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The Similkameen Valley


Kelowna

Okanagan , British Columbia


Kelowna, the largest city in the Okanagan, is a rapidly growing community with a population over 106,000. Kelowna is located on the Okanagan Lake, mid-way between Penticton in the south and Vernon in the north, and approx. 150 km. (90 miles) north of the US border at Osoyoos and 395 km. (247 miles) east of Vancouver.

Kelowna boasts all the amenities of a major city - fine dining, unique shops and a vibrant cultural life - yet orchards and vineyards abound within a 10-minute drive of the downtown core. Spectacular vistas await those ready to explore. A delightful day can be spent sampling the award-winning wares of numerous internationally-acclaimed wineries.

Kelowna's wineries include: Summerhill Estate Winery, St. Hubertus Estate Winery, CedarCreek Estate Winery, Calona Vineyard, Bounty Cellars, and Tantalus Vineyards.

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Westbank

Okanagan, British Columbia

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West Kelowna

Located Across the lake from Kelowna is the established town of Westbank. It is a tourist and residential community with numerous orchards and vineyards. Highway 97, the major route through the Okanagan, is the main business street.

Some of BC's best known wineries are located here, such as Mission Hill and Quails' Gate. Other wineries include, Little Straw Vineyards, Mt Boucheries and Rollingdale Winery.

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Peachland

Okanagan, British Columbia


A little south of Westbank (16 K) is the serene and picturesque community of Peachland, population 4,883 (2006 Census). Located on the shores of Okanagan Lake, the town is surrounded by orchards, vineyards and towering Ponderosa pines.

Wineries include Hainle Estates, Deep Creek, Greata Ranch Vineyards and First Estate Cellars. The town is also close to Westbank Wineries and the Summerland Wineries.

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Summerland

Okanagan, British Columbia


Summerland is a very beautiful town located along highway 97 in the heart of the Valley. Beaches, vineyards, orchards and mountains all combine to make a very unique community.

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway showcases a unique part of the Okanagan's and British Columbia's history, you can catch a ride on the train in Summerland.

Featured wineries include: Sonoran Estate Winery, Hijas Bonitas Vineyards, Dirty Laundry Vineyard, Garnet Valley Vineyards, Silk scarf Winery and Sumac Ridge Estate Winery.


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Penticton

Okanagan, British Columbia


The City of Penticton, located at the Southern end of Okanagan Lake and the Northern tip of Skaha Lake, is famous for tourism, vacations, sun, fun, beaches, lakes, Ogopogo, the Penticton Peach Festival, the Okanagan Wine Festival and the Ironman Canada Triathlon.

The Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival, the Peach City Beach Cruise, the Pentastic Hot Jazz Fest, the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale and spectacular natural scenery all help to make Penticton one of
the most vibrant cities to visit in British Columbia

Penticton is gateway to the Naramata Bench and its wineries and is second only to Kelowna in size. Featured wineries include Pêntage, Foxtrot, Laughing Stock, Maple Leaf Sprits and Stonehill Winery.


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Okanagan Falls

Okanagan, British Columbia


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Located at the south end of Lake Skaha, it is a small community known for its antiques and summer markets. Okanagan Falls is a charming little town best visited for its tasty pleasures: it is home to the increasingly famous chocolate factory, Snowy Mountain Chocolate; the largest ice-cream cone seller in the valley, Tickleberry's; the world-famous fruit-snack producer, Okanagan Dried Fruit; and prestigious Wineries.

The community of approximately 6,000 is 16 miles south of Penticton and 18 miles north of Oliver. The local wineries include Wild Goose Vineyards, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Blasted Church and Stag's Hollow.

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Oliver

Okanagan, British Columbia


Oliver is located at the northern most point of the Sonora Desert, tucked into the southern end of BC's beautiful Okanagan Valley, 25 miles north of the US border. It is renowned for the quality of wine grapes the area produces. Known as the "Wine Capital of Canada", Oliver has the largest concentration of both vineyards and commercial wineries in British Columbia. The majority of these are located along what is known as the Golden Mile of Highway 97, just south of Oliver.

Oliver's population is just under 5,000, but projections show a rapid population increase in the next few years as Oliver develops its "Wine Town" project.

