26.09.2015 - 03.10.2015 12 °C
We drove most of the way up the small Knox Mountain Park which, surprisingly, is a natural park. Then we followed a fairly short walking trail to walk further up to the peak. There were really gorgeous views of Lake Okanagan. Quite a busy place with lots of locals walking their dogs and mums pushing prams. Would be a great area to visit on weekends.
We then went down to the waterfront park before heading off to the Kelowna ice hockey arena. The park was beautifully maintained and the fall colours made it even more stunning. It was then time to head out to the wineries, something Barb and mum were especially looking forward to!!
The first winery that we is visited is quite famous and known as The Vibrant Vine. As soon as we walked in, we were handed some 3D glasses from the half barrel at the door. The store was FILLED with artwork that really was 3D. The wine bottles were (true to the business’ name) covered with swirling, vibrant, gorgeously vivid patterns. Also being sold were merchandise and clothes that were covered in their trademark designs. After observing the store we headed over to the tasting. Lesley and Barb tasted 4 general wines and an ice-wine in a minuscule chocolate cup. Giaan however, tasted two non-alcoholic ciders (cinnamon and apple). The girl who served us was actually Australian (from Mackay) who in addition to working at The Vibrant Vine worked at the day care up on Big White. She was an avid snowboarder and great fun to talk to.
The next winery we visited was called "The House of Rose". Giaan decided she would wait this one out in the car. It wasn't long though before Barb and Lesley returned with another couple of bottles. Last of all was a Cidery. Yum Tum Yum!!! here more bottles were bought but instead of wine the drunks came out with bottles of ice cider. Very similar to ice wine but half the price. Was more like a liqueur than a wine.
Headed out for a couple of walks today. Weather was so beautiful that we decided to drive up to Big White, a ski mountain with an elevation of 2315m.
Barb waited for us in the car, reading, whilst mum and I planned to hike up to the peak of the mountain. Unfortunately the turn off trail to peak was closed. Probably wouldn't have been able to get to the peak anyway due to the time and we were aware of the amount of time Barb had already spent sitting in the car. Didn't really see any wildlife but the views were excellent. In one way it would have been great to see bear but we were quite happy not to have the adrenaline rush. The trail was really well set out. All you had to do was follow the orange inukshuks which were very easy to see from beginning to finish. Inukshiks are monuments made of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is "Someone was here" or "You are on the right path."There was no way you could get lost. After climbing as high as we could go and spending a short time enjoying the cool, crisp air and the views we began our descent. Halfway down, we met two guys from Seattle who had completed the same route over Big White although they looked a lot fitter and had completed the hike in much less time. 2 hours after we had started we arrived at a stumble back at Barb's car.
The Myra Canyon Trestles were a series of 18 bridges and a few tunnels that a railway track used to run along. Now, however, the bridges are linked by trails for walking and cycling. The entire trail was 24km return, but Barb's little legs could only go so far, and we had other things to do . We ended up walking to the 6km mark before turning back, walking a total of 12km. The Trestles are one of the mail tourist attractions in Kelowna and was a terrific place to visit. Haven't ever seen anything like it.