Oliver is a small town in the British Columbia Okanagan region, famous for hundreds of wineries in and between its towns (Oliver, Osoyoos, Kelowna, Penticton, Naramata, and Keremeos, among others). For 10 days in August, we lived in Oliver, taking care of two very friendly cats, Boots and Molly, and their tidy little bungalow.
We’ve spent a bit of time in this region before, but haven’t really had the opportunity to explore it at a leisurely pace. I worked 5 of the 10 days that we were there, so we didn’t have as much time to get out and about as we had hoped. We opted to visit a few wineries, ride our bikes along the lakeside trails, watch the community parade, attend a concert in the park, visit old friends who live way up Anarchist Mountain just outside of Osoyoos, hike up the hillside behind where we were staying (Ken on one of my workdays), and hang out with our temporary but very friendly and generous neighbours. The forest fires affected our views and the air quality quite a bit, but we still had a wonderful time.