Kelowna Hiking

dog-friendly vacations
Oct14

Dog-friendly Parks & Beaches for Your Vacation

Bringing your furry friend on vacation? Want to make sure they have a paws-itively perfect time? Here are some dog-friendly parks and beaches that will have your bestie feeling right at home. (Please remember to check park websites for up-to-date information and notice of park/road closures during the cooler months).

Kelowna (more info here)

Knox Mountain Park – the city’s largest Natural Area Park has both on-leash and off-leash areas.

City Park – the park has a range of facilities including trails, beach access, tennis courts and a play area. Dogs are required to be on-leash.

Waterfront Park – you can walk all the way from this park to City Park on the boardwalk. Dogs are required to be on-leash.

Myra Bellevue Provincial Park – a beautiful provincial park with a number of trails, the Kettle Valley railway and Myra Canyon. Dogs must be on-leash throughout the park and backcountry areas are not suitable for any pets due to wildfire issues and potential conflicts with bears.

Poplar Point Drive #1 Beach Access – lovely beach access where dogs are required to be on-leash.

Vernon (more info here)

Silver Star Foothills Trail this is part of the Grey Canal trails and is very popular with dog-walkers. Expect stunning panoramic views and dogs on-leash.

Kalamalka Lake – the dog beach lies between Cosen Bay and Juniper Bay. Since the beach is stony, you will need appropriate footwear if you’d like to splash around with your pet.

Ellison Provincial Park – Sandy Beach is dog-friendly. Access the beach by taking the trail leading out of the campground, near sites 11 and 12.

Middleton Mountain Trails – dogs are required to be on-leash.  These trails offer stunning views of the local area and are home to a variety of birds.

dog-friendly beach
Ready to plan your vacation? We have a limited number of cottages that are pet-friendly, so please make sure you request one when you are making your reservation and we will try our best to accommodate your request! Call our friendly La Casa team at 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com for more information. We hope to see you soon.

p.s. Sections of the beach at La Casa are also pet-friendly! 

geocaching
Aug12

Geocaching around Kelowna


What is Geocaching?

 The word Geocaching refers to GEO for geography, and to CACHING, the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms usually refers to information stored in memory to make it faster to retrieve. The term is also used in hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions. According to Parks Canada Geocaching Guidelines, Geocaching is an outdoor activity that is similar to a treasure hunt. The goal of the activity is to find hidden containers known as caches (or geocaches) using a portable satellite navigation device called a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.

Individuals who practice this activity (generally referred to as cachers or geocachers) place a cache in an outdoor location and post the cache’s latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates on the Internet. Other geocachers then use their GPS devices to download the coordinates and cache descriptions from the Internet in order to find the caches. Once the participant has found the cache, they may log their findings on the Internet.

There are a number of different types of caches. Physical caches include a logbook, pencil, and trade items (small objects left in the caches for geocachers to trade with one another – e.g. toys, key chains, etc.). Another type of cache is an earth cache, which highlights an area’s unique natural features. 

How to Geocache?

You can find geocaches near you with by creating an account online or through the Geocaching® app. For online use, there are 8 steps involved: 

  1. Register for a free Basic Membership.
  2. Visit the “Hide & Seek a Cache” page.
  3. Enter your postal code and click “search.”
  4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
  5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
  6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
  7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
  8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

You will only need a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone for navigation purposes so that you can navigate to the cache, as well as a Geocaching.com Membership!

geocaching

There are about around 1000 caches in Kelowna! Why not try geocaching around La Casa for an exciting family experience?  have an exciting experience with your family? We have a great selection of cottages perfect for family vacations!

