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An Okanagan Boat Tour with a Vineyard Twist!

Visiting the Okanagan is arguably best done in a group. Family reunions, weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties; These are just a few of the group events that are celebrated here! Since La Casa Cottages can hold and host larger groups, we are a perfect destination for family events or other group trips. West Kelowna, Kelowna proper, and Vernon have much to offer visitors; however, there are 2 stand-out options: Boat tours of Lake Okanagan, and wine tasting /vineyard tours. Luckily for us, Sip Happens Wine Tours in partnership with Okanagan Boat Charters has come up with the perfect way to combine these 2 tour options into one amazing group experience! Get a private, captained boat for the day that will make a stop at Frind winery for a wine tasting and stop for lunch.

Why is it Perfect?

With the ability to seat 11 people this is a great option for group trips. Family reunions, bachelorette parties, or other celebratory events are just a few of the things we like to host! It’s all-ages-inclusive (though minors can’t partake in the wine tastings), making it the perfect group activity for the whole family. Even the young ones can enjoy cruising the lake and enjoying the sights at each stop.

Also, Okanagan Boat Charters gives you the option to be picked up from Fintry Provincial Park boat launch. This is just a short 5-minute drive from the resort!

What is Involved?

You will be picked up by a luxury 22-foot pontoon boat from the shores just north of La Casa Cottages. Your friendly, certified captain will then welcome your group aboard. From there, you’ll sail past beautiful wine country scenery along Okanagan Lake on your way to a private vineyard dock of Frind Estate Winery. Frind is the first winery in North America to have beach front access. At Frind Estate Winery you will enjoy a 2-hour lunch stop (though the cost of the lunch is extra) as well as complimentary wine tastings. There is nothing better than tasting wine well taking in views of Okanagan Lake.

From there, you will re-board the boat and cruise into private bays along Okanagan Lake.  Enjoy swimming or lounging while you listen to your favourite music. There is a cooler on board, so you are free to pack all your favourite snacks and drinks.

How to get Started?

Part one: Give us a call or email at La Casa Cottages to book your group into any number of our available cottages. Most cottages sleep 6 – 8 guests.

Part two: Reach out to Sip Happens Wine Tours and pick your wine tour dates. Or, contact us at La Casa and we will be happy to connect you.


East Kelowna’s Lakeshore Wine Route


Looking for your next favourite winery?  Well, if you hop over to East Kelowna and drive around the edge of the lake, you will find four beautifully situated wineries.  This route is called the Lakeshore Wine Route and features some of Kelowna’s top wine-makers.

  • Tantalus Vineyards:

    Tantalus Vineyards, previously known as Pioneer Vineyards, is known as the oldest continuously producing vineyard in British Columbia’.  From 1927 till present day, this vineyard has been growing grapes on the hillside of Lake Okanagan.  Tantalus focuses on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling grapes – some plantings are from 1978!   The vineyard is farmed naturally and the wines are made from only the fruit grown on site.  We think Tantalus would be a wonderful place to enjoy a summer’s afternoon, don’t you?

  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery:

    Summerhill Pyramid Winery takes pride in its use of organic vineyard practices and is committed to producing 100% organic wine. If you visit Summerhill you will not only get a chance to taste their wines, but also an opportunity to taste local, sustainable food at their restaurant Sunset Organic Bistro. With lunch and dinner menus – and a locals’ happy hour (!) – this Bistro is sure to whip up the perfect meal to satisfy your hunger.  Perhaps one of the most impressive elements of this winery is the Summerhill Pyramid.  The pyramid was built under the philosophy that liquids are affected by geometry –so far it seems to be working…because Summerhill’s wines are loved by many!

    Lakeshore Wine Route

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery:

    For 30 years, Cedar Creek Estate has been making wines and the winery prides itself in the fact that it is one of the eight pioneering wineries of BC. With three unique vineyards and a strong understanding of Okanagan terrain, Cedar Creek consistently produces a range of award-winning wines.  There are several options for tastings so it is worth giving them a call and making a reservation beforehand if there is a particular experience you are interested in. If you are peckish, stop by their Terrace Restaurant which shouts spectacular views over Lake Okanagan.


  • St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery:

    This small, family-run winery is a must-see on the Lakeshore Wine Route.  St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate does not have the grandeur of the bigger wineries in the region, but this does not mean that it’s wines are any less special.   With a quaint tasting room and gorgeous grounds, we guarantee that you will leave this boutique winery happy – and with more than one bottle of wine!  You only need to read the reviews on TripAdvisor to see why this little gem is a favourite with the locals.


There you have it – the Lakeshore Wine Route! Don’t these four wineries sound divine? Which one are you most looking forward to visiting?

If you are planning a trip to Kelowna then why not stay with us here at La Casa! More details about all our cottages can be found here.  For more information on Kelowna wine routes, please check our previous blog post on the Westside Wineries!  AND If you are looking for a wine tour, please give us a shout – we would be more than happy to recommend some companies to you.

Happy Wine Tasting!


Written by Hannah Poaros