Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What To Do Wednesday


Thought I'd start a regular Wednesday feature to share some places that you might like to visit.

Today is a blue and sunny first day of summer, a perfect day to visit Kelowna's Waterfront Park; the collection of asphalt, red brick, wooden and concrete pathways that wind along Okanagan Lake through downtown Kelowna.

You can start at Hot Sands Beach near the W.R. Bennet Bridge,

and meander along the lake through City Park  continuing past the Spirit of the Sail.

I recommend a quick trip across the street to Moo-Licks for an ice cream to keep your strength up for the rest of the trip.
Follow the red brick path towards the Yacht Club across from The Bear in Stuart Park and continue along the pedestrian/bike path.  Walk past the smiling faces at Rose's Pub Patio, through the locks, past The Delta Grand Hotel
and along the lovely wooden boardwalk that leads to Tugboat Bay.  

A walkway continues between the sandy beach and condos leading to the picturesque Rotary Marsh where you never know what you might see.  

We walked through the marsh on Father's Day this week after a very filling breakfast at Soul De Cuba (where you can enjoy the only authentic cafe con leche in Kelowna).  Despite the fairly urban location we saw lots of wildife, from ducks and red winged blackbirds, to baby beaver and this young mule deer enjoying its own leafy breakfast.

The boardwalk ends at Sunset Drive.  Here, you can turn around and head back the way you came for a different perspective, or walk south along Sunset to Water Street where you'll take a fifteen minute stroll, past The Dolphins,  following Water Street back to The Sails and wherever you parked your vehicle.  Here's the link to a map if you need help.

For a few more photos taken by someone who lives in the waterfront park area check out this blurb book I stumbled upon this morning.

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