With the Okanagan River running through the centre of town, nearby lakes and mountains, dry antelope brush and sage grasslands, Oliver provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation. From golf and hiking to mountain biking and skiing, mild year-round weather means there is plenty to see and do around Oliver whatever the season.


With summer temperatures in the mid-30 C range, it’s not uncommon for locals and visitors alike to seek out the Oliver Kinsmen Spray Park or Oliver Community Pool. Rotary Beach at Tuc-el-Nuit Lake boasts both grassy and sandy areas, and nearby Vaseux Lake is an ideal location for non-motorized water sports. The Vaseux Lake Wildlife Centre is located within an area of protected marshlands just north of Oliver.

Oliver Community Centre on Park Drive offers five multi-use fields, a tennis court, a lawn bowling facility and a basketball court. The 18.4-kilometre Oliver Hike and Bike Trail, along with McIntyre Bluff and Stamp Mill Trail, offer ample hiking opportunities.

There are numerous golf courses in the Oliver area catering to all playing abilities. The two closest golf courses are Fairview Mountain and Nk’Mip Canyon Desert.

Repeatedly recognized by Score Magazine as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada, Fairview Mountain Golf Course, on the east-facing mountainside above Oliver, has also been named “Golf Facility of the Year” by the Professional Golfers’ Association of British Columbia (PGABC).

Overlooking Tuc-el-Nuit Lake and the orchards, vineyards and mountains surrounding Oliver, Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course reflects First Nations’ respect for the land and connection with nature.


Whether you’re a snowbird or simply don’t like the bitter cold, you’ll soon discover that Oliver’s mild winters, with temperatures hovering just around freezing, offer a welcome escape. Outdoor enthusiasts and ski buffs will find there’s plenty of snow at either Baldy Mountain Resort or Apex Mountain Ski Resort, both within an hour’s drive of Oliver. Conditions are usually ideal for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing. Skating is also available at the indoor rink at Oliver Community Centre.


With a climate conducive to agri-tourism and wine production, Oliver is the ideal place for winery tours. Twenty local wineries present not only wine tours, but also live music and special events throughout the year, including the Festival of the Grape and the week-long Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, an annual celebration of the region’s wine industry.

Visit the Oliver Museum, housed in what was once a police station. Lovingly restored, much of the building’s original woodwork has been preserved. If you’d rather take in a movie, stop by the Oliver Theatre, an iconic one-room theatre on Main Street.

Summer or winter, your hosts are eager to welcome you to Desert Gem RV Resort.

Whether you choose to stay a day, a week or a month, we encourage you to book early to reserve your site.