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Thompson – Okanagan
Natural landscape is an abundance of fruits and cherries
On one side of the Thompson Okanagan region lays the Canadian Rockies and to the other, an actual desert. Smack in the middle is a heavenly valley ripe for summer and winter playgrounds. This region is home to a mild climate, low precipitation, countless sunlit valleys, and a large number of lakes making it the ideal place for high-quality grapes and tree fruits*.
With over 5,700 farms and orchards, the laundry list of delicious crops features a cornucopia of cherries, apples, peaches, pears, plums, apricots, and of course grapes – where award winning wine makers are making internationally acclaimed wines*.
Thompson Okanagan produces 93% of Canada’s sweet cherries (that’s over 9,000 tons of them in 2011), 50% of Canada’s apple exports, and 90% of the Province’s grapes**. The farming doesn’t stop with abundant fruit; it’s also well known for dairy production, cattle ranching, and even specialty crops such as ginseng.
*Source: Agriculture in the Classroom, Canada. “A Guide to BC Agriculture Resources”. Pg. 18.
**Source: BC Ministry of Agriculture’s 2011 Year in Review. Pg. 16.