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    FATHER PANDOSY MISSION HERITAGE PARK

    by balhannah Written May 26, 2010

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    Moving down the road from the Benvoulin church, our next stop was at Father Pandosy Mission Heritage Park.
    The day we were there, the Antique Machinery & Tractors club was holding their open day, so we had a bonus!

    Father Charles Pandosy, a missionary, founded this site. Here, Priests ministered to the area’s Indian's and settlers. He also established the first white settlement in the Okanagan Valley in 1859.

    Now, this 4 acre property has many of the old buildings restored. We wandered around, having a look inside all the buildings, {they were all open}...... the Chapel, the Root-House, the Barn, and the Brothers House. Not only are there buildings, but the first apple orchard in the Okanagan, planted by Father Pandosy himself.
    Mission farm used to be quite prosperous, once being 2000 acres., however, in 1908, the farm was sold and subdivided.

    It was interesting seeing how early life here, compared with where I come from.

    Today, it remains the property of the Catholic Church.

    ADMISSION....The grounds are open to the public from dawn to dusk from Easter to Thanksgiving.
    Please give a donation.

    Go to Benvoulin Road to find this historic site.

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    Plenty of PUBLIC ART WORK AROUND KELOWNA

    by balhannah Written May 26, 2010

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    Driving around Kelowna, we noticed a lot of good sculptures scattered around the City.

    What I did not know at the time, is that there is a public art guide on all the different pieces.
    http://www.kelownaculturaldistrict.com/09%20Public%20Art%20Brochure.pdf

    We saw the "Spirit of Sail" done by Robert Dow Reid (1978) on our waterfront walk.
    It is made out of fiberglass and has become a symbol for the city.
    'Spirit of Sail' (also known locally as 'The Sails') is 12 metres high, quite impressive with the lake as a backdrop.

    The other one I really liked is called "Rhapsody", also done by Robert Reid, but in 1993.
    This one is located in Waterfront Park Plaza, Nth end of Water St.

    Another one made out of fiberglass, depicting dolphins playing in a large fountain.

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    OGOPOGO LEGEND

    by balhannah Updated May 26, 2010

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    Whilst enjoying our lakefront walk, we came across what looked to be a Sea Serpent, which got us wondering what it was all about?

    Well, the name of it was "OGOPOGO" meaning [longfish]
    "His mother was an insect, his father was a whale, a little bit of head and hardly any tail, and Ogopogo was his name."

    Like the Loch Ness Monster, people here believe they have seen a serpent-like creature roaming in Lake Okanagan's waters. This has been happening since 1926, and the creature still has not been found.

    And.........An insurance company offered a large sum of money for its solid proof!
    Perhaps a way to make some {easy!!!} money!

    Ideas of what it could be include long eels, seals, trapped whales or debris from underwater.

    The website has more information on Ogopogo

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  • Comprehensive listing of Kelowna events

    by unata Updated Jun 15, 2008

    If you are looking for something to do, try Kelowna Events Calendar website. Events are listed by date or by category. Live music, concerts, business events and more. Also includes Vernon events (nearby town).

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  • Goat Cheese Farm Excursion

    by KathyMartyna Written Jun 2, 2008

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    Follow the road along beautiful Lake Okanagan and enjoy the views on the way. Nestled in the hills overlooking the lake, Carmelis Goat Cheese farm produces its own products from their own goats right on the premises.
    A trip here makes a perfect add on and a welcome change from the wine tasting and tours. Offering samples of its wide variety of goat cheeses, you will find something to rave about even if you were never a fan for feta before. Also, a great spot on a sunny day for ice cream or cappuccino with the friends/ relatives that dropped in and you want to find "something to do". The kids will love seeing the goats in their shed. Maybe you'll even catch milking time!
    Bike riders: A scenic bike ride that will give you a workout with a "treat" for your efforts. Don't forget to stash a few toonies for some ice cream!

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    Bertram Creek Regional Park

    by Carmanah Updated Jun 25, 2007

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    Located along the east shore of Lake Okanagan at the southern limits of Kelowna, Bertram Creek Regional Park is one of the quieter beaches to visit in the area. Although the beach is tiny and doesn't have the finest sand, what makes it one of my favourites is that it's surrounded by 44 acres of forested parkland at the mouth of Bertram Creek. There are picnic sites, change room/washroom facilities, and free parking. If you're looking for a scenic drive without straying too far out of Kelowna, this is a nice choice. Unlike other beaches in Kelowna, this one is less "meat market" and more family-oriented.

