5 Things Locals Notice When Summer is Over

It’s the peak of summer. You wake up on a beautiful day and are ready to jump into all the Okanagan summer has to offer. Then it hits you: so are all the out-of-towners. Oh well, it’s only this busy until Labour Day anyway.

Now that September has come, here are 5 things locals notice when summer is over.

1. Less Snarling Behind the Wheel

You know the summer rush is over when you sit in your vehicle and tap along your favourite song, instead of clenching the steering wheel in frustration and watch your knuckles turn white.

No more stalled traffic during non-rush hours and countless motorhomes and trailers on the road. We’re back to the expected everyday Kelowna traffic flows and delays. What’s better than less traffic? Keep reading.

 

2. Decrease In Tourists

Tourists taking in all of our beauty at a slower pace….
As an Alberta native, I can attest to our love for the beautiful Okanagan Valley as a summer vacation destination and a need to take it all in. It may be crowded on the roads and some hand gestures might get exchanged, but come end of August it’s back to the beautiful blue and regular back-to-school traffic.

3. Enjoying the Beach (finally!)

Photo courtesy Tourism Kelowna

Beautiful sandy beaches, warm water, swing lines, paddle boarding…all enjoyed from afar as you drive into a packed beach parking lot and have to figure out where to go now.

It comes as no surprise that such well-kept and modern locations like Gyro Beach Park, Rotary Beach Park and Lower Mission’s hidden gem, Sarsons Beach Park, attract local and visiting beachgoers. With the visitors gone, you can now head to your favourite beach and enjoy the great amenities, rent a kayak or paddle board and play some volleyball with your friends.

After all, it’s still officially summer until September 22nd!

 

4. No Crazy Long Lineups at Your Favourite Local Hotspots

Last minute lunch plans at Earls? No problem. Craft beers with family and friends at BNA? We’re in.

With less folk in town who want to enjoy the Farm to Table eateries, scenic winery lunches, local craft breweries and wineries, you’re in luck. There is plenty of sunshine and summer warmth left to explore all the great food and drinks Kelowna has to offer. No rush and no lineups.

Out of ideas where to go? Check out this list of all the local places that will treat your inner adventurer and foodie.

 

5. Enjoy The Quiet

Kelowna summers are packed with amazing events happening all over town. Live indoor and outdoor concerts, family events in parks, and fun times on the lake.

As much as we love all the happenings, there is joy to be found in the quiet. Have your family hop on their bikes and cruise down Lakeshore or hike up Knox Mountain and enjoy the view. Head downtown and walk the lakeshore without the crowds. Get up early and enjoy a cup of your favourite beverage at your local coffee shop. The options are endless.

 

I love all the activities that come with summer. After all, the Okanagan lifestyle is one of the reasons my family and I were thrilled to relocate to Kelowna. You can live here too and see for yourself how the seasons change. Check Kelowna Life to learn how.

Back to School

It’s that time of year again where days start to get shorter, the air gets cooler, and the leaves change colours. Summer is nearing its end once again, which can only mean one thing–school is just around the corner. Hopefully, you’ve had a great, relaxing summer with your friends and family. I hope you got to spend as much time as possible lying on a beach taking in the sun.

Summer or fall, those that live in The Ponds of the Upper Mission get to live a relaxing and fun life no matter the season. The residents enjoy the pleasures of the lake, mountains, and the beautiful views of the Okanagan Valley. There’s an abundance of hiking trails, parks, and natural ponds to spend your days. Add untamed access to mountain biking trails and it’s a great spot to enjoy your time off.

Another reason that makes The Ponds a great place to live is the proximity to some of the best schools Kelowna has to offer. Established in 1994, Anne McClymont Elementary is a fantastic school for kids to grow up at. Hosting students from kindergarten until grade six, it offers a great learning environment as kids go through the early stages of their education and development.

Chute Lake Elementary is another great school. Opened back in 2009 and built to high, environmentally sustainable standards, it had significant additions done in 2011. The school grounds connect to Chute Lake Park which is available for students for special field events. With a mission statement, “to develop inquiring, respectful and industrious young people who help create a better world by being critical, creative and compassionate thinkers,” Chute Lake Elementary is a great place to start your kids’ education.

Not only do The Ponds already have two top-end schools, the community is currently developing a new school to be opened in September of 2019. This will be a junior middle school that gives kids a chance to continue their education without needing a difficult commute.

