Kelowna

Trail ATV riding
May07

Wanting to find a place to ride your ATV near La Casa Cottage Resort? Bear Creek OHV riding area has 85,000 acres with scenic trail systems for motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs less than 50” in width. From La Casa, it is just a 20-minute drive south on Westside road (towards Kelowna) to the recreation area where you can unload your motorized ride into the trail. The trails vary in difficulty level and user groups. Make sure you know your level before heading out to ensure that you and others are safe.

 

Passes

A season pass or day pass is required in the recreation area at all times. Purchase your pass here. We recommend the season pass as it is quite cheap and gives you the opportunity to ride in other trail systems in the Okanagan from April 1st to October 31st. One primary season pass is $90, and you may also purchase secondary season passes for $70 each.

 

Trails

 View the PDF trail map for Bear Creek OHV riding area here. The trails are two-way and have some blind corners, so beware of other riders when riding. The riding area is great for all levels and offers spectacular views of the Okanagan as you get higher in elevation.

 

Is Bear Creek OHV riding area open during COVID-19?

Yes, but ONLY the trails! This means that the campsites, pit toilets, picnic tables and fire rings are closed. The park asks to still practice social distancing during your rides. Park, unload, ride and have fun, then load up and go home!

 

This area is great to get out into the outdoors and enjoy the Okanagan scenery. After a nice ride, pack up and head back to La Casa Cottage Resort for a beer on your Lakeview cottage porch! Our relaxed cancellation policies and deals through our reservation page will accommodate your flexible ATV vacation! Check out our rentals here.

Spring Break
Mar16

Spring Break Activities in the Okanagan – Something for Everyone!

Spring Break is here! The exact dates vary from place to place, so be sure to check your local grade school or university’s annual holiday calendar before making concrete plans. Once you know when it’s safe to pack up and go, be sure to take advantage of these Okanagan-based activities for your family’s time off.

Outdoor Activities

Spring is in the air. It’s the perfect time to start venturing outside after a long winter season. Here are some activities to choose from if you want to have fun and get some early vitamin D.

  1. Spring Ski Trip

Pack your lighter gear and get ready for a goggle tan! All of Big White, Silver Star Mountain, and Apex Mountain offer Springtime skiing options. If you are going as a whole family, remember that kids 12 and under ski for free at Big White.

  1. Kangaroo Creek Farm

If you’re Spring Break lands in March sometime, you may be able to visit Kangaroo Creek Farm, which opens for the season around that time. Here you can see kangaroos (duh) as well as sugar gliders, pot-bellied pigs, emus, parrots, peacocks, goats, chickens, capybaras, and Patagonian Cavies.

Indoor Activities 

Still a little too chilly outside for your liking? There are plenty of fun things to do between the comfort of four walls. Here are some of our favorites.

  1. Go to a Movie

There are plenty of theaters to choose from in the Kelowna area, including Landmark Cinemas (multiple locations) and Grand 10 Theater (near Orchard Park Mall). There is also a 2-dollar movie night on Thursdays at Encore Theatre in West Kelowna. Springtime is when movie releases start picking up for the warm weather season, so you’ll have plenty to choose from.

  1. Visit the H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre

The H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre offers a wave pool, hot tub, steam room, diving boards, and water slides. It’s the perfect indoor-activity-that-still-feels-outdoorsy. Children 2-years-old and under get in free. Children under 8 years of age must have a caregiver within arm-length reach at all times.

A Night Out

For some, Spring Break is synonymous with partying. Be smart, be safe – but enjoy yourself! Here are some fun nights out you can plan for yourself and a group of friends.

  1. Go Out Dancing

There are plenty of nightclubs downtown Kelowna where you can dance the night away. Each has a distant vibe and theme. Get dolled up and check out Level, Sapphire, or Flashbacks – they are all within walking distance of one another so you can bar-hop if you aren’t feeling it.

  1. Kelowna Comedy Club

Check out Kelowna Comedy Club’s weekly shows and pick something that looks interesting – or, go into an open mic completely blind, order a round, and hope for the best! They sometimes host wine tasting comedy shows so take a look at their events calendar to see if they have an one coming up!

Still looking for more inspiration? Check out last year’s Spring Break blog, or take a look at Tourism Kelowna’s Events Calendar!

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Nov25

Downtown Kelowna Light Up

Winter has come! If you want to celebrate holiday season in Kelowna with your family, tree lighting is one of the must-see events. There is a giant tree light up event in Kelowna called “Winter street market” which is a free community event. As you can see from the name, this is more than tree lighting! There are tons of vendors, foods, live entertainment, and of course Santa! 2019 marks the 31st year of this festival. This year the festival will be held on December 7th. The heart of this event is located at Stuart Park (between the skating rink and the Kelowna Yacht Club), but there are lots of additional things happening in the surrounding area. 

