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Bikes open the road to fun Monashee Tours and electric bikes
ave you ever dreamed of a cycling tour in the Okanagan and written the idea off as soon as you considered the hillsides? Then Ed Kruger, with Monashee Adventure Tours, has just the bike to help you overcome that psychological hurdle.
Electric assist bikes are now available through Monashee. Even for an experienced cyclist like Kruger, he says the bikes make riding hills a breeze. “I rode from Sparkling Hill resort to Gray Monk Winery and was surprised at how much of a difference the electric assist made,” says Kruger. “It makes the hills just that much easier, it takes all the stress out of the trip.” The bikes have multiple settings and kick just when the going gets tough. It is not just winery tourists that will benefit, says Kruger, some of the most popular destination tours just got a lot more accessible for the less athletically inclined. Myra Canyon remains the most popular cycling destination in the Okanagan. More Europeans come to the Okanagan to visit the Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park than any other attraction. The Myra Canyon portion of the park is a treasure that deserves to be explored by longtime residents who have never made it to the trestles, Kruger says.
He hopes locals will take advantage of the new touring option and discover this internationally acclaimed treasure from a different viewpoint, namely riding a bike. If your idea of bike touring is a little closer to home, Kruger launching a new pedi-cab service in downtown Kelowna. The pedicabs are big city fixtures that have come to the Okanagan and seat three people at a time. Kruger has two pedi-cabs ready to go. The first planned tour is an outdoor art tour of the downtown Kelowna core. “We’ll start it at the Kelowna Art Gallery and then see some of the artwork that is all over downtown Kelowna. It should take about 45 minutes,” says Kruger. If all goes according to plan, Kruger will have more pedi-cabs arriving in July, for more tour options. “This is a new way for people to see Kelowna up close.”
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The sport has a burgeoning popularity with local lakes providing great venues to try out wakesurfing this summer. Surf Kelowna offers wakesurfing lessons for the young to the retired. Owners Bob Vaughan and his son Lewis operate their wake board boat primarily on Wood Lake, with ability to head out onto Okanagan Lake if necessary. It was almost a decade ago when the elder Vaughan first saw wakesurfing on a trip to California. The company started offering local wakesurfing lessons three years ago. Wakesurfing requires a specific boat to create the gentle swell of the wave to surf on and to keep the surfer safe. The boat travels at about 10 km/hr, half the speed for wakeboarding and a third of the necessary speed for water skiing. Falls are gentle on the body and the board is steady and smooth in the water. Unlike wakeboarding, which becomes more difficult in choppy water, wakesurfing uses the manufactured wave so it is doable in a wide range of water conditions. With the slow speed of the boat, the wakesurfer tow rope is 10 to 15 feet long. It requires far less upper body strength to participate in the sport. “The number of people who can wakesurf is so much higher than other sports,” says Vaughan. “We can take people out easily into their 70s.You need about 80 pounds of weight to be steady on the board, but we have had some pretty young kids up on the wave. If you can stand up you can get out there.” The sport can be a very social experience. There’s no pressure and the Surf Kelowna boat will hold up to six passengers for a fun afternoon out on the lake. During the early season, weekday outings for locals are common. “It is a short season for tourists,” explains Vaughan. “We do have a lot of local customers come out during the week who don’t own a boat but still want to have fun.” Book ahead for weekend lessons at the Surf Kelowna website, www.surfkelowna.com.
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TOUR THE OKANAGAN
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ne of the prettiest places in Canada can appear very different from the sky. This summer, discover the Okanagan Valley again in either a helicoper or loat plane tour across the valley. As the crow lies it doesn’t take long to wing your way across the lake.
Avoid the traffic and design a custom winery tour for up to four people with Valhalla Helicopters’ new service. “This is brand new for the Okanagan,” says tour pilot Chinook McLean. “Nobody has done this on this sort of scale before.” The tours take off from the Kelowna airport and include two hours of flight time plus four hours of ground time at up to four destination wineries. The big bonus is customization, Valhalla has made arrangements with 30 different wineries in the valley, the customer chooses where they would like to sample wines and explore. “We can easily make it as far as Cawston and work our way back,” says McLean. Plans are generally made for lunch at one of the wineries with a restaurant, although many wineries now have picnic areas. Tours tend to start late morning and finish around 4 p.m. There is plenty of sightseeing along the way in the Bell 206 helicopter. Okanagan Mountain Park, the Myra Canyon Trestles and more can all be a part of the adventure. “We try to find out what guests are interested in,” says McLean. “But when you are a tour pilot there is never anywhere ugly.” Float plane company Air-Hart Aviation keeps their planes near home base on Water Street, but takes off and lands on just about any reasonable body of water in the B.C. Interior and beyond. Co-owners David Stein (pilot) and Debra Beck operate a full pilot’s school and tour company. Locals and tourist enjoy the view from the air equally, says Beck.
