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    Paddle Boarding on the Okanagan!

    by MandeeJC Written Feb 15, 2013

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    There are many different places to go paddle boarding in Kelowna, but my experience was in the less-crowded Rotary Beach Park. This relatively secluded beach boasts warm clear water and an awesome water sports shop with fantastic owners and employees. Naturally, I cannot remember the name of the shop, but recommend that people head there for an amazing experience. The hour I spent on the water was the most fun I had in Kelowna thus far! Paddle boarding was an interesting experience and I loved it straight away! I can't wait until my next opportunity to head out on the lake, and I KNOW that I will be going back to this vendor if ever I have the chance!

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  • Zip line in Kelowna

    by bohemiangal Written Jul 26, 2011

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    Oyama Zipline is the best thing to do around Kelowna. OZip is between Vernon and Kelowna with awesome views of Kalamalka Lake (the lake of many colors). Six different zip lines with hardly any walking in between. I zipped most of the 2kms down - even upside down. Line six you can race your buddy. People have been clocked at 85 kms/hour on this 1500' zipline. You can book the 3hr tour right on the site any hour, on the hour... 'wheretheridesarewicked.com'.

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    Zip line in Kelowna

    by bohemiangal Written Jul 26, 2011

    Oyama Zipline is the best thing to do around Kelowna. OZip is between Vernon and Kelowna with awesome views of Kalamalka Lake (the lake of many colors). Six different zip lines with hardly any walking in between. I zipped most of the 2kms down - even upside down. Line six you can race your buddy. People have been clocked at 85 kms/hour on this 1500' zipline. You can book the 3hr tour right on the site any hour, on the hour... 'wheretheridesarewicked.com'.

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    BENVOULIN HERITAGE CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I had read about some heritage sites here in Kelowna, so today we set out to find them. We first came across the Benvoulin Heritage Church which was originally a Presbyterian Church.

    It is a lovely looking little Church, I guess I like it, because it was built in the Gothic Revival style, out of timber, in 1892. It has a soaring steeple, and is meant to be similar to the Crathie Kirk (church) in Aberdeen, Scotland, the home of Lord and Lady Aberdeen.
    The Aberdeens provided the money and horse power to assist with the original construction.

    The church has gone through some hard times and disrepair, closing as a church in 1964 and operating as a youth centre until 1976.

    Luckily, the Heritage Society stepped in, and began a restoration project, thankgoodness there were plenty of helpful volunteers to help.
    Inside, there is plenty of rich woodwork, I thought it was unusual having circular pews, and there was an old pump organ.

    It reopened in 1986, and is now a popular location for weddings, I can understand why, its a nice church in a location in the city, but feels like the country!

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    Antlers Beach Regional Park & Hardy Falls

    by dinhyen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Okanagan Valley is dotted with regional parks, many of which are more than recreational areas but also rich in scenery. Antlers Beach Regional Park on the western shore of Lake Okanagan is a quiet preserve that features a waterfalls in addition to the eponymous beach!

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    Little Straw winery

    by trvlrtom Written Jul 30, 2010

    We went here without knowing anything about the winery. It was just a diversion for us after visiting a nearby mega-winery. Often we like smaller wineries where you can talk to the people who make the wines themselves. When we stopped in there were two youngsters running the tasting room. They were pleasant and knew their talking points. The wines were pretty good. We especially liked the sauvignon blanc, and bought some for later.
    There is also a restaurant at the winery, but we didn't try it.

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    Mission Hill winery

    by trvlrtom Updated Jul 30, 2010

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    Mission Hill is THE well known and popular winery in BC. We stopped by because we were curious about all the hype, and having been to many wineries in California, we wanted to see what the big Canadian one was like. So here is my biased report,
    Big, corporate business. There is nothing understated here; quite the opposite. I've never been to a winery that had security guards on the grounds, but I guess that's what they need to manage the hordes of tourists.
    The tasting room is immense, with two separate tasting areas: one if you want to taste the regular wines that you can buy in the stores, and another where you pay more to taste their better wines. If you have any interest in spending your money on wine related gifts - plates, condiments, pictures etc - you will be pleased here.
    Amazing architecture. They really spend the money on this place. Personally, I don't understand the "Mission" aesthetic up here in BC. The Spanish missions only went as far north as Sonoma, California, where there is a centuries long history of missions and the related cultural and architectural background. Is there some California envy with Mission Hill?
    Wine - they have an array of wines for all visitors. You can spend as little or as much as you want.
    Tours - we didn't go on the tour because we've been on many in the past and quite honestly haven't the patience to be let around and talked to in a group.
    Bottom line for me - this is a tourist destination, a business. It's like a wine theme park. Not my style, but obviously it is for many.

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    Quail's Gate winery

    by trvlrtom Written Jul 30, 2010

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    We've visited perhaps 25 or 30 wineries, and this was one of the best. Here are some reasons:
    Spectacular setting overlooking Lake Okanagon,
    very close to Kelowna and easy to get to,
    Friendly and informative staff,
    Neither big a too big, corporate and pretentious place, nor a too small and inexperienced winery,
    Beautiful tasting room and patio to enjoy the wines.
    Excellent restaurant if you want to have a really good meal.
    Oh, and they have good wine.

    I'd recommend this winery to anyone, whether they are just looking for a pleasant tasting experience, or wine lovers who are searching for something new.

