Canadian Wine Country / Desert and Wright’s Beach Camp – Penticton, BC

Yes, it does exist. Canada has a desert and a wine country, which is surrounded by a few gorgeous lakes. Wine country is mainly located near Penticton, BC, which is boxed in by Lake Okanagan and Skaha Lake. This area is hot and dry (think 90+ degrees in the summer), and gets even hotter and drier as you move south toward Osoyoos. Penticton has a lot of dog-friendly wineries and breweries, plus a massive channel you can float between the two lakes. It also has one of the best dog beaches we’ve ever been to, which is directly beside Wright’s Beach Camp where we stayed for a week.

Skaha Lake dog park.


Skaha Lake Penticton BC Canadian Wine Country Desert TravelSages 2
Skaha Lake dog park.


Penticton BC Channel Float Canadian Wine Country Desert TravelSages
People floating the river channel between Okanagan and Skaha Lakes.


Penticton BC Channel Canadian Wine Country Desert TravelSages
Odin really enjoyed swimming after ducks in the Penticton River Channel. The floaters really enjoyed the show he put on.


Skaha Lake Penticton BC Canadian Wine Country Desert TravelSages Winery
A dog-friendly winery near Wright’s Beach Camp.

About the author

Lauren is a 'digital nomad' (for lack of a less obnoxious term) who works, lives, and travels out of her truck camper with her partner, Patrick, and dog, Odin, the one-eyed Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. She started TravelSages in the summer of 2013, and has since founded a digital marketing consultancy, called LyteYear, and a sustainability brand, called RePrint. Before moving into her tiny mobile home, Lauren lived in Chicago for 6 years, pursued two graduate degrees, studied abroad at Oxford, worked for a summer in Hong Kong, and traveled to various countries in between. She has a mildly unhealthy love of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Netflix, and breweries with good New England IPAs.

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