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McIntyre Bluff, Oliver Photo: Kim Walker

Oliver

Dubbed the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver, located in the Okanagan Valley of the Thompson Okanagan region of BC, with its hot sunny days and fertile soil is home to several award-winning wineries and its farm-to-table offerings. Outdoor enthusiasts will find a variety of trails in the area that appeal to hikers and mountain cyclists alike, from the leisurely hiking and biking path along the Okanagan River, to the challenging hikes of Mount Baldy and McIntyre Bluff. Fishing, golfing and other outdoor pursuits are on hand in this beautiful area of the Okanagan Valley.

Lavender at the Orchard in Oliver.

Location

Oliver is located in the Thompson Okanagan region on Hwy 97. It is 21 km (13 mi) north of Osoyoos, 42 km (26 mi) south of Penticton and 25 km (15 mi) north of the USA border.

Skating in Winter at the Orchard in Oliver.

A Step Back in Time

The First Nations of the South Okanagan settled the area around Osoyoos and raised cattle and wild horses. The first encroachment from the outside world came in approximately 1811, when fur traders came searching for better trade routes.

In the 1880s, free gold-bearing quartz was found east of the present day Oliver, and Camp McKinney became a busy gold mine, attracting the usual restless characters: miners, con men, and outlaws.

Established between 1918 and 1921 as a settlement for unemployed veterans of the First World War, a gravity-fed canal was constructed to provide irrigation to the semi-arid area, which accounts for the lush greenery around this area and one of the most picturesque places in the Okanagan.

The founders of Oliver named the town after “Honest” John Oliver, a BC premier after the First World War, who believed that the irrigation canal would bring prosperity to this northern end of the Sonora Desert. Oliver was unincorporated for many years, and was run from Victoria, the provincial capital. The town was incorporated in 1946, and elected its own council in 1968.

Today, Oliver is a thriving community, with agriculture, tree fruits, and vineyards still prime industries. The economy is still dependent upon the irrigation ditch to keep the land arable, although the ditch has seen many changes and upgrades over the years.

An overview of Gallagher Lake in Oliver.

Contact Information

Tourism Oliver

Oliver & Nearby Accommodations

36 Listings

Gallagher Lake | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort
Lakeside Resort

Lakeside Resort

Oliver

Resting on beautiful Tuc-el-Nuit Lake in Oliver, Lakeside Resort stretches on landscaped five acre grounds with its own private beach. Our resort provides guests with tranquil views of Tuc-el-Nuit, which is perfect for families to swim in or paddle on in our boats. Offering several types of accommod ... Read more
Desert Gem RV Resort Inc.

Desert Gem RV Resort Inc.

Oliver

Modern, clean and friendly RV Resort. Great home base for golfing and wine tours. Big rig friendly, full hook-ups, 50/30 amp, pull-thrus, cable, wireless internet, instant phone, immaculate washrooms/laundry. Golfer's discounts. Caravans welcome. Walking distance to restaurants, groceries and shoppi ... Read more
Desert Lake RV Resort

Desert Lake RV Resort

Oliver

Friendly, clean RV Resort on Tuc-El-Nuit-Lake, full hook-ups, 50 amp service, pull-thrus, cable, phone, guest laundry, hot showers, handicap facilities. Close to golf courses and wineries. Open All Year. Off Season rates available. Big rigs welcome. Pets on approval. ... Read more
Apple Beach RV Park

Apple Beach RV Park

Oliver

Apple Beach is a small, family-run RV Park and campground. We operate a simple, pleasant RV Park on beautiful Tucelnuit Lake. Simply put, Apple Beach is a quiet, friendly park in a lovely location. One firepit on the beach. Big Rig Friendly sites shaded by mature willows. Quiet pets accepted. Rates ... Read more
Nk'MIP (Inkameep) Campground & RV Park

Nk'MIP (Inkameep) Campground & RV Park

Osoyoos

Welcome to one of the largest parks in South Okanagan resting on the shores of Osoyoos Lake! Nk’MIP Campground & RV Park offers family-oriented camping with over 350 sites that range from tenting to RVs. For our RVers, we have a variety of full service hook up sites to suit every need. We have 120 ... Read more
Brookvale Holiday Resort

Brookvale Holiday Resort

Osoyoos

Book your next family vacation at Brookvale Holiday Resort in sunny Osoyoos! Soak up the hot sun and bring your floaties to relax in Osoyoos Lake. Wanting to stay in a cabana or campground? We have both! Each cabana has its own cement patio and picnic table, perfect for the family to gather during m ... Read more
Cabana Beach Campground & RV Park

Cabana Beach Campground & RV Park

Osoyoos

Enjoy the hot sun and sandy beach on the shore of Lake Osoyoos at Cabana Beach Campground & RV Park. Bring the family along to create unforgettable memories and spend the days filled with adventure. Choose to stay in one of our many accommodations, including camp and RV sites, cabins and cabanas. We ... Read more
Camp-Along Tent & Trailer Resort

Camp-Along Tent & Trailer Resort

Penticton

Quiet, clean family oriented campground in apricot & pear orchard, high above Skaha Lake. Pool, store, modern washrooms/showers, laundromat facility. Speak Deutsch/Francais ... Read more
Banbury Green RV & Camping Resort

Banbury Green RV & Camping Resort

Kaleden

Nestled away from the city noise, Banbury Green RV & Camping Resort is a peaceful destination for families wanting a fun and relaxing vacation. Our resort is a family-oriented campground with attractively kept lawns and flowerbeds. We have an abundance of shaded areas to stay cool during the warmer ... Read more
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