The Town of Oliver, B.C. began long before anyone here at the time heard of the name.
With the discovery of gold in the Camp McKinney area and later in Fairview, and until the construction of the irrigation system—it was just one of many mining districts in the British Columbia Interior.
We are, of course, no longer a frontier outpost, a pioneer settlement, nor even a rural farm town. We are a thoroughly sophisticated semi-urban society with all the amenities that seem necessary and desirable. Oliver B.C.’s economy is a sound one, anchored on a thriving agriculture industry and supplanted by light industry and wine tourism. The very stability provided by that economy, and our climate, has provided the tone that makes our community attractive to many in their retirement years. Oliver’s population is approximately 4,500.
The Town of Oliver, located along the banks of the inviting Okanagan River, incorporated in 1945. It is located 33 km south of Penticton and 10 km north of Osoyoos.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy the semi-desert climate at the northern most tip of the Great Basin Desert with plenty of lakes, world-class golf courses and an abundance of family attractions, restaurants and parks. The International Hike and Bike path runs right through town! Oliver and other Okanagan communities are renowned for its estate wineries and vineyards.
Tourism facts about Oliver, B.C.:
Sunshine: 2,040 hours per year
Elevation: 350 meters above sea level
Frost free days: Average 173.
Average annual rainfall: 9.8 inches
Average annual snowfall: 2.1 inches
Mean daily mimimum: January -6C(11F) July 12C(54F)
Mean daily maximum: January 1C(34F) July 30C(82F)
Mean daily Jan -2C(27F July 20C(68F)