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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!

Okanagan Mountain Goat
Oct30

Day trip to Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park

 

Now that the weather is starting to cool down and Lake Okanagan is getting almost too cold to swim in, why not embark on a hike? Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park is open year-round and is the ideal place to warm up your muscles.

The Park spans over 10,580 hectares and is the only part of Lake Okanagan’s shoreline that remains undeveloped, making it perfect for hikers.  As you explore higher levels of the mountain, you will be treated to superb views of the lake.  You can enjoy a range of ecosystems and micro-climates because of the park’s large size.   This means you might be in partial-desert wilderness when you are at lower levels, then as you climb further you can expect to see beautiful green forests.  Also watch out for wildlife in the area – if you’re lucky, you might get the chance to see deer, elk and black bears! Why not sit tight and see if you can find a mountain goat?  There are also several reptiles to keep your eyes peeled for, including the Western Rattlesnake.

Go camping, hiking & boating!

For keen campers or boaters, this park offers six marine campgrounds as well as sheltered beaches – an excellent opportunity to explore the lake from a different location!

There are several trails of varying lengths and difficulties, so be sure to check out the BC Parks map to see what ones are most suitable for you.  It’s also important to note that the area is prone to wildfires – watch out for unexpected hazards and expect some unstable conditions.  Travel carefully and always let someone know where you are going.  The park has limited facilities so make sure that you take plenty of water with you, especially in the summer.

 

For more activities in the Okanagan, check out our previous blog posts here.  Happy hiking!

Written by Hannah Poaros

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