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Surrounded by lush valley hills primed for skiing during the winter months (within an hours drive) or wilderness hikes along the Kettle Valley Railway, which connects with the Trans Canada Trail, Naramata's rich soils invite its guests to unwind and explore.
Since the Okanagan Valley and the Okanagan Lake are part of Naramata's backyard, travelers can expect to uncover almost any type of outdoor adventure. The lake provides places to launch boats, kayak, or fish a way the afternoon. All the neighboring mountains cater to fantastic mountain biking, cross-country skiing, part or whole day hiking, and downhill runs just waiting to be carved up!
The portion of the Trans Canada Trail that runs through Naramata follows the historic tracks of the Kettle Valley Railway. It is unique because there are many remnants of the toil and difficult stretch of rock which confronted the earlier labourers. The abandoned tunnels, materials, track and rock-ovens are now token historical landmarks from Naramata's early history.
Hiking around the untouched boundaries of Naramata visitors can discover the rare semi-arid plants, seasonal wild flowers, and several species of native birds. The community offers specific public and private campgrounds throughout the area and RV parks for those on the road.
Naramata is also home to several artists whose works are featured in local galleries and whose studios are available to the public (during regular work hours recommended). Road signs "A" in blue will lead the way.
Apex Mountain Resort
Silver Star Mountain
Peak Orchard Harvests - Mid-August to September
Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park
Golf Courses - Penticton
Spring Wine Festival
Fall Wine Festival
The early First Nation Sioux Bands populated the area until the late 1800's. The name, Naramata, is derived from the meaning "Smile of the Manitou", who was a Chief's wife.
Designed by the enthused John Moore Robinson, who had also founded the agriculture of other parts of the Okanagan Valley such as; Peachland and Summerland, Naramata by the 1900's, the town was a culture hub. Naramata was supported by the completion of the railway and the paddle wheelers running transport up and down the lake.
Summer average 20 degrees Celsius
Winter average 5 degrees Celsius
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Naramata Things to Do