Why Oliver?

Oliver is Canada’s Wine Capital, but it’s more than that!  With tons of recreation, culture, nature and plain old community pride, Oliver is a great place to live.

Video sponsored by the Oliver Tourism Association


Quaint & Charming Town
Oliver is located approximately 25 minutes north of the US border in the South Okanagan. Desert to the south, lakes, mountains, vineyards and orchards surround the town and make this area one of the most picturesque places in the Okanagan.

With Over 30 wineries in the immediate vicinity of Oliver,  it is often referred to the “Napa of the North”, hosting many events of the the Okanagan Spring and Fall Wine Festivals, with wonderful food, people and wines. Something to come and be a part of….. pleasing to the palate and soul!

Oliver also boasts a wonderful climate year round. The town averages 2,040 of sunshine per year with an average summer temperature of 29 C.  – Perfect for golfing at one of the 4 local golf courses and for basking in the sun by our local Tuc-el-Nuit Lake.  

Average temperature in the winter is a balmy 0 C with an average snowfall of 51 cm. Making Oliver the new winter destination spot for snowbirds and skiers alike.

Come and see our quaint but progressive little town!

Link to Wine Capital of Canada website

Health, Education and Recreation!!

The town of Oliver is fortunate to have its own Hospital and Health Care Centre, 2 Elementary schools and a High School and College. We have a Curling Rink, a Hockey/Skating Arena, Outdoor swimming pool, Tennis Courts & Baseball Diamonds, 2 Golf Courses and various park areas. A Community Centre and an active Seniors Centre helping the people of Oliver to keep active and healthy.

There are variety of Service Clubs, Cultural Societies and Heritage Groups to join to fulfill all your creative, musical and volunteering needs – helping our community be a wonderful place in which to live!  Come and join the fun!


Incorporated in 1945, Oliver encompasses a total area of 525.1 ha.  By highway, the town is 33 kms south of Penticton and 19kms north of Osoyoos.  Oliver is in the Okanagan Similikameen Regional District, Electoral area ‘C”.

Town Population:  4,824
Elevation:  310 Metres
Main Industry:  Agriculture and Tourism
Average Hours of Sunshine:   2039 hrs/year
Average Rainfall:  30 cm/year
Average Annual Snowfall: 45 cm/year
Average July High: 30 degree Celcius
Average January High: 4 degree Celcius

Oliver’s Fruit Ripening Dates
Cherries:  June 20 – July 20
Apricots: July 15 – Aug 10
Peaches: July 15 – Aug 15
Pears:  July 15 – Aug 30
Apples: Aug 1 – Oct 15
Plums: Sept 1 – Sep 30
Grapes: Sep 1 – Oct 15
Grapes – Ice Wine (The grapes must be frozen and the ambient air temperature must be -8° C or lower at the time of harvest.)