When to Go
- Places to Explore
- Travel Tips
- Fodor's Choice
When to Go
The Okanagan hosts a wine festival in May, to open the season, and in early October, to close the season; both weekends are popular, and busy, times to visit. High season is defined from wine festival to wine festival.
Winery staff and other insiders say that the best time for an Okanagan wine-tasting trip is September. Everything is open, the weather is generally fine, and the vineyards are full of grapes ready to harvest. Many wineries release new wines in the fall, so there are more tasting options.
The hot dry summer, especially July and August, is peak season here, and weekends get crowded. May and June are quieter, and most wineries are open, so either month can be a good alternative to the midsummer peak.
The Okanagan is a popular ski destination in winter, with several low-key but first-rate resorts. If your main objective is wine touring, though, many wineries close or reduce their hours from November through April.
Free Fodor's Newsletter
Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.
Fodor's Trip Planning Ideas
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Go List: Fodor's Top 25 Places to Go in 2013
- Hotel Awards 2012: Fodor's 100 Top Hotels
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Best of Europe: Fodor's Picks the Best Places to Visit in Europe
- $132 & up -- Toronto 4-Star Hotel: Stay 2, Get 3rd Free The Westin Harbour Castle
- $120 & up -- Toronto Hotel in Spring, Stay 3 nights, 20% off Novotel Toronto North York
- $156 -- Calgary 4-Diamond Summer Stay on Weekends, $120 Off — $156 Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire