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This Quaint Town In BC Sits On The Only Desert In All Of Canada


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The image of Canada usually conjures images of the cold, along with polar bears, maple syrup, and hockey; however, the town of Oliver in BC greets visitors with a unique climate.

Indeed, as the only desert in Canada, the town is also known as the ‘Wine Capital of Canada.’ As such, it receives a great deal of nationwide attention.

For one, there are a number of things to do throughout the region. During the summer, visitors may enjoy swimming in Tuc-el-nuit Lake, which brings refreshment on a hot day. Similarly, the lake provides the ideal setting for various water sports including kayaking, paddleboarding and more.

Further, the town offers spectacular hiking as well as mountain biking. In the winter, visitors may also enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.

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The town also has some spectacular places to golf. Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course and Fairview Mountain Golf Club offer beautiful vistas in which to enjoy a round with friends.

Of course, the area is most famous for its vineyards. With a much warmer climate than most of Canada, it provides ideal conditions for growing grapes. What’s more, it’s located just 25 km north of the USA border, and attracts a fair share of American tourists.


Vineyards in Oliver, BC


Looking for some other beautiful places to explore in BC? Check out this charming town of Kent in the Fraser Valley. Also, have a look at this charming Vancouver Island town that is a gateway to Strathcona Provincial Park.


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