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- A Visit to Myra Canyon trail in Kelowna BC is highly recommended and remarkably exciting. You can read about it more elsewhere but the question you SHOULD consider is this; “When I get there, do 1) I walk the 11 km each way”? OR 2) If not up for 22 km in one day, “Do I walk part way, then turn back”? OR 3) Do I rent a bike and ride the whole route and back? From a safety point of view your decision could be a fateful one, while from a visual experience point of view, one option provides a whole different experience than the other.
So here’s the deal, and your critical consideration: The pathways between the trestle bridges are certainly wide enough for two bikes passing each other in opposite directions, however the drop off on either side of the path is severe and probably fatal for anyone going over the side. Where there isn’t a drop off down the canyon on one side of the path there will be heavy rock formations on the other. So, riding into the rocks will also be a rather unpleasant experience, but likely not fatal. The bike rental company will not tell you about the accidents that have occurred, (unless you ask), particularly as you approach a trestle area where the path generally narrows. It’s at that point that it’s easy, very easy to be distracted and miss the bridge and drive down a ravine to certain death.
Walking shower leaves you in total control, a minimal risk and able to enjoy and absorb the surrounding grandeur more fully.
So, as you can tell I’m not a big fan or recommending cycling. I’ve done both. And if you’re looking for a good rigorous exercise experience, the bike ride will NOT provide that, since the grades are very gentle and consume near nothing in terms of cardiovascular demand. A walk however lets you work at your pace, (briskly if you are seeking a cardio workout) while fully enjoying the sights and not have to be in panic mode of either driving off the side of the trail or having some passing cyclist hit you and drive you off the side. Walking provides the ability to fully take in the sights and absorb them rather than just whisking by at a brisk clip.
The choice is yours but I suggest you think long and hard on this.Written 15 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- When visiting the Okanagan, one will inevitably come upon Lake Okanagan – it’s impossible NOT to. This pristine body of water, the largest in the Okanagan Valley, stretches on for 135 kilometers and runs alongside the communities of Vernon (in the north), Kelowna (at its mid-point) and Penticton (south). Over 30 beaches dot the lake and strongly hint at its recreational value; in fact, during summer, it’s not uncommon to see people enjoying the sandy/pebbly beaches, boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking and even pedal-boating. Outside of wineries, I’d say Lake Okanagan is perhaps the defining symbol of this region of BC.
For me, though, I most often associate Lake Okanagan with the Ogopogo – the cryptid said to inhabit these waters. When I was younger, this “monster,” like Nessie of Loch Ness fame, captured my imagination. I remember the family and I were driving through the Okanagan in the early 1990s, when I was less than 10 years old. I was bound and determined to see the Ogopogo. As such, when we entered a lovely stretch of highway adjacent the lake, I basically demanded we stop . . . and wait. To their credit, the folks humoured me and parked for nearly an hour. As we waited, I thumbed through my newly purchased OGOPOGO book by Arlene Gaal. Sadly, we came up empty-handed!
This past summer my partner and I enjoyed the sights of the Okanagan, including the lake. As we drove along the highway, we both commented on the “what if” scenarios: “Hey, what if Ogopogo rears its head out of the water right now!?” We know that’s not likely, but it’s still fun to imagine! If nothing else, the legend of Ogopogo adds colour and panache to the region.
While it’s fun to imagine “monsters” like Ogopogo existing deep below the surface, I tend to appreciate the First Nations understanding of Ogopogo as a “spirit” and “protector” of the lake. In this way, the legendary Ogopogo becomes much more than a fantastical creature; it transcends the cartoons and becomes a poignant metaphor for sustainability and the importance of environmental stewardship.
Lake Okanagan, as a physical body of water, is a symbol of the region. It is rich in recreational opportunities but, at the same time, it – and what dwells within – can teach us much if we have the ears to listen. When you’re visiting the Okanagan, make sure to stop, appreciate and enjoy this lake!Written 23 October 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I checked out this hike while visiting some friends this past November. I did not realize how out of shape I was, definitely underestimated this hike! Make sure to bring ankle supportive shoes as it is quite rocky!Written 21 October 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I had no plans going to this place. But my wife said the kids would like it. I’m glad I listened to her.
The kids had such a fun time interacting with the animals and seeing them up close. They were scare to feed popcorn to the kangaroo so they watched me feed them instead.
They also have a nice area for a picnic, we ordered food from there and was yummy. Great way to spend a few hours.
We paid admission in cash, as there is a fee to pay with credit cards.Written 24 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Our kiddo is now five & we’ve been regulars for the last three summers! It’s especially amazing for preschool age but I love it too & we look forward to it opening this year - we’ve gotten to know the animals and humans!Written 25 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Not large but a beautiful garden. Very peaceful located close to other locations to check out in downtown Kelowna. Well worth a visit.Written 18 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Beautiful place in a beautiful setting. We loved all the art which gave it a lively, yet relaxed atmosphere. Harley was awesome answering all of our questions and telling us stories about their winery. Definitely stop!Written 21 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Kelowna is blessed to have a cool Waterfront Park. Excellent area for walking and restaurants and pubs very close by. Enjoyed watching skaters on the public rink. Did not hurt that the weather was beautiful.Written 24 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Unfortunately we didn’t do any wine tasting because they were a little busy. They had very pretty scenery overlooking lake. They also had a restaurant and patio with same amazing views.Written 1 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Great place to walk. Yet so close to town. Distances well marked so can be a short or long walk, pity it's not circular. Shared with bikes. If you want to get away from people and wine this is the perfect place to do it.Written 15 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Lots of space for everyone to spread out safely while enjoying sand and lake! Shady spots and a playground make this ideal for everyone.Written 8 September 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I visited the Winery to engage in a Wine tasting. I was fortunate to acquire an opening spot at Aspect House with Doug an Ambassador. .My experience included 6 varietals to taste with a preferred vegetarian food pairing. Doug’s knowledge was spot on as to what my wine to food brought out in flavours. The overall experience in the tasting room was engaging, educational and authentic in the knowledge that was shared to me. Highly recommended a visit.Written 18 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Small market with a nice variety of fresh produce, craft and food stalls. Street parking nearby. Good for a stroll around especially if you're looking for something to eat. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Easy to get to - near the mall.Written 29 July 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Went to Ancient Hills today and such a great experience. In the tasting room, Andrea was such a delight and source of knowledge about the wines which were excellent. Thank you for making our Saturday afternoon memorable!Written 2 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We did a tasting on the patio. Our host was very good and informative. The wines were very good and we really enjoyed overlooking the vineyard.Written 28 December 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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