THE OKANA­GAN

Well­ness and wine in Bri­tish Columbia

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Travel -

Canada is one of the fastest-grow­ing des­ti­na­tions for Aus­tralians, but be­yond the arc­tic cruises, “BC” truly shines in sum­mer. The Okana­gan re­gion is dry and sunny, ideal for vine­yards – but also sits on a 135km-long lake, so out­door ad­ven­ture rules.

MINTED

Sparkling Hill Re­sort is quite lit­er­ally the crown­ing jewel over­look­ing Lake Okana­gan. It’s a Euro­pean-in­spired well­ness des­ti­na­tion cre­ated by the pa­tri­arch of the Swarovski em­pire, so more than 3.5 mil­lion crys­tals have been in­cor­po­rated into its de­sign.

MID

The Okana­gan Val­ley is Bri­tish Columbia’s premier grape-grow­ing re­gion, with more than 130 winer­ies spe­cial­is­ing in world-class pinot noir, chardon­nay, pinot gris and mer­lot. The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge paid a visit dur­ing their tour last year.

MOD­EST

The Okana­gan is an out­door junkie’s par­adise in the warmer months. The lake lends it­self to sail­ing, stand-up pad­dle­board­ing and ca­noe­ing, while the moun­tain­ous ter­rain is home to an ar­ray of hik­ing and off-road bike tracks for ex­perts and novices alike.

Ar­range a guided walk at Sparkling Hill Re­sort around one of its lo­cal trails, in­clud­ing the LAKE LOOK­OUT LOOP, and spot some of the 120 bird species that in­habit the area.

Hire a car and weave your way around the LAKE COUN­TRY’S SCENIC SIP wine trail, stop­ping in at Ar­rowleaf Cel­lars, Gray Monk Es­tate Win­ery, The Chase Wines and 50th Par­al­lel Es­tate; tourismkelowna.com.

The fo­cus at SPARKLING HILL RE­SORT is on rest, re­lax­ation, pam­per­ing and heal­ing. of the Monashee Moun­tains to foster a deep con­nec­tion with na­ture; sparklinghill.com.

Sparkling Hill Re­sort’s KURSPA spans 40,000 square feet. Be­yond the com­pli­men­tary steam rooms, saunas and hy­drother­apy, there are more than 100 treat­ments, in­clud­ing a Cryo Cold Cham­ber for nig­gling ail­ments.

QUAILS’WIN­ERY Westside on GATEWine the Trail com­bines spec­tac­u­lar views with equally im­pres­sive drops. Match re­gional fare at the Old Vines Restau­rant with their pop­u­lar chenin blanc; quails­gate.com.

The­and re­gion’s pre­dis­po­si­tion mi­cro-cli­mate­for long, hot grow­ing sea­sons mean an abun­dance of stun­ningly ripe LO­CAL FRUIT, which can of­ten be found for a few dol­lars at road­side stands.

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