When figuring out where you want to set up your family, the quality of schools has to be one of the most important things to consider. The Ponds of the Upper Mission are not just a beautiful and fun location, but also an area filled with new, quality schools for kids of all ages. You can live here too. Check Kelowna Life to learn how.

Canada Day Weekend Fun

I don’t know about you but Canada Dayis one my favourite holidays to celebrate with friends and family.  It reminds me how blessed and lucky we are to live in a country with such great history and culture. Over the years of living in Kelowna, I’ve experienced the plethora of things that one can do to enjoy the day. This city is filled with beautiful scenery, convenient trails, not to mention the delicious food and amazing wineries.  There are activities for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you’re new to Kelowna or have lived here your entire life, everyone can appreciate the beauty of the Okanagan. With so much to be seen, there couldn’t be a better way to experience the nature and wildlife of Kelowna than the Okanagan Cycling Tour. Taking place on the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the event starts at the famous Myra Canyon and makes its way to Penticton. Despite being an 80km event it’s a ride that the whole family can enjoy.

For those worried about the distance (aka don’t have the cardio like me), there are five rest stops along the way. Additionally, there are two shorter distances at 40km and 20km that start at Chute Lake Resort and Glenfir respectively.

For those who are looking for a more relaxing way to spend the day (now you’re talking my language) but still want to get into nature, there are still plenty of options. Kirschner Mountain is a very popular spot for geocaching. Geocaching is an outdoor activity where you use GPS to search for hidden containers or caches all over the world. It’s a fun way for a family to get out of the house and into nature for a good old fashion scavenger hunt.Elderly couple that have hiked to the top of a mountain in Kelowna

Another fantastic spot to check out if you’re interested in wildlife is the community of Wilden. From predators in the sky like the Red-tailed Hawk to critters on the ground like the Muskrat, Wilden is filled with all kinds of animals. It’s a great place to explore and the best place in Kelowna to see wildlife.

If nature isn’t your style and you just want to relax with your family with some good food and cold drinks than don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Kelowna is filled with a huge variety of restaurants and a plethora of local wineries. Lower Mission is a community with many local restaurants and authentic cuisine. With a wide variety of options including Mexica, Italian, Thai, and Local food, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s appetite.  Don’t forget about our downtown area – with multiple festivities for you to check out.

 At the end of the day,  when everyone needs some time to relax you can enjoy one of the many Vineyards in Upper Mission such as Summerhill, St Hubertus and Cedar Creek. I can’t think of a better way to finish celebrating Canada Day than with a glass of wine shared amongst friends and family. You can live here too. Check out Kelowna Life to learn how.

Kelowna Life Real Estate at the Kelowna Yacht Club Boat Show

Sun, sand, surf, mountains AND your very own resident sea monster, Ogopogo…Kelowna life is truly spectacular! The Okanagan lifestyle caters to outdoor activities to be enjoyed by all ages. Whether you love to golf, ski, hike or be on the lake, we definitely have all of your bases covered! Waterfront Park is one of the most accessible and diverse locations within our beautiful city. It is home to the Kelowna Yacht Club and the Annual Boat Show on April 29 & 30th 2017. Admission is by donation and it is a treasured event to take in. There is something for every aqua enthusiast to behold. Children and adults alike will enjoy seeing the latest technology along with some restored gems. Friendly participants are always eager to answer questions and there are even some great door prizes to check out!

Discover the Boat & Leisure Show at the Kelowna Yacht Club

Located at the foot of Doyle Avenue, the annual boat show offers an exciting outing for everyone. Stroller friendly and spacious, Waterfront Park meanders past the Yacht Club, providing a spectacular place to take some pictures and have a picnic. There are dozens of exhibitors at the marina and surrounding parking lot who can tell you firsthand why they love living here! Come and see why this is one of the most popular destinations within Kelowna! Customized watercraft, boats, cruisers, kayaks, wakeboards, audio equipment and all of the accessories you could ever hope for at the lake will be here on the last Saturday of this month. There are sensational photo ops for the entire family. This is a feature fundraiser for the Kelowna Yacht Club and it is always entertaining!

Need a House to Park Your New Boat?!

Seeking a stellar deal on your new boat? Looking to find your sea legs? With every human powered and motorized option you could possibly wish for, this is the show to attend! Vendors are eager to help you get onto the water and strike a deal. If you are currently paying boat storage fees…I can help you relocate to a more spacious location. There are some spectacular waterfront properties throughout Kelowna and West Kelowna that are perfect for parking your boat or seaplane! Our region has excellent options for everyone to enjoy and the construction is booming to accommodate more families. From micro homes to acreages, single family homes with larger yards or compact suites; we’ve got it all! Kelowna Life and Home will be at the Yacht Club Boat Show this year and I’d love to meet with you in person! Stop by and say hello! I look forward to seeing you there.

