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9 Ways to Explore Local this Long Weekend

This May long weekend, residents are being encouraged to explore local and stay local and we have a few ideas on how you can #explorelocal and be a tourist in your own town. If you want to turn this into a true staycation, look at booking a room at one of the local hotels and B&B’s and truly get away from the mundane for a few days.
What is there to do on the Westside? There’s so much to explore in our community and below are a few ideas for inspiration!

Peruse the Parks

The City of West Kelowna’s Parks & Recreation Department came up with a fun way to explore our parks. Peruse the Parks runs until May 24th and visitors to our parks need to find the hidden symbol. Once they find the hidden symbol, participants then can keep track of them on a score sheet and submit their score sheets to be entered in for prizes.
For more information visit: https://www.westkelownacity.ca/en/parks-recreation-and-culture/community-events.aspx

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Paintball

Safari Ridge Adventure Park has been around for 25 years and offers both regular paintball and Gotcha low impact paintball (paintball without the intense ‘ouch!’). There are eight different themes adventure fields to play on and equipment can be rented. Reservations are recommended.
2216 Horizon Dr | 250-769-0239 | https://safariridge.com/

Bowling

Book a lane at Whiski-Jack’s Pins & Pints. The bowling alley is open and ready for you and if you are looking to have some bites, stay after in their heated outdoor seating area.
#620 – 525 Hwy 97 S | 778-755-4605 | https://pins-and-pints.webflow.io/

 

Hit the Trails

Did you know that the Greater Westside has over 636 hectares of parks and recreational space? Hiking and biking are great ways to connect with nature! We have trails for all fitness and ability levels, including leisurely strolls around Shannon Lake and the Gellatly Bay Waterfront, to the heart-pumping climbs of Mount Boucherie. If you love the thrill of a ride, check out the Smith Creek and Rose Valley trail systems. More information on our parks and trails can be found on our website. https://www.visitwestside.com/listing-category/hiking-biking/

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Theme Your Sips Tour

Many of you have visited our wineries and craft beverage tasting rooms, but why not tour them by theme or varietal. Some suggestions include:

 

Birdwatching

May is one the best months to bird watch as many birds make a stop in West Kelowna as they continue north on their spring migration. Over 220 different species of birds have been sighted in West Kelowna with some popular birdwatching spots being at the mouth of Powers Creek and Rose Valley Regional Park. Download our Birdwatching Map & Guide and see how many of our feathered friends you can spot.

Head out for a Round of Golf

Practice your swing at Two Eagles’ driving range or head out for a full round of golf at one of our two courses – Shannon Lake Golf Course or Two Eagles Golf Course.
Shannon Lake Golf Course | 2649 Shannon Lake Rd | https://www.shannonlakegolf.com/
Two Eagles Golf Course | 3509 Carrington Rd | http://www.twoeaglesgolf.com/

 

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Self-Guided Sculpture & Mural Tour of Indigenous Art

In 2014, the Westbank First Nation Public Art Program was established as a collaborative, collective and creative process between WEFN, practicing Indigenous artists, and community members. Since its inception, many public art pieces have been installed throughout the community. Here you will find information about each of the public art pieces and where to view them. https://www.visitwestside.com/listings/westbank-first-nation-sculptures-murals/

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Picnic in a Park

Stop by one of our specialty food places and build your own picnic, or grab some takeout from one of our restaurants and head to a local park for a picnic. What to know which park to visit? Take virtual park- here you can see which parks have playgrounds, and facilities. https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/2f23a96c604045e6ab9a8763af0e4f96  Also. The Kids Spray Park on May St opens up on the Saturday of the May long weekend!

Where to stay?

We have a wide range of accommodations that will offer you a staycation getaway. Here you will find hotels as well as waterfront resorts, cottages and charming B&Bs. https://www.visitwestside.com/listing-category/stay/

 

Enjoy being a tourist in your own town this weekend!