Travel Bri­tish Columbia.

Well­ness and wine in Bri­tish Columbia

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents -

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.

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