My British Columbia Home

Here’s a little tour of my home in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. When I am not working in the Northwest Territories, I am usually here.

Okanagan Lake is a very deep, very long north to south (135 km) body of fresh water with very different climates from one end to the other.

Even within short distances, there are extremes. Enormous sage bushes crouch in the dry soil in one spot, and a few meters away …

… there’s a vibrantly green apricot tree.

And then there are the grape vines. Many, many varietals. Some of these grapes will become very expensive bottles of wine while others are much more lowly, but pleasant and worthwhile all the same.

Part of this valley is classified as desert while other parts further to the north are made up of deciduous and coniferous forest.

A vineyard on the Naramata Bench.

Right now it is very hot (about 36ยฐC) and dry and while the wine grapes might really like that, there have been some significant lightening-triggered fires as well. A few rain showers would be very helpful.

What are the defining characteristics of your part of the world?

27 thoughts on “My British Columbia Home”

  1. What a gorgeous place to live. I’ve never seen an apricot tree…it’s beautiful. A defining characteristic in my area is unfortunately, traffic. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos, Lynette!

    1. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      They are beautiful, and yummy too, especially when just picked. ๐Ÿ™‚ Too bad about the traffic, but I believe you posted a photo of your yard one time, and I remember it as gorgeous?

  2. Hope the fires are not too close to where you are. We have friends in West Kelowna who we visit from time to time. We are not big fans of the heat or crowds, so prefer to visit other than in summer. Cheers. Allan

    1. Just down Highway 97 from the fires. Close enough to get lots of smoke although it tends to settle in the valley anyway. We prefer not to deal with the crowds either but we also know how to get around them a bit. Yup, pretty hot. Early morning is when to get out for walks, etc. I agree – the best months are May, June, Sept and Oct. Just gorgeous. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Beautiful photos. I wonder if people who live among mountains ever stop seeing the beauty around them. There is nothing serene about where I live. Aside from the Chicago river that flows into Lake Michigan, the distinguishing marks here are not natural, but man made. There are boat tours one can take about the architectural giants surrounding the river. It’s nice, but one has to psych themselves up for hectic city life before going there. I’m longing for some serenity in a place like those photos. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I think Chicago is pretty amazing. I haven’t visited for a few years now but I recall it as a great city – lots to see and do, wonderful restaurants. We live in a valley between two major mountain ranges and it really is beautiful. It gets busy in the summer with lots of tourists though. Maybe you can visit some time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love your pics. You look like you live on a never ending holiday! I donโ€™t envy your heat though. Iโ€™m struggling with the never ending summer weโ€™re experiencing here this year, with top temps at around 32!

    1. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      My home is in the Okanagan Valley but I work in the cold north, so right now I don’t get to enjoy it all the time. It does get blisteringly hot and there are lots of tourists. Spring and autumn are the best seasons. I heard about your hot weather, and the UK doesn’t have much air conditioning. Stay cool – lots of swimming and cool showers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I often am curious about some of my fellow bloggers home towns. So I really enjoyed reading abut yours. Your photos are lovely. Beautiful area. Thanks Lyn

  6. Beautiful photos. The defining characteristics of the Dallas area? Flat, hot and racist. Just kidding. (Sort of.) I do live in a mildly hilly neighborhood which I rather enjoy, but to find the real natural beauty in Texas one has to get out of the immediate DFW area, as there’s not much to look at until one does…

  7. Beautiful country in BC. My son worked a season in Big White some years ago. He loved Canada, especially the Mountain country, so different to Australia.

    1. Thank you – it is beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚ Big White is not far from my home and I used to ski there (no more skiing because of an accident though). ๐Ÿ™‚ Many Australians come to work on the ski hills and we are happy to have them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s an amazing area in the winter too. Because it’s such a deep valley it’s very temperate with the coldest being about -2ยฐC (about 28 F). That’s why so much tree fruit grows here and the wine grapes do well. Don’t know if that’s too cold for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can also leave the valley and go skiing in the mountains, or just to admire the snowfall. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This reminds me how little I know about the interior of BC, and how much astounding variety we have here, within one province (or territory), let alone the entire country.

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