“With a float plane you can fly lower than other aircraft to see things. Some visitors and locals who have seen Kelowna from the ground are surprised when flying above everything. The unique perspective is always interesting.” Customers who have lived in Kelowna for years are often the most surprised and gratified by the air tour experience, explains Beck. “We get long time residents who have promised themselves they would go up and see. They bring a lot of questions and sometimes they tell us tidbits of info. They bring their own perspective to the tour.” Popular tours range from 30 minutes to about an hour, and travel in a wide radius around Kelowna, the valley and neighbouring lakes. Beck recommends booking in advance during the summer months. The planes are wheelchair accessible and can be easily chartered for custom trips. Beck says exploring the Okanagan from the sky is always worthwhile. “It’s hard to explain how beautiful it looks from above.”
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his is season 10 for the Starlight Drive-In near Enderby. This destination theatre shows a double header movie all season long and draws a crowd from across B.C. and Alberta.
The great prices, old fashioned movie theatre vibe and welcoming experience serve to entice movie goers to a field tucked into the hillside on the side of Highway 97. “Everyone should have a labour of love like this one,” says co-owner and operator Paul Lindquist. Lindquist was thrilled to find The Starlight and put his 35 years of projection experience to work. With partners Randy Noonan and Ryan Smith, Lindquist has poured sweat equity and effort into resurrecting a classic experience. The projector at the Starlight is a 1963 Century projector and the old workhorse is the inspiration for the Starlight as a whole, from the décor to the pricing. “Our goal is to be about half the price of a regular movie theatre,” says Lindquist. The concession prices are shockingly low, and the ticket price gets you two movies for the same entry as a single
movie at an indoor theatre. The design and layout are meant to be very family friendly and familiar to a wide range of people. “I call it, ‘Deliciously tacky 1963,’” laughs Lindquist. “We try to make it feel like it is always
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welcoming. We are deeply concerned about keeping the feel of the place right.” The Starlight opens its gates an hour prior to show time for cars to find their spot. Lindquist keeps a close, yet friendly
eye on everyone as they settle in for the night. The Starlight is known for impromptu games of catch along the edges of the field and sofas in the back of pick-up trucks. “People really respect the spirit of the place. Our goal is to have customers come happy and leave happy.” Capacity at The Starlight is about 1,000 people, depending on the number of trucks and RVs that make the showing. A few years ago, Lindquist installed a “balcony” level to accommodate larger vehicles and for people who prefer to be in the back at a higher elevation. The Starlight Facebook page and email list are full of avid fans who want to keep up to date on the next set of feature films. After a tenuous first few years that involved a very active Visa card, Lindquist says The Starlight is going strong into the future. “I would like to do this until I retire. There are years and years of great movies to come.”
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for your senses
elowna is home to some top ethnic food destinations in the Okanagan Valley … Indian, Chinese, Greek, and Japanese cuisine specialy restaurants all have high marks on online restaurant review boards and blogs. Consider some of these ho spos when dining out this summer.
Hidden away in Spall Plaza you can find a sushi lover’s dream. Mabui Sushi-Izakaya serves up an extensive selection of sushi, California rolls and tempura. “I believe everybody can find something on the JOIN US THIS SUMMER Every Weekend July 2nd thru August 14th Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 4 pm
menu to suit them,” says co-owner Hide Takahashi. Takahashi and business partner Mitsuru Kiyan had years of experience in Calgary before opening up Mabui in February 2009. The menu features five new items each month. Perennial favourites include Puri Puri Ebi (jumbo >>
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Interact with a wide variety of artists who will show their work (yes, you can buy it too!), as well as work on new pieces on-site. Each artist will offer one of their pieces up for the end of summer auction (Saturday, September 3rd at 1 pm). Proceeds go 50/50 to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter and to the artists. This is a FREE event. For a complete schedule see: www.houseofrose.ca/events House of Rose Winery 2270 Garner Road, Kelowna, BC V1P 1E2 www.houseofrose.ca Open:
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summer BBQ with tandoori chicken, plus a salad and dessert. “This is like the barbecue we had growing up in our family,” explains Aman Dosanj, one of the family members who is helping to make the restaurant a success. Poppadoms also has a dedicated menu for vegans, gluten intolerant and lactose intolerant guests. Dosanj says that attention to detail is part of what is winning the restaurant accolades, “That special menu is so important to a lot of people.”
