This article is not for snowbirds, that fly to Mexico, Arizona and Palm Springs for winter months. Those lucky folks are having a blast by simply being outside in the sun. I sincerely have to admit, I want to be able to do that too. However, our livelihood connected to Canada so tight, that we stay in Canada all year around.
If you spend your winters in Canada, than most likely you thought about ways to add fun activities. The most interesting and exciting activity for Canadians is HOCKEY.
There are multiple ways to participate in National Religion-play yourself, register your kids, visit live games or watch on TV. Whatever works.
We are Canucks fans and watch their games.
The next best thing is skating- each city has a skating rink open to public for free. It is a fun activity. Here are the pictures from Valentine's Day skate, where couples came to skating rink as a date night.
Here are some ideas how to impress the significant other during St. Valentines outing/date.
1. Sweet lantern sleeve sweater $24.68
2. Sexy halter top $15.53, cotton
3. Sexy fringe backless dress $26.44
4. Romantic pink dress for a date $23.29
5. Burlesque Red/Black Corset Dress $26.39
6. Burlesque leopard dress $31.08
7. Slimming effect elegant office dress $22.69
8. Sexy lingerie $20.41
9. Another sexy set $18.26
10. Floral embroidery nightgown $16.24
There are plenty of Christmas Lights and whole neighborhoods lit up for Christmas and a New Year. The one we can recommend is Candy Cane Lane (located in Rutland neighborhood), which unites Collision Road, Gramiak Road and Mary Court.
The homes will stay decorated and lit up into New Year, month of January 2020.
Over the years, the block has collected non-perishable food items from those who are checking out the festive neighborhood, and last year, almost 10,000 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Kelowna Women's Shelter, Freedom's Door recovery house and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.
Candy Lane is portraying the community spirit, the one we remember from "Christmas with Kranks". And you never know, who you will bump into while visiting Candy Lane! Christmas miracles happen more often than we think!
Another great activity for a whole family - is to build a snowman.
It actually takes time and some creativity, but this would be a time well-spent.
Canada has great outdoors - so much to do: skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice-skating, snowboarding, ice-fishing, ice-hockey and simply building a snow fort! Any of the activities provide happiness boost that lasts days.
Polar Bear Plunge is a popular way to celebrate a New Year across the globe. Netherlands, United States of America, United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Korea, Antarctica participate in Polar Bear Swim or Plunge.
In Canada, "Polar Bear Swims", "plunges" or "dips" are a New Year's Day tradition in numerous communities across the country.In Vancouver, BC's annual Polar Bear Swim Club has been active since 1920 and typically has 1,000 to 2,000 registered participants, with a record 2,128 plunging into English Bay in 2000. Registration is not enforced and the actual number of swimmers may be significantly higher. Estimates of the number of observers are typically up to 10,000. Suburban White Rock, BC's was founded in 1958, and other suburbs including North Vancouver, Surrey, Delta and Langley also hold swims.
Kelowna also holds annual polar bear swim and this year it was as a fundraiser for Adaptive Adventures.
Today, January 1, 2020 at 2 PM people of all ages took off their own winter jackets and ran towards Okanagan Lake for a plunge. The air was filled with excitement and expectation of a miracle. To be fair, it was about 4 C and no snow on the sand or ice in the water. It was a great year to start dipping!
Lifeguards were monitoring the event and everything went smooth for every participant.
Vancouver, the greenest city in Canada is an attractive place to visit any time of the year. There is something exciting for every age group and any interest - hockey nights, amazing dining, concerts, theater, art exhibitions, shopping, craft beer pubs.
There is a brand new hotel just opened it's doors to public - Seaside Hotel, by Executive Hotel group. It is located at old shipyards area, next to ocean harbor. What is great about this location- you can take a 10 min sea bus ride to Downtown Vancouver! Visit Downtown and get back to North Vancouver- no driving required.
The hotel itself is featuring well-designed rooms with quality finishing. The carpets are soft plush (they still smell new), beds are super comfortable, pillows are made for good-night sleep.
Each room has two cotton bath robes, 2 pairs of slippers, as hotel offers spa services to it's guests. There is a modern coffee machine with Illy coffee brand capsules and a pay for minibar containing chocolate chip cookie, potato chips, soft drinks.
The walk-in shower with rain-head and marble tile floors looks stunning! The toiletries are from French brand L'occitane. Every detail in the interior design reminds you about seaside and soothes all senses.
The room also has large flat screen TV, desk and a comfy chair.
Hotel serves tasty and reasonable priced breakfast in a tastefully furnished restaurant.
There is an ice-rink just outside the hotel for winter skating, honey products store, Caffe Artigiano (they make most delicious London Fog and Coffee Latte), Pier 7 Restaurant, Tap&Barrel Shipyards eatery/brewery, Lonsdale Quay Market.
Lonsdale Quay Market features various shops that sell food and drinks. You are welcome to try anything fancy! Very tasty soups from Soup Masters, pickles, crepes, breads, baking, fresh produce. So worth the visit!
With Christmas being only a month away, it is time to do some Christmas shopping.
Since most of us live modest lives, spending has to be conservative and presents better be useful. Hopefully I found something interesting for everyone.
Gift idea for all family members: everyday 100% cotton T-shirts. The price ranges from CA$5.38 to CA$6.73 s.click.aliexpress.com/e/s6K7pmIG
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Here are links to man's T-shirts
Whether you are planning a special event, having friends visiting or simply want to have a mini vacation without going far away, La Punta Norte Guest Inn is worth checking in.