Here are some fun things you could do at the event:

  • Indulge some festive sweets and treats
  • Munch on some delicious street food
  • Take a photo with Santa at Stuart Park
  • Make a craft at the Kelowna Art Gallery
  • Go for a skate on the rink at Stuart Park
  • Browse the Downtown shops
  • Take in the live music and performances 
  • Warm up with some hot chocolate and marshmallow around the fire
  • Last but not least, tree light up!

To access this event, drive, walk, run, bike or bus. If you choose to use a bus, check out the transit schedule here. If you choose to drive, you’ll be happy to know that City of Kelowna is offering free parking on all Saturdays in December! Check out more parking information here.

Join this event and spend some quality time with your family this winter!

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Looking for a vacation rental for next year? Please check out our homepage.  We have a great selection of cottages near Okanagan Lake, with some beautiful views!

(P.S. A stay at La Casa Cottages makes the perfect gift for your loved ones!)

 

Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

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Nov04

Favourite Bars & Pubs in Kelowna

Kelowna is known for its nightlife! Fancy a drink on the town, a boozy brunch or a casual dinner? Here’s our favourite pubs and bars suitable for every occasion and every time of day. 

CRAFT Beer Market 

CRAFT Beer Market is loved by everyone!  They specialise in craft beer (over 100 beers on tap!) accompanied with local food. On weekends, CRAFT offers an excellent brunch menu—for anyone who doesn’t want to cook breakfast—with items such as chicken and waffles or breakfast tacos.  Daily happy hour features $4 beers and $6 wines! Elevate your experience by attending the monthly Brewmaster’s Dinner which includes a four course meal and beer pairings.

Address: 257 Bernard Ave.

Phone: 778-741-2337.

Tonic’s Pub and Grill

Tonic’s is a great place for any event, whether it be casual or formal. They offer a fantastic happy hour in addition to nightly specials.  For example, Saturday night is Steak and Lobster night, whilst Wednesday night is wings night (available in 33 flavours including Caribbean jerk, pineapple curry and spicy caesar!) The food menu is large and offers everything from burgers and salads to pizzas and pastas. Drinks include premium spirits, imported and domestic beers, and a selection of wines. Sporting events are shown on the two big screens.

Address: 1654 Ellis St.

Phone: 250-860-2997.

Doc Willoughby’s Public House 

Doc Willoughby’s is open until 2am every day of the week, so it’s the perfect venue for late night drinks! The pub is named after Dr. Charles James McNeil Willoughby who was a physician with the British Royal Medical Corps. In his retirement, he spent summers in his cottage at Shuswap Lake and was well-loved in the community. 

Menu highlights include cheap and cheerful burgers, Okanagan wines, and a variety of beers (international and local). Hosts a range of special events like hip hop bingo and music nights. 

Address: 353 Bernard Ave.

Phone: 250-868-8288.

Central Kitchen + Bar  

Central Kitchen + Bar are consistently nominated for Kelowna’s “Best Burger”—so that alone is an excuse to try out their food.  They market themselves as the “Neighbourhood Local” and want everyone to feel welcome. The food menu offers delicious, creative dishes such as plant-based poutine, tuna tataki burger and bacon chorizo mushroom pizza.  Daily happy hour and weekly drinks specials too (personally, we love Mondays when the margaritas are $5.50!) As well as a range of beers and wines, Central Kitchen also offer craft cocktails like elderflower sour which includes gin, elderflower liquor, lime juice and egg white. The ideal place for any celebration!

Address: 1155 Ellis St.

Phone: 250-862-8820.

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Ready to embark on an Okanagan adventure? Don’t forget to book accommodation! Speak to our friendly reservations staff (by calling 1-888-226-5566 or emailing rentals@lacasacottageresort.com) and they’ll find you your perfect Kelowna cottage.

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Oct25

Halloween Events in Kelowna

Boo! It’s nearly Halloween! Are you ready for the spooktacular events happening in Kelowna? Here’s some family-friendly fun that you won’t want to miss!

Halloween Nightwings

Don’t miss this all-ages adventure! Learn and discover who is flying around the Okanagan at night in this not-very-scary Halloween event.

October 29 |3:00pm – 6:00pm | Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue

When Death Comes Calling: A Cemetery Tour

Take a spooky tour through a cemetery and learn true stories about Kelowna’s “dead.” Registration is required for this new event.

November 1 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Avenue

Field of Screams

The theme for this year’s chilling corn maze is “Once Upon A Nightmare.” Expect twists on classic fairytales like Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. How long will it take you to escape the clutches of the Queen of Hearts?

Select dates during October 25–31, 2019 | Gates open at 6:00pm, mazes open at 7:00pm | O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon

Kettle Valley Halloween Terror Train

The Halloween train for 2019! Catch a ride on the train at 5:00pm (family friendly) or 7:30pm on October 25, 26 & 27th. The train takes a journey on the only preserved section of this historic railway so reservations are a must! Duration is 60 minutes.

October 25–27, 2019 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm | Kettle Valley Steam Railway, 18404 Bathville Road

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Are you planning to join these spooky events in Kelowna but haven’t decided on accommodation yet? We can help you find your perfect cottage; please call our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com!

By Natsumi Matsumoto