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Kelowna

Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada) is one the biggest cities in Canada with beautiful places, orchards, diverse areas and the Okanagan lake.

EAT/COFFEE

The Marmalade Cat Café, is a medium size cafe with a bunch of tables where you can set up very comfortably. Nice home style decoration, funny kids paints and original gifts. In the menu you have a variety of breakfast, salads, sandwich, soups, specials, bakery, day old, good coffee, tea, and a yummy chai latte. Free wifi. Situated on the beautiful Pandosy st, which we found more quite than the city center. There is also a laundry mat right next to the cafe, so while we took coffee while we put on the laundry :) deal! 

Check for hours at: http://www.marmaladecatcafe.com/

Okanagan Lavander Herb farm, wonderful small farm, we fell in love with this place... You can come and have a look or you can pay for a tour. The lavender bloom season starts in July, we went in June and it was nice anyway seeing how they were in rose picking season. They have a cute shop with all their home made products like tea, soap, cleaning products, aromas, dried lavender, etc... Also they have a patio with a cafe facing their garden, other orchards and the lake... incredible vista! Don't hesitate to come here and just enjoy the views taking a totally recommended delicious home made lemonade with lavender notes and their spectacular lavender gelato. Such a magic place! Situated in south Kelowna, area surrounded by orchards.

Ahhh! Lucky me and now you, that they gave me their recipe for the lemonade and ice-cream, I hope you can make them!

Lavander lemonade recipe:

2 cups boiling water 2 cup white sugar

3 tablespoons dried lavander/1 cup fresh 8 cups cold water

1 cup lemon juice

Steep lavender in boiling water for 15 minutes in a covered pot. Strain infusion; add lemon juice, sugar and water. Chill in fridge for one hour before serving. Serve with fresh lemon slices and lavender blossoms. Delightful with strawberry ice cubes. To make strawberry ice cubes, place one strawberry in each hole in stray, fill with water and freeze. Add to lemonade just before serving.


Lavender ice-cream recipe:

1 tbsp. (15ml) sugar

¼ tsp. (1ml) Vanilla

½ cup (125ml) half-and-half (10%) or table cream (18%)

6 spring fresh organic lavender or 1 tbsp. (15ml) dried buds or 2 drops lavender essential oil

3 tbsp. (45ml) coarse or pickling salt

Lots of ice cubes

Sandwich size freezer baggies (Ziploc)

2L size round drinking cooler or one large coffee tin

Stir together sugar, vanilla, cream and lavender sprigs in a small bowl. Transfer to Ziploc bag, sealing securely. Fill cooler or large coffe tin ¾ full with ice cubes and sprinkle the salt over the ice. Pace the smaller bag in the middle of the ice (you may place up to 3 sandwich sized bags in a container). Seal your container shut. Roll your container around on a table or the ground for about 10 minutes. Check to see if cream is frozen – you don't need to remove bag to do this. If it isn't frozen, just keep rolling it around for another 5 minutes. Remove bags from large container. Rinse salt off the outside of the bags. Remove lavender sprigs. Place into a bow or eat straight from the bag!!!

Compliments of Okanagan Lavender www.okanaganlavender.com

MARKETs

Kelowna is one of the places well known for having so many orchards. Take a map like “Kelowna farm to table” for example, and choose your own farm/winery/market/restaurant tour.

We stopped by in the big one just off the hwy 97, Kelowna farmers & crafters market, 165 vendor including farmers, bakers, artisans and concessions. Fresh, local products and handmade items. Opens from 8 am to 1 pm.

Check for season hours at www.kelownafarmersandcraftersmarket.com

Also for all year round you have Choice Market, one big supermaket at the Northgate Plaza with all organic and local food. Really big and good for the organic lovers.

CLIMBING

Beyond the Crux boulder gym; route setting for all styles, slab to overhanging with top outs, flowery route setting, cool cave, good environment all in a big awesome gym. Has a few rope routes, but its more about boulder. Opens afternoons usually and is $15 drop in.

Check for hours and more info at: http://www.beyondthecrux.info/

Kelowna Boulderfields, big climbing area about 30 minutes from town. It has sport, trad and A LOT (800+ problems) of boulders. Really well maintain and well signed. All levels with sunny and shadey locations. The parking is used also as a free camping area, able for tents and vans, has a toilet and a common fire pit with wood seats around, it's perfect for chilling and have a good time with other climbers when the day is happily done. The access is a bit of a rough forestry road (we saw low 2wd cars just be careful). If you plan to stay overnight or a few days remember to bring enough water and food, you won't want to make a roundtrip back to town. You can get the boulder guide in any outdoor shop for only $12. For sport and trad  have a look at Kelowna Rock guide book. It's a nice place to come and spend all weekend for free.

More info: http://www.kelownarockbc.com/Boulderfields/

SHOWERS

Check for YMCA family, it's $2 only for shower and there is one close to the boulder gym.

More info: http://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/kfy/

WHERE TO SLEEP?

Dry camping with Okanagan lake and mountain views Penny's Rv Park. We found this place close to town as the cheapest option, is $15/day, next on the hwy 33 (East), 11 km from the junction of hwy 97 and 33, situated in a nice meadow with a few camp sites for Rv/Van, a toilet and nothing more, simple but good. You cannot make fire, doesn't have hook-ups and no tent area. Just a dry camping but like I said it has very nice views where you can walk around the meadows (ask for permission).

For more info email at pennysrv@hotmail.com or call at 250-718-2167

Apple Orchard Rv Park, in south Kelowna, next to the Lavender herb farm and Myra Canyon. Its a nice Rv park with power and water options, shower, toilet and wifi. We paid $20 like a tent because we were not going to use power, also we went in off session and they had a lot of space left, so they gave us this deal. Check the website and call them if you want to make sure they can make you the same price or if you also want power check for prices.

More info: www.appleorchard.ca

We didn't go to any free camping but if you want you have James Lake Recreation Site as the closest one, it's about 34 km from Kelowna.

More info: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/search/search-result.aspx?site=REC1720&districtCode=RDOS&type=Site

BIKING/HIKING

Myra Canyon, is one of the most spectacular sections of the Kettle Valley Railway, that started to operate in 1914 until 1972 as a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway,, then in 1980 they began to use it as a tourism trail and after for a few years was rebuild with the help of volunteers and communities, who tried to make a safer replica of what it was. Today it has 12 km one way, 18 trestles and 2 tunnels. Mellow ride that you can do by biking or hiking. Totally flat, wide path and very easy, accessible for everybody. The trail has some interesting history and educational signs along the trail.

Check for more info at: http://www.tourismkelowna.com/do/activities-attractions/myra-canyon/

 

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