Wellness and wine in British Columbia
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.
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.
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.
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.