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Raise the Bar On Your Summertime Escape

British Columbia has it all during the hottest season.

A sweeping view of Osoyoos, including Spirit Ridge Lake Resort and its surrounding vinyards. COURTESY OF SPIRIT RIDGE.

Throughout the summer, few places in North America are as magical as British Columbia.

From the province’s thriving interior to its picturesque coast, there are countless adventures to be had against a backdrop of stunning lakes, towering mountains and gorgeous shorelines.

Explore the inviting Okanagan Valley, where cloudless skies and consistently hot temperatures translate to long, sun-filled days in popular destinations like Kelowna and Osoyoos. Or, venture further west to Vancouver Island, where unbeatable oceanside experiences await in Victoria and beyond.

Get to British Columbia by booking any of the frequent WestJet flights into the province, arriving at the Kamloops Airport, Penticton Regional Airport, Kelowna International Airport or Victoria International Airport.

Should your flight be in or out of the Kelowna International Airport, you’ll be impressed by the seamless travel experience. The Kelowna International Airport is a busy and trusted travel hub, transporting both business and leisure travellers to and from the Okanagan region daily.

Just be careful: experiencing British Columbia in all its summertime glory makes it hard to leave.

Osoyoos, An Obvious Choice

Downtown Kelowna’s One Water Street from above, a stone’s throw from Okanagan Lake.COURTESY OF ONE WATER STREET – #1 SELLING COMMUNITY IN KELOWNA.

The Kelowna International Airport offers daily flights in and out of the Okanagan Valley. COURTESY OF KELOWNA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

To experience all the Okanagan Valley has to offer, a visit to Osoyoos is a must. Complete with friendly locals, serene surroundings, and the warmest freshwater lake in Canada — Osoyoos Lake — this spot offers the ideal escape from the demands of everyday life.

The area’s geography also lends itself perfectly to outdoor pursuits, drawing active visitors back year after year. From hiking and mountain biking to golfing and playing beach volleyball, this is an area where an energetic lifestyle is heartily embraced and enjoyed.

A mere two hours south of Kelowna, and less than an hour from the Penticton Regional Airport, Osoyoos is easy to get to by car. And finding a place to stay is just as easy, thanks to the variety of appealing accommodations on offer.

Among the most memorable properties is Spirit Ridge Lake Resort — a premier, all-suite resort that is a true summer vacation paradise.

When it comes to making the most of each summer day, guests of Spirit Ridge are spoiled for choice, thanks to the property’s two swimming pools, numerous hiking and biking trails, access to a private beach on the shores of Osoyoos Lake, and — as a standout — the award-winning Nk’Mip Cellars winery. Lauded as the first Aboriginal-owned winery, Nk’Mip Cellars creates Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Rieslings that have all received medals in the last three years.

Following a day of outdoor pursuits and wine-tasting, guests can sate their hunger at one of Spirit Ridge’s two on-site restaurants: The Mica Restaurant features expertly prepared local cuisine, and the Spirit Beach Cantina serves up Mexican fare and thirst-quenching margaritas.

Other resort amenities include the immersive Solterra Desert Spa, where guests can revel in a range of beautification and relaxation treatments, and the Sonora Dunes Golf Course, where guests can golf nine holes amid beautiful Okanagan scenery.

As if that wasn’t enough to make you want to stay forever, the suites at Spirit Ridge Lake Resort all feature prime views of either the towering Anarchist Mountain or sparkling Osoyoos Lake, making both the sunrises and the sun-
sets unforgettable.

Stay Curious In Kelowna

One Water Street features an elevated green space with a plethora of outdoor amenities where residents can kick back and enjoy the spectacular views. COURTESY OF ONE WATER STREET – #1 SELLING COMMUNITY IN KELOWNA.

With the expansive Okanagan Lake, a cultured and developed downtown area, and incredible terrain for outdoor pursuits, Kelowna really does offer it all — which is why it’s both a favourite vacation destination and a popular place to live.

