Peachland is about 20.8 Km from Summerland. On the way there, you can turn off the main highway and visit Hardy Falls. It has a beautiful treed walkway with bridges that criss-cross the creek. It is a very easy walk for anyone, even a walker or wheelchair. There are benches to sit on, along the way.
The creek is a spawning grounds for the sockeye salmon, at the end of August, beginning of September.
It is a beautiful stop if you are travelling through the area. There are also picnic tables. We go there quite often!
I have just returned from a Railway journey across Canada. We took the Greyhound bus to Pacific Central station in Vancouver, where we caught the VIA Rail train to Toronto. It was a great trip. I met a lot of great people from all over the world. There were people from Australia, England, and the USA, plus of course, from Canada! We left Vancouver on Friday evening, traveling east our first major stop was Jasper, then Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, (where they changed crew) Sioux Lookout, then on to Toronto. We arrived in Toronto Tuesday afternoon.
The VIA Rail train is mostly a tourist train. We have more freight trains than passenger trains here. VIA Rail leases the tracks from CN Rail, so their trains always have the right away. We spent a lot of time on sidings to let the freight trains pass. It was a super trip, actually very relaxing, as you went with whatever the train was doing. The scenery was wonderful....Because of all the stops, etc. we arrived into Toronto four hours late. We took a fast GO train from Union Station to Pearson International Airport in Toronto. It was new, and it only took 25 minutes to get to the Airport. We then took a direct flight from Toronto to Kelowna. The day before we left for Vancouver, We took oe of our vehicles to the Kelowna Airport, so that when our flight arrived, we could drive home....
A great trip!!!
Osoyoos, only about an hours drive from us, is our most southern town in the Okanagan Valley. It is where the border crosses into the United States. It only has a permanent population of about 5000 people, but because of tourism, the population grows in different seasons. Osoyoos Lake is right on the border of the United States and both British Columbia and Washington State, share the Lake.
Osoyoos has a population of people, that come from other areas of Canada, to spend the winter. I met one couple from Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon, that spend every winter there.
We attended an antique car show in Osoyoos, a couple of weeks ago. It is one of their annual events.
Like most of the Okanagan, besides being a tourist area, it grows fruit and has many vineyards with wineries.
Penticton is about 20 minutes down the highway from me. Though smaller than Kelowna and Vernon, it still offers a certain amount of shopping if I choose not to go to a larger centre. As with other places in the Okanagan Valley it is a tourist area. We are very central here. It is only about 300 miles to Vancouver BC or to Spokane Washington. Penticton has a small airport with flights to Calgary and Vancouver. Kelowna has a much larger airport with a variety of destinations.
If I head north of here, past Kelowna, I come to a place called Vernon. It is about an hour and one half drive. It is on the tip of Okanagan Lake. It has its own lake as well, called Kalamalka. (Lake of many colors) Vernon is another place that has increased its population. Being in the Okanagan, it is another tourist place. We have a very beautiful valley with Okanagan Lake at its centre.
\Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley... Apparently, there are more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the province. It is about a 45 minute drive from where I live. When I was growing up, in the sixties, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton were all about the same size.. How times change! Kelowna is now a centre for medical treatment, which helps a lot of people, who no longer need to go to Vancouver to get assistance.
Enjoy the previous video about Kelowna!
At one time, I could not find a lot of information about Summerland on the internet. Now there are several videos and lots and lots of Photos. All towns/cities should be proud to show what they have. Summerland, BC, is now showing how proud she is. Enjoy the following video.....