When In Rome: Kelowna Edition

When I first came across Norah (or lamamanpoule on Instagram), it was through creeping on Carina’s Instagram feed. I was instantly mesmerized by her son’s dazzling smile, and drawn to her laid-back, real-life vibe. I’ve watched her life grow to include another little guy (equally as mesmerizing) and a move from Vancouver to the Okanagan. I never doubted that Norah would find a community wherever she went, and it’s been a great experience following along as her family gets to know the interior of BC… Oh, and I don’t mind when her hunky hubby makes a shirtless appearance on her feed — just sayin’.

This week follow along as Norah guides us through Kelowna…

Whether you would like to be pampered in a European inspired spa, be acquainted with one of many local vineyards, stock up on delicious local produce and handmade goodies or adventure by bike through historic and breathtaking sites, Kelowna, situated in the central Okanagan, is a fantastic destination to head to whether it be with your friends or your family.

The region’s recreation is never ending, with an abundance of beaches and water activities to biking and hiking throughout the rolling mountains a day can easily be stacked from sunup to sundown.

Meet Norah

Norah-Family Hi I’m Norah, currently playing the role of stay at home mama to my two boys Luca, 5 and a half years, and Nico, 6 months and happily in love with their papa, Kimani. Last summer we packed all our belongings into a 17 foot U-Hull truck and started a new adventure here in the central Okanagan, having moved from the West Coast (luckily it’s only three and a half hours away!). Since our arrival we have kept busy with plenty of adventures, which have helped us to get acquainted with our new surroundings.

Kangaroo Creek Farm

Peaks & HarboursLocated about 30 minutes by driving from Kelowna’s downtown core, Kangaroo Creek Farm is a great family friendly way to spend a few hours of your day. With a suggested donation of $5 or more for guests who are 5 years and older you get the opportunity to interact with kangaroos and other fun animals. If you happen to be visiting at the right time of year you will also get the opportunity to hold and thus, immediately fall in love with the cutest baby kanga’s- oh ya and your kids will have a good time too 😉

I would recommend that you bring a tube of hand sanitizer and water to drink, as there are no vendors on site.

Sparkling Hill Spa

Peaks & HarboursIf you are looking to get a little time away sans children then Sparkling Hill Spa is a must! This European style inspired spa is pretty much what every person should treat themselves to at least once in their lives. Situated only 50 minutes away from downtown Kelowna, Sparkling Hill boast amazing everything- unobstructed Okanagan lake views, your pick from 7 steam rooms and saunas at no extra service cost, amazing farm to table menu options, and the list goes on.

Having gone there last summer on a impromptu baby-moon and not knowing too much about it before arriving I was a little skeptical upon check-in. Everywhere you look there are Swarovski Crystals (in fact 3.5 million of them!), and a rather mature energy- being that the spa area is a kid free zone, but I must say 24 hours later upon check-out I was converted… I was like give me all the crystals!!!

I would recommend that you bring your own beverages and snacking food to indulge on while in the comfort of your hotel room or by the infinity pool, to cut down on costs.

Myra Canyon Trestles

Peaks & HarboursWhether walking or cycling for one kilometer or choosing to follow the trail all the way to the neighboring town, Myra Canyon Trestles, part of the historic Kettle Valley Railway, is a perfect way to spend the day. Only a 30 minute drive from downtown Kelowna, this activity is great for everyone. Depending on how far you venture you could ride over all 18 trestles, which are amazing both architecturally and for the great views.

If choosing to bike, you can either bring your own bikes to make it a free activity or there is a bike rental stand at the entrance of the trail for approximately $35/hour.

We’d done this adventure twice last summer, both with our then four year old, and a fairly pregnant me. Once walking for about four kilometers (return), and the second by bike for about 12 kilometers (return)- both very successful as there is plenty to explore for both kids and adults!

My recommendations for this adventure are that you pack a lunch with plenty of snacks and lots of water. There are no restaurants or stands along this trail, though plenty of picnic areas as well as some outhouses.

**Other worthwhile links for great eats, wineries, accommodations and activities to check out when in Kelowna**

http://www.cedarcreek.bc.ca

http://www.sperlingvineyards.com/Sperling_Vineyards/Sperling_Vineyards.html

http://www.nichewinecompany.com

http://www.carmelisgoatcheese.com

http://www.kelownafarmersandcraftersmarket.com

http://hectorscasa.ca

http://thecurious.ca

http://www.microkelowna.com

http://www.raudz.com/RAUDZ/home.html

http://www.hoteleldoradokelowna.com

http://parksalive.festivalskelowna.com

http://www.pilgrimandpearl.com

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