The wineries include: Antelope Ridge Winery, Black Hills, Burrowing Owl, Desert Hills Estate, Ganton and Larsen Prospect, Gehringer Brothers, Golden Beaver, Golden Mile, Hester Creek, Inniskillin Estate, Tinhorn Creek and many more.

 

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Osoyoos

Okanagan, British Columbia

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Located in the heart of the Okanagan desert country, Osoyoos is the most southern town snuggling against the US Border. It rests on the shores of Osoyoos Lake, Canada's warmest lake, a major summer vacation spot for British Columbians and Albertans for years.

Osoyoos is now primarily a retirement and vacation center as well as an orchardist area. Apricots, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, apples and grapes thrive in the hot, dry climate, while the surrounding area features desert flora and fauna such as prickly pear cactus, antelope bush and rare species of birds.

Wineries include: Twisted Tree Vineyards, Osoyoos Larose and Nk'Mip.

 

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Cobble Hill

Vancouver Island , British Columbia


Cobble Hill is located in the Cowichan Valley , 4.5 miles (7 km) north of the Shawnigan Lake/Mill Bay Road on Highway 1, and 30 miles (48 km) north of Victoria .

A tiny farming village in the Cowichan Valley, Cobble Hill is surrounded by a picturesque landscape and enveloped by a warm climate. The Cowichan Valley is characterized by diverse landscapes of forests, freshwater lakes, saltwater beaches and marinas, farmland and vineyards.

Cherry Point Vineyard is the largest winery in Cobble Hill. Others include Divino Estates, Glenterra Vineyards, Sliverside Farms, and the acclaimed Venturi Schulze.  Cobble Hill is the gateway to numerous other wineries located up Island.

 

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Cache Creek

Thompson River Valley , British Columbia


True to its name the town is steeped in Caribou History and is located on the old Caribou Wagon Road. This popular spot was a stopping place for miners gathering supplies before heading farther north to the gold fields. Just north of town is the Hat Creek Ranch, open to the public May to October, which housed weary travelers and their animals

The town's name is accounted for by a variety of legends, the most romantic version concerning a couple of prospectors who buried a hoard of gold and never returned to pick it up. Sadly, it's more likely to have derived its name from early trappers' more prosaic habit of leaving a cache of supplies at points on a trail to be used later.

Cache Creek can be reached from the south, north and east by car or bus. It is located at the junction of Highway 97 and the Trans Canada Highway. The Trans Canada Highway (Highway 1) winds its way north from Vancouver to Cache Creek where it veers east and heads to Kamloops, while Highway 97 takes travelers on to northern BC and the Yukon. Visitors with private planes can take advantage the small asphalt airstrip located just south of town

 

 

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Ontario

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
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A charming historical town set by the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, historic Niagara-on-the-Lake captures attention with its Georgian and Victorian-styled buildings, water front park and surrounding fields of grapevines. Many of Ontario's finest wineries are located here.

 The town played a major role in establishing Canada as a new country. Many firsts occurred here, such as Canada's first newspaper. The town has numerous museums and heritage homes to reflect its history, including the Laura Secord Homestead.

The centre of town is composed of artists' studies, craft shops and fine restaurants, along with numerous guest houses and B&B's. The town is home to the Shaw Festival - a months–long series of theatrical productions featuring the works of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries.

Visitors flock to dozens of nearby wineries, including those making the world's largest volumes of Icewine . The town is also known for its gardens, art galleries, antique shops and golf courses.

Wineries include: Château des Charmes, Coyote's Run Estate Winery, Hillebrand Estates Winery, Inniskillin Wines, Jackson-Triggs, Konzelmann, Peller Estates, Southbrook, Stratus and so many more.

 

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Grimsby

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
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Grimsby is the personification of a small town, nestled between beautiful Lake Ontario and the majestic Niagara Escarpment. From its roots as a service centre to Niagara's thriving agricultural industry, the town has developed to become the preferred place in which to live and do business in Niagara. 

Gateway to Niagara

Less than an hour's drive from Toronto, fifteen minutes from Hamilton and 25 minutes from Niagara Falls, it offers commuters the best of both worlds. There are 20 wineries nearby, including Kittling Ridge Estate and Puddicombe Farm and Winery.  Many wineries having a Beamsville address are very close to Grimsby.


