This breathtaking lakeside resort offers the perfect weekend getaway from Vancouver

Natasha Daly

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The South Okanagan is known to be one of Canada’s most celebrated wine regions, but there is far more than exquisite wines to explore in this hidden gem of a tourist destination. Offering a little something for everyone, the South Okanagan, which includes Oliver and Osoyoos, is a great option for a weekend escape from Vancouver.

After a day of wine tasting at the many wineries in the area, (Black Hills Estate Winery recently released their 2017 Nota Bene) we suggest LaStella for a true Italian experience or Tinhorn Creek, which evokes a classic southern Okanagan terroir. A visit to Hester Creek Estate Winery for a delicious gourmet experience at the Terrafina Restaurant is in order. A creation of renowned Canadian Chef Rod Butters, guests are in for a treat when enjoying the three-course meal with wine pairings from Hester Creek on their elegant patio with sweeping vineyard views.

Luxurious accommodation at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos will leave you feeling recharged and renewed. Comfortable guest suites all include a full kitchen for those who enjoy cooking for themselves. Alternatively, indulge at the restaurant at Watermark and enjoy a meal prepared by Chef Adair Scott on the lovely patio over looking the lake. The staff are available to assist you in booking any wine excursions and will happily help you pack the cases of wine you’ll no doubt be coming back with!

The Watermark Beach Resort is an ideal destination for families. A true highlight to any family vacation in the area is a trip to Covert Farms, a fully organic farm and family estate winery. It is a perfect place for families to spend the day enjoying beautiful scenery, farm tours, a large children’s play area along with animals, while the adults enjoy a gourmet lunch and wine tasting from Covert Wines’ selection of vintages. The South Okanagan is a British Columbia travel destination the whole family won’t want to miss.

More of a thrill seeker? Area 27, in Oliver, is a world-class racetrack designed by none other than famous Formula One driver Jacques Villeneuve. The vision was one of the Classic Grande Prix tracks, which is recognized as a ‘Drivers Track’ where the design offers a challenging experience for drivers of all skill levels. While Area 27 is a member’s track, those who wish to learn to drive on such tracks can take advantage of the two-day driver training program where professional drivers who are currently working and traveling the races worldwide will instruct you.