RV and Orchard Camping
We have both RV and Orchard Tent Sites.
RV Sites: There are 12 RV fully serviced sites available for volunteers. We ask that you limit running your air conditioners in your RVs to conserve energy and costs. We also require that you don’t use formaldehyde products in your sewer tanks as we are on a septic system. Bio-degradable products only may be used. We do not take requests for specific RV sites. When you book in advance, you are only guaranteed a site. Reservations are to be made filling in the form above.
Volunteer guests who stay in the RV Park, tent in orchard are required to work at the plant in areas of production or maintenance during their stay. Most often, these hours are worked in the morning shift however; the manager may request a guest volunteer to work the afternoon shift instead to complete specific tasks. Those who stay more than a week on site are required to work 20 hours a week. Any other work above these hours is at the discretion of the guest volunteer.
PETS: Pets are only allowed in your RV and they must stay on a lease within the confines of the RV site, or inside at ALL times and must be taken off the property to do their business, and the owner MUST clean up after their pet. Please let us know if you are bringing a pet with you when you book your RV site. Pets are also not allowed in the camping area or inside the Gleaners' buildings as this is a food processing facility.
Tenting: We also have room for people to tent in our plum orchard but only by reservation by filling in the form above.
AMENITIES: Our main building has a large kitchen with everything you will need for cooking and storing your food (fridges, ovens/stoves, double sinks, microwaves). We don’t have a dishwasher so you will need to wash your own dishes and put them away. There is a BBQ for volunteers to use. There are washrooms, showers and laundry facilities in the main building as well as in our new building in the RV sites area. (Please do not use bleach products in your laundry as we are on septic systems.) There are no open fires or fire pits allowed!
GROUP BOOKINGS: All groups MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE and approved by the Hospitality Co-ordinator.
If you would like to bring a group to the Okanagan Gleaners for a missions trip and plan to stay on site, please include the following information: Name of group, Type of group (i.e. youth group, home school families, adult group), Leader’s contact information, Phone number (daytime, evening & cell of someone travelling with your group), Address, 3 preferred weeks in order of preference (starting on a Sunday and ending on a Saturday), In addition to the tenting area, RV sites are BY RESERVATION ONLY so if you do not book these in advance, they will not be available to your group).
IF I WANT TO COME AND VOLUNTEER, BUT I’D RATHER NOT STAY ON-SITE, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR PLACES TO STAY? There are lots of places to stay in the Oliver area. The best thing to do is to search for Oliver motel/RV park/campground on the internet and see what you can find. Keep in mind that Oliver is a very busy place in the summer with tourists, so you will want to book in advance to be sure that you get a room/RV spot. There are a few motels/RV parks that offer discounts to Gleaners' volunteers. Please e-mail our Hospitality Co-ordinator to get a list of these businesses.
WIFI: Yes, we have wireless internet access available for volunteers. Please ask the plant manager or person in charge for the password when you arrive.
OUTDOOR BBQ AREA AND PICNIC TABLES? Yes, we have picnic tables and a BBQ on-site.
NEARBY SHOPPING AND FUN: There are 2 chain grocery stores in Oliver. There is also the Wholesale Club in Penticton, along with several other choices. We have numerous lakes and beaches near Oliver and you can even float the canal in Penticton on a warm afternoon. Check out these websites for tourist information about the area:
RV AND TENTING SITES ARE BY RESERVATION ONLY.
Our Hospitality Committee will be glad to make your reservation throughout the year. Please let us know when you would like to come and stay and volunteer at Gleaners and our Hospitality co-coordinator will gladly answer any questions you may have and we look forward to welcoming you to volunteer at Gleaners. Also include the size of your group and what ages. Thank you.