Animals

Hoof Prints Barnyard
Feb18

Spend the day at Hoof Prints Barnyard

It is a proven fact that interacting with animals can boost a humans mood. What better way to spend the day than to spend it at a petting zoo!

Hoof Prints Barnyard is Kelowna’s only petting zoo and an ethical farm animal rescue facility. This petting zoo is located on 8 acres of land and has lots of fun family things to do!
Whether you go on an open public day, have a private event or go for a birthday party there is always something going on. There is over 70 farm animals on the property that you can view and interact with. Hoof Prints Barnyard uses all the entrance donations and anything else they make at the farm for the animals on the farm whether it is food or their medical needs. Host your kids birthday party here with pony rides, the petting zoo, roasting marshmallows on the fire when the fire ban isn’t in affect and indoor western themed party room.

Have you heard of Goga?

This is a very popular event that must be pre booked. Come spend an hour doing yoga with the goats. The goats are babies still and will be wearing their yoga outfits with their diapers. They will jump on you and go under you while you are doing yoga like you are their own personal jungle gym. This is something that should be on everyone’s bucket lists – Yoga with goats! $20 for adults, $10 for kids 8-15, or $50 for 2 adults and two children.

On Public days the farm is open to everyone to come enjoy.

Admission is a minimum $5 donation for anyone over the age of 3. Attend the bonfire and roast some marshmallows after enjoying a hot dog from the concession stand. Spend some time with the family in the petting zoo area or play in the play area with your loved ones making some memories.  If being on the farm and spending time outdoors is your thing, spend some more time here hosting your family reunion or having a wedding. Be sure to bring cash as this is the only type of payment Hoof Prints Barnyard accepts.

 

 

 

Planning a family vacation in Kelowna? Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com to find your perfect cottage.

 

Written by Megan Harder

Deer Okanagan
Jun25

Wildlife to watch out for whilst hiking in the Okanagan

 

Spring in the Okanagan brings out more wildlife.  Bears come out from hibernation, rattle snakes bask in the sun and birds become more adventurous.  Though unlikely, it is possible to come face to face with several animals.  Here are the top six to watch out for when hiking in Kelowna and surrounding areas:

  • Bears –

    Black Bear

    The most likely bear that you would encounter near Kelowna is a Black Bear. Black bears can come in all shapes, colours and sizes.  Though the bears feast mainly on berries, insects, fish and grasses, they can develop an appetite for human food. Because of this, it is important to not leave food scraps or trash on any hiking trails or campsites!  If you encounter a bear, you should never try to run away.  Instead raise your hands above your head, act big and talk to the bear whilst you begin to back away.

  • Deer –

    Deer Okanagan

    There are plenty of deer in and around Kelowna, so this would be the most likely animal that you would spot on a local hike. There are three types of deer that are prevalent in the Okanagan areas: Mule Deer, White-Tailed Deer and Black-Tailed Deer. Though Deer are not dangerous animals, it is still best to leave them alone (especially their young), give them space and keep dogs close.

  • Big Horn Sheep –

    Big Horn Sheep

    Keep your eyes peeled for Big Horn Sheep. These sheep are spread out in small flocks across the Okanagan regions.  They are rarely spotted in well populated trails and urban areas, but they are great animals to see if you get a chance! The males have large, curled horns which distinguish them from other types of sheep – and these horns act as a sign of the ram’s status, as well as being used as weapons in battle.

  • Western Rattle Snake –

    Western Rattlesnake

    You won’t usually find a Western Rattle Snake on a well-established hiking trail, but never say never! You could encounter snakes under rocks or logs so be careful. Watch where you are treading or putting your hands – you don’t want to accidentally disturb a sleeping snake!  In Canada, only found in the warmer climates of the Okanagan, and small parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Western Rattle Snake is venomous and carnivorous.

  • Cougars –

    Cougar Okanagan

    Cougars, or Mountain Lions, are the second most powerful predator in Canada (after bears). The Okanagan is prime territory for cougars due to its mountainous, rocky terrain.  Because they are most active between dusk and dawn, it is unlikely that you will see a cougar on a day hike.  However, if you do spot fresh tracks or warning signs that a cougar is in the area, it is best to turn back!

Always be on the watch for wildlife when out on a hike, and always travel in a group.  If you are unsure what to take with you when hiking, please refer to our Okanagan Hiking Packing List.  There are so many trails around Kelowna to enjoy – Do you think you will encounter any of these animals?  Have you seen any interesting wildlife on your adventures?

 

Written by Hannah Poaros