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Warmer with less rain than Napa Valley, California, Oliver in the Okanagan Valley is home to the Golden Mile Bench and over 40 wineries in the Oliver region. With an excellent selection of homes, an abundance of parks and vibrant business community, Oliver located between Okanagan Falls and Osoyoos along Highway #97 gives you more. Local lakes, golf courses and award-winning wineries are just part of the story. Today Oliver is home to over 5,000 residents and carries the prestigious moniker of the ‘Wine Capital of Canada’ with pride.
Oliver is a member of School District #53 in the Okanagan Similkameen with Oliver Elementary School with kindergarten to grade seven and Tuc-el Nuit Elementary also with classes from K to 7. Southern Okanagan Secondary School is a public high school in Oliver with grades 8 to 12. The school district provides bus services for students who live outside of designated walk limits. Oliver is home to 2 pre-schools, the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre and Oliver Centre as part of Okanagan College.
With convenient access along Highway #97 between Okanagan Falls and Osoyoos, Oliver is located beside the Okanagan River and Tec-el-nuit Lake. With ideal terroir for wine making, over 50 percent of all wine grapes in British Columbia are grown in the Oliver region. A notable BC landmark in Oliver is McIntyre Bluff, an iconic hiking destination featured on websites, postcards and South Okanagan travel books. Oliver is just 24 km from the US border, a 25 minute drive to Penticton and 90 minutes to Kelowna with an International airport.
Whether you relocate or retire, Oliver is a charming alternative to its more bustling neighbours in the Okanagan Valley. Compared to larger urban centres such as Vancouver or Toronto, Oliver and area offers substantial housing value. In Oliver, the South Okanagan Real Estate Board reports recently the average single family home is $587,500. In the region, the average condominium sold for $304,667, while the average townhouse sold for $372,068. From magnificent country homes to affordable one bedroom condos, Oliver is drawing interest from people across Canada.
Being out and active is what Oliver is all about.
Being out and active is what Oliver is all about. At the top of the list is the 18.4 km International Hike and Bike Trail that’s flat and car free. For golf tee it up Nk-Mip Canyon Desert Course or Fairview Mountain – a standout in the Southern Okanagan since 1925. Rotary Park & Playground is ideal for families, Lions Park in Oliver features a playground, small wheels park and off-leash area for dog walking. While Kinsmen Playground features a spray park when the mercury rises. Tennis, pickleball and a skatepark are popular pursuits in the town of Oliver. For car, motorcycle & racing enthusiasts, Area 27 is a world-class luxury motorsports club and racetrack. Last but not least, wine tours with over 40 local wineries in the Oliver district.
Great places to dine in Oliver include Tim Horton’s, TacoRiendo, Medici’s Gelateria & Coffee House, Oliver Eats a must stop deli for sandwiches & baked goodies to take to the beach, and Aunties Ag’s Seafood Cafe – an Okanagan Life Readers’ Choice winner for tasty fish & chips. Along the Golden Mile in Oliver, top winery bistros include See Ya Later Ranch, Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek, Masala Bistro at Kismet Winery, Black Hills Estate Winery and The Wienery Food Truck – gourmet hotdogs at Bartier Bros. Winery on weekends.
Southwinds Crossing in Oliver is a convenient shopping destination and home to a Liquor Store, Mark’s, Buy-Low Foods and a Canadian Tire outlet as the anchor tenant. Dollarama, Shoppers Drug Mart and Oliver Shoes & Fashions are local faves.
Shopping in Oliver would not be complete without a visit to one of the ubiquitous fresh markets including Valley Farms, the Forbes Family and K & P Farm & Fruit Stand.
The ‘Wine Capital of Canada’ is located on the Golden Mile along Highway #97 between Okanagan Falls and Osoyoos in the South Okanagan. Pentiction Airport is just over a 30 minute drive away. While vehicle transport is main way to get around Oliver, BC Transit has bus service from Penticton to Oliver with stops at the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, Kaleden Fire Hall and the Oliver Hospital.
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