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If you think that "wine country" and "British Columbia" have as much in common as "beaches" and "the Arctic," think again. The British Columbia region known as the Okanagan, roughly five hours east of Vancouver by car or one hour by air, is a significant wine-producing area. It calls itself the "Napa of the North," and although that's stretching the truth somewhat—Okanagan wine production
is a literal drop in the bucket compared to that of the Napa Valley—the Okanagan is a magnet for wine enthusiasts, novice and expert alike.
Add to that the region's arid summer climate, lake activities, golf courses, and abundant snow in winter and you have a perfect short getaway from Vancouver and the British Columbia coast.