The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia has so much to explore outdoors and there’s something for everyone – families included! Here are some awesome things to do and places to see in the Okanagan Valley with your kids in the month of August. Happy Adventuring!
1. Take it to the Beach
It’s summer. It’s hot. Welcome to the Okanagan! Lounging on sandy beaches and splashing in refreshing lakes is where it’s at right now. While tourists flock to the popular beaches, locals sneak off to the lesser known spots. Where are these quieter beaches? Here’s a hint: Make friends with a local and they’ll point you in the right direction.
2. Gorge on Okanagan Fruit
The Okanagan Valley is the land of milk and honey, or actually wine and fruit (arguably better!). During the month of August, peaches, nectarines, melons and blackberries are filling fruit stands and farmers’ markets. Check out the famous Penticton Farmers’ Market (on Saturdays) and have your pick of beautiful produce grown here in the valley. Or drive to a U-Pick and fill your buckets and bellies. Check out our favourite U-Pick int the south Okanagan: Covert Farms Family Estate. Where’s your favourite U-Pick?
3. Explore Vaseux Lake
If looking to explore somewhere a little off the beaten path then I highly recommend Vaseux Lake. Vaseux Lake is a relatively small lake that lies between the towns of Okanagan Falls and Oliver in the South Okanagan, British Columbia. It’s a good spot for shoreline fishing and reknown for its small and large mouth bass. Motorized boats are prohibited on this lake which makes it a perfect place to bring your canoe, kayak or SUP (yay!). Go discover the little swimming holes at the south end of the lake and soak in the beauty of this beautiful area.
Recommended Reading: The Swimming Holes of Vaseux Lake
4. Hike Mount Baldy
As the temperature reaches up to 40°C during the day, hiking is probably the last thing on your mind. Any sustained hiking in this kind of weather is not recommended, especially with kids. But wait! That doesn’t mean you have to pack away your hiking gear. All you have to do is drive up into the surrounding mountains to escape the heat. Last month I highlighted the beautiful Mount Kobau and just recently Mount Baldy. Mount Baldy, or Baldy Mountain Resort, is a fabulous ski hill in the winter and in the summertime it transforms into a haven for wildflowers. If you’re looking to escape the heat I definitely recommend packing some trail mix and heading up to Mount Baldy where it’s usually a good ten degrees cooler.
Recommended Reading: Hiking Among Wildflowers on Baldy Mountain Resort
5. Register for the Family Adventure Summit
Does your family love adventure and travel? Guess what! The Family Adventure Summit will be happening right here in the Okanagan Valley from September 1-3, 2017 (Penticton, BC). This is an amazing opportunity for families to connected with one another and to learn about things like long-term travel, location independence, remote income, life fulfillment, and more. To learn more about the conference check out their website: Family Adventure Summit.
6. Witness Two Amazing Astronomical Wonders
During the month of August we will be able to witness some amazing astronomical phenomenons. The peak of the Perseid meteor shower is on August 12th and everyone is invited out to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (717 White Lake Rd.) to view this FREE event. The gates open at 7:15 pm, with talks by astronomers at 8:00 pm followed by stargazing from 9:30 to 11:30 pm. Bring a blanket to lay on.
Just over a week later, on August 21st will a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a solar eclipse in North America. The Desert Park Exhibition Society in Osoyoos, BC will be hosting a family friendly event between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. The Science of the Sun event is FREE for children (adults – $11.20, youth – $8.55) and will include a brunch, free pair of viewing glasses as well as other fun activities for kids.