adventure

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!

Hiker on mountain
Aug07

With its clear blue skies and dry dessert heat, Kelowna’s ideal weather conditions have attracted outdoor enthusiasts, especially hikers from all over to relish in its beauty. Whether it be a weekend trip or a two-week vacation, the list of things to do it endless. Offering a wide variety of hikes for all types of adventure seekers and those new to exploring Kelowna it is the perfect place to post up this summer. Let us take you through some of our favourite hikes here in Kelowna to help make your trip planning a little bit easier!

 

Beginner / Family Hikes

 

Fintry Falls

Fintry Falls is one of the easiest hikes around Kelowna yet still offering some of the most picturesque scenery. The trail begins by passing the original barn from the Fintry Estate built over 100 years ago. The trail then turns into an ascent up 400 stairs that encircle the first of the three Fintry waterfalls. Keep on the lookout for resident Big Horn Sheep that are often seen strolling through the park.

 

Distance Roundtrip – 1 km

Elevation Gain – 73 m

Level of Difficulty – Easy

 

Ellison Park Nature Trail

Ellison Park offers the perfect spot for a nice easy stroll through the woods on those extra hot days. Stay shaded from the towering evergreens and enjoy some amazing views of Lake Okanagan along the way. Ellison Park offers a wide selection of trails ranging from 2 km loops to 10 km loops winding through fields of wildflowers and wooded forests. An awesome spot for day trips with the family!

 

Distance Roundtrip – 2km – 10 km

Elevation Gain – 122 m – 375 m

Level of Difficulty – Easy

 

Moderate / Difficult Hikes

 

Rooster Tree Lake Trail

Rooster Tree Lake Trail offers a little bit of everything, from uphill to downhill to flat this trail is a little more rugged which also makes it much less traveled. This trail is most well-known for its proximity to Rose Valley Lake which offers the perfect scenery for a picnic or a nice cool down swim. Dogs are also welcome on this trail!

 

Distance Roundtrip – 4.7 km

Elevation Gain – 219 m

Level of Difficulty – Easy / Moderate

 

 

Lebanon Creek Trail

Lebanon Creek Trail starts with a bit of a steep climb; however, this slowly descends as the hike continues. With a very well-maintained gravel trail, wildlife info signs along the path, and stunning sights and sounds the entire way up this hike has become a favourite among locals. It is particularly popular for its sunset views over lake Okanagan and the city giving the perfect hike to explore Kelowna and its beauty.

 

Distance Roundtrip – 6.4 km

Elevation Gain – 387 m

Level of Difficulty – Moderate

 

 

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

Kalamalka Lake is home to a great selection of hikes varying from short easy loop trails to longer more intermediate day hikes. Some of our favourites are the Lookout, Cairn, Cosens Bay, Base Lift and Wall Trail which provides a combination of forest, meadows, and rocking outcroppings with rewarding views along the way. This hike also provides a great opportunity to see some wildlife along the way!

 

Distance Round Trip – 13.7 km

Elevation Gain – 587 m

Level of Difficulty – Difficult

 

If you are hiking in the summer make sure to look out for forest fire warnings before heading out for your adventure. You can view an interactive map here. 

Exploring Kelowna through hiking is the best way to enjoy the natural scenery and beautiful views. If you are looking for a lakeside hiking vacation take a look at our beautiful lake cottages!

Apr17

There’s no better way to enjoy a gorgeous sunny Okanagan day than cruising on the beautiful glistening lake. But who wants the hassle of hauling their boat along on their Okanagan vacation?

Here are some of the best places to rent watercraft equipment in the Okanagan, so that you can enjoy the lake from more than your 3 bedroom lakeview cottage.

