hikes

Okanagan Mountain Goat
Oct30

Day trip to Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park

 

Now that the weather is starting to cool down and Lake Okanagan is getting almost too cold to swim in, why not embark on a hike? Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park is open year-round and is the ideal place to warm up your muscles.

The Park spans over 10,580 hectares and is the only part of Lake Okanagan’s shoreline that remains undeveloped, making it perfect for hikers.  As you explore higher levels of the mountain, you will be treated to superb views of the lake.  You can enjoy a range of ecosystems and micro-climates because of the park’s large size.   This means you might be in partial-desert wilderness when you are at lower levels, then as you climb further you can expect to see beautiful green forests.  Also watch out for wildlife in the area – if you’re lucky, you might get the chance to see deer, elk and black bears! Why not sit tight and see if you can find a mountain goat?  There are also several reptiles to keep your eyes peeled for, including the Western Rattlesnake.

Go camping, hiking & boating!

For keen campers or boaters, this park offers six marine campgrounds as well as sheltered beaches – an excellent opportunity to explore the lake from a different location!

There are several trails of varying lengths and difficulties, so be sure to check out the BC Parks map to see what ones are most suitable for you.  It’s also important to note that the area is prone to wildfires – watch out for unexpected hazards and expect some unstable conditions.  Travel carefully and always let someone know where you are going.  The park has limited facilities so make sure that you take plenty of water with you, especially in the summer.

 

For more activities in the Okanagan, check out our previous blog posts here.  Happy hiking!

Written by Hannah Poaros

Hope Othello Tunnels
Oct02

Road trip stop-off: Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park (Othello Tunnels)

If you’re driving to Kelowna from Vancouver and have a car full of excited passengers, why not break up the journey?

There are lots of activities around Hope, BC which makes it a great location to stop for a few hours or a couple of days! However, if you’re short on time then we recommend visiting the Othello Tunnels at Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

The Othello Tunnels are open April 1st – October 31st so are the perfect stopping point for your summer road trip.  These tunnels are a series of old train tunnels and bridges.  Due to the striking way they have been cut into the granite walls, this walk is one of Hope’s major attractions. You will be excited to see the rushing river below and the kids will love imagining the trains that used to filter through these walls. It is hard to describe just what an amazing display of engineering these tunnels are – the only way to understand is to see it yourself!

Trails, Picnics, Tunnels & Flashlights!

This 3.5km trail is also suitable for bicycles, if that’s more your thing.  Just remember to take a flashlight so you can see where you are going as some of the tunnels are long and dark.  The route is suitable for pets but they must remain on a leash at all times.

Within Coquihala Canyon Provincial Park there is also a picnic area, making this an ideal resting place for lunch even if you haven’t got time for the walk! Pack some sandwiches, fruit, leftovers and cookies to make the most of this beautiful  picnic spot.  While you’re relaxing and taking in the views of the river, watch for salmon!  In the summer, it is quite common to see salmon swimming in the Coquihalla River.  Perhaps you can make this into a game – who can spot the most salmon?!

Hope Coquihalla River

For more information on the park, please visit the official website.

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Mar13

Five Great Hiking Locations near La Casa Cottage Resort

While the Lakeside Cottages are a great spot to spend your vacation in BC, there’s nothing like getting away for an exhilarating afternoon hike up a beautiful mountainside to make the Okanagan truly feel like your home away from home!

  1. Eain Lamont

    Located 34.7km from LaCasa Resort, Eain Lamont Loop is the “official” entrance to Mount Boucherie. Unlike the Mount Boucherie Hike, the Eain Lamont Loop, is very steep and very challenging. It is recommended for serious hikers with some experience and proper equipment. Once at the summit, beautiful, 360 views of Kelowna and the surrounding area can be found. 5.57km round trip.

  2. Mount Boucherie

    Located 34.1km Southeast from LaCasa Resort, in West Kelowna, Mount Boucherie is a short but challenging hike that ends in beautiful panoramic views of of Kelowna, West Kelowna and the Okanagan Lake. Once a 2000m volcano, the now 800m high mountain offers a variety of trails with varying difficulty levels, distances and heights. Mount Boucherie is a well known and much loved location amongst hikers, climbers and those who simply love the outdoors! 2.68 km round trip; approx 60 minutes.

  3. Bear Creek; Canyon Rim Trail:

    Located 22.7km from LaCasa Resort, Bear Creek Provincial Park offers a scenic hiking trail of a moderate level of difficulty. Designed by Dave Brewer in 1981, it is a trail that is manageable for all hikers. With several viewpoints of Kelowna and the Okanagan, as well as many waterfalls and a fresh water creek. Full of wildlife and scenic views, this trail is a must for visitors and locals alike. Be aware of unstable trees and rocks as this trail was affected by a wildfire in 2011. 2.6km round trip.

  4. Christie Falls

    Located 15km from LaCasa Resort. A short but moderately challenging hike that includes a steep descent with ropes to aid you down. Along with a beautiful waterfall, there are also caves to explore. Not family friendly due to the steep inclines, however Christie Falls is a favourite amongst people in the Okanagan and a must see for visitors with a desire to adventure and discover the beauty that the Okanagan has to offer. 2.2km round trip.

  5. Fintry Falls

    Located 4km from LaCasa Resort. A short but steep trek up a set of wooden stairs, leads you to several waterfalls and deep pools. With the option to venture off the trail at the top and follow a beam to another pool and waterfall. Also off the trail are the remnants of old suspension bridges. 1km round trip. Fintry Manor House and other historical monuments can be found at the base of the trail.

  6. Sources:
    Hiking Addiction
    Google Maps
    Kelowna Now