DescriptionSurrounded by lush orchards and vineyards, Summerland depends on fruit cultivation as its main industry. Overlooking Okanagan Lake, the first commercial orchard in the Okanagan Valley was planted in 1890. Fruit stands are still the best way to sample the region's bountiful produce.
Summerland also was the first town on the lake to employ electricity as an energy source; it was generated by a small hydroelectric plant built on the lakeshore in 1905. These and other historical landmarks are the focus of Summerland Museum at 9521 Wharton St.; phone (250) 494-9395.
Giants Head Park on 910-metre (2,986-ft.) Giants Head Mountain offers picnic facilities and views of Summerland, the valley below and Okanagan Lake.
Many beaches, including Sunoka, Peach Orchard, Powell and Rotary, line the shores of Okanagan Lake. Also of interest is the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Trout Hatchery, 13405 Lakeshore Dr. S., where rainbow, brook and kokanee trout are raised; phone (250) 494-0491.
InfoOfficeSummerland Visitor Centre 15600 Hwy. 97 Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0. Phone:(250)494-2686
Attraction PlaceHoldersKettle Valley Steam Railway
WINERIESDirty Laundry Vineyard