Summerland is in British Columbia, Canada. It is a small community of 12000 people in the Okanagan Valley. The architecture of the downtown area is done in Old English Tudor.


View of uppertown from Giants Head Mountain

Summerland began its life on the lake. At first, Summerland was nestled in the tiny strip of land between Okanagan Lake and the foreboding clay cliffs that covered the settlement in shadow by mid afternoon. The first recorded settler to this area was in 1887, and some of his family's descendants are still in the area. The area had electricity in 1905, telephones in 1907, and a newspaper the next year. Growth was fast.

This area is commonly referred to as lower town.

With the arrival of the Kettle Valley Railway in 1915, West Summerland (the location of the present town centre) was born. When the alignment of Highway 97 was moved from lowertown up to the plateau in 1955 and the post office was moved to "West Summerland" in 1964 the 'West' was dropped and the entire area was then referred to as Summerland.

Summerland has grown to include Trout Creek, which arcs into Okanagan Lake south of town, Prairie Valley, which leads west of town, and the huge agricultural benchland that sits behind Giants Head Mountain.

Get in

By air

There is no airport in Summerland. Penticton airport is 18km (11mi) to the south. Kelowna airport is 65km to the north.

By bus

Greyhound Bus Lines provide daily passenger service to Summerland.

By car

Highway 97 is the only highway into town. It runs south from Kelowna and north from Penticton. Vancouver is 420km (261mi) to the west. Calgary is 689km (428mi) to the east. Seattle is 519km (322mi) to the southwest.

Get around

Public transportation is currently very limited (handi-dart). There are plans to increase the system in the near future and it is widely hoped that this increase will include public transportation to Penticton. There is a Taxi Service in Summerland 250-494-6651. The downtown core is easily walked in under 15 minutes from end to end. While Summerland has a modest population, the residential area is spread over a huge area with many steep hills to climb while you enjoy the breathtaking views this wonderful town has to offer.


View from below the trestle.





Peacock's Perch Neighbourhood Pub & Liquor Store - offers a selection of on-site brewed beers and more. The pub-style menu has something for everyone. - 14218 Rosedale Summerland, BC, V0H 1Z0 - +1 250 494-9727

Local Lounge • Grille - Set on Lake Okanagan near Penticton, Local Lounge • Grille offers a fantastic view and good food. - 12817 Lakeshore Dr. North - +1 250 494-8855



There are none. You will have to go fifteen minutes south to Penticton.


Bed and Breakfast

Hotels and Motels

RV Parks

Go next

Routes through Summerland

Kelowna Peachland  N  S  Penticton Osoyoos

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