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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

chocolate nanaimo bars
Sep25

British Columbia’s Nanaimo Bars

Why not celebrate this fall by cooking up some tasty treats?  The Nanaimo bar is a Canadian delicacy and everyone’s favourite!  Originating in Nanaimo, this British Columbian dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Being pretty easy to make due to is ‘no bake’ method, we are pretty confident that anybody can whip these up!  Enjoy the soft custard filling and the biscuit base, paired with the melted chocolate topping – sound yummy?  You bet!

We’ve found this awesome, simple recipe for Classic Nanaimo Bars from Canadian Living and thought we would share:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnut
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • egg lightly beaten

Filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk (approx)

Topping:

  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter

METHOD

In bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. Drizzle with butter and egg, stirring until combined.

Press into parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan. Bake in 350F (180C) oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling: In bowl, beat together butter, custard powder and vanilla. Beat in icing sugar alternately with milk, making 3 additions of sugar and 2 of milk and adding up to 1 tsp more milk if too thick to spread. Spread over cooled base. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Topping: In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter; spread over filling. Refrigerate until chocolate is almost set, about 30 minutes. 

With tip of knife, score into bars; refrigerate until chocolate is completely set, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 days or overwrap in foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.) Cut into bars. 

 

This recipe was taken from Canadian Living, all credit goes to them.  Please see their website for more delicious recipes.

 

Cheap Eats Kelowna
Sep18

The Best Cheap Eats in Kelowna

 

Ever wondered where you should grab lunch in Kelowna?  Perhaps you’re passing through town and need to satisfy your hunger.   Or maybe you need to pick up some takeaway items for a picnic. From turkey sandwiches to laksa soups,  Kelowna has some hidden gems when it comes to casual eateries.  Check out our recommendations below.

 

  1. Little Hobo Soup & Sandwich Shop

You only have to read the reviews on Tripadvisor to realise that this little soup and sandwich shop is a winner.  Known for its customer service as well as its freshly made meals, Little Hobo sits up there as the Number 1 recommended cheap eat in Kelowna.  Try their tasty perogies, homemade signature soup or holiday turkey sandwich –  you won’t be disappointed.

 

  1. Dosa Crepe Café

How does Indian Dosa paired with French crepes, sound to you?  This little South Indian eatery offers savoury Indian Dosa all day long and is the perfect place for a late lunch or afternoon snack.  If you fancy something sweet, try their French crepes.   There are so many delicious options on the menu, we wouldn’t even know where to start…

 

  1. Mad Mango Café

If you fancy some casual Asian treats then you should head down to Mad Mango Café.  With a menu full of Vietnamese Pho, Thai spring rolls and an All-day breakfast, there is definitely something here for everyone.  We’ve even heard that customers regularly go back for seconds of Mad Mango’s Laksa Soup!

 

  1. Woodfire Bakery

This little German bakery is no place to go for sweet pastries.  However if you’re looking for a hearty meal that will warm you up when it’s chilly outside, then by all means this should be your first pick.  Choose your meat –  Roast Beef, Smoked Beef or Veloute Chicken – and they’ll stick it on a beautiful Kaiser roll.  Some of the sandwiches sell out by lunch time, so be sure to get there early if you want first pick!

 

Yum – don’t they all sound scrumptious?  Let us know where you end up or if you have a different local favourite!  We would love to hear what your go-to lunch spot is.

 

Cheap Eats Kelowna

Written by Hannah Poaros

 

 

 

Sep11

While the Okanagan is known for it’s gorgeous summer weather, there is plenty to do on your Okanagan Vacation during the snowy winter months!

Big White Resort is a one stop destination for everything winter on your Okanagan vacation! With outdoor skating rinks, 118 runs, ski and snowboard rentals, and tubes. Want to try snow shoeing, or maybe you’ve always wanted to go cross country skiing? Or maybe you just want to spend the afternoon having lunch at the village, or enjoy some hot cocoa after an exciting day of winter fun!

With tours and classes that range from dog sledding, horse drawn carriage rides to ice climbing, snowmobiling, terrain biking, heliskiing and more! Big White Kelowna has something for everyone in the family.

Pamper yourself and spend the afternoon relaxing at their spa, or sign up for a complete tour of several of the 150 wineries located in the Okanagan!

Sep04

Even although no one is ever happy about trading in their favourite swimsuit for their business causal get up, and giving up long days of lounge in the sun for endless hours stuck in the office, somehow most of us still love fall. And fall in the Okanagan is nothing short of spectacular. Here’s how the fashion experts suggest you make the most of the crisp autumn weather.

  1. Suede: boots, jackets, cardigans, suede is coming back in a big way from booties to t-shirts, the soft, matte fabric has made it’s way from a utilitarian cloth used by the First Nations in the early 1900’2 to keep warm to a modern day trend for day to day wear.
  2. Leather: contrary to popular belief, leather jackets are not only for burly men on Harley Davidsons. The little leather jacket is perfect for that in between fall weather for men and women alike.
  3. Denim: it’s simple. Everyone loves jeans. We all have our favourite pair of denim jeans. With many cuts and styles from bootlegged to distressed to denim shorts and jackets, it goes with everything and its guaranteed to keep you arm in the crisp fall air.
  4. Plaid: when you think fall fashion almost everyone thinks plaid. From scarves to button downs to flannel jackets, plaid is a quick and easy way to tie together your fall look. And the colours scream ‘hay ride and pumpkin carving’.
  5. Sportswear: go ahead, rock your lulus and hoodie to the mall. It’s fall, comfort and warmth are the key components to staying in style while preparing for the incoming snow season.