Hikes

Shorts Creek Fintry Park
Feb23

Springs Awakening: March Hiking Around Fintry

As March unfolds, signalling  Springs awakening- March Hiking around Fintry is one of  the best Westside Rd.  features. The trails around Fintry come to life with the promise of a vibrant Spring. One of the perfect places to witness this seasonal transition is the enchanting Fintry Provincial Park. As Shorts Creek  awakens to Spring as you can hear the creek beginning to babble on its travel to Lake Okanagan. March hiking around Fintry is an amazing experience.

Here’s your guide to exploring the rejuvenated trails and welcoming the arrival of spring around Fintry.

Getting There: Reaching Fintry is a breeze. A short drive down Westside Road, from Vernon or West Kelowna and you’ll find yourself at the entrance of the park. You can take a leisurely walk along the lakeside or on the boardwalk, leading you to the trails that weave through the park’s captivating landscapes.

The Hike: March brings a thaw to the  hiking trails, creating a moderate hiking experience suitable for various skill levels. The snow covered trails, now reveal the earth beneath. The Park is offering glimpses of emerging greenery. The transition from winter’s hush to spring’s awakening adds a touch of magic. Spring is an ideal time for nature enthusiasts to witness the rebirth of the landscape.

What to Wear: Dressing in layers is still advisable due to changing temperatures throughout the day. A light jacket, comfortable moisture-wicking layers. A hat to shield against the early spring sun are recommended. Wear sturdy hiking boots to navigate the trails comfortably. Bringing a small backpack to carry essentials like water, snacks, and a camera if desired. A walking stick can also be helpful on your hikes.

Footwear: While the trails are no longer blanketed in snow, a good pair of hiking boots remains essential. Choose footwear with reliable traction to navigate any muddy patches that may persist. As the trails come alive with the first signs of blooming flora, protecting your feet and ankles is key to enjoying your hike.

Fintry Provincial Park is a celebration of Springs Awakening. Embrace the vibrant spring -March hiking around Fintry and changing seasons never disappoint. Take a moment to breathe in the crisp air, and experience the magic as the trails unfold.

Fintry Park Self Guide Walking Tour Brochure

Fintry Provincial Park Map

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Let us know about any of your favourite hiking trails in the Okanagan Valley! We would love to see where you have been exploring.

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Apr01

Lake Okanagan, located in British Columbia, Canada, is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Here are some things to do around Lake.

Things to do in the Okanagan

  1. Hiking: There are many scenic hiking trails around Lake Okanagan, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. Some popular trails include the Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park, Kalamoir Regional Park, and Knox Mountain Park.
  2. Biking: Cycling is a great way to explore the area around Lake Okanagan. The Kettle Valley Rail Trail, a former railway track that has been converted into a multi-use trail, offers a beautiful route through the mountains and forests.
  3. Water activities: The lake offers a wide range of water activities, such as swimming, boating, fishing, and kayaking. You can rent a boat or kayak from one of the many rental shops around the lake and explore the beautiful shoreline.
  4. Wine tours: The Okanagan Valley is known for its world-class wineries, and there are many wine tours available around the lake. You can visit the many wineries and taste the local wines while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
  5. Golfing: The area around Lake Okanagan is home to many golf courses, including the Okanagan Golf Club, the Harvest Golf Club, and the Two Eagles Golf Course.
  6. Cultural activities: There are many cultural activities to enjoy around Lake Okanagan, such as visiting the Kelowna Art Gallery, the Okanagan Heritage Museum, and the Indigenous World Winery, which offers a unique wine tasting experience that showcases the history and culture of the Syilx people.
  7. Skiing and snowboarding: In the winter, the mountains around Lake Okanagan offer great skiing and snowboarding opportunities. The Big White Ski Resort, located just a short drive from Kelowna, offers over 100 runs and 16 lifts.
  8. Horseback riding: If you want to explore the beautiful nature around Lake Okanagan on horseback, there are many horseback riding tours available in the area.
  9. Wildlife watching: The area around Lake Okanagan is home to a variety of wildlife, such as deer, moose, bears, and bald eagles. You can take a guided wildlife tour or simply explore the area on your own and see what you can spot.
  10. Festivals and events: Throughout the year, Lake Okanagan hosts a variety of festivals and events, such as the Kelowna Wine Festival, the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, and the Centre of Gravity Festival, which features extreme sports and live music.

Overall, Lake Okanagan is a beautiful destination with plenty of activities to suit all interests. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors, taste local wines, or experience cultural activities, Lake Okanagan has something for everyone.

Jun28

 

Looking for a place to spend the day with family? From hiking, playing, and swimming Fintry Provincial Park has it all!

