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An Autumn Escape

Spend an unforgettable fall in the Thompson Okanagan Valley.

Ellison Provincial Park offers 40 km of trails. Courtesy of Tourism Vernon.

Awash with the bright colours that herald the changing seasons, the Thompson Okanagan Valley is a sight to be seen in the fall and early wintertime. Besides the stunning terrain, the region offers mild temperatures, outdoor adventure, arts and culture, a lively culinary scene and one-of-kind shops to enjoy.

Thanks to WestJet, visiting the Thompson Okanagan is easy. Catch one of the frequent flights into the Kelowna International Airport, Kamloops Airport or Penticton Regional Airport, then get ready to explore the beauty of the valley.

Vibrant Vernon

Lively festivals, outdoor adventure and perfect fall weather await in Vernon.

This vibrant city in the North Okanagan Valley lies between Okanagan, Kalamalka and Swan lakes. It’s the perfect destination for family fun or an adventurous weekend getaway.

For active visitors, Vernon’s well-established network of trails offers routes for hikers and bikers of all ages and skill-levels. Both minutes from the city, the picturesque Kalamalka Provincial Park and beautiful BX Creek and Falls Trail have additional all-level trails.

Mountain bikers in search of high-quality routes will find them in the 13 kilometres of trails spanning across the Predator Ridge Resort estate, including the newest trail, The Mantle. Designed for experienced riders, The Mantle boasts tight corners, multiple drops and more.

The Predator Ridge grounds also connect to the 40 km of trails at Ellison Provincial Park, with stunning views of Okanagan Lake, and serve as a basecamp for the newly completed Okanagan Rail Trail. Used by both hikers and bikers, the Okanagan Rail Trail occupies nearly 49 km of abandoned railroad corridors.

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Field of Screams is a haunted corn maze on The Historic O’Keefe Ranch. Courtesy of Robb Thompson.

Those eager to get out on the water can rent a kayak right on the shores of Kalamalka (Kal) Beach. Nearby, Swan Lake, with its distinct aquamarine hue, is another favourite for paddling and photo-ops.

Opportunities for outdoor adventure surround Vernon, but within the city, there are plenty of arts and culture offerings, too.

All through October, the Vernon Fall Festival showcases special events and one-of-a-kind seasonal activities. During the festival, you can race across Okanagan Lake in a giant 300-pound pumpkin or visit the Field of Screams, a haunted corn maze on The Historic O’Keefe Ranch. Apple-picking and the local Pumpkin Festival at Davison Orchards are other popular draws. If you are in town on the third Saturday of October, celebrate the Diwali in Vernon Festival, an annual multicultural celebration of the Hindu festival of lights. This five-day event features daily pop-up activities, a variety of dance and musical performances from local groups and a special dance series.

Vernon also sets itself apart as a culinary destination. Take the guesswork out of where to visit by choosing stops along the Vernon Tasting Trail, a map highlighting hot spots for food and drink. Look for Planet Bee Honey Farm — where you can tour the farm and taste different types of honey — and Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery for bourbon-style corn whisky and indigo-hued gin (coloured with wildflowers).

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A Healthy Lifestyle

Among the many health and wellness services Kelowna has to offer, the Okanagan Health & Surgical Centre (OHSC) stands out. This private medical clinic offers accredited and integrated health care in the Thompson Okanagan and beyond.
The OHSC is a leader in providing private surgical services across Canada, and its highly specialized team of surgeons can assist with a range of medical needs, including orthopedic, ENT, plastic and general surgery.
Common injuries, such as
shoulder rotator cuff repairs, hernia repairs and ACL reconstructions, are handled with care by the clinic’s skilled surgeons and attentive nurses.
Visitors to the area can begin or end their Okanagan holiday with an appointment at OHSC and take advantage of the clinic’s fly-in,
fly-out program.

Irresistible Kelowna

A visit to picturesque Kelowna during harvest season rewards you with golden larch trees and balmy temperatures. All year long, Kelowna maintains moderate temperatures that rarely dip below zero, even in the wintertime.

Hugging the west and east shores of Okanagan Lake, the city offers up energetic urban living and easy access to outdoor activities.

A famous wine region, the area’s rich earth produces exceptional fruit and vegetables, showcased at many of the world-class restaurants around the city.

Kelowna has many draws — including sought-after golf greens and friendly local culture — and long-time residents love this gem in the Okanagan Valley. New buyers are taking notice of the potential for long-term real estate investment in the area, too.

Condos at Ariva bring the outside in. Courtesy Ariva Kelowna.

Lively baby boomers, or “zoomers,” are the target market for Ariva, a development currently under-construction in the Okanagan Valley. Directly across the lake from downtown Kelowna, Ariva’s 12-acre lakeview estate has been specifically designed for zoomers, baby boomers who live a long, healthy, active and adventurous lifestyle. To attract zoomers, Ariva is offering extra-large condominiums that focus on indoor/outdoor living. Condos will feature retracting glass walls that combine great rooms with exceptionally large balconies.

A development composed entirely of zoomers is an opportunity to create an unprecedented community. To ensure that strong community develops quickly, Ariva has been designed around a social hub with a bistro café, wine bar, residents lounge and lakeview terrace where residents can gather and build new friendships.
To create an active environment, Ariva’s extensive amenities will be brought to life by a lifestyle concierge who will arrange activities, events, social functions, dining excursions and group travel opportunities.

Zoomers will live well and have an opportunity to play more at Ariva.

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In Good Hands

Besides the Thompson Okanagan Valley’s year-round pleasant weather and remarkable natural beauty, it also boasts thriving businesses that benefit visitors and residents alike. In Vernon, one example of this is the law firm Nixon Wenger LLP, founded in 1973.
With decades of experience and a decorated team of competent law professionals, this full-service law firm practices across the region. From everyday requests, such as wills and real estate conveyance, to advising multinational corporations, Nixon Wenger has a wide scope.
The team prides itself in calming the sometimes-rough waters that come with seeking legal aid and uses practical approaches along with time-tested knowledge to effectively represent its clients.

[This advertorial appears in the October 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]