Set across the region between the Okanagan Valley and the Shuswap lies the North Okanagan region of British Columbia. From its lush landscapes, warm summers, and freshwater beaches, this area is a wonderful place to live and visit. It’s for this reason that Hilltop Toyota is proud to serve this community. Here’s a look at North Okanagan’s rich history and some of the many activities you can enjoy in the area.
The Okanagan natives of the Interior Salish were the first people to inhabit the North Okanagan area, giving the valley its name, which roughly translates to “place of water”. It was then settled by David Stuart of the Pacific Fur Company in 1811. This led to an expansion of settlement in the valley as an influx of fur traders and miners began moving there, growing the population throughout the years. Ranching quickly became a major industry in the area, along with mining. Eventually, though, fruit trees became a primary crop in the area.
In the 1930s, the semi-desert of sagebrush in the area became a fruit-growing mecca as a good irrigation system was developed. This led to the increase in the North Okanagan Valley’s fruit growing, eventually making the area the location of the majority of the region’s fruit growth. Between 2011 and 2013, the province produced over 80 percent of the country’s apricots and cherries, among other fruits.
Now, North Okanagan continues to grow fruit and attracts tourists throughout the valley. Its beautiful scenery and lovely summer weather has led to an increase in the tourist industry, making the area a go-to place in BC.
Things to Do
Head Out on Okanagan Lake
Stretching throughout the North Okanagan area is one of the bodies of water that gave the area its name — Okanagan Lake. This lake is filled to the brim with things to do, from fishing and swimming to parasailing and power boating. It stretches over 135 kilometers, giving you ample opportunity to enjoy it. You can even enjoy tours of the area from the water — many of which end in a dinner/sunset trip with music entertainment.
The valley is home to the Monashee Mountains, which offer some spectacular skiing opportunities. Head to Big White Mountain resort and enjoy the mountain’s average 7.5 meters of white powder each winter.