Kelowna

Kelowna Area Events
Jul20

Check out these Kelowna area events for July 2021 if you’re in the area. There’s plenty going on thanks to Canada Day celebrations. Plus, Kelowna has a thriving summer social scene where you’ll find kids camps, concerts, and food festivals. 

Vibrant Vine Concerts — Do The Okanagan
Thu., Jul. 1, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

On July 1, enjoy the music from N.F.A. The Dance Rock Band that features the talents of the renowned Guillermo “del Toro” on the keys & vocals, Greg “Gigi” Gaspari on lead guitar, Adam “MadMan” MacGregor on bass and vocals, and Jay “JAGostino” Agostino rounding out the rhythm section on drums, adding his whiskey-induced voice. $30 pr person. 

Canada Day Dinner – Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Thu., Jul. 1, 6:00 p.m. 

Celebrate Canada Day with Mission Hill Family Estate Winery. The evening will feature a selection of our aromatic, summer wines, paired impeccably with a four-course meal that is a true reflection and celebration of Canadian food and wine. 

Live Music Thursday’s — Off the Grid Organic Winery
Thu., Jul. 1, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Join us for Live music with the Tree Huggers while on their BC Tour. Table is available no earlier than 4:45pm – Pizza Truck & Wine by the bottle are available.  (No outside food or beverage is allowed). Book now, tables are limited. 

Melissa Livingstone – The Vibrant Vine Winery
Sat., Jul. 3, 5:30 p.m. 

Melissa Livingstone is a BCCMA award nominee, Denim on the Diamond contest winner and Canadian Country Radio Artist. Okanagan local, Melissa Livingstone brings a fun & heartfelt performance every time she’s on the stage. Her love of music is evident as soon as you see her with her guitar. 

Wacky Improv! Games! TV & Film! 

Mon., Jul. 5, 4:00 p.m. – Fri., Jul. 9, 11:00 p.m. 

Annual kids’ camp for ages 7-13. Participants will flex their funny bones by developing characters, timing and instincts useful to all forms of theatre. This class will teach you how to work with others, so come join us and unleash your creativity! We will also dabble in TV & Film exploring on set focus, etiquette and work habits with some famous movie scenes and commercials. Work is recorded, viewed and discussed. 

Volim Valley Festival
Fri., Jul. 9, 3:00 p.m. – Mon., Jul. 12, 6:00 a.m. 

Join us for the very first Volim Valley Music Festival in beautiful Kelowna, BC.  

This European inspired festival is aimed at creating an amazing festival filled with love, fun, and expression. 

Music: The main stage will bring to you a mix of electronic genres such as; House, Tech house, Drum N’ Bass, Dubstep, Techno, Hardstyle, Trance, Psy Trance and many more! All from local and International artists. 

Volim Valley’s second stage, the “Live Lodge” will have a mix of live bands playing music with folk, blues, rock, and alternative influences. 

Osoyoos Ribfest
Fri., Jul. 23, 11:00 a.m. – Sun., Jul. 25, 7:00 p.m. 

Okanagan Ribfest serving up the Best in slow-cooked Ribs, Tasty Chicken, Juicy Brisket, and Sweet Pulled Pork. No entry fee.  

Be sure to check out these Kelowna area events if you’re in the area this July. Need somewhere to stay while in Kelowna? We’ve got luxury vacation cottages for different-sized groups and budgets at La Casa Cottage Resort 

B.C. Forest Fires
Jul09

The truth is that B.C. is both heavily forested (which we love) and can be incredibly hot and dry (perfect for beaches)—but sometimes these two beautiful sentiments combine into something nefarious: B.C. forest fires. First of all: take a deep breath! You don’t necessarily have to cancel your trip and forest fire-related casualties are exceedingly rare (and more likely for emergency personnel like police and firefighters).   

That being said, here are 6 things you should know about B.C. forest fires before your trip.  