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Beamsville

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
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Located south 5 km east of Grimsby, Beamsville is a small community located within the larger town of Linclon. It is an historic town containing century-old brick buildings, an old-fashioned downtown area with barbershops, women's dress shops, numerous guest houses and restaurants.

Beamsville is in the heart of Ontario's wine country, and contributes greatly to the wine industry in the Niagara Peninsula. Many wineries from the area have taken home top awards, including Grape King at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, as well as International awards.

A short list of Beamsville wineries include; Malivoire, East Dell Wineries, Thomas and Vaughan, Thirty Bench, Angel's Gate, Peninsula Ridge, Cave Spring Cellars, Daniel Lenko Winery, Magnotta, Mountain Road Winery, Legends Estates and Crown Bench.

 

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Jordan Village

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
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An oasis centrally located among the vineyards and fields of Niagara's Wine Country, Jordan Village's historical 17th century  background adds to the mystic. Located between St. Catherines and Beamsville, it offers a wide diversity of attractions for you to explore. You'll find everything from shops and boutiques to wineries, art galleries, golf courses, fine restaurants and spas. The Valley is home to a designated World Biosphere Reserve, natural waterfalls and historically significant sites.

Featured wineries include Cave Spring Cellars, Creekside Estates ,Flat Rock Cellars, and Les Clos Jordan

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Vineland

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
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The village of Vineland is an unincorporated community within the Town of Lincoln. Many of the residents of Vineland are descendants of the original German immigrants who pioneered this region in the mid 1700's. It is located between Jordan and Beamsville on highway 81.

Vineland's biggest event is a large craft fair that takes place over four days on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, with vendors selling their wares on the Main Street and at Balls Falls. More importantly, it is known for its wines.

Featured wineries include Featherstone Estates, Kacaba, Lakeview Cellars, Mike Wier Estates, Tawse Winery and Vineland Estates. Wayne Gretzky Winery will also be located in Vineland.

 


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Picton

Prince Edward County


Located on the Shores of Picton Bay (off Lake Ontario) in the heart of Prince Edward County, Picton is a unique and beautiful historical town. The town is named after General Sir Thomas Picton, second in command to Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo .

Picton is also located in one of Ontario's most beautiful areas of forests, lodging, camping, wine making and vacation spots. Its vast acres of farms, cottage country, markets, and historical settings make it an absolute summer hotspot for families and tourists. Its wide variety of lake-side cottages for rent and fishing hot spots make it a dream weaver of family memories. The tourism industry is a primary source of revenue for many area residents, especially in the summer.

Wineries located here are: Black Prince Winery, Waupoos



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Wellingon

Prince Edward County
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A beautiful village situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, Wellington overlooks the largest freshwater dunes in the world at Sandbanks, and is located in the heart of Prince Edward County's exciting new wine industry.

Wineries here include: Sandbank, Carmela, Del-Gatto, By Chadsey's and Huff Estates


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Hillier

Prince Edward County
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A small community located  a few miles from Wellington, Hillier has a population of approximately 100. The community is most known for its wineries.  SugarBush,The Grange of Prince Edward, Rosehall Run Vineyards, Peddlesden Wines, Norman Hardie and Closson Chase


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Harrow

Lake Erie North Shore


Situated in “Canada's Sun Parlour”, Harrow boasts some of the country's best climate, with the benefits of four distinct seasons: warm springs, sultry summers, colourful falls and mild winters. Harrow is a quaint community situated along scenic County Road 20 that offers unique shops and many places for antique hunters to explore. The John R. Park Homestead, Southwestern Ontario Heritage Village and Transportation Museum all make Harrow an interesting town to visit.

Wineries include: Colchester Ridge Estate, Colio Estate Wines, Muscedere Vineyards and Sprucewood Shores Estate.


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St. Thomas

Lake Erie North Shore


St. Thomas is located in southwestern Ontario in Elgin County, and is part of the greater London urban area. It is also situated halfway between Toronto and Detroit, with several scenic towns, lakeside villages and historic hamlets surrounding the city. St Thomas has a long-standing railway heritage, earning its title as the "Railway Capital of Canada." St. Thomas is a growing community, evolving from an agricultural centre to a railway city to an industrial one. St Thomas has some magnificent Victorian architecture.

