Congratulations! You two decided to commit to a long term relationship and start a family!
This is an important event in your life and deserves to be the most remarkable and memorable.
It doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful, filled with love and elegant. These three places are hidden gems within Kelowna area for an affordable yet classy wedding ceremony.
1. Guisachan Heritage Park
The park and associated gardens have a very unique history as the land was previously owned by Lord and Lady Aberdeen. Lord Aberdeen served as the Governor General of Canada from 1893-1896 and the family played a pivotal role in the settlement of the area. Guisachan House was built in 1891 and houses a restaurant.
The property was later purchased by the Cameron family. Elaine Cameron planted the Edwardian gardens around the site starting in the 1920s. Some of the original roses, perennials and trees originally planted by Mrs. Cameron can still be seen at the site.
How to get there: The park is located at 1060 Cameron Avenue, just east of the intersection of Gordon Drive and Cameron Avenue.
Guisachan House was built as a summer home for the Earl and Countess of Aberdeen in 1891. Guisachan – Land of the Firs – was the name chosen for their new home. The new Canadian estate drew its name from a family estate in Inverness-shire Scotland. Designed in the Indian colonial bungalow style it became the focal point of a 480 acre working ranch. The ranch became the site of the first large-scale planting of fruit trees and hops in the Okanagan valley. The Aberdeens developed and invested in their adopted country and encouraged many of their English countrymen to settle in the Okanagan.
In 1986, Guisachan became a Kelowna City Park. The restoration of the house was undertaken by the Central Okanagan Heritage Society, in conjunction with the City of Kelowna, in 1987.
Today Guisachan House serves as a restaurant. It looks beautifully inviting.
Here is the link for Guisachan House: okheritagesociety.com/guisachan-house/
2. Gellatly Nut Farm
While people are still welcome to take wedding photos at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park, wedding ceremonies can no longer be booked there and the wedding arbor has been removed from the park.
It still serves as a beautiful wedding photo-shoot place and smaller group of people are welcome to visit the park and enjoy it's beauty.
3. Public beaches along Okanagan Lake that are hidden from everybody's eye.
There are series of public beaches along Okanagan Lake that boast some privacy to make memorable and beautiful pictures. This won't work for a large wedding, of course.
Please contact me for exact map locations or research yourselves.
While we are enjoying beautiful summer days, it is time to get ready for fall. This means adding fall colors like burnt orange, yellow, pewter to your wardrobe, as well as adding warmer layers.
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Don-O-Ray Farm has been a favorite place to shop for fresh fruit and vegetables for several years. Recently they added a small goat/chicken educational and entertaining zoo for children. That is why it is a must see!
Don-O-Ray farm opens in the spring and operates into the late fall, selling a range of vegetables (potatoes, onions, radishes, garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, peppers, etc.) and fruit (berries, cherries, apples, plums, pear, peaches, apricots). The produce is always fresh, prices are reasonable. Whatever is harvested that week, is sold the same week.
Don-O-Ray is a family business and owners are usually in the store helping out customers with a smile. They are very accommodating and willing to answer any questions you might have about the produce. There is a frozen section containing frozen pies, ice cream, butter chicken sauce, samosas. They also carry eggs, milk products from local Dutchmen Dairy farm. It is hard to leave empty handed!
H2O Center is a modern facility with 2 pools, aquatic kids playground, wave pool, steam room, sauna. It is unique in a way it is designed and offers so much to do!
Just a few facts about recreational swimming:
Here is the link to H2O Centre schedule: www.h2okelowna.ca/H2O-Adventure-Fitness/Schedule/4417/Aquatics
Kelowna is famous for sunny beaches around lake Okanagan, wineries offering exquisite dining accompanied by world class wines and picturesque views.
Although there are many hotels located along the Hwy 97 and are easy to find for people who never visited Kelowna before, there are places to stay which bring people closer to nature and their preferred activities (thus eliminating driving).
However if you have a busy schedule visiting multiple places located in different areas of Kelowna, than hotels along Hwy 97 are your best choice, since highway is a connecting hub.
For nature lovers - Casa Loma Lakeshore Resort, located along the lake in West Kelowna. Casa Loma resort has it's own private beach, boat launch (boat rental), tennis courts, BBQ area, swimming pool and whirlpool. The resort territory is adjacent to tranquil Kalamoir Regional Park offering hiking and biking trails. The accommodation includes condo units, town homes, and two-bedroom villas. Here is the link to the website: www.casaloma.com/accomodations/
For wine tasting fans - Bella Luna Bed and Breakfast, located just minutes away from the Mission Hill, Mt. Bouchery, Quail's Gate, Little Straw, Volcanic Hills wineries. The B&B offers it's guests salt water pool, hot tub, quite and unique styled rooms and tasty breakfast cooked by professional chef with 20 years of experience!
Check out their website: www.bellalunabedandbreakfast.com/ourproperty
Another place for wine tasting fans -Apothic Boutique Bed and Breakfast with great customer reviews. It offers large rooms, 30 ft. pool, infrared sauna, hot tub, tasty breakfast. The guests can rent bikes, kayaks, paddle boards. Beach chairs, umbrellas ans towels are complimentary.
