WOW Golf Course, Penticton BC – Review

Well the name says it all – WOW Golf:

  • WOW – The view!
  • WOW – The number of balls we lost!
  • WOW – The challenging greens!
  • WOW – I am so glad we had a cart!
  • WOW – That was a fun round of golf!

This unique and challenging 9 hole course is worth an afternoon of golf. We were camping at OK Falls Provincial Park and planned to golf each morning and hit wineries in the afternoon. After a round at WOW Golf I think we might have been smarter to hit the wineries before the golf course.

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Haynes Point Provincial Park – Osoyoos BC

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/haynes_pt/

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We have only been lucky enough to book into this campground once. It is likely the most popular provincial campground there is and if you want a site you will have to get up  before 8:00, 3 months before the date you want to camp and start trying to book it, even then you are lucky if you get in. We were able to get the site because I logged on about the same time as someone was cancelling their reservation and I scooped it up. Otherwise, good luck! Continue reading

Kettle Valley Railway Hike – Kelowna, BC

Blairs Iphone 498Myra Canyon Society mapPart of the famous Kettle Valley Railroad runs through Kelowna and is spectacular.

This 12 km portion of the former  railway goes through the Myra Canyon and is a great ride for bicyclists of all levels. As you ride, walk or run along the railway bed you will cross 18 trestles and go through 2 tunnels. You will marvel at the turn of the century engineering used to construct the mountainous railway and these amazing structures. Continue reading

Haynes Point Provincial Park – Osoyoos BC

1 week until Discover Camping, BC’s provincial campground reservation system, opens up. For campgrounds like Haynes Point you have to be booking right at opening. Check out this blog before booking.

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http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/haynes_pt/

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We have only been lucky enough to book into this campground once. It is likely the most popular provincial campground there is and if you want a site you will have to get up  before 8:00, 3 months before the date you want to camp and start trying to book it, even then you are lucky if you get in. We were able to get the site because I logged on about the same time as someone was cancelling their reservation and I scooped it up. Otherwise, good luck!

We were there at the end of August and stayed in site 10. It was not a lake front site but we took what we could get. Osoyoos is always very hot, but the good thing is there is often a wind coming off the lake. It’s a hot wind but at least it’ a wind. The downfall with the…

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Shuswap Lake Provincial Park – Scotch Creek , BC

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/shu_lk/

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Growing up in Kamloops, I have been going to Shuswap Lake Provincial Park for years and it has been interesting to see how the area around it has changed. Shuswap Lake Campground is a very large park with 274 sites located on the beautiful Shuswap Lake. The park features paved roads, a playground, interpretive programs, hiking trails, bike trails, a boat launch, and a lake for swimming with a long sandy/pebble beach. The park also includes Copper Island which is only accessible by boat but is a fun day trip and provides activities like hiking and cliff diving. Although the park is large, it is very popular, so you will need to book your stay 3 months in advance in order to get a site. Continue reading

Okanagan Lake Provincial Park – Summerland, BC

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/okana_lk/

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You’ve got to love the Okanagan in the summer:  sun, wineries, lakes. Granted, you don’t get the famous British Columbia mountains and trees, but the weather and warmth are so nice for us Lower Mainlanders. We try to head there at least once every summer. Okanagan Lake Provincial Park is located between Kelowna and Penticton, on the west side of Okanagan Lake… 11 km north of Summerland. This is on the side of the lake that gets shade in the afternoon so that can be both a good thing and bad thing. Continue reading

Magna Bay Resort – Shuswap Lake, BC

http://www.magnabayresort.com/

Magna Bay Campsite

Magna Bay Campsite

For 2 years now we have camped at Magna Bay Campground in July to kick off summer. I have family with a cabin nearby and it is a tradition for everyone to head there for the long weekend. The campground is not right on the lake but it does have piece of property across the highway that has a small beach and dock.

This campground drastically changed from the first year we went in 2013 to the next year. It appears Magna Bays main business is selling RV lots or long term rentals so the set up is geared to get the maximum number of trailers into one space. You can see by the resort map that it is no longer a campground but a RV resort. At this time you can still rent a campsite for a night or two but as they sell more and take on long term rental I am sure the selection of sites will get slimmer and slimmer. Continue reading