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.
With more than 40 years of yogic practice between them, Sonya and Jeff Thomlinson teach the methodologies of Kripalu yoga, which focuses equally on physical and meditative elements. Together, they run Trinity Yoga Center's teacher-training program, sharing the lessons they learned from many internationally recognized yogis such as Stephen Cope, Ana Forrest, and Shiva Rea. During daily classes at Trinity’s two locations, the teachers, in turn, reach out to beginning practitioners, aiding them in achieving perfect postures even as they reflect inward. Individual sessions focus on aspects of yoga such as core power, stress reduction, and candlelit meditation. Students leave class with calmer, more focused minds and increased levels of energy that occasionally result in them sneezing lightning bolts.
When players peer down the first fairway at Pine Hills Golf Club, they may feel a bit like a placekicker in football, aligning themselves for a shot between uprights formed by tall Ponderosa pine trees. And though successful strokes may not result in fans rushing the course to lift golfers up onto their shoulders, the difficulty involved can give players a deep sense of accomplishment. Challenges such as this one, which arise from a confluence of elevation and natural surroundings, are frequent on the nine-hole par 3 course, draped as it is over the craggy hillsides along Okanagan Lake’s southern rim. As golfers look up from their tight lies and lift their blindfolds after daredevil approaches, they can feast their eyes on the expanse of Okanagan Lake to the east and the town of Penticton, due south.
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.