Even as it soars across the deep, clear blue waters of Lake Okanagan, the Lake Lounge keeps its passengers, crew, and cooperative stowaways connected to a bevy of land-based pleasures. A comprehensive sound system blasts pleasurable beats throughout its two decks, and three flat-screen TVs reaching widths up to 50 inches broadcast the passengers' choice of entertainment. On the lower deck, vaulted ceilings soar over dinner tables and an electric fireplace keeps the room warm in colder weather, and on the open top deck passengers bask in lake breezes and take in panoramic views of the water and evergreen-coated shoreline. When not focused on the scenery, they step across an elevated dance floor lit by multicoloured lights or discuss their favourite childhood pet fish over tipples from a fully stocked bar.
Dinner-cruise passengers sup on a daily-changing menu that cycles through regular entrees such as cedar-plank salmon and peach barbecue chicken. As the Lake Lounge sails past opulent lakeside homes and the city skyline, the sun colours the sky as it sets and the stars sleepily stumble into place to form their constellations. The ship's crews also host wedding receptions, family reunions, and birthday parties on the dual decks.
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.
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.
Planet Lazer's 6,000-square-foot facility shelters a two-level arena where up to 25 competitive gunsmiths can fire and dodge lasers during 17-minute sessions. Black lights awash each obstacle-littered arena, and electronic packs keep shooters up to date on their scores and strength as the session progresses. Random partakers also receive special powers throughout each game, including rapid firing and the ability to execute Jedi mind tricks. In addition to several birthday party packages, Planet Lazer invites guests to feast on its vending machine treats or revel in its stocked arcade in between rounds.
WildPlay Element Park elicits screams of terror and laughter from people of all ages while they perform primal and adrenaline adventures alongside the Okanagan hillside and Mission Creek Canyon. The signature Monkido Aerial Adventure (as in "monkey-see, monkey-do") sends harnessed guests climbing through four series of swaying plank bridges, zip lines, tree ladders, hanging nets, and Tarzan swings suspended 6' to 60' off the ground, as well as exclusive PAWD games. WildPlay's DragonFLY Zip Lines offers a guided view of the Okanagan hillside, grassland plateaus, and cliff edges, from ten lines connected by suspended platforms. Perhaps the Park's most fast-and-furious challenge is the new Primal Swing, on which guests soar at high speeds through a 100'-plus drop and a wide pendulum arc with breathtaking panoramic views.
The soft pop of clubs against golf balls drifts from the driving range at The Golf Centre, up through orchards and toward the mountains behind them. At either sheltered or unsheltered tees on the range, golfers cut crescents from the air, their clubs arcing behind them. Staff rotate the range balls every season, limiting the possibility that customers hit a damaged ball or one they have made up a whole back story for. After ironing the kinks out of their long games, players can work on short-game strokes at the 35-yard short-game practice area, complete with sand traps, a chipping green, and a putting green. A team of CPGA-certified instructors stands at the ready to help players address their problem areas within lessons, incorporating video analysis during 60-minute private lessons to illustrate a stance that’s too open or eyes that aren’t open.