Okanagan Bucket List

The Okanagan is beautiful and has so many amazing places to explore. Don't miss out!

How often do you visit a beautiful place and only find out later that you missed so much? Sure, you checked out the major attractions, but did you really get to know the place? It’s happened to me and I bet it’s happened to you. That’s why I’ve put together an Okanagan bucket list that’ll keep you busy exploring all year long. Come join me and explore the beautiful Okanagan!

The Okanagan is so full of amazing things that — even though I’ve lived here my entire life — I’m always finding more things to do. The more I explore, the more places I find and the larger my to-see list grows. It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or brand new visitor, you’ll find somewhere new to explore.

The Okanagan is well known for its wine, but this isn’t a list of wineries to check out. If you’re after hikes, waterfalls, and just plain awesome outdoor activities, you’re in the right place. Some of these aren’t technically in the Okanagan, but they’re awesome and close enough to count!

A bucketlist destination in the Okanagan is Kal Lake in Vernon
The Pillar in Pillar Lake Provincial Park near Falkland in the Thompson-Okanagan
Chase Creek Falls

Okanagan Bucket List

As I explore the Okanagan, I’ll be continuously updating and checking off items from my Okanagan bucket list. Check back to see what I’ve gotten up to and for inspiration for your own adventures!

If you know of places I should add, let me know. I want to see — and share — all that the beautiful Okanagan has to offer.

View towards Kelowna from a hiking trail on the Okanagan Bucket list
A rocky shoreline at Ellison Provincial Park next to a turquoise lake.
SUP on Kalamalka Lake in Vernon

Central Okanagan

The central Okanagan stretches from Lake Country to Peachland and includes Kelowna and West Kelowna. It’s the most populated area in the entire Okanagan and is a popular place to live and vacation.

View of the Okanagan from the Enderby Cliffs hike, part of the Okanagan bucket list
Christie Falls near Kelowna
Spion Kop is a great hike on the Okanagan bucket list

North Okanagan

The north Okanagan begins just south of Vernon and stretches north towards Salmon Arm. It’s the most lush, green portion of the Okanagan and you’ll find plenty of waterfalls here.

The Sicamous Lookout in the North Okanagan is part of our Okanagan Bucket List.
The Rose Swason Trail in the Spallumcheen
Hiking at the Bear Creek Canyon Rim Trail

South Okanagan

The south Okanagan begins near Peachland and stretches all the way to the US border at Osoyoos. It’s very dry and is the most desert-like area in the entire Okanagan valley.

Are you ready to explore the Okanagan? See you on the trails.


  • Michael Baldigara
    June 1, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Wow Sam thanks for this … this is such a great list … and you have a great website. I have lived in Kelowna for 20 years and done a number of things on the list… but have many more to go it looks like !!

    • Sam
      June 1, 2020 at 8:27 am

      Hey Michael! I’m so happy to hear you’ve got some new places to check out 🙂 If there’s anywhere you love that’s not on the list, I’d love to hear about them as well!

  • Kristen
    July 24, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Wow!!! This was EXACTLY what I was looking for! Excellent article!

    • Sam
      August 13, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      Oh I’m so happy! Hope you’re having fun exploring 🙂

  • Carrie
    June 6, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Wow Sam! This is an incredible bucket list for the Okanagan. What an adventure you’ve lived and shared. Thank you so much! Keep on viben’

    • Sam
      July 28, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks so much Carrie! Hope you’re out there enjoying yourself too! 🙂


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