Summertime is also peak grape-growing season in the area; tourists and locals, alike, are drawn to its many famed wineries to enjoy a tasting, chat with winemakers, and get a better understanding of how the region’s wide-ranging, world-renowned wines are produced.

As the city continues to grow and attract new residents, its architecture grows with it. A reflection of this is the stunning One Water Street, an exciting addition to the Kelowna skyline.

One Water Street’s world-class homes embody the spirit of modern Kelowna living: a desirable urban lakeside lifestyle experienced at new heights. Notable for its East and West Towers — 36 and 29 stories respectively — it has become Kelowna’s fastest-selling community.

As the East Tower is well under construction and largely sold, eager buyers can now look to the West Tower, which features even larger balconies, providing that much more space to take in the Okanagan Valley from the best vantage points.

It’s not only the stunning views of Okanagan Lake and Knox Mountain that are major selling points for One Water Street living — the entire structure is designed to make everyday life a joy.

Indoors, residents can make use of a private health club and a yoga/pilates studio, as well as bookable guest suites and entertainment rooms — perfect for hosting summertime soirees.

Indeed, owners at One Water Street will become everybody’s favourite party hosts, as not only are there plans for the property to have its own dining and wine bar options on the street level, it also offers pools and a hot tub, pickleball courts, lounge decks, barbecue areas and a dog park.

Dip into Kelowna

EXIT Kelowna offers transportive puzzle rooms designed to test your wits. COURTESY OF EXIT KELOWNA.

Kettle River Brewing delights guests with its local craft brews and quirky vibe. PHOTO BY CASI BOWES.

Taking the party elsewhere is also possible, as every home at One Water Street is just minutes from the shores of Lake Okanagan and energetic downtown Kelowna. That means owners and their friends can choose from a variety of nearby entertainment options, including the thrilling EXIT Kelowna escape room — perfect for a group outing. EXIT Kelowna takes escape room story-building to the next level and has three locations: Kelowna, Kamloops and Edmonton. Book ahead online, then spend an evening being transported to another world with your friends as you all work to solve the puzzles presented to you and race the clock to escape.

Later, celebrate your escape-room success with a visit to one of the many craft breweries in the area, such as Kettle River Brewing, which specializes in small-batch brewing. Try one of their flagship beers, like the Loose Canoe IPA or Open Season Saison. Or cap off the night by taking in live music performances in one of Kelowna’s many lakefront parks.

Every night has adventure potential when embracing the urban Kelowna lifestyle.

Relocate to Victoria

Get closer to nature at The Residences on Sooke Harbour. RENDERING COURTESY OF MAPLE AVENUE PROPERTIES LTD.

Summertime is just as alluring in coastal BC. Surrounded by tropical rainforest and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and boasting gorgeous, historic architecture, BC’s capital city has a vibrant energy that’s infectious.

Life is never dull for the people of Victoria and nearby Sooke. Those so inclined can embrace the natural wonders of the coast by embarking on breathtaking hikes, sailing on the sea, fishing to their hearts’ content or even surfing along nearby beaches.

But natural wonders aren’t the only draw; the city also has an innovative and developing culinary scene. Heralded as the “Brunch Capital of Canada,” and notable for farm-to-table dining establishments, downtown Victoria is a playground for foodies.

For those who fall so deeply in love with the many draws of the region that they never want to leave, the Residences on Sooke Harbour is the solution. Offering a waterfront lifestyle in luxurious condominiums, the Maple Avenue Properties provide every comfort, in the heart of nature. A short drive from Victoria, the entire building is perched on a protected harbour, and each well-appointed suite has an ocean view.

When it comes to feeling immersed in nature while staying connected to a lively community, there is no better option than living in beautiful, coastal British Columbia.

 

[This story appears in the July 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine. It was produced by RedPoint Media & Marketing Solutions on behalf of the advertisers for commercial purposes.]