Lake Okanagan

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Sep02

Your Beach Vacation Packing List

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Have you ever had a hard time deciding what to bring to the beach? If so, we can help you! The essentials are listed below:

  • Beach Towel

La Casa Cottage Resort doesn’t rent beach towels so make sure you bring your favourite one from your home! What’s your go-to towel?

  • Sun Screen

Want to soak up the sun? It’s important to use sunscreen whilst outside, click here for more information!

  • Beach Bag

We recommend a bag made from waterproof material with a distinctive pattern so that you can spot it easily among others.

  • Sandals/Flip flops

To complete your look, choose a set of sandals that is comfortable, durable- and stylish! Flip flops are another option.

  • Swimsuit

Last but not least: a swimsuit! Whether you’re a fan of bikinis, one-pieces or shorts, having a flattering, colourful swimsuit is a must…so make sure you don’t forget to pack one.

Now you’re ready…

The Okanagan region is known for beautiful lakes. Not sure idea where you should go? Here’s our Top 10 Beaches in the Okanagan! If you are planning to do watersports, you’re in luck! There are so many places to do kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, scuba diving, and fishing.

 

Ready to head to the beach but haven’t booked accommodation? Call our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com  to find your perfect cottage at La Casa Cottages!

 

Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

 

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May27

Water activities in the Okanagan

You can’t go to Lake Okanagan in the summer without partaking in some fun activities – and it’s the ideal season for making memories out on the water!

Hydroflight sports are a category of sport in which you can fly in the sky with a water jet. Lift and movement are controlled by a person riding on a propulsion device. Hydrofly Kelowna has fun and athletic instructors. They’ll teach you how to flyboard safely – most people get the hang of it after just a few minutes. All you need is your bathing suit and a towel. They can accommodate large groups so bring your friends. They also have hydroflight LED shows at night, with LED suits and music, or daytime shows complete with costumed performers and tricks!

Kelowna Boat Rentals offers a mobile delivery service that makes renting a boat quick and easy. They simply meet your group at a boat launch, complete a rental agreement, make sure you are completely confident in operating, and send you off to enjoy the lake. Their boats are able to accommodate up to 9 people (based on weight of persons and gear). You do not require a Boating License to rent their boats. 

Sun Wave Boat Rentals is based in Kelowna and services the whole of Lake Okanagan. They deliver and launch the boat at your location of choice. All safety equipment is included in your rental and also a full introduction to the boat itself as well as a quick summary of safe boat operation. You can also rental a tube, banana or wakeboard. You do not require a Boating License to rent their boats.

Lake Okanagan Marina is conveniently located close to La Casa and offers a variety of equipment such as boat rentals, hydro bikes, water skis, tubes, knee boards, as well as paddle boards and kayaks. Their operating hours are as follows: May – 7 days a week: 10am – 4pm; June & September – 7 days a week: 10am – 6pm; July & August – 7 days a week: 9am – 8pm.

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Do you plan to visit Lake Okanagan this summer? Call our reservations line at 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com to find your perfect cottage!

Scuba Dive Lake Okanagan
Jul23

Scuba Dive in Okanagan Lake!

 

When you think of visiting Kelowna, you think of Lake Okanagan.  And when you think of the lake, you think of boating, paddle boarding and kayaking.  Has it ever occurred to you that Okanagan Lake actually has some pretty good scuba dive sites?  There are shore and boat dives that are suitable for all – whether you’re a beginner, novice or advanced diver we are sure you can find a dive site perfect for you.  There are also various SCUBA instructors around Kelowna so why not get your certification here!

Dive Sites near La Casa

(please refer to Tourism Kelowna for more detailed information).

Plenty of shore and boat dives exist close to La Casa.  Here’s a hint of what you can find down in the deep waters of the lake…

  • Squally Point

– Explore a cavern and search for Ogopogo here. Ogopogo is a lake monster that is said to live in the waters of the Okanagan Valley.  Only for advanced divers, this site is sure to be full of interesting surprises.

  • Trader’s Cove Marine Park

– This is a steep wall dive, located near Bear Creek Park. Again, this would be for advanced divers only.

  • The Milk Truck/ Wilson’s Landing

– Hunt for an old milk truck in the waters South of Lake Okanagan Resort. For advanced divers only, this site is likely to be full of random objects.

  • The Store at Okanagan Centre

– This site is used for many open water certifications because it Is suitable for beginners. Located on a beach next to a general store, this site is easy to find.