Swimming and Playing:
Are you looking to build sandcastles, and swim with your new favourite floatie that you picked up from LaCasa Market? Our beautiful Lake Okanagan surrounds each area of Westside Road, and you can enjoy the beauty of the lake while in it. Follow Fintry Delta Road all the way down to the parking lot where you will find a beach, picnic tables, and public washrooms for you and your family to enjoy.

Exploring Fintry Falls:
As you drive across the bridge entering Fintry Provincial Park there will be parking on the left side of Fintry Delta Road (note: currently there is some construction going on so parking may be limited) once parked you will see a few of the many heritage houses. As you begin walking up the staircase the beautiful flowing falls will appear. The hike is listed as “easy” and is made for all ages – the climb is worth the view. Instructions to find Fintry Falls can be found here!

Fintry Playground:
Recently added to the beautiful Fintry Provincial Park was a playground, picnic table and grass area to enjoy. Follow the road past the campsites towards the lake to find the newly added playground area for the entire family to enjoy.

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking on Lake Okanagan is a must! Don’t have one? No worries – we offer rentals visit our rental page or our booking page to see what we have available!

See you at the lake!

Jun21

Are you eager to explore the local area and get to know its history? Start at Fintry Estates and Provincial Park!

Captain James Dun-waters purchased what was then called the “Delta” in the 19th century and soon renamed the area to “Fintry” after his hometown in Scotland. Fintry is now well-known for its Historical Heritage Buildings, as well as camping, swimming, and exploring.

Heritage Buildings:
There are several Heritage Buildings to be explored in Fintry and they have been restored so we can continue to enjoy the history that Fintry brought to Westside Road. A few of the heritage buildings that can be found are:

  • Barn Complex + Hay shed Granary
    • Horse Barn
    • Dairy Barn
    • Pig Barn
  • Site of “Chalet”
  • Path to Falls and Pelton Wheel water intake
  • Hayfields-Orchard Site
  • Manor House
  • Sundial
  • Copper Beech + Weeping Beech
  • Dog Kennel
  • Alice’s Grave
Each of the above sites have a sign which tells you about the history and what the purpose of each area was intended for. Be sure to check out each area to learn more about Captain James Dun-waters. Below is a picture of the “site map” so you can find each point of interest.

Check out the “self guided tour map” here!

Winter hikes
Dec04

Wintertime in Kelowna tends to be mild and sunny—perfect for winter hikes. That’s because the region is a semi-arid desert! Sure, you will always get a bit of snow but the temperature rarely drops uncomfortably low. Plan to work up a bit of a sweat and you won’t even notice the chill.

That’s why we’ve compiled this great list of winter hikes for you in the Kelowna area.

  1. Cedar Mountain Regional Park

Cedar Mountain Regional Park (AKA the Kelowna Crags) was renamed the Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park after a substantial land donation after the 2003 wildfire that devastated the area. Now, hikers can enjoy over 403 hectares of natural land, an easy and short walk, and a stunning view of the Okanagan Valley at the top.

  1. Spion Kopje Hiking Trails 

Sometimes written as Spion Kop Hiking Trails, this central Okanagan trail system takes hikers to the peak of the Spion Kopje mountain. You’ll find these trails closer to Winfield, about a 33-minute drive North from Downtown Kelowna. Follow the markers for a clear view of Lake Kalamalka and parts of Oyama.

  1. Mill Creek Regional Park

Mill Creek Regional Park is a family-friendly hike that is highly rated by experts and novices alike. The trail is moderately flat and all forks in the path take you to the same destination so you don’t have to worry much about getting lost. The area tends to be a haven for mosquitoes in warmer months, making it a refreshing winter walk even if you have done this trail before!

  1. Rose Valley Regional Park

Enjoy 250-hectares of parkland in the West Kelowna Rose Valley neighbourhood. The Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir-filled forest land has winding natural trails, a conservation area and pond, and views of Okanagan Lake. Dogs are also welcome on-leash and Rose Valley Regional Park is open to visitors year-round.

BONUS: If you are looking for a day trip, E. C. Manning Park is about a 3-hour drive from Kelowna and is one of the most popular parks in the province. Located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, the climate and geography make it a perfect natural location for year-round visits. The park has hiking trails for all levels, from 15-minutes walks to a 6-day excursion!

Just because there is snow on the ground, doesn’t mean you hiking enthusiasts need to be stuck indoors. The Okanagan is known for its scenery and wintertime is no exception. So bundle up, pack a snack, and take a relaxing winter hike amongst the trees.

Looking to book a spot for hiking, skiing, or other winter sports? Ask us about La Casa Mirador, our large group vacation rental property in West Kelowna. Open year-round!