Activities in Naramata
Stroll elm-lined Robinson Avenue, between 1st and 4th Streets. Naramata means ‘Smile of Manitou’, and it’s probably the quietest downtown you’ll ever encounter. Pick up a beautiful bouquet and new dress at Shades of Linen, have lunch at the Grape Leaf Café, visit the Naramata Heritage Museum or a local artist’s studio, frolic through flowers at the Lavender Farm, and get an ice cream at the Naramata Store for a relaxing day. Rent a bike or Stand Up Paddleboard from Sun n’ SUP if you’re feeling adventurous, and don’t forget to visit the Naramata Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays at Wharf Park in the summer from 3:30 – 6:30 for locally grown fruit, veggies, homemade crafts, treats and music.
Manitou Park & Beach
On the south side of the village, Manitou Park is a wonderful spot to relax or play. The park includes a family beach, grassy areas, a playground, ball fields, picnic tables, washrooms, horseshoe pitch and volleyball court.
This is the original site of the Old Dock at Mill Bay that was the port for the Naramata fruit co-op packinghouse. Many locals and summer visitors alike will have fond memories (and probably a few scars!) from plunging off the old train docks into the water below. And although the new wharf is somewhat smaller, there’s still a ladder to help you back up from all those fancy dives. If you care for a stroll, be sure to take a rest on one of the many park benches taking in the serenity of Okanagan Lake.
There are many small more secluded beaches that Naramata has to offer. Ask our Guest Services for directions.
Kettle Valley Railway Trail
First opened in 1915 to service the growing mining demands in the Southern Interior region of British Columbia, Today it’s maintained as a multi-use trail that carries the Trans-Canada Trail through this part of British Columbia. A four km walk or bike north from the Smethurst Parking lot, the expansive view from the Little Tunnel make it well worth the hike. Take a picnic and make a day of it.
Wineries, Distilleries, Breweries & Pubs
Take a wine tour, or cruise yourself down the famed Naramata Bench with over 40 wineries. Just up the road is The Naramata Pub & Grill where you can catch live music, karaoke, music trivia on specific nights with a casual atmosphere. Sip a cocktail on the patio at Legend Distilling, or head into Penticton to try some fantastic craft beer at the Cannery Brewing Co. at their tasting room on Ellis Street. Be sure to let us know if we can arrange a tour or a taxi for your party – your fun and safety will be our top priority.
Yoga, SUP, and Outdoor Adventures
Missing your yoga practice while on vacation? We can arrange private classes through our Penticton neighbours Reflexions Studio – with a few days’ notice you’ll be sun saluting just steps from your door. Renting a Stand Up Paddle board is as easy as walking down the street to Sun n’ Sup, and if you’re looking for a kayak, hiking, or mountain biking adventure we’ll be sure to give Hoodoo Adventures a call. Grab or float or rent one if you feel like doing the famous Penticton River Chanel Float from Okanagan Lake right through to Skaha Lake. Talk to Guest Services and they will give you all the information you need to get your adventure started.
Farmer’s Markets & Creameries
Wednesday afternoons from 3:30pm – 6:30pm, come down to Wharf Park in Naramata. Saturday morning on Main Street in Penticton, be sure to visit the expansive Farmer’s Market from 8:30am – 1pm. Want to try some artisan cheeses? Simply head towards Penticton to taste Poplar Grove Cheese and Upper Bench Creameries in action.