July 31, 2013 | by Christina Van
Father Pandosy's Mission is a highlight for tourists who enjoy exploring Canada's agricultural and spiritual past.
(Photo by TourismKelowna.com)
Steeped in history, nature and the arts, Kelowna is a community all ages can enjoy, especially seniors. Retired tourists from around the world find more than their share of things to do when they walk out the door from their Kelowna hotels.
Here is a list of the top activities seniors won’t want to miss when visiting the Okanagan:
The call of a bird is never far from your ears. The Okanagan Valley offers some of the best bird-watching in BC because of its unique landscape. You may even catch some chirps from the patios of your Kelowna hotels!
Pack your binoculars and venture out into the forest or along the shores of Okanagan Lake to spot your favourite species. Or watch for birds at one of these popular bird-watching locations: Munson’s Pond, the Maude—Roxby Bird Sanctuary, the Chinchester Bird Sanctuary or Carney Pond. Check out the Tourism Kelowna website for directions to these bird-watching hotspots.
Kelowna offers history-lovers a taste of the Okanagan’s unique past with tours of heritage homes, churches, gardens, and railways.
First, visit the Father Charles Pandosy Mission to discover how this priest ministered to the valley’s settlers and Indians from the farm site he founded in 1860. Many Kelowna hotels are a short drive or walk away from this popular designated heritage site attraction.
If you remember railways as a part of everyday life, you’ll want to take a trip to the Kettle Valley Railway, a restored 1900's line that was once a feat of engineering and carried passengers and fruit across the country. Located in the Myra Bellevue Provincial Park, the trails and the popular steam ride also let you take in views of the stunning Myra Canyon.
Seniors, be sure to pack your clubs. The city is home to 20 golf courses catering to all golfers who enjoy hitting the links amidst beautiful vistas. Some courses offer seniors’ rates and several include powered carts with navigation systems so you only have to worry about your swing, not where you’re going.
Sip some of the Okanagan’s finest wines, soak in the vineyard landscapes and learn about the roots of a winery when you take a guided wine tour. Alongside these experts, you’ll learn how the valley became the Napa of the North with insiders’ knowledge from the guides who drive your group from tasting room to tasting room.
Interested in unusual farm tours? Check out our post on lavender, cheese, and honey farm tours!