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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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    Summerland Ornamental Gardens

    by dinhyen Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Summerland Ornamental Gardens is on a hill overlooking Lake Okanagan in Summerland. The Gardens are maintained by a non-profit organization and admission is by donations (it's worth it). There are many manicured flower plots -- the daisies are the most luxuriant -- and also a xeriscape garden.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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