After our morning at Cannon Beach we had a long drive to B.C. We took the 101 along the coast of Oregon to Washington, drove up the coast, cut across to Seattle and then took the back roads north to the border at the Aldergrove Crossing. It was pretty uneventful – the trees in Washington are pretty and so are the small towns but we were in too much of a hurry to stop anywhere. We did pull over for ice cream at one point and even Patches had a cone.
We made it to the border around 8:30 and then drove about 45 minutes further to the BC Parks campground at Cultus Lake. It is a busy spot but on a weeknight there were tenting spaces available. We set up our tent and basically went to sleep.
We woke up the next morning, had a quick breakfast of coffee and scones and got back on the road to our next destination – Oliver, BC. We didn’t have to be at our B and B until the afternoon, so we stopped for hazelnut butter and cheese near Agassiz and then again to take silly photos of Patches at the Hope, BC Visitors Centre.
We had a few stops to walk Patches, a few more stops to buy fruit and then we were at our B and B in Oliver around 3:30 pm. We stayed at Riverside Trails, where we had a 3 room suite with a small deck and private lawn area.
Our plan for our time in Oliver was to wine taste, hike a little and relax. We started Saturday morning with a delicious breakfast at our B and B and then headed out to do some wine tasting. We ended up visiting three wineries in the morning: Burrowing Owl, Platinum Bench and Stoneboat. (I’m going to talk about visiting wineries with your dog in a other post but it was a successful experience!). We liked all three places and bought a few bottles at each. Platinum Bench also sells delicious sourdough bread (which you get to sample with the wine tasting) so we picked up a few loaves for lunch.
Our hosts had given us a recommendation for a short hike with the dog that wasn’t supposed to be too hot so after our wine tasting we drove around for a while trying to find the trailhead. On our second attempt we were successful and took Patches out for a walk as a reward for being such a good sport with the wine sampling. Unfortunately, Patches found the hike too warm and we had to rush back to car to cool him off. Still, the views from the trail were pretty.
After our hike it was definitely time to do a more relaxing activity so we headed to the beach at Skaha Lake. They have a dog swim area so Patches was finally able to cool down and lots of shady grass to spread your beach blanket on. We stuck around there until dinner time and then headed back to Oliver.
Sunday was very similar to Saturday. We had french toast with fresh raspberries and then headed out to sample more wine. We started at Le Vieux Pin where we sampled their flight of whites and had a lovely chat with the people there. Then we went to LaStella where we also sampled olive oil and the most delicious vinegar.
Our third stop was at Covert Farms where we timed our visit to coincide with lunch hour. We ordered the farm platter (a selection of meats, cheeses and fruit) and sampled their wines while we munched away. They have a nice outside seating area and we had the whole place to ourselves.
After that we visited their organic u-pick for some blueberries and made a final winery stop at See Ya Later Ranch before hitting the beach again. We all went for a swim and then relaxed in the shade until it was time to head back to our B and B.
Overall it was another excellent visit to the Okanagan. While Oliver wasn’t quite as cute as Summerland, we still enjoyed the wineries and will definitely be planning another visit back to the area.