YAMAS GREEK RESTAURANT
A classic establishment on Ellis Street that has built a loyal following after 19 years in business. The authentic Greek menu with lamb, pork and chicken dishes keeps people coming back. “People make a point of coming out for Greek food,” says managing partner Tony Pantazopoulos. Some of the most popular dishes include souvlaki, calamari and pan fried saganaki tiger prawns, lightly battered and coated in a spicy, creamy sauce), California Rolls and the Mabui Roll (chili salmon, kaiware, green onion, cucumber, soybean sheet).
This family owned and recent addition to the restaurant scene in Kelowna was launched in December 2009. Poppadoms serves up modern Indian food, the curry tastes traditional Indian, but has healthier ingredients. During the summer, Poppadoms has two separate patios for outdoor dining. The summer months will also have a special
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(kefalograviera cheese flambéed in seven star Metaxa brandy). Every Saturday night at Yamas has live belly dancing to round out your truly authentic Greek dining experience.
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If you are looking for Chinese take-out or delivery, this Rutland landmark is one option that is popular with local residents. Imperial Banquet delivers throughout most of Kelowna, and on nights when there is driver availability will try to deliver to Ellison, Winfield and the very end of Lakeshore Road. Jessica Jiang runs the front end while her husband Wei-lin cooks up the fresh and delicious Cantonese and Peking dishes. “Customers tell us they love the fried rice and chow mein because Wei-lin does not use too much oil or MSG,” says Jessica. The ginger beef and stirfrys are also best sellers. Visit the Rutland Road location for a pick-up discount.
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brand new wine trail, populated by some of Kelowna’s newest wineries traverses the eastern slope of the ciy. The East Kelowna Wine Trail features a host of new wineries waiting to be discovered by locals and tourists alike.>>
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The East Kelowna Wine Trail starts with the newest winery in the area, The View. Public tasting licensing is still pending for The View, but the winery is pulling down awards and making its presence known on restaurant wine lists. This family-owned winery is on property that has been owned for five generations. Proprietor Jennifer Molgat launched the winery, in part to work with her father’s cider making hobby, from their 70 acres of apples. But grapes and wine have since taken over. “I am completely consumed and passionate about the winery,” says Molgat. For 15 years, The View grew acres of grapes for other wineries, so the launch of its own wine brings mature vines under a new label in one winery. “We are really fortunate,” says Molgat. From The View, the new wine trail takes you to Spierhead Winery, where owner Brian Sprout opened his doors for business on the Canada Day weekend last July. The winery was a lifetime dream for Sprout, a tightly run 6.5 acre enterprise venture he has poured his sweat and effort into. Spierhead Winery features a picnic area, private events and an easy to find location on Spiers Road. “Our first year we had a lot of
Albertans find us, us, s, this tthi hiss year hi year we we are are hoping hopi ho ping pi ng ttha that hatt ha locals will come outt and d find d us,”” says Sprout. S t As a boutique winery, Spierhead has an impressive list with two whites and four reds, including some big, bold Bordeaux. The Vibrant Vine at Okanagan Villa Estate Winery has some of the most eye catching bottle art in the industry. It is another newer East Kelowna boutique winery gem that was opened in 2010 and is just waiting for the local market to catch on to what tourists have already discovered. Next door to the private event centre, there is plenty to look at, including the gorgeous view. And proprietor Wyn Lewis loves the grapes. “This is a quieter, gentler lifestyle than apples. We really enjoy the winery.” The Vibrant Vine has live music scheduled for most Saturday evenings this summer. The winery also has a private event license which makes it rentable for a private party or wedding reception. Camelot Vineyards, located on East Kelowna Road, is known for their unique medieval theme. The winery is three years old and has winemaker Anne Speriling producing some new lovely wines.
C Camelot l t is i known k for f consistently selling their small batch, hand crafted wines at a quick rate, with few bottles left at the end of each retail season. House of Rose is the only winery located on the Belgo bench, nestled beneath Highway 33, south of Springfield Road. House of Rose is a second generation family winery,with Aura Rose the current owner and proprietor. House of Rose is a great place to kick off a weekday wine tour with summer guests. It is also the place to be on weekends for local art lovers. House of Rose is hosting an event called “Artists in Action.” Each weekend from July 2 to Aug.14, the guests of the winery will be able to watch four or five local artists produce their work. On the Labour Day long weekend, House of Rose will host a charity auction of a piece of art from each artist, with half of the proceeds going to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. “Art and wine go together,” explains Rose. “This is a win-win for everyone involved.”
