Your bags are packed; you’re ready to go — now all you need is an itinerary. Here’s how to ensure your weekend getaway to Okanagan Lake is jam-packed with adventure, sightseeing and, of course, wine.
Surf and Sand
Water enthusiasts may be overwhelmed with the sheer number of hours they can clock on Okanagan Lake. There’s paddle boarding, wakeboarding, wake surfing, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, pedal-boating and even scuba diving to check off your to-do list.
Once you’ve tired yourself out, get out on the lake for a relaxing guided tour or lay back and relax on one of the region’s sandy beaches — you’ll have over 30 to choose from, including stunning Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park, which means you’ll never have to fight for a prime spot.
Pro tip: Before you carve out those lake wake waves, make sure you’ve got the gear equipped to keep up with you. There’s no bigger vibe killer than hitting up the lake only to find out there’s only kid-sized skis left at the beachside rental shops.
A Cultural Taste
For those rare times you’re not rocking wetsuits and shorties, you’ll want to adventure inland to get the full Okanagan experience.
For those with a refined taste for the arts, consider a stop at Kelowna’s Art Gallery or the Geert Maas Sculpture Gardens and Gallery where you’ll be tempted to take snap after snap.
If you find yourself on a walkabout, just a few steps from the shoreline in downtown Kelowna, you’ll find a quiet oasis — the Kasugai Japanese Garden, which is home to a massive koi pond and plenty of predator birds.
All that sightseeing will likely make you thirsty and hangry. What better excuse to taste the region by dining at one of the many farm-to-table restaurants or — better yet — a chauffeured, guided wine tour of the best wineries and tasting rooms in the region.
Touch the Skies
If you want to experience a rockier side of the region, you should take a hike. No, seriously, hit the trails.
One of the most awe-striking hikes in the region is hidden within the Carrot Mountain Bluffs, only 10 minutes from downtown Kelowna. But this one isn’t for the faint of heart: it’s a strenuous 4-kilometre haul on a steady, steep decline. The waterfall and panoramic view of West Kelowna will make the hour and half exercise sesh worth it.
Those less inclined to inclines will want to head to Mount Boucherie instead. The dormant volcano last erupted over 50 million years ago, which means you’ll see some pretty awesome rock formations and caves (believed to have been formed as the result of air bubbles in lava!) along the trail.
So get out there and enjoy both the wilds and refinement of Okanagan Lake this summer with a little help from us at The Destination Slope & Surf Outfitters. We’ve got the gear and the know-how to make sure you’re packed for an action-packed, epic weekend getaway.