We’re back from a little holiday with friends in British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Lake Country/wine region and
…which is a city situated at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers in the southwestern corner of the Kootenay Rockies. Along with a day jaunt to Nelson to have breakfast and walk around, this trip reminded me of all the beauty that super, natural British Columbia has to offer and how lucky we are to make this province our home. The road trip/staycation with friends was quality time well spent.
Lake Okanagan, British Columbia:
Layla lounging on a watermelon slice. Lake Okanagan, B.C. Photo: d. king
On Lake Okanagan we stayed at the home of our wonderful hosts Stephen Cipes and his wife Rie. Stephen is the owner of award winning Summerhill Pyramid Winery, the most visited winery in Canada. The winery offers tours & tastings of organic/biodynamic wines, plus a bistro & an aboriginal gallery. The food is excellent and I brought back a few cases of outstanding wine. I got to drink and sample ones I hadn’t tried before. I’ll blog about this on a separate post next week.
Castlegar, British Columbia:
Incorporated in 1966, this relatively new mill town sits in a valley that has a rich and diverse history, steeped in the heritage and culture of the Doukhobors, who migrated here in the early 20th century.
People flock to Castlegar for many reasons – its diverse art scene, its world-class recreational activities, its rich culture, and its ideal location in the mountainous Kootenay Region of beautiful British Columbia.
We stayed with my amazing friend Margeaux in her resort home overlooking the spectacular *Columbia River and swam in her saltwater pool. While in the pool we saw three eagles fly directly above our heads. I was not quick enough to capture all three but was able to get one as it flew away.
Margeaux owns Kootenay Valley Water Company, providing premium bottled water and water dispensers for home and business owners throughout the West Kootenays. The company have added Arctic Spas® to their family, quickly becoming the authorized dealer in Castlegar and for the West Kootenay region. They provide full service for hot tubs and pools and some fun extras like luxurious egyptian cotton bathrobes and outdoor glassware.
*The Columbia River offers excellent fishing for multiple numbers of species from Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Bass and Whitefish.
Nelson, British Columbia is located in the Selkirk mountains and along the shores of Kootenay Lake. Only a half hour drive from Castlegar, it’s known as “The Queen City“, and acknowledged for its impressive collection of restored heritage buildings from its glory days in a regional silver rush. Nelson is a treat. It’s an inspirational mecca for foodies, art-goers, music lovers, history buffs and adventure seekers. Little local shops offer a multitude of goodies you might otherwise not find elsewhere. It’s an old hippee hangout.