Once home to fur traders, gold miners and infamous train robber Billy Miner, Kamloops, B.C., now boasts lush farms, a stunning riverfront and the recently created Kamloops Wine Trail. Not one to miss out on a day of wine tasting (not to mention exploring, shopping and spa-ing), we packed our bags and drove straight there.
Meet GM Jessie Harnden and winemaker Jason Parkes and learn all about the Black Swift, a bird native to the Okanagan that lays a single egg per year. Single egg, single vineyard, well, you get the picture - The Hatch is an incubator for wine.
Recent rumblings that the United States is so frustrated with Canada's reluctance to lower barriers to agricultural trade that it is considering completing a TPP that excludes us only heightens the pressure to address outstanding issues that are holding up the final text of the agreement.
"Unfortunately a good grape season is also a perfect fire season," said Gebert, owner of Kelowna's St. Hubertus and Oak Bay Estate Winery. Encouraged by long periods of hot, dry weather, hundreds of fires have broken out across B.C. this summer.
Dotted with gleaming lakes, surrounded by majestic mountains and abundant in grapes that produce some of the best wines in North America, British Columbia's Okanagan Valley is a beloved summer vacation spot for Canadians