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August 7, 2011

Jul 9-10: Peachland Trip

Filed under: Canada, Kayak, Travel — K2 in Canada @ 9:59 PM

Tired of reading about fishing trips yet – how about kayaking instead? Well it’s actually more about visiting friends. It just happens to be that one of them loves to paddle just as much or even more than we do.

Keith and Mary moved to the Okanagan a few years back after they retired and found a suitable house in Peachland up on the hill overlooking the lake. It’s a wonderful place with a big garden and space for guests (was supposed to become a B&B but never happened). And the Okanagan is known for its hot summers and crystal clear lakes. Since summer here on the coast hasn’t really started yet by mid July, we decided to visit them for a weekend trip. We loaded our surfskis onto and paddling friend John into our new Golf. It’s just a great car to drive over longer distances (as long as there are no rocks on the road).  Now that we have our new Golf TDI the drive was much more fun and MUCH more affordable – Vancouver-Peachland-Vancouver on a single tank!! No bears along the Coquihalla or connector but plenty of deer again.

Keith welcomed us and we went for a paddle shortly after we arrived on Sat mid morning. The weather was beautiful – sunny and low to mid twenties (if I remember right Vancouver never hit 20 that weekend neither did it see much sun). We headed across to paddle along the Okanagan provincial park – the very same that was in the huge fire a few years back. It was recovering nicely. I was also surprised to see so many camp spots along the edge, many of them populated with motor boaters but parked motorboats are fine. I only got annoyed with them on the way back as they were making waves from all directions and I was getting tired and cranky while the boys speed ahead and left me in the middle of the lake (good choice though – I would have been even more mad if they had purposely slowed down and stayed with me 🙂 – stupid ego I know). We were out there for a good 2hrs almost doing 20km.

When we got back Mary welcomed us with this great drink she made – ginger ale, vodka or rum, cranberry juice and some special “spice” – Lemon Chiffon (www.epicureselections.com) – yummy. I hardly drink alcohol anymore so I was a bit afraid of getting drunk too early. But we got through dinner no problem – with a lot of wine, dessert wine and beer just fine, I think. It was a fun evening of sharing old and new stories. Thanks so much Mary and Keith for being such wonderful hosts.

The next day we visited Mary at work – she does chair massages and was working at the local farmers market that morning – before heading out for our paddle. Again a great day, sunny and warm and the lake was even flatter than the day before. Just as I like it, even though the boys were grumbling as they wanted to have some downwind runs.

What a relaxing fun weekend!



  1. Awesome! So glad Keith is enjoying the Okanagan. Their place looks beautiful!!

    Comment by catherine — August 7, 2011 @ 11:37 PM

  2. We visited there 4 long years ago, and even your beautiful pictures don’t do it justice. But the picture you took of the walk to the farmer’s market is a bit mis-leading – you don’t show the long hill down and UP to Keith and Mary’s. Spectacular – you reminded me that we must visit the okanagan again. Hi Keith & Mary!

    Comment by Krista — August 8, 2011 @ 7:49 PM

    • Ah, but we drove down the hill since we had the boats already on the roof. At least I succeeded with getting the guys to walk from the beach to the market:-). Yeah, pictures never do the it justice.

      Comment by K2 in Canada — August 8, 2011 @ 9:44 PM

  3. Mary likes this !

    Comment by Keith — August 10, 2011 @ 6:06 PM

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