and hike to McIntyre Bluff for a sight you won’t soon forget. Sip your way around some of Canada’s best wineries while learning about their regenerative and sustainable practices, and drink in some picturesque views while you’re at it.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Vancouver, Canada
Finish
Vancouver, Canada
Destination
Canada
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
SEKO
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore the arid landscapes of one of Canada’s most endangered places – the last remaining section of the Great American Desert.

  • Join a First Nations guide from the Osoyoos Indian Band for a walk through the desert to learn about their culture, history and the environment.

  • Take a dive into Canada’s most revered wine region during tastings at several scenic wineries, including a regenerative organic farm and vineyard.

  • Experience the beauty of the Okanagan Valley from an unbeatable vantage point as you hike up to the magnificent McIntyre Bluff.

  • Get a real taste of First Nations cuisine when you dine at a restaurant that celebrates indigenous ingredients and recipes with a modern twist.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • There are a few opportunities for easy hikes, and sturdy footwear is recommended.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Canada! Your adventure begins in Vancouver – a welcome meeting will take place here at 8.30 this morning where you will meet your local guide and the other travellers joining you on your journey. After the meeting, it’s time to get on the road and drive to Hope (approximately 2 hours). Your leader will guide you on a walk through the region’s history as you explore the Othello Tunnels, a series of old railway tunnels and bridges carved out in the early 1900s (don’t worry – the tunnels are no longer used so you won’t meet any trains on your journey!). Learn about the challenges of buildings the tunnels in this granite environment as you complete the 1-hour loop. Stop off in Hope to take a look around the town and perhaps grab some lunch, then continue on to Osoyoos (approximately 3 hours), a desert town in the Okanagan Valley. The town sits on the banks of the Osoyoos Lake, famed for its delightfully warm waters. Settle into your hotel, then regroup for dinner at a fantastic local restaurant that takes inspiration from the First Nations stories of the region.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hope - The Othello Tunnel walk
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Today begins with a visit to the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Covering over 1600 acres, the centre was founded by the Osoyoos Indian Band and focuses on conserving the last remaining section of the Great American Desert, one of Canada’s most endangered landscapes. The centre also aims to preserve and celebrate the culture of the Okanagan First Nations people. Join a First Nations guide for an enlightening walk through the desert to learn about the uniquely arid landscape and its connection to the Okanagan First Nations people. After your walk, head back to the centre and experience a different side of local culture during a delicious wine tasting. Vineyards were first planted here by Oblate priests in the 1850s, and thanks to its dry, hot summers, the Okanagan Valley is one of the premier wine growing regions in the country. Return to Osoyoos and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Osoyoos - NkMip Desert Cultural Centre Wine Tasting
  • Osoyoos - NkMip Desert Cultural Centre Desert Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Get ready to get moving this morning – the day kicks off with a scenic 10km walk to McIntyre Bluff, taking around 2-3 hours. Your walk up to this dramatic cliff will reward you with unbeatable views of the surrounding landscape, including vineyards, orchards and desert. Then you’re in for a well-earned treat as you pay a visit to Covert Farms, a family-run estate specialising in organic and regenerative produce and wine. Head to the farm’s wine lounge to sample some of their organic wines paired with a charcuterie board made with fresh ingredients from the farm. After lunch, hit the road and drive on to Kelowna (approximately 2 hours), watching quintessential Canadian scenery pass by the window. The Okanagan’s biggest city, Kelowna sits on the tranquil shores of Okanagan Lake and will be your base for the next two evenings.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Osoyoos - McIntyre Bluff walk
  • Osoyoos - Regenerative organic farm picnic
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy a morning for your own discoveries of Kelowna, then regroup and head out for another fabulous wine tasting at one of Canada’s top wineries. The family who run the winery employ sustainable, low-impact production methods, and the wonderful location on the slopes above Okanagan Lake means you’ll not only be drinking in some world-class wine, but some awe-inspiring views too. Lunch today is at a local Indigenous cuisine restaurant, serving up a creative menu of aboriginal ingredients with a modern twist (be sure to try the Bannock, it’s their specialty!). Then it’s on to the Okanagan herb and lavender farm where you’ll learn about their sustainable practices and stunning biodiversity, then pay a visit to a final winery where you’ll enjoy a tasting while toasting to the magnificent mountain views.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kelowna - Lavender and Herb Farm
  • Kelowna - First Nations cafe style lunch
  • Kelowna - Wine Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After breakfast this morning it’s time to say goodbye to the Okanagan and make the journey back to Vancouver (approximately 4.5 hours, excluding stops). Take a break to stretch your legs and make the short walk to Bridal Veil Falls, a spectacular tiered cascade. You can expect to arrive back to Vancouver at around 4pm, at which point your adventure will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Hope - The Othello Tunnel walk
  • Osoyoos - NkMip Desert Cultural Centre Wine Tasting
  • Osoyoos - NkMip Desert Cultural Centre Desert Walk
  • Osoyoos - McIntyre Bluff walk
  • Osoyoos - Regenerative organic farm picnic
  • Kelowna - Lavender and Herb Farm
  • Kelowna - First Nations cafe style lunch
  • Kelowna - Wine Tasting
  • Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park

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Important notes

All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 8:30 am on Day 1. Please make your own way to the Joining Point listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
2. There is no accommodation included in Vancouver on this trip. If you wish to spend more time in Vancouver, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.
3. On the final day, this trip finishes at approximately 4 pm on arrival in Vancouver. You will be dropped at the same location as the joining point. If departing this day, please do not book any flights before 7 pm.
4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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