Many, Many Forest Fires are Human-Started  

This is the sad truth. So many forest fires could be prevented each year if campers, hikers, visitors, and locals worked together to adhere to fire safety rules. Never throw a cigarette butt on the ground; listen to fire bans in the area; make sure your fire pit is completely extinguished before going to sleep; never leave live flames unattended.   

B.C. Averages 1,352 Wildfires Annually, but…  

Many of them are small, quickly put out, or far away from human civilization of any kind. In fact, forest fires are a natural and important part of the ecosystem. It clears away dead matter from the forest floor and makes room for fresh, new growth. Sometimes controlled burns (human started and monitored) are used to “clean up” the ecosystem on purpose.   

COVID-19 Actually Decreased the Number of Fires in B.C.  

This is mainly because people were not travelling and therefore were not lighting fires or leaving them unattended. As stated before, please, please take care while camping or hiking so that you aren’t the cause of an unexpected blaze.   

Many B.C. Cities and Towns Are Not Affected  

Many areas don’t get that many forest fires and the most you see will be a bit of smoke in the sky. You will still be able to be outside, go to beaches, attend events, camp, and go about your daily life. The only time you need to take caution is when there is an air quality warning.  

You Can Track Current Wildfire Activity  

Worried about whether a fire will pop up in your area? You can track B.C. wildfire activity yearly using the B.C. government’s wildfire dashboard. Fires are very common but most of them are so small or isolated that you won’t even notice them during your stay.   

La Casa Resort Will Inform You of Noteworthy Fires Beforehand  

We send out newsletters that encompass everything from local events in the area to wildfire warnings. If something is amiss, we’ll let you know well ahead of time. This includes anything like water advisories, major highway shutdowns, and anomalous weather events. We strive to keep you informed all throughout your trip!   

Always be fire safe but also keep in mind that fires are a normal part of the first lifecycle and are usually not cause for alarm at all. Still have questions? Give us a call at La Casa Cottage Resort.  

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Kelowna Attractions
May21

There’s a lot to love about Kelowna. Here are some of our favourite Kelowna attractions, sites, and hot spots.   

The Beaches  

Kelowna boasts plenty of luscious sandy beaches along Okanagan Lake. You can visit Rotary Beach, Boyce-Gyro Beach, Hot Sands Beach, Strathcona Beach Park, and more. There’s even a dog-friendly beach down along Lakeshore Road by Cedar Creek Park.   

The Wineries   

The Okanagan Valley is known for its delicious wine—as well as the wineries that make them. Most wineries welcome guests to stop by for a tasting and learning session. Local wine tours will even coordinate transportation for your group between 4 or 5 wineries throughout one afternoon.   

The Parks  

Kelowna offers beachfront parks, off-leash dog parks, forested parks, playground parks—everything you could want when enjoying the outdoors for a day. Knox Mountain Park is great for hiking trails while Kelowna City Park has a waterpark and open-air summer market.   

UBC-O Campus   

UBC-O is surrounded by beautiful hilly landscape and lightly forested slopes. Students can study here, the public can attend events here, and visitors are free to wander the grounds and enjoy the sights and sounds.   

Kasugai Gardens   

Kasugai Gardens is a Japanese garden established in 1987 as a token of solidarity with Kelowna’s sister city Japan (Kasugai). The garden has lanterns, pathways, plants, trees, and a pond; unique elements include a bamboo fountain, picturesque bridges, and colourful Koi fish. The garden is definitely something unique amongst all the different Kelowna attractions. 

The Hiking Trails   

Kelowna has dozens and dozens of hiking trails available to the public, including those found on Knox Mountain and Crawford Falls. You can enjoy the trails year-round and also choose different hikes according to difficulty level to make sure your whole family can participate.   

The Golf Courses  

Despite being a bustling city, Kelowna makes space for plenty of expansive golf courses and golf clubs. Golf enthusiasts should check out Kelowna Springs Golf Club, Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club, Black Mountain Golf Club. Okanagan Golf Club – Quail Course, and Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy.  

