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.
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.
Amid bright-orange walls and colourful, pose-inspired artwork, guests at Bikram Yoga Kelowna are sweating. Stretched into the triangle pose with a hand raised toward the sky and their eyes following suit, their muscles gain a helping hand from the studio itself—heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. During more than 20 weekly classes, students gather there to detox and improve their strength with Bikram yoga’s 26 muscle-spanning postures. Throughout each routine, the instructors’ focus remains on alignment and posture, ensuring that participants refrain from overexerting themselves or letting their minds wander away from their practice toward daily matters, such as work or counting how many times they blink.
The certified instructors at Bikram Yoga Kelowna draw from personal inspiration as they help students sweat and stretch toward fitness. Teacher Jjanet Barnes follows in the footsteps of her father, who has studied yoga for years and provides ongoing support and encouragement. Shandell Houlden, on the other hand, finds inspiration in the poses themselves. Of the 26 postures, her favourite is the standing head-to-knee pose, which starts off feeling very challenging but eventually produces a sensation akin to flying.
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.