Fun around UBCO: Vernon & Shuswap Lake

Wake up early and drive all the way to Shuswap Lake.

1. Roderick Haig Provincial Park

  • Hike in morning
  • Have a picnic in the forest
  • Follow the Beach Trail to a soft, sandy beach.

2. R.J. Haney House and Village

  • Historical Schoolhouse

3. Davison Orchard Country Village in Vernon

  • Best apple juice ever
  • Try out apple varieties that you’ve never tried before. Arlet is called a “dessert apple” because it’s so sweet.
  • Apple pies and peach pies

4. Planet Bee

  • See how honey is made.

Fun around UBCO: Downtown Kelowna

You can take the public double-decker bus from UBCO campus to Downtown Kelowna but if you plan to buy fruits, you might want to drive.

Early morning: Stop by BC Fruits Co-Op to buy some affordable fresh fruit and support local farmers.
Get organic Bubble Tea at Formosa Cafe.

Mid-late morning: Head Downtown to explore Kelowna’s galleries, theatres, restaurants, and trendy retail.
BC Orchard Industry museum (Check out the Apple Dolls) and BC Wine Museum are right beside each other and are great places to start.  A few steps away is the Rotary Centre for Performing Arts where you can view some art, listen to free live music and catch a theatre performance. Pulp Fiction Coffee House is an interesting book store to check out. Relax and wander around Downtown.

Lunch: Bulgogi Japchae and Bulgogi Stew at Gueng is pretty good, albeit a tad pricey. By the way, Gueng means “palace” in Korean.

Afternoon: Change into your swimsuits and head to the lakeshore. The lake is quite calm and perfect for a relaxed hour paddleboarding or  kayaking. Spend the rest of the afternoon playing volleyball or with an ultimate disc and taking in the beautiful view on the beach.

Dinner: When you’re hungry, head to Da Tandoor Fusion Indian Cuisine for their delicious chicken mahkni. Spicy level 5 is already extremely hot. I don’t know what happens if you choose spicy level 6.

Night: Downtown Kelowna Marina. By the boardwalk, sometimes there are outdoor family-friendly movie screenings. There are also two pianos right by the water that any one is allowed to play. Channel your inner Mozart or Oscar Peterson.