To preface this I could probably write about 100 things I learned in Kelowna; I’ve been going to Kelowna every year for 18 years. This is a small sample of things I’ve done recently.
- Like I mentioned above, I’ve been going to Kelowna for 18 years and it wasn’t until this year that I found out about Kangaroo Creek Farm. It’s this awesome farm on the way out to UBCO that has kangaroos, including joeys, sugar gliders, capybaras, emus, peacocks, and a variety of other animals. The novelty is of course the number of typically oceanic animals there, which many people would never have the chance of experiencing save for a very expensive trip down under. There are literally kangaroos just roaming around and you can go and pet them and feed them. There are also a number of joeys who are in pouches that you can hold. What makes it even better is that entry is by donation. It is a small farm and I went with my mom and sister and we spent just under an hour there which was plenty but there were tons of young families running around having a great time.
- This is the only thing you need to know about the Jammery: all you can eat waffles. I don’t feel like I really need to expand past that point but the Jammery is a cute little restaurant which has a pretty extensive gift shop attached to it stocked mainly with, you guessed it, jam. My mom and I bought a number of jams as gifts as well as for us. I bought some jams that were infused with alcohol (orange marmalade with grand marnier, blackberry with tequila etc.) as hostess gifts and my mom also bought a cranberry and jalapeno pepper jelly which was amazing. Again, I feel like all I need to say is ALL YOU CAN EAT WAFFLES.
- Myra Canyon and the Kettle Valley Railway are a must if you are ever visiting Kelowna. There is a lot of history surrounding the Kettle Valley Railway and the trestles. It’s a fairly flat walk/hike and is very popular in the summertime with cyclists. During the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park Fire 12 of the 18 trestles were destroyed but luckily the provincial government stepped in an announced that they would be rebuilding the damaged trestles.
- Something that holds a special place in my memories of summers spent in Kelowna is frequenting a used book store called The Book Bin. In the Okanagan there are a number of used book stores but going to the Book Bin was a part of the routine of visiting Kelowna. My sister and I would go and stock up on Archie comics (The quintessential cabin literature for any age. Slight tangent but I don’t think any cabin experience is complete without a trip to Costco on day one and plenty of comics). What was awesome about the book bin is you could go back and sell back the books you previously bought for 50% of the price you paid and receive a credit for the store. For some reason I’ve stopped reading Archie comics, but we still occasionally stop in at the Book Bin to look for other books.
- Most people when they talk about their “cabin” it’s usually on some lake somewhere, and when I tell people I have a “cabin” in Kelowna they naturally assume it’s on Lake Okanagan. They couldn’t be more wrong. Our cabin is on the golf course Gallagher’s Canyon (quite literally it backs onto the third fairway) and it’s up a mountain a good 20 minute drive from the lake. Now I just the term cabin due to lack of a better term. My grandparents bought the land and built a house in 1997 for the family to use. Our family is split between Calgary and Vancouver so Kelowna was a semi-middle place for people to meet. Our family all uses the house to varying degrees but my grandparents spend the majority of the summer there and are always excited for visitors. Gallagher’s Canyon is a pretty special place to my family.