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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!

Nov13

The Okanagan region has long been a coveted luxury destination for many Vancouverites. From the vast kilometers of the country’s best and most famous wine region, to the excellent hiking trails and pristine lakes, the Okanagan is an oasis. However, many Vancouverites never get to experience wonders of the Okanagan in the winter. While ski hills like Big White and Silver Star might come to mind, an activity that is often overlooked is ice fishing.

What You Need

Ice Fishing in the Okanagan allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and escape to the quiet of the Greater Kelowna wilderness. One of the essential ice fishing items you will need is an ice fishing rod. These vary from traditional fishing rods because they are only around 2 to 4 feet in length. This means that they are much easier to maneuver, which is important if you are trying to fight your way through a hole cut in a frozen lake or pond. Ice fishing rods are also designed to be especially sensitive, since bites from fish in such cold temperatures can be a lot lighter than one would expect in the summer. As for your reel, it is ideal to use a smaller model for ice fishing.

In order to cut through Woods Lake (located just outside Kelowna) to access fish, you are going to need an ice auger. If you are a beginner, it is recommended to purchase a manual auger. While manual means more work on your part to cut through the ice, these augers allow you greater mobility and are lighter, so they are easier to carry onto the ice without the aid of a sled.
Be sure to buy a fishing line that is specially designed for ice fishing. A regular fishing line will not hold up against sharp ice, which is why buying ice fishing line is so important. For bait, you can use live varieties or artificial alternatives. For a beginner ice fisher, all that is usually needed is a small selection of jigs, sinkers, and bait hooks. If you like an extra hand detecting strikes, a simple bobber can also be used. Before you head out for a day out on the Okanagan ice, make sure you check to see which types of baits and tackles are legal in the region.

Where to Go

The last thing you need for your Okanagan ice fishing adventure is to choose one of the region’s extraordinary lakes. One of the hidden gems of the Okanagan region is Idabel Lake, located just 30 minutes from Kelowna. The lake even features a small resort which is the perfect place for a family wilderness adventure or a romantic winter getaway. Another ice fishing gem that is a favorite with Okanagan locals is Shannon Lake. This picturesque lake is located in the heart of West Kelowna and is the perfect mix of the great outdoors and the city. Next, all you need are a few warm jackets, a thermos of hot chocolate and you are ready to enjoy the best of ice fishing in the Okanagan.

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.

 

May15

The Okanagan is known for its fine wineries, gorgeous sunny weather and it’s beautiful sandy beaches. It wouldn’t be a Kelowna Vacation without a hot, white sandy beach! Here are a few of the most popular beaches in the Okanagan to make the most of your stay at LaCasa Resort.

  1. Okanagan Beach Penticton:

    Sandy mile long beach in close proximity to a variety of motels and restaurants, waterpark, amusement park and a short walk to downtown. Shallow water and rental equipment available.

  2. Boyce-Gyro Park Kelowna :

    Equipped with picnic tables, beach volleyball courts and a playground. Paddle board rentals available within walking distance to great shopping, restaurants and hotels.

  3. Kal Beach Vernon:

    Known for its fishing, watersports and boating. Complete with two swimming docks, change rooms, pub, concession stand and kayak rentals.

  4. Skaha Beach Penticton:

    Great family beach with grassy parks and trees, picnic tables, tennis, hockey and basketball courts, playground, marina and a boat launch. Within a walking distance to hotels and accommodations.

  5. Canoe Beach Salmon Arm:

    Located on the Shuswap shores, Canoe Beach has many grassy areas for picnicking.

  6. Sun Oka Beach Summerland:

    This regional park is well known for watersports due to its boat access.

  7. Mara Lake Provincial Park:

    Day use only beach popular for fishing, swimming and picnicking. Designated swim areas to protect swimmers from boaters.

  8. Gyro Beach Osoyoos:

    Warmest fresh water lake in Canada with average temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius. Largest beach in Osoyoos while known for the many local events held here.

  9. Sicamous Sands Beach:

    Popular beach for house boating, complete with a waterpark for children.

  10. Hot Sands Beach Kelowna (City Park):

    Located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, City Park offers volleyball and basketball courts, grassy fields, skate park, washrooms and change rooms.

Apr17

There’s no better way to enjoy a gorgeous sunny Okanagan day than cruising on the beautiful glistening lake. But who wants the hassle of hauling their boat along on their Okanagan vacation?

Here are some of the best places to rent watercraft equipment in the Okanagan, so that you can enjoy the lake from more than your 3 bedroom lakeview cottage.

  1. Downtown Marina Kelowna: located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, Downtown Marina Kelowna is not only an excellent place to enjoy the sunshine, but also one of the best place to rent watercraft in the Okanagan. With selection from MasterCraft, Chaparral, Nautique, Sea-Doo and Sweetwater. With rates from $119 an hour, Downtown Marina Kelowna rents out speed boats and pontoons. Downtown Marina Kelowna aslo rents out sea doos, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, tubes, wake boards to help get the most out of the sizzling Okanagan weather.

    http://www.kelownadowntownmarina.com/boat-rentals.html

    250-763-5599

  2. Okanagan Water Sports: located at The Cove Lakeside Resort, on Gellatly Bay in West Kelowna Okanagan Water Sports is a one stop destination for water craft in the Okanagan. With motorized and non motorized rentals, Okanagan Water Sports is sure to have something for everyone in your family.

    http://www.okanaganwatersports.com/

    250-979-8789

  3. SunWave Boat Rentals: with locations in Kelowna and Wood Lake in Lake Country. With luxury boats, pontoons, sea doos, and pick up/drop off anywhere in the Central Okanagan, SunWave boat rentals is sure not to let you down!

    http://www.sunwaveboatrentals.com/index.php

    250-801-2383

  4. Lake Okanagan Marina: located 10 minutes from LaCasa Resort, Lake Okanagan Marina is the closest boat rental marina to LaCasa Cottage Resort. From boat rentals, to water skis, to tubes, and knee boards to aqua bikes, Lake Okanagan Marina is the go to place to rent boating equipment to enjoy the sun!

    http://lakeokanaganmarina.com/

    250-769-3511

  5. Kelowna Marina: with delivery for locations all over the Okanagan, Kelowna Marina is a convenient and stress free way to rent watercraft in the Okanagan.

    http://www.kelownamarina.ca/index.php

    250-766-3120