Changing of Seasons in the Okanagan
When many of us think of the beautiful Okanagan, we may envision sunshine, 30+ degree temperatures, a refreshing lake to enjoy a boat ride or to cool off in, packed beaches and patios…but come the fall & winter months, the hustle and bustle of the summer tourists dissipates, the lake becomes quiet and still, and the temperatures begin to cool.
As residents to the Okanagan, we can ensure you that despite the change in seasons & the ever so common perception that the Okanagan is solely a summer destination, there is still life after summer time is over! Yes, it does become chilly outside, but we can be thankful for minimal rain and lots of dry gorgeous sunny days to enjoy an array of things to do, for all ages, in the Okanagan’s fall and winter months.
Celebrate fall (and the gorgeous colors of fall!) with a visit to Davison Orchards in Vernon. With a play area, a petting zoo, tours to the pumpkin patch and more, this is a great way to spend a fun family day. McMillan Farms located in Kelowna includes a corn maze, pumpkin patch and hayrides. McMillan farms is a great place to visit in the fall.
Rutland’s Scarecrow Festival
Fall would not be complete without the Uptown Rutland Scarecrow Festival. It’s free, it’s fun and with lots of activities, there is something for everyone! Here you can expect to enjoy; a kid’s zone, scarecrow building contest, craft and project stations, local entertainment, a harvest market and food vendors galore! This signature event is hosted by the Uptown Rutland Business Association and proudly sponsored by Argus Properties Ltd.
For all the sports enthusiasts, late September is the start of the hockey season for the Kelowna Rockets. Winners of the 2004 Memorial Cup, this junior ice hockey team is a must-see. Be sure to catch a game at the 6,800-seat Prospera Place arena.
EXIT - Kelowna
One of Kelowna’s newest attractions buzzing around town is a game called EXIT. The perfect indoor activity to try out during these cooler months. EXIT is a very popular franchise and concept gaining recognition around the world. Participants can choose from four themed rooms including the Ninja House, Mannequin Room, Black Ops Room and Mystic Jungle. Teams must work together and use their intelligence to search out and solve clues in order to successfully ‘escape’ each room within 45 minutes. This thrilling and new game is sure to be a hit for people of all ages who are willing to accept the challenge!
During the upcoming months, Kelowna’s residents can easily escape for a weekend getaway having access to many desirable destinations within a short driving distance. Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa located in Vernon is just one example where Okanagan residents can indulge and relax at this luxury resort located just an hour’s drive away from the city. As an added bonus, local residents receive a discount upon booking a reservation!
For a change of pace…just add snow! Big White, Silver Star, Crystal Mountain and Apex are four popular ski resorts within a short driving distance. They each offer a wide selection of amenities beyond the major attractions of skiing or snowboarding. Big White is the closest to Kelowna and is considered by residents to be the local mountain.
The Okanagan summer has come and gone once again, and with the change in seasons comes the change in activities and things to do. These examples paint only a small portion of the picture showcasing life here in the Okanagan in what many perceive to be the “off-months”. As the years pass by, the continuously developing Okanagan is proof that more and more people are choosing to reside here because it truly is beautiful and desirable for all…any time of the year!
For further information and more great ideas, check out the Kelowna Events Calendar http://www.tourismkelowna.com/events/