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Best Kelowna Hiking
Apr23

British Columbia is known for outdoor and sporty activities. Mild spring weather and plenty of natural parks make the Kelowna area great for hikers, bikers, and the likes. You might not know where to start if you are visiting the Okanagan, so we’ve put together a list of 3 of the best Kelowna hiking trails to try this year.   

Without further ado, here are some of the best trails in the Kelowna area.   

  1. Apex Trail in Knox Mountain Park 

Apex Trail is about a 4-minute drive from downtown Kelowna, making it the perfect stop-off for a sunny day of activities outside. This trail is both pet-friendly and kid-friendly, though guests should be advised that 300 meters of elevation make for a moderately difficult trek in some areas. One-way should take you about 30 minutes walking at a brisk pace, during which you will cover about 2.17 km.   

The climb will offer a great view of downtown Kelowna and the lakes from afar. The lookout at the top is worth the walk. Don’t forget to ring the visitors’ bell stationed there! Knox Mountain Park has space for lounging, so feel free to bring a picnic lunch. This area is open year-round but spring and summer are the absolute best times to explore.   

The trail can get a bit slippery and muddy if there has been rain. Grizzly bears have been reported in the area in the past so always remember to be bear aware.   

  1. Myra Canyon Trestles 

The Myra Canyon Trestles carry visitors across wooden railway bridges through tree-speckled stoneface cliffs. This 12 km-long (one-way) path follows what once the Kettle Valley Railway and is a popular trail for bikers. The view along the way is absolutely gorgeous but it’s not for anyone who is bothered by heights.   

This trail is unique because you are walking along wooden (and a few steel) trestles for the majority of the trip. Here, you have a clear and elevated view of the landscape all around you. You are also stepping foot on a piece of history and 6 of the 18 trestles are the originals from the historic railroad. The remaining 12 were damaged and rebuilt after the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Fire.   

Guided tours are provided by Myra Canyon Bike Rental & Tours, Kettle Valley Railway Cycling Company, and Cheers! Okanagan Tours. You can choose to walk the trail or cycle it. 24km from downtown Kelowna, your trip to the trail will weave by local farms, orchards, and vineyards.  

  1. Canyon Rim Loop 

Canyon Rim Loop is located in Bear Creek Provincial Park, just a hop and a step away from La Casa Cottage Resort in West Kelowna. The trail is circular, so you can hike the whole thing and end up conveniently back at your car. The 2.7 km loop is an easy enough journey that all skill levels will feel welcome and comfortable.   

Canyon Rim Trail shows off panoramic views of Okanagan Lake as well as bridges, staircases, and a waterfall. You might spot wildlife in the area too, with common species being tree frogs, coyotes, and bears. Always carry a bear bell to alert these woodland residents to your arrival so that they don’t get spooked.   

The Canyon Rim Trail is actually segmented into 3 paths: the loop, the mid canyon, and the canyon rim. You can choose which one you want to follow using a print-at-home map or watching for trail signs.   

Ready to visit beautiful British Columbia? Contact us and we’ll set you up in a luxury La Casa Cottage or vacation rental.

Couples Appreciation month
Apr16

We love any excuse to celebrate here at La Casa Cottage Resort. April is Couple Appreciation Month—so why not pull out all the stops and make it something special. 

Couple Appreciation Month is one of those totally unnecessary but potentially a ton-of-fun holidays like National Pancake Day, Sleep Awareness Week, and World Smile Day. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Couple Appreciation Month and inject a bit of YOLO into 2021.   

  1. DIY Cocktails and Dinner  

Stay at home and enjoy a night of cooking and mixology –lite together as a couple. If you need some additional inspiration, consider subscribing to a meal kit online (Chef’s Plate, Blue Apron, etc.) or tagging along with a YouTube cooking channel like How To Cook That.   

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  1. Competitive Gaming Night 

Whether you like board games, card games, or video games, there are a ton of fun games that can be played as a couple (or group of couples). Decide our level of comparativeness and then choose a game based on how much firepower you can handle. For example, low-competitive games might include a for-fun round of Cribbage or MarioKart; a more high-stake night could encompass Monopoly, Blackjack, or Fortnite.  

  1. 36 Questions to Fall in Love  

Sit around and get to know your partner with the infamous 36 Questions to Fall in Love. These are conversation-starting questions that ramp up the intimacy the father you get through the deck. According to the New York Times, these are the questions to ask someone if you want to fall in love. However, it can also be a fun way to get to know your significant other in new ways!   

  1. Enjoy the Outdoors 

Walk, bike, hike, stroll—we totally support any outdoor date nights that you can come up with. If you are visiting Kelowna, you can use our hikers’ adventure guide. If not, ask the local visitors’ center for their recommendations. Enjoying nature is scientifically proven to promote better physical and mental health, so this is a great activity to indulge in together as a couple.   

  1. Pick Up a New Hobby Together 

Think about an activity you have always wanted to try: watercolour painting, white water rafting, rock climbing, or maybe just learn the latest two-person TikTok dance together. Pick a relaxing, goofy, or artistic hobby and practice it with one another. Sharing an interest will bring you closer together. The point isn’t necessarily what you’re doing—just that you’re doing it together!   

What Will You Do this Couple Appreciation Month?

So-called Hallmark holidays don’t need to be eye-roll-worthy. Pick something new to try and celebrate your life together in whatever way you can. You will at least make some unforgettable memories!   

Thinking about a weekend away in beautiful British Columbia? Contact us for the availability of luxury vacation cottages and rentals in the Okanagan or Vancouver Island.   

 

Dec04

But that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate in your sweatpants and oversized sweater until spring comes. Here are some wearable ideas to make it through the winter months in style without getting frost bitten.

  1. Ski jackets: designed for the slopes the traditional ski jacket doesn’t have to be hidden in your closet and only taken out when you hit the hills. With several companies now making cute, wearable ski coats, you can get daily use out of that pricey winter coat.
  2. Long sleeves: believe it or not, your favourite cozy oversized tee with the sleeves that extend past your fingertips is in style this winter! Stay warm, comfy and in style, who knew?
  3. Puffy coats: that puffy down North Face jacket you’ve hidden in the back of your closet all those years? Finally in style! Haul that lumpy, oversized down coat out of storage and choose warmth and style this year!
  4. Trench coats: they get a bad rap, but the floor length button down with the belted waisted are IN.
  5. Turtleneck dresses: just because it’s snowing doesn’t mean you have to throw your dresses into hibernation! Try a long sleeved turtle necked knit dress with a pair of stockings and knee high boots. Cozy and chic!
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.