Kelowna

Beach Safety Tips
Aug07

One of the best parts of visiting B.C. during the summer is the warm weather and the sandy beaches. Fun must go hand-in-hand with beach safety, though, so here are some waterside tips for families to follow.  

1. Check for Flags & Signs 

Some beaches use flags and signs to denote location-specific warnings, like hazardous areas or dangerous marine life in the area. Any on-duty lifeguard will be able to explain these signs to you in they are unclear. If there is no lifeguard on duty, a quick Google search or a call/visit to a Visitors Information Centre should do the trick.

2. Apply and Reapply Sunscreen 

Obviously, UV rays can damage our very sensitive skin and even lead to melanoma and other permanent damage. Water, sweat, and physical activity can rub or wash away applied sunscreen throughout the day so you can’t just set it and forget it. Reapply any time you come out of the water and/or every 2 hours. You should also put sunscreen on 30 minutes before sun exposure to ensure it’s properly absorbed by the skin beforehand. Also: know the temperature/weather concerns before you set out—the Weather Network app can help.

3. Maintain a Safe Distance From Others

Not only does this stop the spread of infectious diseases but it also prevents accidents and is proper beach etiquette. If you can, maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others. Try visiting the beach during “off hours”, like while locals are at work, or hunting for more spacey spots to sit, even if they are farther from the water.

4. Know Some Swimming Basics

Make sure everyone in your group knows basic swimming and water safety. At the very least, they should be able to dog paddle or hold their breath and float on their back. Swim in pairs (or more) for maximum safety. Younger children should wear floating devices or lifejackets if they are at risk. If you are a weak swimmer, keep an open water float nearby.

5. Keep Near to a Source of Shade 

Whether it’s a tree or a beach umbrella you brought along, a source of shade is important to protect against burns as well as sun sickness/stroke. Be sure you are drinking plenty of water, too, which will also help against the latter. Heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and sun poisoning are always a risk when it’s bright and hot outside.

Keep these beach safety and swimming tips in mind and ask a lifeguard in the area if you need more assistance. No lifeguard? Defer to the strongest swimmer in the family, watch out for one another, and travel (swim) in groups. Swim safe and have fun!

No beach plans yet? Maybe it’s because you haven’t found the right vacation spot yet. Contact us to book one of our cottages or rental properties for your family vacation.

Sand
Jul31

If you’re visiting Kelowna, B.C., you are probably planning to hit the beach at some point. The Okanagan tends to get hot, hot, hot in July and August so being near the water is the perfect way to cool down. You’ll want to bring plenty of bottled water and sunscreen no matter where you go. This blog will give you the low-down on the best beaches in Kelowna.

You might be familiar with one or two popular tourist areas but we wanted to give you a better overview of different public waterfront areas. Here is our top picks for the best beaches in Kelowna. See how many you can check out during your stay!

 

  1. Sutherland Bay Park

Located quite northward in the city, Sutherland park is just “out of the way” enough to give you some much needed privacy during tourist high times. It’s located by Knox Mountain, which is great for hikes if you want to add some cardio to your beach day.

 

  1. Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is THE downtown park of choice. Not only is it in the heart of Kelowna, but you’ll often find markets and events going on in the area. There’s a bit of sand to enjoy by the water but it’s best feature is its grassy parkland, with plenty of shady trees.

 

  1. Stuart Park

Stuart Park is located near the Tourism Kelowna office, so anyone looking for a bit of extra help or insight into the area would do themselves a favour by coming here first. It’s also within walking distance of the Japanese-style Kasugai Gardens, which is a stunning local landmark.

 

  1. Hot Sands Beach

Located next to Kelowna City Park, Hot Sands Beach is a long stretch of shoreline that eventually meets up with Harvey Ave (the main highway). They have a dedicated parking lot are very close to downtown, and house “OkanaVan Crepes and Popsicles” for a quick, delicious treat!

 

  1. Boyce-Gyro Beach

This is THE beach to visit in the Kelowna area, so you may find it more crowded than some of the others on this list. It boasts a swimming area with a tree-lined park and an area for sports and volleyball.

 

  1. Sarsons Beach Park

Sarson’s Beach Park is located in the Mission neighbourhood, a quiet, residential area away from the downtown clutter and commotion. The area has a nice stretch of beach land, a playground for children, plenty of trees for shade, and a public washroom.

 

Those are just a few of the great beaches in the area but it will certainly give you a lot to go on. Let us know if you liked this feature and want to hear about more beachy hot spots.

 

Planning to visit a B.C. beach this summer? Let us help you find the perfect vacation rental for your stay! We have beautiful cottages for short- or long-term stay, for small gatherings or large groups. Give us a call and we’ll find the right fit for your Okanagan vacation plans.

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!

tree kelowna
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!

kelowna light up

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