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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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  • 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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    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.

    Quail's Gate vineyard overlooking Lake Okanogan
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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!

    Sipping wine at the winery- Check out the view!
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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.

    Bro & Friends, top of the cliff Part of the terrian park View
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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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    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.

    Mission Hill winery
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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.

    Bertram Creek Regional Park (taken from website)
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    Stroll the Water Front

    by Ken_Weaver Written Aug 8, 2005

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    The lakeside waterfront is a great place to people watch, get tanned, or throw a frisbee.
    This statue of the Sail is quite prominent and the pic was taken from Earls on Top, a restaurant across the street

    The Sail
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    Elysium Garden

    by dinhyen Written Sep 6, 2002

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    Well, we're in garden country, so were you expecting something else? :) The Elysium Garden is an elegant, well-manicured garden that features many perennial flowers and ornamental plants. This would be a good place for wedding pictures.

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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.

    Old farm buildings at Fintry park
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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.

    Little Straw winery
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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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  • 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'.

    zipline tower zipline training best zipline beautiful view of Oyama BC look! no hands!
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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.

    River Ride at Mariner's Reef Big Blue at Mariner's Reef The Quad - great for racing! The family
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