  • The Barge at Fintry Park

– For beginners, this is a great site. It is interesting to dive at because there is a sunken Canadian Pacific Railway Barge that can be explored.

  • Caesar’s Landing

– A car wreck can be found at this great beginner dive site!

  • Lake Okanagan Resort

– There is lots of marine traffic here since it is right next to the Lake Okanagan Resort, so it is best not to dive here in the Summer.

Kelowna Dive Schools/Shops

Are you new to diving?  Looking to organise a Try Dive, PADI certification or refresher dive?  Don’t have your own equipment and want to rent?  Talk to any one of the Dive Schools and Shops below – they will be more than happy to help you out!

Where will you dive next?  Have you ever tried diving in Lake Okanagan?

Written by Hannah Poaros

 

 

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Jul02

Wedding Photographer of the Month – Introducing Ivenkaye Photographics

This month we bring you some wedding inspiration!  Check out these awesome images from Ivenkaye Photographics as well as an interview with the Photographer himself.  We think our Guest House is a pretty beautiful location – read on to see why we’re not the only ones that think so…

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So first off – how did you get into Wedding Photography & what do you love about it?

I photographed my first wedding when I was applying to photography school and needed a way to pay for my gear. My camera failed halfway through the ceremony and I finished shooting the wedding day on film. Although I loved it, it was a nerve wracking experience, and I didn’t photograph another one until three years later. I was drawn back to the Wedding Industry because of the realization that my images were making a significant difference in people’s lives.

In 2009 I began my own Wedding Photography Business, Ivenkayephotographics, and when I made the move to the Okanagan a year later, the Wedding Community here was still in it’s early stages. Now it is a huge community which really contributes to a diverse environment for people to come here and to get married. The reason I choose Wedding Photography is the people that I get to meet and the experiences are always so amazing. You are with a couple, who are in love, for a whole day, capturing their cherished memories for them, and taking part in the beginning of their lives together. Wedding days are a challenge too, very candid, very spontaneous and truthful and I really enjoy taking on that challenge to capture it all. It’s very important to be present and to be watchful and I thrive under those kind of conditions. It really brings out my creativity. 

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There are so many different styles of Wedding Photography.  How would you explain your approach to clients?

I would describe it first as clean and storytelling. From a technical standpoint I began learning photography with film and through my editing and composition I always use that as a beginning point, to create true and beautiful photographs, capturing detail and nuance. For me, storytelling moments are the most important because they capture true emotions.Those are the photographs that will take you back to the moment because of their truthfulness. That’s why I always gift engagement sessions to my couples. It’s important to know them, to experience them in front of a camera and for them to know how I work. That way, on the big day, they can relax and be themselves and experience the day without distraction and I am able to do my very best work for them. 

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Living in BC, you must know that there is an array of beautiful locations in the area.  Why do you think a couple should use the Okanagan – and more specifically, Kelowna – as their wedding destination?

I think that the area we live in is so diverse it would appeal to everyone. We have a beautiful lake and epic mountains, beaches and hikes, wineries and tap houses, and a host of incredible venues. Also the community here, the Wedding Industry Community, honestly is hard working and invested in making this area the very best for visiting couples. Standards here are incredibly high and we all diligently strive to meet them.

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You’ve taken Wedding Photos at La Casa Guest House before.  Was there anything that surprised you about the property?  Anything that made you love shooting there?

It’s off the beaten track, private, and in a beautiful area. You get a true sense of the beauty of the area and the grandeur of B.C, while having all the comforts you would experience in the city limits. The drive from Kelowna to La Casa Guest House is an experience all it’s own and builds anticipation as you weave through the gorgeous scenery. You get the impression that you are traveling to somewhere truly special.

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If you had to use five words to describe the venue, what would they be?

Private, Intimate, Peaceful, Panoramic, Comfortable.

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These photos you have here; what made this wedding special?

Robyn and Curtis have an incredibly supportive and joyful group of family and friends that was an honor to be a part of. I remember that taking candids at their wedding was very easy; everyone was so at ease and happy to be with each other, as if they were in the comfort of their own homes. I couldn’t help but be uplifted by the experience on a personal level, and I could honestly say I left the wedding that night, after saying my goodbyes, with a little bit of reluctance, sad to have the experience come to an end.

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Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding at La Casa?