  1. Downtown Marina Kelowna: located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, Downtown Marina Kelowna is not only an excellent place to enjoy the sunshine, but also one of the best place to rent watercraft in the Okanagan. With selection from MasterCraft, Chaparral, Nautique, Sea-Doo and Sweetwater. With rates from $119 an hour, Downtown Marina Kelowna rents out speed boats and pontoons. Downtown Marina Kelowna aslo rents out sea doos, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, tubes, wake boards to help get the most out of the sizzling Okanagan weather.

    http://www.kelownadowntownmarina.com/boat-rentals.html

    250-763-5599

  2. Okanagan Water Sports: located at The Cove Lakeside Resort, on Gellatly Bay in West Kelowna Okanagan Water Sports is a one stop destination for water craft in the Okanagan. With motorized and non motorized rentals, Okanagan Water Sports is sure to have something for everyone in your family.

    http://www.okanaganwatersports.com/

    250-979-8789

  3. SunWave Boat Rentals: with locations in Kelowna and Wood Lake in Lake Country. With luxury boats, pontoons, sea doos, and pick up/drop off anywhere in the Central Okanagan, SunWave boat rentals is sure not to let you down!

    http://www.sunwaveboatrentals.com/index.php

    250-801-2383

  4. Lake Okanagan Marina: located 10 minutes from LaCasa Resort, Lake Okanagan Marina is the closest boat rental marina to LaCasa Cottage Resort. From boat rentals, to water skis, to tubes, and knee boards to aqua bikes, Lake Okanagan Marina is the go to place to rent boating equipment to enjoy the sun!

    http://lakeokanaganmarina.com/

    250-769-3511

  5. Kelowna Marina: with delivery for locations all over the Okanagan, Kelowna Marina is a convenient and stress free way to rent watercraft in the Okanagan.

    http://www.kelownamarina.ca/index.php

    250-766-3120

Mar13

Five Great Hiking Locations near La Casa Cottage Resort

While the Lakeside Cottages are a great spot to spend your vacation in BC, there’s nothing like getting away for an exhilarating afternoon hike up a beautiful mountainside to make the Okanagan truly feel like your home away from home!

  1. Eain Lamont

    Located 34.7km from LaCasa Resort, Eain Lamont Loop is the “official” entrance to Mount Boucherie. Unlike the Mount Boucherie Hike, the Eain Lamont Loop, is very steep and very challenging. It is recommended for serious hikers with some experience and proper equipment. Once at the summit, beautiful, 360 views of Kelowna and the surrounding area can be found. 5.57km round trip.

  2. Mount Boucherie

    Located 34.1km Southeast from LaCasa Resort, in West Kelowna, Mount Boucherie is a short but challenging hike that ends in beautiful panoramic views of of Kelowna, West Kelowna and the Okanagan Lake. Once a 2000m volcano, the now 800m high mountain offers a variety of trails with varying difficulty levels, distances and heights. Mount Boucherie is a well known and much loved location amongst hikers, climbers and those who simply love the outdoors! 2.68 km round trip; approx 60 minutes.

  3. Bear Creek; Canyon Rim Trail:

    Located 22.7km from LaCasa Resort, Bear Creek Provincial Park offers a scenic hiking trail of a moderate level of difficulty. Designed by Dave Brewer in 1981, it is a trail that is manageable for all hikers. With several viewpoints of Kelowna and the Okanagan, as well as many waterfalls and a fresh water creek. Full of wildlife and scenic views, this trail is a must for visitors and locals alike. Be aware of unstable trees and rocks as this trail was affected by a wildfire in 2011. 2.6km round trip.

  4. Christie Falls

    Located 15km from LaCasa Resort. A short but moderately challenging hike that includes a steep descent with ropes to aid you down. Along with a beautiful waterfall, there are also caves to explore. Not family friendly due to the steep inclines, however Christie Falls is a favourite amongst people in the Okanagan and a must see for visitors with a desire to adventure and discover the beauty that the Okanagan has to offer. 2.2km round trip.

  5. Fintry Falls

    Located 4km from LaCasa Resort. A short but steep trek up a set of wooden stairs, leads you to several waterfalls and deep pools. With the option to venture off the trail at the top and follow a beam to another pool and waterfall. Also off the trail are the remnants of old suspension bridges. 1km round trip. Fintry Manor House and other historical monuments can be found at the base of the trail.

  6. Sources:
    Hiking Addiction
    Google Maps
    Kelowna Now