At Urban Links, golfers up their games with hands-on training sessions with certified instructors and access to an indoor facility with the latest in golf training technology. Golfers can cure their slice-, shank-, or narcolepsy-prone swings inside hitting bays that feature TrackMan swing-analysis software, which uses motion sensors and video playback to break down swinging motions. Urban Links? resident aces also enlist TrackMan technology to help players find out the club specifications that best fit their swing and body type. Along with lessons and club-fitting sessions, golfers can take advantage of the equipment and develop secret handshakes with cyborg Greg Normans during independent practice sessions in the hitting bays.
The crown jewel of Hopscotch Festival Kelowna is the tasting hall, where guests assemble to sip, sample, and learn about a massive variety of premium beverages. In its fifth year in Kelowna, the festival will showcase an expanding list of more than 200 libations, which patrons can convert from a jingling fanny pack full of tasting tokens to sips poured into their souvenir tasting glasses. Domestic and international beers can quench thirsts in styles such as Val Dieu Tripel, Deep Cove Loud Mouth Pale Ale, and Howe Sound HopRaiser West Coast IPA. Tongues can taste the single-malt Scottish fruits of the Bruichladdich and the Macallan 1824 series, hailing from the Firth of Cromarty.
Inspired by the teachings of living yogi master B.K.S. Iyengar, the well-trained teachers at Kelowna Yoga House guide students through a practice that champions prop-supported backbends and inversions to bolster stamina, strength, and range of movement. Beginner classes introduce bodies to the basic standing poses and inversions on the spacious studio's hardwood floors, and more experienced practitioners can delve into the intermediate and advancing classes' unsupported backbends and inversions. Gentle yoga makes use of belts, ropes, and pillows to help practitioners assume proper poses and craft a Rube Goldberg pillow fluffer after class, and a slow pace eases those working with injuries. With 25 classes a week, yogis can stretch with more frequency than a superhero's spandex biking shorts.
In most parts of the world, Nagano is best known as the host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. But when residents of Kelowna hear the word, they don't think of ski jumpers and snow-mobile throwers. No, their minds fixate instead on the huge variety of Japanese and pan-Asian dishes at Nagano Sushi. Chief among these offerings are the 25 creative maki rolls constructed by chefs behind the sushi bar. Though these rolls can't help but steal most of the attention, other popular menu items include plates of crispy pork dumplings and beef teriyaki.
Photographers Mark and Sarah Coffey met while canoeing and discovered their shared passions: photography and the environment. Mark, the creative director and principle photographer of Freestone Spirit Photography, uses his love of the wilderness to shape his work as an artist—even naming his studio after a freestone river. Through their photography—which they characterize, recalling the river, as “ever-changing and maturing, but still young at heart”—Mark and Laura aim to tell the story of their clients’ lives, working together to put them at ease and capture love, emotion, and character.
Through the educational arm of the studio, Kelowna Photography Workshops, Mark moulds aspiring artists through one-hour classes and weekend-long workshops. After learning the basics of composition and exposure control, students move on to the study of natural light and framing environmental portraits. Mark teaches students to craft images that tell stories of the natural world like otters playing in a stream or mountain goats arguing over insurance claims.
Underground Music’s catalogue has taken decades to compile. The shop’s owners have been staples of the Kelowna vinyl-music scene since 1990, and they boast a combined 45-plus years of experience buying and selling music. All that cultivating has helped stock Underground Music’s shelves with hard-to-find gems and rarities, plus other memorabilia, including books, posters, and DVDs. The shop’s bargain bin alone houses thousands of records at discount prices, including timeless classics from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and others.