Plan ahead with cooler supplies; mid-day beer runs are not that easy. If you are planning a summer wedding, keep an eye on the forecast, and maybe bring some parasols for the ceremony. The Okanagan can get quite warm mid-day! And the photos will look great.

And lastly, what is the best way for potential clients to get in contact with you?

Go to our Website at ivenkayephoto.com and fill out a form or call us at 1-250-899-2695. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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So, are you inspired to host your wedding in the Okanagan? 

Do you think the Guest House at La Casa has it all?  

For more information on planning your wedding at La Casa, please visit our Weddings page or feel free to speak to us directly on our reservations line at +1 888 226 5566.  Here are our 4 Reasons to have your Wedding at the Guest House… we look forward to helping you plan the Wedding of your dreams!

 

All of the photos featured in this post are from Robyn & Curtis’ Wedding, taken by Ivenkaye Photographics.

Blog post by Hannah Poaros.

 

Jun30

Lake Update: June 30th 2017

 

Happy Long Weekend Everyone!

 

UPDATE JULY 14 – 

One Aqua Park and the swim platform went out yesterday! In addition, with the lake levels dropping the marina is on track to open Monday July 17th!

There’s been a lot of speculation and confusion about whether the use of motorized boats on Lake Okanagan is currently permitted.  So to help you out, we’re sharing the most up to date information here for you.

Due to the rising lake waters in the region we have been advised by the strata office that the Marina, La Casa boat launch, and Fintry boat launch will remain closed until further notice .  In addition the strata has noted that they will not be putting out their water trampoline this summer. Please see the update at the top of this post!

Closures are preemptive safety procedures. There may be debris in the water including objects that cannot be seen e.g buoys.

At this time boating is not recommended and low wake/no wake rules are in place.  Please see the 2 helpful maps/documents below for more detailed information about low wake/no wake zones!

Water lovers are encouraged to try wake-free options to enjoy Okanagan Lake.  Stand Up Paddleboards and Kayaks are perfect for exploring the lake and can be rented from us through Guest Services.  Please call our guest services number on +1 250 542 0515 for more information on this.  There are also many recreation and leisure activities open throughout the region.  Hundreds of parks and trails offer great options for picnics or exploring nature.

Guests can watch for any changes/updates to be posted around the resort.

If you would like more information, please see the advice provided from the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

While lake levels in the Central Okanagan slowly decline, temperatures in the Okanagan quickly rise attracting water sports enthusiasts and visitors alike.

As boaters make plans to venture out on the lake, it’s important to remember that lake levels remain the highest seen in decades and some planning is necessary before heading out on the water.

A no wake, low wake, a guideline for respectful boating in the Okanagan has been created to raise awareness of boating practices during high water levels to minimize the erosion of vulnerable shoreline and damage of property in Kalamalka, Okanagan, Ellison/Duck and Wood lakes.

With some area lake levels being nearly 60 cm over full pool, below are some tips for boaters to ensure their safety and minimize further damage to the foreshore.

Know before you go. Find out which boat launches and fueling stations are open in the area. Most boat launches have been closed for safety reasons.

• Visit cordmergency.ca/map to view the 2017 Freshet Boating Wake Map No Wake to plan routes, familiarize where vulnerable shorelines are located and follow the wake zone guidelines.

• Low wake zones mean no hydroplaning… for now. It takes some effort to get the vessel off the water and results in damaging waves. Wake height should be no more than 30 centimetres (1 foot).

• Large and heavier boats create damaging waves even at low speeds. Extra caution is needed when cruising the lake. Keep in the centre whenever possible.

• Small and light boats should remain 300 metres from the shoreline whenever possible or travel in the centre of the lake when approaching vulnerable shorelines. Go “dead slow” when travelling within 300 metres of the shoreline.

• When operating at no-wake speed, trim the drive or outboard to allow the boat to proceed with smallest wake possible.

• Watch for debris and submerged docks.
Once lake levels reach a more reasonable levels, regular boating activities can resume.

Sun worshippers are encouraged to try wake-free options to enjoy Central Okanagan lakes or the many recreation and leisure activities. Stand Up Paddleboards, kayaks and canoes are perfect for exploring the lakes and a number of beaches are open throughout the region. Hundreds of parks and trails offer great options for picnics or exploring nature.

For more information, visit www.cordemergency.ca, sign up for e-updates or call the information line at 250-469-8490.