The Coffee Shops  

Kelowna has plenty of local coffee shops that serve and a community hub as well as provide delicious drinks and snacks. There are plenty to choose from but visitors can’t go wrong visiting one of Bean ScenePulp Fiction Coffee House, or Marmalade Cat Café (sorry, cats not included).   

The Summer Markets   

Kelowna has farmers’ markets and fresh fruit and vegetable stands galore. You can also visit City Park in the summertime to find an open-air market filled with jewelry, summer clothes, accessories, trinkets, and even entertainment acts like music or plays. 

La Casa Resort   

Big, sterile hotel chains are so blah. As a tourist hub, Kelowna offers visitors a broad choice of where they want to say. For example, a luxury lakeside vacation cottage with access to a pool, BBQs, outdoor seating, and firepits. Contact us at La Casa Cottages and ask about rental availability this summer.  

What do you love about Kelowna? Let us know when you visit using the hashtag #LaCasaCottages on Instagram and Facebook. 

 

Kelowna Events
Mar12

Spring has sprung and people everywhere are looking for a socially distanced opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy the budding sunshine. Here are # events in Kelowna that you can check out this month. 


  1. ArtiFACT or ArtiFICTION

When: March 12-15, 19-20, 22, 26-27, 29
Where: Okanagan Heritage Museum  

Put on by the Okanagan Heritage Museum, this family-friendly event lets visitors test their knowledge of history, fashion, medicine, music, osteology, and more. Explore the museum’s artifact collection in an immersive trivia “board game” for individuals or small social-bubble groups. 


  1. SparklingHigh Tea at Summerhill  

When: March 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 
Where: Summerhill Pyramid Winery – Bistro 

Book a spot between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM at the Summerhill bistro to enjoy organic savoury bites, house-made scones and croissants with seasonal preserve and clotted cream, assorted mini pastries, artisanal TWG Tea, and a complimentary glass of their Cipes Brut. 


  1. Myra Canyon Adventure Spring Break Camp

When: March 13
Where: Myra Canyon Adventure Park (Kelowna Concierge Shuttle available) 

This Spring Break camp is pulling out all the stops, health-safety-wise. Sanitation and masks are mandatory, and kids are separated into socially distanced groups for the extent of the trip. The action-packed day includes rope courses, outdoor survival skill training, team-building games, and more.  


  1. Born to be Wild: Make a Mason Bee Home

When: March 17, 27 
Where: Laurel Square (outside) 

This is a drop-in, by donation event that anyone can take part in. Participants will learn about wild bees in the Okanagan, including where they live and what exactly is a “super pollinator”! Bring along a 1L cardboard milk carton to make a mason bee house for you to keep.  


  1. Basically Ella – Cut Crease Makeup Lesson (online)

When: March 22, 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Where: Online 

Drag queen and makeup artist, Ella Lamoureux, teaches how to perfect the cut crease eye makeup look by breaking things down into a simple step-by-step experience. This online event requires a Unicorns.live subscription but you get access to a whole host of fun events. 


  1. Okanagan Virtual Wedding Fair

When: March 27, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Hosted online by Sherpa Group Events 

This annual event connects wedding parties with local Okanagan vendors, from stylists to wineries, wedding venues to florists. Check out speaker sessions to get some tips from those in the wedding biz. YOu’ll also have a chance to play games and win some prizes.  


  1. WatercolourWorkshop 

When: March 28
Where: The Vibrant Vine Winery  

Grab a complimentary glass of your favourite Vibrant Vine wine and join professional artist Janice Keirstead for a lesson on watercolour basics. This class is appropriate for all skill levels. All materials (paint, brushes, paper) will be provided by the venue.  

Looking to spend some time in Kelowna this summer? La Casa Cottages has luxury cottages available for couples, small groups, and families 

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!