Their website is: apothicbnb.com/
Our grand-grand parents worked hard all week: growing wheat, vegetables, animals and bird for sale and visited farmer's market on the weekend to sell, buy, wonder around. This must be embedded in human genes, since market still is a heart of a community, wherever that community resides. The Farmer's Market is a popular place to buy produce, crafts, socialize with friends/family, wonder around.
Of course, younger generation spends quite some time online and less time socializing with each other in real time. There is no doubt, Amazon grows online shopping business year by year. We also noticed every big box store has self checkout, most businesses have online order/shop feature, minimizing human to human interaction. It is unknown yet if this new digital era will globally change humanity into less social, readily following instructions masses. I hope that humanity will pass this stage and evolves into united society with united conscious. The communication will be still important, but it might take different a form.
However, the Farmer's Market is still a heart of the community and attracts a lot of people. There is something for everyone: produce, crafts, bread, baking, flowers. Take a look for yourself!
I wanted to reach out to all my readers- please make it down to Farmer's Market and connect to people in your community. This is what makes us happier and brighter on all levels! How can you miss an opportunity to exchange news, opinions with other people? There is so much to see and explore!
There are so many ideas out there, so much creativity. It is a well spent Saturday morning.
Bilga farm is well-known for their juicy strawberries. The taste of strawberries you remember since childhood, before big-box stores started pumping out tasteless, crunchy strawberries with a texture of an onion year-around.
The strawberries at Bilga farm are hand-picked fresh daily and sold the same day. Small box costs $5, medium box $10, large flat $35. The customer gets to pick which box they like, so I am pretty happy with what I got! The strawberry season is expected to last for another three weeks, so help yourself to fresh strawberries!
Their address is Rutland Road North, which is behind MacDonald's.
Finding a job in the Okanagan isn't an easy task to accomplish. However I will cover a topic of finding a job in a separate post.
Today I wanted to discuss an employment status versus a contractor status. Many small businesses in the Okanagan are offering a contractor position. The business hiring a contractor gets work done, while not paying into Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance for that worker. The business is also not responsible for deducting personal income taxes and doesn't provide benefits. Contractors are responsible for their own taxes, double the CPP contribution, which downplays the net income/earnings.
The idea of my post is to educate prospective employees/contractors about the difference it makes to be in employer/employee versus contractor relationship. When each side understands their rights and responsibilities, the relationship goes on much smoother.
Canada Revenue Agency mandates a two-step approach in identifying the nature of a relationship between a worker and an organization.
The intent of an agreement between parties. The contractors usually hired for a specific project or work outside of main scope of the organization. For an example, mortgage company hires a contractor for snow removal and lawn maintenance and pays a flat monthly fee. Contractor usually submits an invoice to accounts payable, which needs to be approved by the manager.
Contractor works about 20 hours a week deciding independently how the work will be performed, she has no set hours, she is free to work for anybody else outside this organization. The organization did not train contractor or provided a direction on how to perform the work.
Tools and Equipment
Contractor supplies her own tools for which she is not reimbursed.
Subcontracting work or hiring assistants
Contractor can hire part-time workers to assist her, when necessary.
If contractor hires part-time assistants, she is liable for paying them. If organization who hired a contractor doesn’t approve her invoice (unsatisfactory service) she doesn’t get paid for that month by Accounts Payable department.
Opportunity for profit and Responsibility for Management
The contractor is compensated by a flat fee and is not entitled to benefit plan. The organization does not contribute to Canada Pension Plan or Employment Insurance program on their behalf. If the contractor looses earnings, they can't claim EI.
The contractor can hire assistants and responsible to supervise their work and paying them.
I hope this article will help people to make an informed decision.
The Los Jarros Restaraunt exudes the vacation in Mexico vibes: happy music, authentic Mexican style interior, authentic Mexican dishes, deserts and drinks (Margarita and Pina Colada is a must have!). The atmosphere transports people from Canada to Mexico in split seconds!
We tasted Fish Tacos, Beef Enchiladas and Hibiscus lemonade.
Fish Tacos are complimented with tasty green lentil soup, home-made guacamole and authentic red chili sauce. Tacos come with good amount of fried white fish, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions, cilantro and two layers of corn tortilla. Simply delicious!
Authentic hibiscus flower lemonade is a savory and refreshing drink, that will take your taste buds to the next level. I finished my drink to the last drop!
Beef Enchiladas are tasty and come with sour cream, guacamole, shredded lettuce and red onions. We found them not too filling, so if you are super hungry get an appetizer to compliment the main meal.
To summarize our experience: Los Jarros has nice atmosphere, top notch (friendly and attentive) service, waiting time was about 25 min (they cook everything from scratch), tasty and healthy meal, good drink, affordable bill. We would definitely come back!
Spring is in full swing with a lot of sun, chirping birds, grass growing fast and flowers blooming. Flowering plants and trees mean allergic reactions for some of us.
Daily updates on air quality and a Pollen Report can be found on the weather network www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/forecasts/pollen/british-columbia/kelowna
Generally speaking, late May and early June are the worst months for allergic respiratory reactions. That is why staying inside early mornings and during dusk becomes important.
Keeping your house pollen free means that you must wipe all your counters and surfaces with a wet cloth. Another important thing to remember is to keep air filters clean and change them as needed. Air filters are sold in most stores such as Canadian Tire, Costco, etc.