by Andrea Vance
Heading to the Okanagan this Fall, next Spring, or better yet, Summer 2021? Be sure to explore Oyama, a small town tucked along the shores of Kalamalka Lake that has a lot to offer for family-friendly adventure. Here are our top picks for the places to explore while you’re there.
1) Dine at Pane Vino Pizzeria
Make dinner reservations at Pane Vino Pizzeria, next to the famous Gatzke Orchards Farm Market. This is a family-owned hidden gem, serving farm-to-table meals of handmade pizzas, pastas, and beautiful salads. Definitely try the caesar salad, that is not just standard fare! During the Spring, Summer and Fall months, their vineyard dining area is one of the sweetest in the Okanagan.
2) Shop at The Tina Louise Dress Studio
Located on Oyama Road between Kalamalka and Wood Lake, this dress boutique is the best spot to pick up a locally-made clothing item. The shop owner seems to never take a day off, always on site giving recommendations and a friendly smile. These dresses feel like they’re one of a kind, with beautiful fabrics and prints. Hit their Fall sale for great bargains too.
3) Slide, Swing, and Climb at the Oyama Zipline Adventure Park
This is a great park for all ages, equipped with a Kids Play Area just for little ones next tothe huge trees with ziplines and aerial adventures for older kids and adults. Everyone can play here and it’s a great way to escape from your cabin and explore the outdoors.
4) Go Cliff Jumping
Cliff jumping on Kalamalka Lake is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for it, jump away! There are a few different locations on the lake, but this photo-friendly spot is on the east side of the lake, and can only be accessed by boat. There are different jump heights, so kids and adults can all jump in.
Be aware this activity is at your own risk and cliff jumping can be dangerous! Always be safe and aware of other jumpers and boats.
5) Ride Your Bike Along the Okanagan Rail Trail
For hours of cycling fun, hit the Okanagan Rail Trail which offers views in either direction. From Oyama you can rent e-bikes near Pano Vino, or along Oyama Road, or bring your own bicycle for hours of riding and beautiful sights. The Rail Tail will take you all the way from Vernon to Kelowna with lots of sights along the way. This is a great way to explore all the locations we’ve listed here, and so many more.