 

Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

august long weekend
Jul29

How to Spend August Long Weekend in Kelowna

It’s that time of year again – August long weekend!  We all love 3-day weekends, especially in the summer, when there’s always plenty of events happening in Kelowna and the sun is shining.  Here’s our suggested itinerary for the weekend:

Friday August 2

  • Check into your La Casa Cottage at 4pm.  Discover the surroundings of La Casa by walking down to the lake or up to the viewpoint.  Don’t forget to stop by the General Store if you’ve forgotten to pick up groceries – they have a small selection of groceries as well as alcoholic beverages.
  • If you’re interested in paddle boarding or kayaking during the course of your stay, make sure you reserve some equipment.  Pick up time is at 10am and return time is 9.30am the next day.
  • Take it easy after your long journey to Kelowna and use the BBQ at your cottage to grill some meat or veggies for dinner.  Play some card games outside and watch the sunset – you won’t regret it. 

Saturday August 3

  • Cook yourself a scrumptious brunch and enjoy eating out on the deck.  If you’re a morning person, then you might want to wake up early to watch the sunrise over the lake – if it’s a clear day of course!
  • Gather the troops and head down to the Kelowna Farmer’s & Crafter’s Market which runs from 8am till 1pm every Saturday.  This is your perfect chance to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as local eggs, spices, tea, flowers and more!  If you didn’t eat enough at breakfast, or you’re feeling a little peckish, then there are plenty of food vendors at the market. There’s everything from kettle corn to cinnamon rolls; falafel bites to French crepes! And if that isn’t enough reason to give the market a chance, then it’s also home to a range of crafters and artisans – need any art prints, unique jewellery, vintage footwear, handmade soaps? The list goes on.
  • Depending on how long you’re at the market, you might want to drive over to the Laurel Packinghouse to join one of their Cultural District Walking Tours.  These begin at 10am and last for 2 hours.  No registration is required for these free tours! Learn all about the history of Kelowna’s Cultural District and see plenty of art on this 2km walk.
  • Spend the afternoon wine tasting at Quail’s Gate Winery (the perfect place to stop on your way back to La Casa). Drop in tastings are available all day, every day. If you want to spend a little more time at this picturesque winery that offers stunning panoramic views, then definitely join an Estate Family Tour.  These insider tours last 1 hour and show you the basics of wine production.
  • After a busy day exploring Kelowna, make your journey back to La Casa. Once you’ve arrived back, you’ll want to take a dip in one of the two swimming pools to cool down!
  • Enjoy dinner at the cottage using all the local ingredients you’ve picked up earlier in the day. Accompany your dinner with a nice glass of Okanagan wine.

Sunday August 4

  • Start your day off with a special Sunday brunch at Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna (reservations are recommended). This popular brunch features omelettes, seafood, desserts, fresh fruit and all your breakfast favourites.  Hotel Eldorado is located right by the lake, so dining here offers spectacular waterfront views.  Other brunch alternatives include Muninn’s Post Brunch of the Gods – a unique food event that begins at 11am.
  • Take a mini road trip to Big White Ski Resort for a Geo Hiking adventure.  This scavenger hunt runs from 10am on Saturday to 4pm on Sunday – so there’s no time to waste! A family friendly event like no other where you get to explore the mountain AND have the chance to win some great prizes.
  • Alternatively, why not travel to Silver Star Mountain Resort for their Sunday Roast & Concert Series? The event runs every Sunday during August from 3pm till 6pm.  Expect live music, tasty food and alpine views.
  • Once you’ve returned to your cottage, you’ll no doubt be in need of some chill-out time.  Put together a picnic-style dinner (think crackers, cold meats, deli cheeses, olives and sun-dried tomatoes) and choose your perfect picnic spot. Maybe you’re happy eating out on the deck of your cottage.  Perhaps you’d like to try the Viewpoint Picnic Area.  Is the beach calling you?  There are so many possibilities for al fresco dining at La Casa: check out the site map here.
  • Sleep easy!

Monday August 5

  • Check out of your La Casa Cottage at 10am. Make sure you’ve collected all your belongings and any leftover groceries (leftovers make great snacks for the drive home!). Snap a photo of your group before you leave – because you won’t want to forget this action-packed long weekend!

farmers market
Can’t make it to Kelowna this weekend?  No worries! We’ve still got cottage stays available during August and September! Speak to one of our friendly reservations staff by calling 1-888-226-5566 or emailing rentals@lacasacottageresort.com to book your next vacation today.

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

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