Fruit Orchards

Oliver, B.C., isn't just about wine; it's also renowned for its abundant fruit orchards.

Embark on guided tours of these orchards

Where you can pick your own fresh fruit or simply enjoy the scenic beauty of rows upon rows of apple, cherry, peach, and pear trees.

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Learn about the cultivation process, pest management, and the importance of orchards in the region's economy.

Many orchards offer tasting sessions of freshly picked fruits, homemade jams, and even cider, allowing visitors to savor the flavors of the Okanagan Valley.

Some orchards, like Covert Farms Family Estate, provide comprehensive tours that include a historical overview, tractor rides, and interactive experiences such as fruit picking and tasting. Others may offer workshops on fruit preservation or cooking classes using orchard produce. Seasonal events like apple blossom festivals or harvest celebrations add to the charm, making each visit unique and memorable.

Many orchards in Oliver also integrate eco-friendly practices and sustainable farming techniques. For example, some utilize organic farming methods, ensuring that the fruit is free from synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. These practices not only promote environmental health but also enhance the flavor and nutritional value of the produce. Visitors can learn about these sustainable approaches during their tours, gaining a greater appreciation for the farm-to-table journey. Additionally, orchard markets often sell a variety of homemade goods such as pies, preserves, and fresh juices, allowing guests to take a piece of the Okanagan Valley’s bounty home with them.

Highlights of This Activity
  • Guided Tours: Explore orchards with knowledgeable guides who share insights into fruit cultivation and harvesting techniques.
  • Pick-Your-Own: Engage in the hands-on experience of picking your own fruits straight from the trees during harvest season.
  • Scenic Beauty: Enjoy the picturesque landscape of fruit-laden trees against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains.
  • Tasting Sessions: Sample a variety of freshly picked fruits, homemade jams, and cider, showcasing the region's diverse fruit offerings.
  • Educational Experience: Learn about the significance of orchards in Oliver's agricultural industry and the importance of fruit cultivation.
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