I towed Travis into town today while Nicole was getting her knee checked out, so we hit the road a little late. But that was ok since today was going to be our tipsy wine tour! As we were cycling along the 97, all we saw were vineyards after vineyards, all next door to each other. There were wine tastings at the wineries we stopped off at, so we managed to stop off at plenty of them: Golden Beaver, Rustico, Cassini Cellars, Inniskillin, and Jackson-Triggs. Neither one of us were anything close to a wine connaisseur, so we were joking around by swirling the wine, smelling it, tasting it, and thinking hard before saying "this wine is... good". The people selling the wine were nice enough to answer many of the questions that we had, and I think we learned a lot today about the wine industry. Too bad that we were drinking too much wine to remember it all! We all had a lot of fun on this tour!
We stopped in Okanagan Falls (or OK Falls, according to the locals) for ice cream at Ticleberry's for some crazy flavoured ice cream flavours like carrot cake, cinnamon bun, paydoh, apple pie, etc. We camped in town, had a large fire and roasted sausages, drank some more wine, and listened to Johnny cash all night.
Fun facts, stats and lessons learned
Distance travelled today: 62.06 km
Total distance travelled: 939.13 km
Starting point: Osoyoos, at a private campground
Our Route: Highway 97 north the whole way. The shoulders were excellent all day.
Ending point: Okanagan Falls, at a private campground
- Oliver is the wine capital of Canada because it has the highest concentraition of wineries
- Apparently, Inniskillin put Canada on the map for Ice Wines
- Ice wines grapes need to be picked and processed at temperatures below 8°C.
- There are no falls in OK Falls. There used to be a small one, but it has since been dammed.