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OUTDOOR PATIO PLACES dining alfresco If you are a food lover who wants to enjoy dining outside to enjoy the Okanagan summer sunshine, there is a large variey of restaurant patios to choose from, serving almost every ype of food all over the ciy.
MY NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT Located on Highway 33 in Rutland, this brand new location is the former Muga Java. Owner/Chef Ryan Wickert and his wife Leora have kept many of the same breakfast favourites. The menu is populated with Canadian classics including bacon and eggs, omelets and scramblers. The new location has a beautiful patio next to Roxby Square and is open for breakfast and lunch.
GREENROOM RESTAURANT Tucked into the heart of the entertainment district, Greenroom has a patio in one of the few pedestrian only areas of the Kelowna. New owner Kevin O’Brien has updated the patio and interior for a sophisticated take on casual dining, with new awnings, umbrellas, planters and more. O’Brien’s European hotel management and Toronto background shines through on the menu. The lunch trade is brisk as downtown workers show up for inventive sandwiches and salads. Evenings remain busy especially on event nights. Look for great vegetarian and gluten free options. >>
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Located on Pandosy in the Mission, The Good Earth Coffee Company is a Calgary mainstay that has been exported to Kelowna. The comfortably chic coffee shop is known for its Americano coffee and tasty teas. The food is made from scratch in house each day. “You know with our food it is wholesome and will stick to your ribs in a good way,” says owner Shelly Sapieha. “If you ask to see our ingredient list you will be able to read and understand each ingredient.”
STURGEON HALL If you are headed downtown for brunch or event-evening drinks, Sturgeon Hall is the go to destination. This first-come, first-served restaurant has a booming weekend brunch crowd. Popular brunch favourites include the Gordon Lightfoot Skillet with home fried potatoes topped with chorizo sausage, sautéed mushrooms, bell peppers and three eggs almost any style. Hot summer days and warm
evenings on the patio have patrons ordering Pimms and ginger and mojitos with fresh mint and limes. Come early warns general manager Dan Byzyna, this summer there will be music on the patio.
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WATERFRONT RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR Mark Filatow is the chef and sommelier at this critically acclaimed restaurant down on Sunset Drive. Waterfront’s full-service patio seats 30, is covered and heated with full menu service. It is the place to be on Thursday evenings this summer. ‘Spit Roast Thursday’ was launched last year. Filatow brings in local and Fraser Valley sourced proteins including organic chicken, suckling pig and 40-day aged rib eye beef and roasts them over natural wood charcoal. Reservations are recommended every night, but especially Thursdays to get a spot on the patio. Filatow expects the Waterfront Patio to be consistently open into October, weather dependent with the last day scheduled for Nov. 7.
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ome of the best viewpoints overlooking Okanagan Lake can be found on the links. Many of our golf courses are sometimes overlooked for that fact because golfers are instead focused on hitting the drive straight off the tee or looking for their ball in the trees.
THE RISE IN VERNON
Look for hole 13 on the newly designed course card. This 298-yard, par 4 has an elevated green. As you drive your golf cart over the crest of the fairway, watch for the smashing view of the rarely seen northern tip of Okanagan Lake. The Rise course straddles a ridge above Vernon. Either side of the course offers great views, well designed holes and an enjoyable challenge.
PREDATOR RIDGE - 5TH HOLE
The first par three to be encountered on The Ridge Course is the longest and perhaps the most dramatic of all the par three holes. Measuring 244 yards from the championship tees, the 5th hole plummets almost 100 feet from tee to green into the backdrop of Okanagan Lake and the surrounding mountains. Two bunkers and a dramatic rock outcrop frame the large green. The tee shot must clear a large mound guarding the front left side of the green.
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Two Eagles looks out over Okanagan Lake from many spots, but be prepared to be blown away by the view of the lake from the 7th hole. Donâ€™t be deceived by the short length (176 yards at the black tees), this hole demands attention. The well protected kidney shaped green has a pond toward the centre and two large bunkers. Surrounded by the pines with a view of Little White in the distance, this is a memory making shot.
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This course is remarkable both for its views and its proximity to Kelowna. A lightning quick drive up McCurdy Road and you are playing a fun, challenging course that will keep you on your toes. Hole 17 is the perfect way to draw your round to a close. Between 497 and 583 yards depending on your tee selection, it offers views north and south of the entire length of the hole. The elevated tee shot gives you plenty of distance with generous rolls on the fairway. You can see south to Peachland and north to Wood Lake. At the right time of day, planes are landing below.