It is located near Summerland, BC, right below the highway. Other pointers are: located on a wine route and close to Kelowna.
The guest house is perched atop a hill above lake Okanagan, providing breathtaking views. Every room decorated and furnished in Mexican style- wooden furniture, wool rugs, colorful tile mosaic, even sinks. It is like going to Mexico, but forgoing air fair kerfuffle.
There is a gazebo overlooking the lake, which can be used for vows. I took this picture on a cloudy day, but it looks amazing on a sunny day.
There is an events center, where wedding receptions are held. It would comfortably sit up to 60 people and probably more (ask for exact information reception). Everything resembles warm Mexican Riviera. They offer catering from local restaurants.
Each room has a fireplace for colder days, a private hot tub on a patio, heated tiled flooring.
Here is the link to the website: www.lapuntanorte.com/suites.html
Okanagan is known worldwide for it's outstanding wines. It is almost mandatory to spend at least one weekend during the summer (we prefer fall) wine tasting with a a group of friends. It is a fun and memorable experience, as usually you would learn about the variety of grapes in the area, interesting facts about wines at each winery, lough at funny jokes.
There are so many good wineries, that we hadn't have a chance to visit all of them. However the one's we have visited, left very good impression.
Our wine tasting trip included 3 wineries located along Naramata Bench:
Township 7 winery produces great variety of white and red wines. Their wines are classic and would jazz up any party or event. I really liked that tasting fee includes 5 wines: champagne (Seven Stars Polaris), Pinot Gris, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Merlot.
My favorite wines are Merlot 2017 and Reserve 7, 2016.
Artsy winery, just next to well-known Ruby Blues. First of all you are welcomed by statue of naked Frank with a suitcase, than seduced/enchanted by a mermaid.
Well worth the visit, as Red Rooster produces a wide array of wines. Their tasting list included 5 wines where you can choose what you want to try. My most memorable moment was a dessert wine with chocolate-so good!
I liked each and every wine that I tasted at Moraine. They offer 5 wines of your choice, including dessert wine option. The tasting room is new, overlooking the lake Okanagan.
This winery is owned by Oleg and Svetlana Aristarkhov, the couple believes that wine offers one of life’s most simple, enjoyable, and accessible pleasures; and this philosophy spurred their leap into the wine industry. They relocated from Alberta, where they had lived for 15 years, to make premium Okanagan wines.
Last Sunday September 22, 2019 Mission Creek Park has a Kikinee Salmon festival. Salmon run will continue into October and if you had not make it last Sunday, there is plenty of time.
Salmon spawning runs in a four year cycle, with dominant years in 2014, 2018 and 2022. In those years it is possible to see more than a million fish return to spawn. In post-dominant years, like 2016, the number can be in the hundreds while pre-dominant years, 2017 for example, may see more than 10,000 salmon return to spawn.
Some salmon will travel thousands of kilometers in a typical four-year lifetime and by that last year will return to where they were born to reproduce.
Adult salmon will swim upstream to the same area where they were hatched and once at the spawning grounds the female fish will dig a shallow nest for her eggs. She will release anywhere from two to 10 thousand eggs and then the male salmon will release milt, which contains millions of sperm.
The pair will continue the process as they move upstream until they run out of energy, usually within a day or two.
The fertilized eggs will hatch in three to four months and then will eventually make their way downstream to the ocean.
It's a good time to get down to Mission Creek park for a glimpse of the salmon run, which is expected to last a couple more weeks. If you missed the run in the Central Okanagan, or if you just feel like a scenic drive to the north, you can head up to the North Shuswap.
In the Adams River, Koss says salmon just started showing up around Wednesday, Sept. 20.
“It looks like we are right about on track,” she says of the “first three weeks in October” window.
Predator Ridge is well known for it's luxury golfing course and Sparkling Hill Resort, however everyone is welcome to come over for a hiking visit as well.
How to get to Predator Ridge hiking trails?
Predator Ridge area is located south from Vernon. Heading north on Hwy 97, turn left on Bailey Road. At the stop sign turn left onto Commonage Road. Turn right onto Predator Ridge Drive. Follow along through the Predator Ridge Resort and turn right onto Birdie Lake Drive. You can park in an appropriate area anywhere here, or continue up towards Sparkling Hills. We parked on the left side of the roundabout, beside the trail map.
Why is it worth it to make a trip to Predator Ridge?
Reason #1 If you like golfing, than this is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Okanagan. The course offers 2 luxurious 18 holes championship courses. This is unforgettable experience.
Reason #2 Hike along the Okanagan Lake Lookout Loop Trail is worth a stop! With easy access and fantastic views, it's perfect for everyone!
The trail starts as a wide paved pathway. Following along heading south, hikers pass Sparkling Pond and head right to start the trail for the Okanagan Lake Lookout Loop. The views are mesmerizing, looking over the Okanagan Lake and towards Terrace Mountain on the other side of the lake!
There are several trails and some of them are difficult, some easy, some are used mostly by mountain bikers. All trails are pet friendly.
Reason #3 You just have to visit a SPA at Sparkling Hill Resort! It is a very unique experience on it's own, but when combined into a two day adventure it really makes a difference in life. It is like a hitting revamp button.
Just to give you a heads up, resort stay is rather expensive. That is why we choose hiking as the healthy option balancing body, mind and bank account. Works very well!