Summer in BC’s Okanagan valley means lots of sun, sweet, pitted fruit, and fun-loving tourists. Many young adventurers and budget travellers come from across Canada to experience BC, and make some cash as fruit pickers. It’s almost a rite of passage in some circles; funding your travels with a bit of seasonal labour is a great way to live off the land.

Make your trip to Lotusland a success and ensure you know what you’re getting into, and how to do so safely.

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A typically modern apple orchard in the Okanagan valley. Notice the high density spindle apple system: easy to grow, and easy to harvest.

Are you a good fruit picker?

  • You love stuffing your face with cherries, peaches, apricots, and other orchard fruits.
  • You like getting up early; fruit is best picked in the cooler morning temperature.
  • You like camping. It’s BYOT (bring your own tent) at most sites, with the occasional access to washrooms.
  • You’re not afraid of heights; you’ll have an intimate relationship with a ladder.
  • You’re okay with being paid by-the-bucket. You won’t make much at first ($80 a day), but you’ll get better with time (up to $200 a day).
  • You like hot weather, lakes and meeting people in the great outdoors.
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Early May’s dwarf cherry trees along the Naramata Bench, near Penticton, BC

Know before you go:

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There’s nothing quite as delicious as a freshly picked, perfectly ripe Okanagan cherry. Yum! Photo by Julie Danielle via Flickr

Happy travels, and enjoy the cherries!

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