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Set amongst the orchards of south east Kelowna, this rolling course offers a bucolic experience. Hole 17 is a very long par 4, 498 yards from the championship tees. This elevated tee features a layout with a slight dogleg to the right, a generous landing area and an undulating fairway. Par is considered a good score on this hole and it is considered the one to remember.
Adults go to Carmelis Goat Cheese for the sweet and salty tang of goat cheese tastings, but the children go for the gelato. Carmelis in the Upper Mission is a locavore’s dream destination with a sophisticated product list. The location and view provide a gorgeous backdrop for the gourmet business. Carmelis had an infamous start in the Okanagan. The herd of goats arrived just in time for the Okanagan Mountain fire; neighbours answered the rescue call and the business rebuilt the barn and carried on. Seven years later, Carmelis has attracted national media attention in both foodie magazines and mainstream publications. Owners Ofri and Ofer Barmor brought their expertise to Carmelis from their native Israel. There is a definite international perspective in the goat cheese tasting menu and product offerings. Specialties include: ‘Big White’ the newest addition to the line-up - a creamy, smooth and zesty option, reminiscent of Camembert.
‘Lior’ has returned to the line-up after an absence. Lior is an artisan cheese, with a dry grana texture, sharp and tart with a sweet finish, a fabulous nibbling cheese. “We have cheese tasting all day. It is the best way to get to know what is available,” says Ofri, who has seen Canadian guests become more adventurous in the their tasting habits. “People are more willing to try something new.” Carmelis has been steadily growing. New products and more awareness have helped to build the business. Gelato is a perfect example. Made from goat’s milk, it is smooth, creamy and sweet, with no ‘goaty’ flavours. There are guided tours available by pre-booking that are aimed more at an adult crowd. The tours will clearly explain the goat cheese making process. The tastings, location and unique experience are more than enough reason to visit says Ofri, “We love what we do. In food when you love what you are making and you have passion for it, that shows. If you don’t have passion, it won’t be the same.”
THE PONDEROSA IN PEACHLAND
This course is still under construction but keep it in mind for next year. The Greg Norman design has some stellar holes surrounded by ponderosa pines and views looking far south down the lake. It will be a visual treat and a player’s paradise.
LEFT THE FIFTH HOLE OF PREDATOR RID GE LEFT OFFERS UNSURPASSED LAKE AND VALLEY VIEWS, WHILE HOLES AT TOWER RANCH ABOVE HIGHLIGHT AMAZING OKANAGAN VIEWS.
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he hills above Rutland have some of the best combined lake and ciî€‡y views in the ciî€‡y. You are able to take in a southern vista that incorportes Okanagan Lake as far as Rattlesnake Island, or look north to Kelownaâ€™s airport, or take in the surrounding Knox, Dilworth or Black Mountains.
retreat from the roadway. The garden is surrounded by mature apple orchards. Manicured lawns are delineated by crisp edging and are home to lush drifts of fully mature plantings. There is something in bloom at every part of the season, from lilies and roses to black-eyed Susans. The hydrangeas have had years to reach lovely sizing. The show stopping water feature includes multiple waterfalls, extensive rock work and is surrounded by beautiful groupings on Japanese maples. The overall garden is simple to navigate with a mix of flagstone and grass pathways. The five acres surround a family home. In the front yard is a former volleyball court that has been renovated into a perfectly sized flat space for weddings with up to 200 guests, complete with a pergola. The views are sublime.
SERENITY on the hill Okanagan Serenity Gardens, on Mackenzie Road, is a newly opened, mature five-acre garden that is quickly becoming the go to destination for weddings and photographers. Lindsay Ivans is the operating partner
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Out of town visitors, planning destination weddings have already booked 14 events this summer alone. Ivans says the reason for the interest is simple. â€œPeople think of Kelowna as Canadaâ€™s Mexico, a beautiful destination to bring people together.â€? Serenity Gardens is also open for weekday bookings for family and special event photography. Ivans says graduations and family reunions are common reasons for people to book a session with their photographer. â€œWe are hoping to open the gardens to full scheduled tours in 2012,â€? says Ivans. â€œThis first year of being open we have had a lot of interest and we are going to see how everything goes.â€? The response so far has been favourable and Ivans has been encouraged by customersâ€™ joy of the Serenity Garden experience. â€œOur property has been in the family for generations. This is my dadâ€™s work. To have all of this landscaping and a mature garden is something special.â€?
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