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I have received plenty of emails from people who have questions about moving to Oliver BC.  It is always fun to help answer people's questions from a local's point of view. This post is for those of y...
When driving through Okanagan Falls one is bound to notice the towering cliff perched over the North-East corner of the community.  This cliff, carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago, is named...
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at archery? The South Okanagan Sportsman's Association holds weekly indoor archery practice throughout the winter months at the Air Cadet building just East of...
Wine Tour? What's a Wine Tour? I have seen more than a little confusion over the words "wine tour" recently. Everyone seems to have their own version of what it means and how involved it is. There a...
Crush Me: How different styles of wines are made. I used to think that wine was a product that was manufactured just like all other things that came in bottles like soft drinks or fruit drinks. I th...
The Golden Mile Stamp Mill Trail hugs the west side of the Okanagan Valley just South of Oliver, British Columbia.  In years past you could walk from the old Fairview Townsite all the way to Tinhorn C...
Welcome to the world of high quality Canadian wine! That's part of what we do here in the South Okanagan and it's something that we're proud of. We want to make sure that our wines are well protected...
I'm a sucker for foraging for food.  I mean, what is not to like when you can go out into the wilderness and pick fruits and vegetables that are organic by default? Almost all of our foraging is done...
We have been attending Oliver's Festival of the Grape for the last eight years in a row and it is one of the South Okanagan Festivals we just won't miss! The Festival of the Grape is put on every y...
A great activity for history buffs is a visit to the Oliver Museum.  The museum is housed in what was once the police station in Oliver. The house has been lovingly restored and much of the original w...
Once a week, the deal hunters make their way down to the Kiwanis People's Market.   Open on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm the People's Market is run entirely on volunteers and community donations...
We first heard about Heritage Mills this summer at the Osoyoos Slow Food Market.  We were SO excited to find a local source for grains that I bought a bag of every type of grain they were selling!  Le...
As the milk industry is so heavily regulated, gone are the days where you could buy milk from a farmer down the road.  Fortunalty we have a few choices available at our local grocery stores to buy mil...
Finding local meat can be a little bit tricky as it is a heavily regulated industry.  As with all locally sourced food, finding a good supplier of local meat is worth the extra effort.  Not only will...
Where can you get local, free-range eggs in Oliver? It is always hard to find a good, reliable source for free-range eggs.  Selling eggs from your small-scale farm is not a profitable business.  Most...
Exploring Wine Country - The basics of Wine Touring (As in, why bother?) What's the big deal about going on a wine tour? Wine snobs swirling and sniffing their wine in a glass before tasting a small...
An Introduction to Wine in Oliver... Welcome to Oliver, BC - the Wine Capital of Canada. Yes, we make wine in Canada and the Okanagan Valley is the best place in British Columbia to make wine. It's...
First Nations Peoples have inhabited the South Okanagan Valley for hundreds of years and it is still possible to find pictographs in the mountains and cliff faces around Vaseux Lake. One of the easies...
There is a spectacular piece of protected marshlands just North of Oliver at the Vaseux Lake Wildlife Centre.  Here you can enjoy a leisurely stroll down a wooden boardwalk through a protected marsh....
One of the things I love most about the South Okanagan is the abundance of food available in the growing season.  From the first of the cherries to the last of the apples a highlight of my summer is t...
While some view yoga as only an exercise, for many yoga is a transformational journey made through matching movement and breath, listening to and respecting the limits of the body, and meditation.  Al...
Our orginal intent was to have a few backyard chickens that would provide enough eggs to feed our family.  Within the space of a few months that original goal changed to having enough chickens to also...
How many of us buy honey off the grocery store shelves without looking at the label to see where it comes from?  How many of us grab a carton of eggs without a second thought as to what kind of factor...
A Christian, charitable organization that was founded in 1994, the Okanagan Gleaners have been gleaning the crops of the South Okanagan since 1996, producing food for the hungry of the world. The glea...
The Oliver Community Arts Council has been involved in the promotion of the South Okanagan arts scene since the 1970's.  The Oliver Community Arts Council is a not-for-profit society that represents s...
The Rotary Club of Oliver is a community organization with many members that volunteer their time and effort both right here in Oliver and in the world.  They are involved in a multitude of charitable...
The Oliver Elks are members of The Royal Purple,  a national, fraternal, charitable organization who identify and address community needs through the volunteer efforts of its members.    Their mission...
The Oliver Community Garden Society is a community garden located a the Quail's Nest Arts Centre accross from the airport. The garden welcomes gardeners of all ages and abilities.  Their raised beds a...
If you are into winter sports then Mt Baldy is your answer for a winter recreation getaway near Oliver, BC.  Only a 35 km drive East of Oliver on a well-groomed road, a winter wonderland awaits you.  ...
Oliver boasts an iconic movie theatre that steps you back in time while still showing new releases.   Their one room theatre boasts a fantastic sound system and 3-D capabilities and is one of the leas...
While you are in Oliver, why not enjoy a class at the Oliver Community Centre?  The Oliver Parks and Recreation Society holds numerous classes for children and adults and many of the classes offer dro...
Green space abounds in the park that is bordered to the East by the Oliver Hike and Bike Trail.  There is a playground for small children, numerous picnic tables, a shade pavilion, public washrooms, a...
Located on the South West corner of Tuc-El-Nuit Lake, Rotary Beach is the only public beach on Tuc-El-Nuit Lake.  It is a pretty little beach with a sandy area, plenty of green grass, a playground for...
Unfortunately Oliver does not, as yet, have a year round indoor swimming pool.  There is, however, a lovely outdoor seasonal pool right beside the Oliver Community Center.  The pool is separated into...
The Kinsman Playground and Spray Park in Oliver British Columbia is the most popular park in town for families.  Fences on all four sides enclose the park, which makes it a great place to sit in the g...
McIntyre Bluff is an Oliver, BC landmark.  You will see pictures of iconic McIntyre Bluff on postcards, websites, and South Okanagan books.  The view of McIntyre (also called Indian Head) is best from...
A favorite thing to do in Oliver, British Columbia is to walk or ride a bike down the International Hike and Bike Trail.  The trail is mostly paved, flat, easily accessible, and is completely car free...
Every Thursday night in July the Oliver Community Arts Council brings you Music In The Park.  These admission by donation concerts are in the Oliver Bandshell behind the Oliver Community Centre. Come...
When our friends from Washington came to Oliver to visit us we knew we had to make their three day stay a memorable one.  On the top of our list was a canoe trip to Vaseux Lake. The hardest part to a...