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    Looking for something different?

    by SkiBunni Written Nov 6, 2006

    Volunteer at the local food bank. Highly entertaining with all the people you can meet. Variety of jobs, although most will put you in contact with the other volunteers, not the clients as you have to make a commitment to volunteer before they'll train someone to work with the clients. However, it is still very fun and a great way to help out the community you are visiting.

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    Golf in the Orchards

    by jackgamble Written Sep 15, 2006

    There are many very nicely keep golf courses in Kelowna .
    One thart has you hitting the ball next to the abundant apple trees at Harvest golf club .

    Also found the best tasting apple cider I have ever had at a near by almost hidden apple cider producer.

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    Boating on Lake Okanagan

    by toontown Written Aug 11, 2006

    There's nothing like a day on the water on beautiful Lake Okanagan. If you don't have a boat or a friend with a boat there are rentals available from a number of locations. Be sure to take lots of sunscreen and fluids, even if it's a little overcast. In summer the lake is refreshing but not cold, great for swimming off the boat or pulling a raft behind for fun.

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    Mariner's Reef Waterslides

    by toontown Written Aug 11, 2006

    The whole family can have fun at this huge waterslide park in Westbank. We had two adults, 2 teenagers, and 2 younger kids and everyone found something to amuse them. There are various levels of slides, from the kiddy slides to the highly popular river ride using inflated tubes to go down a multi-level slide. There are also toddler pools, a couple of regular swimming pools, and hot tubs. When you want to dry off there is plenty lawn area for picnics and concession areas. Our family has tried several different waterslide parks over the years and I would rate this the best for a family of all ages.

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    Wine tasting

    by bicycle_girl Written Jul 9, 2006

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    Lots and lots of wineries in and around Kelowna... The Okanagan region, between the Rockies and the coastal range proves to be a perfect climate to grow world class quality grapes and also all kind of fruits. As you sip your wine, take in the view, they are awesome!

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    Summerhill Winery A Great Tour

    by sinjabc Updated May 25, 2006

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    After phoning a few wineries, we were disappointed to learn that most wineries stop giving tours in the fall. We were even laughed at by one winery. Luckily, Summerhill Pyramid Winery was still open for group tours.

    My very first winery tour and tasting event. The tour guide was energetic and humourous. The view from the winery is breathtaking.

    We ended up buying several bottles of wine, including Gamay, Gewuztraminer, Ice Wine, and Sparkling Wine.

    Pay the extra bucks to try the Ice Wine.

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    SKI

    by SkiBunni Updated May 17, 2006

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    It's like flying. You are free for a time of all worries and responsibilities.

    Some of the best terrian and snow in the Northern Hemisphere. Blackcombe/Whistler argue it but the snow is better and the hill less crowded. I've skied nearly all the hills in BC and nothing comes close except Sun Peaks in Kamloops or Red Mountain in Rossland.

    Beginners would do well to stick to the Black Forest Chair and the Bullet. Intermediate skiers will find a variety of runs off the Ridge Chair and more advanced skiers should enjoy the Powder, Falcon and Gem Lake. There's hardly a green run off all of them. Extreme skiers - give me a shout and we'll party :) For glade skiing stick to Gem Lake, beginner glades the Black Forest. Moguls are found all over Gem Lake (unless they groom it :( ). Best is Talon's Grip (black/blue depending on conditions) and Black Jack (black). On the Ridge for moguls is Dragon's Tongue (black) and Kangaroo (blue). Bullet Chair has Internation (blue). Can anyone tell I much prefer moguls. Besides, these are all runs that people will find anyway. The glades we like to keep the local secrets.

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    B.C. Orchard /Wine Museum

    by Ken_Weaver Updated Aug 8, 2005

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    This is actually two different museums. I spent more time in the wine museum of course! The museum tells the story of wine making evolving from the cheap fruit wines to international award winning varietals. There is daily tastings and if you really want to try something different, for a donation, you can taste the incredible ice wines. The grapes are left on the vine until late in the fall and are picked when there are withered and frozen...then pressed and made into wine while still below freezing!

    The Orchard Museum explains how the area has been transformed from wild range land to beautiful manicured vineyards and orchards. Good pictures and interesting art on the fruit boxes!

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    Father Pandosy Mission

    by Ken_Weaver Updated Aug 8, 2005

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    Father Pandosy, a Catholic priest, started this mission in 1860 to convert natives, new settlers, and the traders. Some of the oldest structures in Kelowna are on this site. I particularly noticed a variety of cornering methods on the log building construction which is unusual. Log house builders use one method but not usually two. This building used a dovetail method.

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