The sunny Okanagan region, about a four-hour drive east from the Lower Mainland, is centred on 135-km-long Lake Okanagan and is home to the waterfront cities of Penticton, Kelowna, and Vernon—and the legendary Ogopogo lake serpent. Drier and warmer than the coast, this is a popular summer boating and cottage area. The water is clean and deep; the hills are rolling, arid, and dotted with productive orchards and vineyards. Penticton, Kelowna, and Vernon have excellent amenities, including many marinas and marine services. Watersports and the nightlife here attract a young crowd. There are also nearby ski resorts with condos and chalets.
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