Wineries: Meadow Lane Estate and Quai du Vin Estate.


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Quebec

Dunham

Eastern Townships


A nice community located on the shores of Lac Selby. Dunham was the first proclaimed Township in the area in 1796, and the first to be officially established in Lower Canada. The Township municipality was set up in 1845, and the village municipality in 1867, which amalgamated in 1971 to form the town of Dunham. The first settlers arrived in about 1820. Dunham took its name in honour of Sir Thomas Dunn, born in Durham, England, and one of the 35 concession-owners in the Township in 1796. The town of Dunham is typical of the Loyalist era, with many brick and stone houses bordering Rue Principale – some over 150 years old.

Featured wineries include Vignoble de L'Orpailleur Inc, Vignoble Les Blancs Coteaux Domaine des Côtes D'Ardoise Inc, Vignoble Les Trois Clochers Vignoble de la Bauge and Vignoble Clos Ste-Croix de Dunham


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Nova Scotia

 

Grand Prè

Kings County, Nova Scotia

 


Grand-Pré is a small community located at the Head of the Bay of Fundy. Its French name translates to "Great Meadow." The community lies at the eastern edge of the Annapolis Valley several kilometres east of the town of Wolfville on a peninsula jutting into the Minas Basin, framed by the Gaspereau and Cornwallis Rivers.

Acadians settled there in 1682. Sir Robert Laird Borden, the eighth Prime Minister of Canada, was born here in 1854. Grand-Pré is also Canada's first designated Historic Rural District. One of Nova Scotia's best known wineries, Domaine de Grand Pré, is located in the community.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow chose it as the setting of his epic poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie published in 1847.

Close by are the towns of Wolfville (L'Acadie Vineyards) and Canning (Blomidon Estate Winery).



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Wolfville

Kings County, Nova Scotia

 
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A small town in the rural Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada, is located about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax.  It is  a short distance from Grand Pre. In 2006, the population was 3,772.

It is home to Acadia University, the Atlantic Theatre Festival, Landmark East School and the Acadia Cinema Co-operative, a non-profit organization that runs the local movie house.

Wolfville is a popular tourist destination, both for the scenery of the nearby Bay of Fundy and for the many cultural attractions offered by the university and by the town. In the past few years, several Victorian houses in Wolfville have been converted to bed and breakfast establishments. Harvest Gallery on Main Street features exclusively the works of Nova Scotian artists, including Alex Colville, a renowned Wolfville resident.


L'Acadie Vineyards is located here.

The town of   Gaspereau is  located nearby is Gaspereau Vineyards.

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Gaspereau

Kings County, Nova Scotia

 
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Gaspereau is a rural community located in Kings County, Nova Scotia .

It is located about 3 km south of the town of Wolfville on the Gaspereau River. The name "Gaspereau" is often used to refer to all of the communities throughout the 15 km Gaspereau Valley.

The name is derived from the Gaspereau fish, Alosa pseudoharengus , which migrates up the river every sprin

Gaspereau is primarily an agricultural community, hosting dairy farms and apple orchards. In recent years, many grape vineyards have been established, such as Gaspereau Vineyards. L'Acadie Vineyards is located nearby.


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Canning

King County, Nova Scotia

 

 
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A village  (Pop 2006 856) in northeastern Kings County, located Near Grand Pre

The area was originally settled by Acadians who were expelled in 1755 during the Acadian Expulsion. After the Acadians, Canning - first called Apple Tree Landing' and then Habitant Corner - was settled in 1760 by New England Planters and by the Dutch following World War II. The present name was adopted in honour of British Prime Minister George Canning.

Though much diminished in importance in recent years, Canning was once a major shipbuilding centre and shipping and rail hub for farmers in Kings County. Canning merchants and farmers founded the Cornwallis Valley Railway, which ran from 1889 to 1961, connecting the village to the Dominion Atlantic Railway mainline in Kentville, Nova Scotia. The village suffered three major fires in its history.

Home to Blomidon Estate Winery


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