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    Visit Fintry Provincial Park

    by trvlrtom Written Jul 21, 2010

    There are many things to do here. The park is located on Lake Okanagan, so you can swim, go boating and enjoy water sports. It is much less crowded than the immediate Kelowna area due to the distance away from town. The park is popular for camping with families.
    The park has an historic home built by the Scot immigrant who settled here, and some old farm buildings from the farming and ranching days. Of interest is the octagonal barn, the only one in BC. Also, right by the barns, there is a short walk and stairs up to see a sharp turning waterfall.

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    KNOX MOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Updated May 27, 2010

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    Knox Mountain Park is a large natural park of 580 acres, containing mostly Ponderosa Pine and grassland. Kokanee salmon spawn along the lakeshore adjacent to the park.

    It is located north of Kelowna, next to Okanagan Lake.

    There are several lookout kiosks, Toilets, and pull-offs to take in the amazing views.
    Make sure you stop at all the lookouts, we did, the views were fantastic of Kelowna,
    scenic views of lake Okanagan and surrounding areas.
    We could see the the Timber Mill quite easily, and all the logs waiting in the Lake to be milled.
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    It also was a very popular area for Wedding Photo's. In the short time we were at the 1st lookout, three wedding parties came!

    The Park is open to vehicle traffic from March 15 to November 15, from 6 am to 10 pm.
    (Please note: Park schedule is dependant on weather conditions.)

    For thrills & spills, you could watch the annual Knox Mountain Hillclimb .....testing cars and drivers on a paved road course of ten major turns, climbing 800 vertical feet over 2.2 miles!

    EXCELLENT LOCATION FOR VIEWS OF KELOWNA & AREA, A MUST VISIT!

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    OYAMA & KALAMALKA LAKE

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2010

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    Our B&B hosts told us to stop at the lookout, and check out the colour of Kalamalka Lake. Well, sure enough, it was a pretty green colour on the edges, just like they said.

    I learnt that, Kalamalka Lake [known as lake of 1000 colours], is known as a "marl lake." When the lake water warms in summer, calcium carbonate, or limestone, forms crystals that reflect sunlight and create its distinctive blue and green colours.

    The small town of Oyama [means watersport], is the place to hire everything to do with having fun on the water........ jet skis, cruise boats, houseboats, fishing boats, windsurfers, pedal boats, canoes, tubes, knee boards, wake boards, waterskis ... and more.

    We stopped at the Kalamalka Lake Viewpoint, 8 km north of Oyama, lovely views of the Lake and the Coldstream Valley.

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    WATERFRONT WALK

    by balhannah Updated May 26, 2010

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    The waterfront walk alongside the park, was one that we both enjoyed.

    Kerry Park is part of the waterfront walkway that runs from the W.R. Bennett Bridge to Waterfront Park. The Kerry Park Stage is a popular site on weekends for family musical entertainment throughout July and August. I also found a lovely Rose garden here, very nice, as all the Rose's were flowering.

    The waterfront walk is flat, well paved, and has lovely views. It took us past the ‘Sails’ fountain and Ogopogo, a Marina and the large, "Grand Okanagan Resort." Here, we wandered around a pretty park, over a bridge where a water lock was in place , and managed to see some large fish in the water.

    The walk is 2kms, and is easy, nice for that slow stroll!

    If you need to park your car, parking is available in City Park, at the Grand Okanagan Hotel, at the Chapman Parkade off Lawrence, and the Library Parkade off Ellis.

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    KASUGAI JAPANESE GARDENS

    by balhannah Written May 26, 2010

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    Kasugai Gardens were not that large, but still really nice.

    We were there at the wrong time, as with Japanese gardens, you need to be there when the leaves colour in Autumn, or when the Azalea's are in bloom. Even so, I felt at peace in the garden.

    It featured all the traditional elements of a Japanese garden like stone lanterns, pine trees and a waterfall and pond where there were good reflections on the water.

    The gardens were completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, sister cities since 1981.

    FREE ENTRY

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    MISSION HILL WINERY

    by balhannah Written May 26, 2010

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    What a stunning Winery Mission Hill was!

    Even if you are not a wine drinker, I would say to come here, just to see the Winery, and to enjoy the incredible views from where it is located.

    They do have Wine tours, check the website, I can't comment as I didn't do it.
    We had a look at the shop, thought it was pretty expensive, and enjoyed the surroundings. The architecture is worth seeing, and there is an old Bell on display with a history to it.

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    ELYSIUM NURSERY & DISPLAY GARDEN

    by balhannah Written May 26, 2010

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    As I am a keen gardener, a drive to the Elysium display garden was a must.

    On the website, the gardens looked beautiful, and once there, they did not disappoint!
    It was a good opportunity to see what grows in Canada. The gardens were set over 4 acres, lots of perennials, and lots of shrubs that were in full bloom that I had not seen before, they were stunning!Expect to see, peony, daylily, iris , and stunning displays of David Austin's English roses, these were in full bloom. There is also a Japanese garden.

    The perennial nursery was interesting, but I did not buy because of "customs" at home.

    Even coming here was enjoyable as we passed through the lovely countryside and had Mountain views.

    ADMISSION TO THE GARDEN IN 2010.... Adults: $10.00
    Youth: $6.50...(12-18yrs. with parents)
    Children Free under 12 years

    OPEN....Daily: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, April 15th. - September 30th.
    Closed Mondays

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