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Scanning rocky slopes for Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats
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Searching for rare plants and animals in Canada’s “pocket desert”
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Walking through Ponderosa Pine forests to observe western woodpeckers and songbirds
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An evening outing in search of nocturnal mammals, birds, and reptiles

The Okanagan Valley

Jun 08-14, 2024

7 days | Canada | Quest Nature Tours

Known widely for its world-class orchards and wineries, Canada’s fabled Okanagan Valley also has a distinct natural character, owing to many converging factors. At its core, the Okanagan is a valley surrounded by two mountain ranges.

From its bottom to its peaks, we find an impressive and rare mix of habitats starting with lowland lakes, rivers, and prairie fragments and moving up through pine-dominated tablelands and then into boreal forests and highland meadows. In addition, the South Okanagan bears the distinction of lying in the rain shadow of the towering Cascade Mountains, creating desert-like conditions. Here we find the Okanagan shrub-steppe, commonly known as Canada’s “pocket desert.” Not only is this habitat found nowhere else in Canada, but so too are many of its animals and plants, many of which exist here at the northern limit of their range.

On this week-long exploration, join us to observe differences in landscapes from the lowlands to the highlands and from the central valley to the south. The Okanagan is at once home to prickly pear cacti, Sagebrush, rattlesnakes, and up to four species of hummingbirds in lowlands, as well as Mountain Goats, California Bighorn Sheep, Yellow-bellied Marmots, and White-throated Swifts in rocky highlands. Upland forests support Moose, western songbirds, and several specialty woodpeckers. Iconic prairie species like Western Meadowlarks and Mountain Bluebirds breed in grasslands.

We have timed this tour to coincide with long June days, clear skies, peak breeding season for most birds, and the blooming of early-summer flowers — and you can expect a wine tasting or two sprinkled among our explorations.

Tour leader Kyle Horner once worked and lived in the Okanagan. Join him as he returns to this incomparable cradle of Canadian nature.
Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
C$3195 + 5% GST
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants

What’s included: Airport transfer on June 14; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; ground transportation on a 21-seater bus with a professional driver; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees; meals as specified in itinerary; porterage of one standard bag per person; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; services of your Tour Leader Kyle Horner

"Kyle was wonderful! He was very upbeat and enthusiastic." - Quest traveller
"Kyle is patient, has a very broad knowledge and experience base and is sensitive to what individual clients seem to expect or want." - Norman H.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Kelowna
2-3Central Okanagan
4Travel to South Okanagan, including “pocket desert”
5-6South Okanagan, including wine tasting
7South Okanagan / Drive to Kelowna and depart
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Your Tour Leader

A graduate of the University of Guelph, Kyle Horner is a consummate environmental educator and well-travelled, lifelong naturalist who can proudly say he’s been birdwatching since before he could walk! He has also worked as a field technician for a variety of research projects. He is currently the NatureCounts Engagement Coordinator at Birds Canada, where he helps to build awareness and adoption of that innovative bird data platform. Kyle is also completing a book on turtles of North America, to be released in 2024!

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Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
C$3195 + 5% GST
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants

What’s included: Airport transfer on June 14; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; ground transportation on a 21-seater bus with a professional driver; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees; meals as specified in itinerary; porterage of one standard bag per person; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; services of your Tour Leader Kyle Horner

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