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.
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.
Diving Dynamics primes aquatic explorers for underwater adventures with an in-depth introductory diving course taught by experienced instructors. The 60-minute session—known as the Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) course—orients participants with a comprehensive tour of the facilities that covers essential scuba equipment that students can touch and tango with. Once geared up in provided equipment, pupils dip into a custom-built pool to practice breathing underwater and sea-friendly manoeuvres for 30 minutes. The introduction also enlightens interested parties by explaining the best practices for transforming a scuba hobby into a vocation. A hot-dog cookout further bolsters the discovery course and serves as bonding time for participants and teachers. Diving Dynamics requires participants to bring their own bathing suits.
Located on Ellis Street, Sunplex Sports Arena is a privately owned indoor sporting venue that hosts a wide array of roof-topped sports. Sun-shy sportsmen can drop in on any number of ball-centric back-and-forths, including roller hockey, ball hockey, or futsal. FIFA-approved futsal is an incarnation of indoor soccer that pits two five-person teams against one another on a wall-less playing surface, making for more strategy and less of the treacherous geometry of traditional indoor soccer. Meanwhile, roller hockey and ball hockey allow athletes to improve their hand-eye coordination while successfully avoiding rouge zambonis. Each of Sunplex's inspired athletic bouts take place on polyethylene flooring, known for its improved traction and gentle, knee-forgiving surface.
Global Fitness Centre immerses gym-goers in a sprawling athletic wonderland encompassing 80,000 square feet of group fitness studios, racquet courts, and functional training rooms. After a personalized fitness assessment, clients with the Silver Lifestyle membership can pump pedals and test odometers in a 30-minute Cycle Power class or spark caloric bonfires in the commodious racquet centre. The haven for court-bound pursuits consists of two outdoor and three indoor tennis courts, five squash courts, a traffic court for settling speeding tickets, and five racquetball cells. The membership further endows patrons with unlimited yoga sessions helmed by six body-bending yogis in a newly renovated studio.
Global Fitness also challenges clients with its intensive drop-in CrossFit program, implementing resistance training in high-speed aerobic circuits. The elite CrossFit studio houses a full stock of medicine balls, kettlebells, and handbells for midworkout carolling.
The staff at Gyro Beach Watersports believes "fun in the sun" is the only way to take full advantage of a summer day. Staffers dedicate their workdays to launching clients into the sparkling water of Okanagan Lake, whether they are paddling in a one-seat kayak or jumping atop a 13-foot water trampoline. At the Giant Water park, located 250 yards from the shore, swimmers leap on bouncy platforms, slide down inflatable equipment, and walk air-filled balance beams, happily slipping into the welcoming, cool lake. For relatively dry fun, the staff pairs visitors with inflatable rafts for relaxing soaks in the sun, or standup paddleboards for on-water gondolier training.
Restaurants, wineries, and diners descend upon Kelowna for the Thompson/Okanagan Wine & Dine, a two-and-a-half-week celebration of the region's top eats and drinks that served more than 25,000 visitors during its 2012 event. From Mexican to European, seafood to steaks, the event's participating restaurants simultaneously please divergent palates, analytical foodies, and guests who had previously considered ingesting a globe to experience the flavours of the world. Also on hand, a few of British Columbia's top wineries, including Sperling Vineyards, House of Rose Winery, and Upper Bench Estate Winery, keep glasses and spirits filled to the brim.