Located on the shores of Wood Lake and Okanagan Lake in the sunny Okanagan Valley, Winfield is the southernmost of the Lake Country towns.
Winfield is located in Lake Country, a municipality comprised of four communities; Winfield, Okanagan Centre, Oyama, and Carr’s Landing, all located on the benches above Okanagan Lake and Wood Lake.
The Lake Country area offers much to see and do, and has a large agricultural base, with abundant fruit orchards, some of which have been in existence since the early 1900s. Lake Country calls itself the Apple Capital of Canada, producing over 35% of all apples grown in Canada. Grape growing for wine making is another important agricultural activity.
Like the rest of the Okanagan, Winfield began as orchards, and is known as the Banana Belt of the Okanagan. Today tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing support this bedroom community of Kelowna.
The warm, dry climate of the Okanagan valley provides great recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking, sailing, swimming, paddling and all water-borne activities.
Wineries: Nearly three dozen wineries operate in the Okanagan Valley, from Osoyoos in the south to Vernon in the north. Some have tasting rooms, and most are open during summer and through the wine crush in September. Lake Country has its very own winery, the Gray Monk Estate Winery , located a few miles from Winfield in Okanagan Centre. Wineries in British Columbia.
Wineries in the Okanagan Valley
The Lake Country Museum in Okanagan Centre displays over 3,000 artifacts depicting the history and heritage of the local community, commencing with the early settlement days. On display is an old fire engine from the Winfield Fire Department, plus farm machinery and tools, organs, phonographs, cameras, and much more.
ArtWalk at the Lake Country Community Complex in Winfield in mid September is a unique two-day art event featuring an art exhibit, food venues, musical entertainment, audio visual experience and a live theatrical performance in the Creekside Theatre. ArtWalk profiles the original art work of Okanagan Valley artists. Over 200 artists show their best paintings, printmaking, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and more. The major Art Galleries from the Okanagan Valley are included at ArtWalk, which attracts over 5,000 visitors annually.
Ogopogo: Search for the elusive relative of the Loch Ness Monster, reputed to inhabit the waters of Okanagan Lake. Said to be a friendly serpent-like creature, a two million dollar reward is being offered for anyone who can prove that the famous legend of Ogopogo is real. A replica of the mythological creature awaits divers at a depth of 25 feet (8 metres) at Paul’s Tomb in the Knox Mountain Nature Park in Kelowna.
Golf: Aspen Grove Golf Club is located in Winfield, and there are three courses located in nearby Kelowna; Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club, The Harvest Golf Club, and Kelowna Springs Golf Club. Okanagan Golf Vacations.
Fishing: The group of lovely lakes east of Lake Country, accessed on the Beaver Lake and Dee Lake Roads has long been recognized as one of British Columbia’s finest fishing grounds. Set like pearls in the midst of wooded hills of great beauty, and connected by waterways and trails, this group of 20 lakes or more is well stocked with real fighting Kamloops trout. Top among the lakes are Dee Lake, Island Lake, Deer Lake and Crooked Lake. A recreation site, boat launch and campground are located at Island Lake, with a boat launch at Dee Lake, which boasts the largest rainbow trout, to 2 kg. In addition to good fishing in the larger lakes mentioned below, fishing is also good at Ellison Provincial Park on Okanagan Lake.
Recreational Lakes in the area include Duck Lake, Wood Lake, Kalamalka Lake, and Okanagan Lake. Wood Lake, between Oyama and Winfield has a solid reputation for Kokanee and rainbow trout fishing, and is named after Tom Wood, who settled on the south end of the lake around 1860. Kalamalka Lake, north of Oyama, is named after the Indian Chief Kalamalka, who lived on the lake. Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park on the northeast shore provides good hiking and birdwatching.
Skiing: Winfield is perfectly located between two major ski areas; Big White Ski Resort , approximately 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Kelowna, and Silver Mountain Ski Resort, 14 miles (22 km) northeast of Vernon.
Cross-country skiers receive just as much welcome at Silver Star as do other winter enthusiasts. Beginning from the trailhead at the entrance to the resort, the 37 kilometres of tracked and groomed trails fan out through the park. An additional 50 km of groomed trails lead through the adjacent Sovereign Lake area. The trailhead for the Sovereign Lake cross-country area is located just west of the entrance to the resort and has its own parking area. A fee is charged for cross-country skiing here and at the resort. Skiing & Winter Activities in the Okanagan Valley.
Dozens of parks surround Okanagan Lake, an outdoor adventure playground where the only difficulty is deciding what to do with your time. There are three developed beaches, marine campsites, mooring buoys and numerous hiking trails around the 70-mile-long (113-km) Okanagan Lake.
Reiswig Regional Park on Woodsdale Road south of Wood Lake offers a swim area, picnic area and playing field. Also on Woodsdale Road in Winfield is Beasley Park.
Bear Creek Provincial Park: If you’re looking for a short break from the central Okanagan’s summer heat, Bear Creek Provincial Park may be the place to visit for easy camping and picnics. Located south of Winfield on the west shore of Okanagan Lake, the park offers everything from beautiful beaches to a wild, rocky canyon.
The rocky, forested headlands and sheltered, sandy bays of small Ellison Provincial Park await you on the east side of Okanagan Lake, just a few miles north of Carr’s Landing. Walking trails provide access to the headlands that separate two beautiful bays, offering boulder-climbing excitement and wildflower photo opportunities. The bays are good fishing spots.
To the south of Winfield, amid summer sunshine, sparkling waters and warm Okanagan smiles, is Kelowna, the largest population centre in the Okanagan Valley, and one of Canada’s most popular vacation destinations. It’s such a perfect lakeshore community that it’s known to some as the Summer City.
To the north of Winfield are the Lake Country communities of Okanagan Centre and Oyama. Nestled between Wood Lake and Kalamalka Lake, the community of Oyama is known for its serenity, sunshine, beautiful clean lakes, and warm hospitality.
Circle Tours: See the best of the area on Okanagan and Kootenay Rockies Circle Tour. Travel the sunny interior of British Columbia, north through the Okanagan to Sicamous, following Highway 1 into the mountains of the BC Rockies. From Golden, head south through the Columbia Valley to Creston, and west through the Southern Okanagan, starting and ending your sun-drenched voyage in Osoyoos, the place where two lakes come together. Circle Tours in British Columbia.