Stunning views along Okanagan Lake paired with a rigorous climb make for a hike that will literally
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 1:09 PM
Summer is just around the corner (though you could argue it’s already felt like summer for a few weeks) and Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley has so much to offer. To help keep you informed and give you some ideas of what to do when you get here, we’re excited to introduce some locals who are happy to give you some insider’s tips.
The following post has been contributed by guest blogger, outdoor enthusiast, and kite surfer, Scott Davis.
I have been lucky enough to have tried a lot of outdoor activities in Kelowna in the last 25 years. In the winter, you will find me in the mountains skiing, snowboarding or on the cross country ski trails. During the spring and fall, I can be found golfing the greens, hiking, biking and running the incredible trail network in and around the valley. Okanagan Lake has seen me on water skis, wake boards and parasailing. But one sport has taken my heart - kiteboarding.
Nestled in the heart of the Rutland Community, Chichester Wetland Park is a textbook example of a small remnant wetland. Wetlands are extremely rare in the arid Okanagan environment, comprising only about .02 per cent of the land base. They provide important wildlife habitat, help to prevent flooding and remove pollutants from water.
In downtown Kelowna, when the crowds are bustling and the cars are honking and you just need a place to escape and gather your thoughts, consider Kasugai Garden Park a downtown sanctuary. Located within a walled enclosure not obvious from adjacent streets, it represents a tranquil oasis in the busy downtown core.