We asked some of our locals what they love most about Oliver and although the list is endless, we’ve compiled a short list of places that are a must see during your visit! Starting with Lions Park since it really has four major highlights!
Lions Park (at the Visitors’ Centre)
1) The Off-leash Dog Park
Locals and neighbours from all around the Okanagan travel to Lion’s park which hosts this huge, wonderful play area for dogs! A giant space for the big pups and another space for the feather-weights. Let them run, play, & chase for hours.
2) Oliver Skatepark
Skateboarders, scooter-lovers, roller-bladers, and all who enjoy a good ol’ fashioned cement skatepark will get giddy over this sweet gem.
3) Green Space for Picnics & Kid’s Playtime
Here you’ll find wonderful green space for picnics and a kid’s outdoor playground. Take a wander around and you’ll find the International Hike & Bike trail sitting right next to the river channel that connects Vaseux Lake and Osoyoos Lake. This also feeds into Oliver’s Tuc-el-nuit Lake which hosts the pet-friendly The Lakeside Resort, Rotary Park and Beach, Apple Beach RV Park.
4) Hammer’s House of Hog
Come to Lion’s Park and you’ll never go hungry! In fact, you’ll likely want to return over and over to taste some pretty awesome BBQ. Situated right by the parking lot of Lion’s Park sits Hammer’s House of Hog. Mmmmmm, so good.
Wildlife Bird Sanctuary and Trail
Otherwise known as the Vaseux Lake Bird Sanctuary or Wildlife Centre, it’s a perfect place for a relaxing, easy walk that allows time for pictures, bird watching and reflection. Watch for the elegant and lovely Trumpeter Swans.
International Hike & Bike Path (through Oliver)
If you’re standing in Lion’s Park, or right at the Visitors’ Centre you can walk right to the trail path. The trail in Oliver is a 6.0 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.
Distance: 6.0 km | Elevation Gain: 93 m | Route Type: Point to Point
Big Al’s Bakery
It’s not uncommon for Big Al to meet people from all over as this little hot-spot of a bakery is so incredibly good! It’s a baked from scratch bakery with a fresh deli serving all occasion deli platters. D Dutchman Dairy products. Open 6 days a week.
4.9 stars on sirved.com! Check out the menu… it’s just as scrumptious as the sweet baked goodness!