Second photo courtesy of Lone Jones of Lone Jones Photography.Naramata the Village: Welcome to Naramata in British Columbia's South Okanagan Valley. Founded in 1907 as a prime agricultural area, Naramata was also known in its early years as a cultural centre. Naramata has been charming visitors since its early days. People from across the Okanagan would arrive by boat for concerts, plays, operas and regattas.
Paddlewheelers regularly stopped at the local wharf carrying freight and passengers up and down Okanagan Lake. In 1914, Naramata received a new link with the rest of Canada when the Kettle Valley Railway was completed on the hillside above the village. Due to the intense volume of rock work it gained the reputation as one of the most difficult stretches of KVR construction.
Today, remnants of the KVR make for great exploration, such as the train tunnels, rock ovens, and the railway right-of-way which clings to the hillside high above Okanagan Lake and is now part of the Trans-Canada Trail.
Accommodation: Naramata is an enchanting place to stay at any time of the year. The unique quality of our special area is reflected by the many different accommodation options. There are over 30 different lodgings ranging from Lakefront rental cottages and houses and Bed & Breakfasts located amidst orchards and vineyards to Guest Houses nestled on the hillside overlooking Lake Okanagan. Linger over a leisurely breakfast and plan your days activities which may include wine tours, a day at the beach or discovering local arts and crafts. Many of Naramata's accommodations are within a short distance of the Kettle Valley Railway trail for hiking, biking and bird watching. Whether you stay for a few days, spend a week or stay a month memories of Naramata will stay with you always.
Wineries: Naramata has many superb wineries to visit, (just follow the signs you’ll spot along the road) each in a beautiful setting, each offering a selection of award-winning wines. Some offer a wide array of full-bodied, barrel-aged reds, delightful whites, ice wines and even sparkling wines. Others are small boutique wineries where often the winemaker is the behind tasting room counter. Several wineries offer menus ranging from a light lunch or snack to gourmet dining.
Arts, Crafts & Creations: The Creative Spirit is alive and well in Naramata, with cottage industries blossoming in abundance. Visit our local renowned potter, the lavender farm, view designer lines of clothing with natural fabrics, see beautiful jewellery, metal and wood creations or explore upscale antiques, restored and found objects, sculptures and paintings and so much more. There are treasures in the village and on the benches of Naramata that are well worth prospecting for. Follow the Discover Naramata illustrated map to find them.
A Dragon Fly's Bed and Breakfast
Deep Roots Cabin in the Vines
Fox Ben Vineyards Guesthouse
Naramata Suite Dreams Bed and Breakfast
Sutherland Blueberry B&B
The Grape Escape Bed and Breakfast
Three Blind Mice