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Across the Lake Swim Kelowna 2019

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Are you a keen swimmer?  Fancy putting your stamina to the test?  There is still time to sign up for Canada’s largest and longest running open water swim – the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim in Kelowna! This swimming event has been operating since 1949 and is a favourite with locals and non-locals alike, whether you’re a fitness junkie or enthusiastic spectator.

How long is the swim?

The route is a 2.1km swim course straight across Okanagan Lake.  Usually the time limit is around 2hrs, but don’t worry – if you’re struggling to finish or taking too long, then you’re likely to get picked up and will receive a free ride to the finish line.  (P.s It’s the experience that counts, so there’s no shame in not finishing!)

When does the swim take place?

July 20th 2019 at 8:00am – put the date in your diary! 

Where does it start and finish?

The starting line is by the Old Ferry Docks in West Kelowna. The course finishes at Hot Sands Beach, City Park.  The easiest way to get to the start line is to meet at City Park since there will be event buses there ready to drive you to Old Ferry Docks, and also a place to leave all your unnecessary belongings!  The last bus will leave at 7:10am, so if you’re not going to get to City Park in time then you’ll have to heard straight to West Kelowna.

How can I register and what does it cost?

You will need to register online here – it costs between $70 – $95 to participate as an individual.  Your entry fee includes a beach towel, swim cap, numbered event cap, gear bag with goodies, food, insurance, the bus ride, and the chance to take a cheeky snap in the photo booth after your swim! 

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So why not kick off your summer with this fantastic experience of swimming across the lake? Bring the whole family along to support you and spend the day soaking up all the sun.  For more information, please see the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim website.


Looking for a place to relax after your swim?  Try out one of our cottages, complete with decks, bbqs and access to hot tubs and swimming pools, they make the perfect place to relax after your day of swimming and the ideal way to celebrate your achievement with your loved ones!  Email our reservation team at or phone 1-888-226-5566 today.


Written by Hannah Poaros

Apple Ciders

Kelowna’s Best Ciders in 2018


The Okanagan is known for two things: wine and fruit! The region grows the majority of British Columbia’s fruit and produces a high percentage of Canada’s wine. And Kelowna is at the heart of this industry! But did you know that the Okanagan is also home to many craft ciders?  Since not everyone drinks beer or wine, cider is a great alternative! Here are the city’s Best Cideries according to Best of Kelowna 2018.

Bronze 2018:  The View Winery

The View Winery is home to Wards Cider, which has been around since 1922, and has an orchard dedicated to growing cider specific apples.  The Ward’s Hard Apple Cider is made from these apples on the family’s fifth generation estate – so you know it’s going to be fresh, authentic and Okanagan to the core!

Silver 2018: Tree Brewing Beer Institute

Dukes Cider is crafted by Tree Brewing Co and it’s definitely one to watch out for! Not only is this cider made from Okanagan Apples, but made from 100% Kelowna apples.  That means it’s local down to the core.  If you’re looking for a crisp, dry cider then you definitely need to taste this one.

Gold 2018: BC Tree Fruits Cider

The BC Tree Fruits Cider Company has both a retail store and cidery located in Kelowna.  The company’s mission was to ‘hand craft a premium hard cider from 100% BC fruit picked from our own orchards and crushed in our own mill’ and we think they’ve done an awesome job.   There are three types of cider on offer – Apples & Hops, Apples, and Pears & Peaches –all of which use fresh BC fruit!   There are no artificial flavors, colorants or added water in any of the ciders which means you’re guaranteed a tasty, honest drink full of all-natural ingredients – is there anything that sounds better than this?

Kelowna Ciders

So, when you’re biting into your freshly grown Okanagan apples this fall, remember one thing – apples = cider!  Get ready for next year’s summer season by reserving your La Casa Cottage today.  Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email to find your perfect cottage.


Written by Hannah Poaros