The community of Naramata is unincorporated, which means that it is not a self-managed village and is part of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. Its boundaries, as a community are defined by electoral boundaries, and the physical boundaries that surround it: Okanagan Lake to the west, Okanagan Mountain Park to the north, the city limits of Penticton to the south, and Crown Lands starting more than 7 km to the east. In practice, however, the community tends to be seen as the village of Naramata, and its surrounding areas to the North and East, while extending south to Penticton’s city limits. Naramata is primarily a residential community, and the home for the well-known Naramata Centre, part of the United Church of Canada.
The main beach area in Naramata is Manitou Park (#1 on the airphoto above). The park has plenty of parking, a large lawn area and a sandy beach facing south.
The heart of the Village of Naramata is near the end of Robinson Avenue, named after the founder and developer of the area at the beginning of the 19 century. Clustered on the lower part of Robinson Avenue are a grocery store (#3), the Naramata Store, which has an alcohol concession and a post office, some shops and motels form the commercial area. Nearby are two restaurants, Naramata Village Grounds (#4) provides Breakfast and Lunch; The Grape Leaf Café (#5) is a small family-run café that offers Breakfast and Lunch as well.
Further down Robinson Avenue, and turning left onto First Street, the Naramata Heritage Inn (#2) offers accommodation as well as a restaurant called Ambrosia by Chef Bongo (#2) which we can highly recommend from first hand experience!
At the other end of Robinson Avenue, Real Things Pizza (#6), is available to bring a nice pizza back to Forgotten Hill Bed and Breakfast, where a cosy dinner can be had on the room’s balcony, in the room, or in the Courtyard.
Finally yet another restaurant is available, near the top of Robinson Road, The Naramata Pub (#7) offers Lunch or Dinner 7 days a week and is open quite late.
The Naramata Farmers Market (#8) operates from mid-June through September every Wednesday from 3 PM to 6 PM, at Wharf Park.
Last but not least, the Discover Naramata Community and Business Society is an amazing reference for all things “Naramata”. Inquisitive people will find out how Naramata came about just over a century ago, and about the many businesses, shops, services, accommodations, wineries, creameries and distilleries that make the Naramata Bench such a jewel of the Okanagan.