More about Kelowna Life and Home

It is easy to see why the Okanagan is among the fastest growing communities within British Columbia. There are multiple housing options for every taste, style and budget. Our Kelowna real estate listings are constantly being updated and I encourage you to check the Kelowna Life real estate website frequently. Regardless if it is time to downsize and let a strata building handle your snow removal and gardening or if you are wishing to expand and have your horse on your own property, I’d love to help you realize your home ownership dreams! There are plenty of diverse areas within the city and surrounding metro that are waiting to be discovered! Now is the perfect time to get into the market since so many others are trying to relocate from Vancouver and back East.

Festive Holiday Events for Adults

Oh, the weather outside is… pretty good, actually! No need to hibernate indoors. It’s time to get out and explore all the Christmas events in Kelowna that will have you feeling the holiday spirit! Wondering what activities should take up your time? We’ve got you covered.

Downtown Kelowna Light Up!

December 3rd, 11:00am to 5:00pm

If you thought our downtown core was already awesome, wait till you see it on December 3rd. The Downtown Kelowna Light Up! is bringing all the holiday magic you never knew you needed directly to our town centre. Bring the whole family to the Light Up! for music, entertainment, skating, and the Christmas lighting of the traditional tree at Stuart Park. When it starts feeling a little chilly, head in to one of the many local downtown businesses who offer great shopping and dining experiences. You never know what gift ideas you’ll find and what fabulous meals you’ll eat when you explore the local businesses in Central Okanagan. Oh, and we’ll let you in on a little secret. A man named “Santa” is known to make an appearance. Have you heard of him?

Pictures with Santa

Cedar Creek Winery, December 3rd 12:00PM to 3:00PM

Who said our most prestigious local wineries were strictly meant for sipping? Santa and Mrs. Claus may just love vino too because they’re setting up the workshop at Cedar Creek Winery! Parents, bringing your kids is encouraged for this event. The children will love exploring Santa’s workshop, drinking hot chocolate, and enjoying other fun Christmas activities! Don’t forget your camera! And parents, there’s a special treat for you too: mulled wine. Yum!

Donations go towards the Salvation Army. Gift cards, cash donations, and non-perishable food items are appreciated.

The Nutcracker, Presented by the Canadian School of Ballet

Kelowna Community Theatre, December 9th to December 11th

The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy, a great battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Candy Canes coming to life? Ahh, the familiar visuals of one of the seasons’ most beloved plays, the Nutcracker, playing at Kelowna Community Theatre! Whether the Nutcracker is a family tradition or it’s your first time, you can’t miss the beautiful music and the compelling dances that will bring out the Christmas magic in your heart.

Information on how to buy tickets available here.  

Duelling Pianos Holiday Party

Holiday Inn, West Kelowna, December 15th

Feeling the holiday stress? Loosen up during an exciting and lively evening at the Duelling Pianos Holiday Party at the Holiday Inn! The Duelling Pianos are coming to Kelowna live from Vegas complete with a champagne reception and a festive prime rib and seafood dinner. It’ll be a night to remember! For one of a kind entertainment, get more details here.

Kelowna’s Largest Office Christmas Party

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, December 16th to 5:30PM to 12:00AM

After what feels like a long year of working, one of the most therapeutic parts of the holidays is celebrating all your accomplishments during an epic office Christmas party. Delta Grand Okanagan Resort totally gets it, which is why they’re holding their annual “Kelowna’s Largest Office Christmas Party”. If you have a small business, Christmas parties should definitely be considered a priority for all that hard work. Event includes a cocktail reception with Santa, a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings, dancing and much more. Information available on the event’s Facebook page.

Kelowna Christmas events are popping up everywhere, so no matter what type of festive activity you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it here in the Okanagan Valley. The holidays are a great reminder as to why we love our city so much. It’s a time when neighbours, family and friends come together to really celebrate our healthy community culture. We’d appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you our favorite parts of the Valley and why you’ll surely enjoy living here as much as we do. Get in touch today.

Festivals in Kelowna

When you live in Central Okanagan, the fun never ends! From extensive outdoor opportunities like hiking trails and places to rock-climb to endless summer beach days on Okanagan Lake, there’s always something to do when you live in Kelowna. Something else that’s awesome about residing in this sunny area of Canada is the immense amount of festivals that roll in month after month. From August to October, we’ve highlighted four exciting events that in our opinion, you just can’t miss!

Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival
August 27th-28th

Do you LOVE dragon boating? Or, are you someone who is interested in all the hype but not quite sure what it is? You’re in for a real treat! Kelowna’s 2016 Annual Dragon Boat Festival is on August 27th & 28th which is basically two days of super fun times with your friends, family and colleagues. Those who are participating in the dragon boat races can also take part in activities like a corporate team challenge, guts and glory, blindfolded races, random cash draws and of course the dragon boat festival itself! Festivities commence at Tugboat Bay in Waterfront Park.

2016 Okanagan Pride Festival
August 6th-13th

Celebrate diversity and unity by attending the 2016 Okanagan Pride Festival! Whether you’re a part of the LGBTQ community or simply a supporter, wear your brightest colours and come celebrate the differences that make up some pretty amazing people. We all deserve to honour our differences that make up who we are and more importantly, we deserve to feel safe for being ourselves. That’s what Pride is all about! Activities during the week-long festival include Paint with Pride, the “We are One” Dance Party, Green Tees Golf Tournament followed by dinner and so much more!

Kelowna Hopscotch Festival
September 23rd-24th

Not a fan of beer or spirits? You probably just haven’t tried the good stuff! The Kelowna Hopscotch Festival was such an enormous success last year, they’ve decided to bring it back. Attendees will enjoy delicious food vendors and great drinks all while learning through taste what makes craft beer and local spirits so special. Whether you’re a veteran or a novice to craft beer and spirits, this is an event you can’t miss (obviously 19+)! Buy your tickets to the Hopscotch Festival and receive 5 tasting tokens. Tickets can be purchased from their website.

Fall Okanagan Wine Festival (Cropped by Valley First)
October 7th-8th

Wondering why people LOVE living in K-Town? Being situated right in the midst of wine country certainly helps. And with vineyards galore (over 200 and growing!), wine festivals are something residents get to take part in at various times throughout the year. The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival brings in many different tasting events, including Cropped by Valley First. This event is unique in the fact that it’s BC’s largest wine tasting & farmers market combined! Attendees can enjoy sips from over 80 wineries while enjoying a massive seasonal fall farmer’s market.

If you’re looking for reasons why the valley is an extraordinary place to live, you’ve come to the right place. The fun and diverse festivals in Kelowna is only one of the many, many reasons we love living in the sunshine city. If you’d like to know more about local events, our blog is a great place to start! Keep checking back for exciting info on what’s going on throughout the Okanagan. Our passion for the city shines through and we can’t wait to share with you the reasons why!

To find out why people (including us!) love living in Kelowna, talk to one of our personable real estate agents today.

Kelowna Life

Kelowna has a rash of events each summer for the city’s participants enjoyment. The cultural core is lively, and there is always something to do for nearly each day of the week.
The Vibrant Vine, a winery located amongst sprawling wineries in East Kelowna, offers Artist Wednesday Workshops. Embrace your creative side, and enjoy some locally made wine as established local artists share their creativity and techniques with you. The best part? You’ll walk home with a beautifully finished work of art.

If you’re more of a music aficionado, check out the Yellow House Restaurant, which offers various performances by musicians and comedians to entertain you while you eat. If you happen to have more interest in theatre, take a look at our two downtown studios, Kelowna Actors Studio as well as the Black Box Theatre. Both are located within the downtown core, just one block away from the Yacht Club and Okanagan Lake. It’s a great way to end a day out on the boat. For those looking for something a bit more alternative for dinner and a show, on the third Thursday of each month, head down to Leon Street, where you can enjoy the Food Truck Rally beside the popular music venue Habitat and later head in to enjoy a drink and some popular local live acts.

Park’s Alive has been an ongoing summer activity for families, beginning in June. The schedule has no shortage of activities: family theatre, live music, and outdoor movie screenings. It is a family friendly attraction located in different areas around the city, ensuring that it is accessible to everyone. The schedule can be found here.

Bike to Work week begins this week, May 30th to June 5th. Register for Bike to Work Week and enter to win a grand prize of a cycling adventure for 2 in Vietnam. Alongside the grand prize, there are a collection of smaller prizes to win, various stations around the city to stop by and have your bike tuned up and checked out. With the new bike pathways being constructed about Kelowna, now is the perfect time to pump up the tires and put on your helmet and experience KELOWNA LIFE.
REALTOR®Rob Nelson250.575.4300kelownalife.ca