Category: Thompson-Okanagan

Sorrento in a Hurry

The editors of this website asked local businesses for the essential recommendations for Sorrento. We asked them: “If you imagine that someone has come to you and they are on a totally tight time line, and asked you these questions, what would you tell them?” 1. Where should I eat that I should not miss in Sorrento? Answer: Always a great place to eat would be Toby’s Restaurant which is at 1258 Trans Canada Highway right in the middle of Sorrento. This breakfast and lunch only place has been around for many years and the owner, Mandy, believes in fresh […]

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Kelowna in a Hurry

The editors of this website asked local businesses for the essential recommendations for Kelowna. We asked them: “If you imagine that someone has come to you and they are on a totally tight time line, and asked you these questions, what would you tell them?” 1. Where should I eat that I should not miss in Kelowna? Answer:Ruby’s Family Restaurant, Harvey Ave (Chinese) 2. If I only have time for one outdoor activity, what should I see or do in Kelowna? Answer:Try one of the 19 golf greens. 3. Is there a museum or cultural site that is a must-see […]

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Ogopogo or too much wine?

In the last few days some mainstream newspapers have reported that a fellow named Dan Poppoff found an odd looking 1.2-metre-long carcass in June 2009 while kayaking Lake Okanagan, where Kelowna sits. www.theprovince.com/Ogopogo+washed+Okanagan+Lake+shoreline/1768656/story.html Speculation is that this is Ogopogo, the lake monster that’s similar in both sightings and improbability of the Loch Ness Monster. OK, if he took a picture, why is it not in the hands of the press? I also frankly don’t believe the so-called native legends because I have the distinct feeling that any existing lore was skimpy (e.g. fairy tale stuff) and then, to annoy the […]

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Warmest Lake in BC

Known as the warmest and cleanest lake in BC, Christina Lake should be one of the must sees in British Columbia.  It is a very popular summer destination.  I would suggest booking your stay several months in advance for the mid-July to mid-August peak period.  There are several choices of accommodations: motels, campgrounds and rental cabins.  Several of the campgrounds and rental cabins offer beach front locations.  There are not as many campgrounds as there were 20 years ago.  Many have been converted to privately owned-permanent trailer or mobile home sites.  So if you are in a buying mood you […]

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Apex Mountain Resort

Only four and a half hours east of Vancouver, nestled in the Okanagan Valley is Apex Mountain Resort. With a view of the Apex Mountain Peak in the background, the resort is actually built on the wide face of Beaconsfield Mountain, that rises 2180 metres high. Downhill skiers and snowboarders have all they can ask for here with 68 trails to chose from that vary from the easier green runs to the most challenging black diamond runs. But skiers and boarders are not the only ones attracted to this mountain. It offers cross-country skiing, an outdoor skating rink and outdoor […]

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Snowmobiling in The Shuswap

Don Mitchell of Shuswap Lake Motel & Resort gives us advice about snowmobiling in the Shuswap. The season starts near the end of November and can continue until late May. Depths of snow can easily range up to 15 feet in some of the alpine areas and many hills have groomed trails, spacious chalets and good signage for getting around the mountains. Winter in the Shuswap is fantastic with good driving on the roads and temperatures that are easy to bear. Shuswap Lake Motel is a great place to use as a base camp as you explore a different hill […]

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Red and Green fish??

Don Mitchell of Shuswap Lake Motel & Resort tells us that from Mid September thru October you can witness the spectacle called the Adams River Salmon Run. This year (2006) is especially exciting because it is the Dominate Run, which means the largest spawning run in a 4 year life cycle for the Sockeye Salmon. Fisheries has estimated over 14 million sockeye could travel from the Pacific Ocean up the Fraser River and into the Thompson River and then finally ending up at Shuswap Lake before they travel up the Adams River to spawn. Year 2006 marks the 4 year […]

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Thompson Okanagan Overview

The region receives an average of 2000 hours of sunshine each year. Lake Okanagan is 128 km (80 mi.) long stretching from Vernon to Penticton via Kelowna. Ogopogo, a likely non-existent serpent-like creature is said to live in the lake. The creature’s legend comes from First Nations people who called it N’xa’xa’etkw. Kelowna International Airport is serviced by Air Canada, WestJet, Horizon Air and Central Mountain Air with direct flights to Toronto, Seattle, as well as Vancouver. The Thompson Okanagan has it own interesting history. In 1890, in Summerland, a Chinese worker, whos escaped from a railway labour gang, set […]

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Kelowna Overview

Kelowna has many activities to enjoy. Below is a list of just a few. Beasley Park & Beach at Woods Lake – Free – 12-15 min drive from the Borgata Lodge Visit Kasugai gardens located behind City Hall, stand or walk around or sit in the garden to take in all the sights of the waterfall and the koi fish and the ambience. Scandia Games & Mini Golf – Free Entry Modest Fees for your choice of activities. Mini Golf, both indoor and outdoor, Batting Cages, Huge arcades, bumper cars, snack bar, prizes, suitable for all ages and groups. Grand […]

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