First College creates workers
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There are several careers in B.C. that are in high demand at the moment, and that is why First College is doing what it can to fill those gaps and get people jobs as soon as they graduate.

The Kelowna college is now enrolling students in three disciplines that will produce the following ready-to-work employees: registered massage therapists, health-care aides and community support workers.

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The RMT program is accepting students for cohorts that will begin on Sept. 6 and Jan. 2. It’s a two-year diploma program that features 2,886 hours of instruction, including 550 hours of hands-on, clinical experience. There is plenty of one-on-one instruction, as class sizes are approximately 20 students.

Only graduates of programs offered by institutions that are registered with and accredited by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education Agency and recognized by the College of Massage Therapists of BC are eligible to write the registration exams. First College is the only such institution located in Kelowna.

The HCA program is enrolling students for a Sept. 9 start. After the completion of the eight-month program, graduates will receive their diploma and will register with the B.C. Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry, which means they can start working right away. The annual provincial median salary is $49,112, according to 2021 Job Bank Wage data.

The CSW program will get going on Sept. 20, and it will consist of 12 months of learning. Graduates will receive their diploma and start to work right away in the community. Some of the potential jobs with a community support worker diploma include:

• child and youth/family support worker
• disability service worker
• immigration service worker
• Indigenous community worker
• adult living/community living
• shelter support worker
• restorative justice worker
• child development program worker
• shelter diversion worker
• youth services programs
• residential worker

First College would also like to remind the public that it houses an RMT-supervised student clinic that operates five days a week, offering affordable relaxation, therapeutic and hydrotherapy massage treatments to the public as well as outreach programs within the community.

The clinic is open every Monday from 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The massages started at $30 per hour.

If you would like more information about these programs or others, visit the First College website here, or contact admissions advisor Gary Jiao at (778) 754-2888 or [email protected].

Potential students are also invited to visit the downtown Kelowna campus at 532 Leon Ave. on the second floor.

 

Realize your dream kitchen
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Maybe you have designs on a brand new kitchen that you have been envisioning in your mind for years.

Or perhaps you finally want to make the move and build that outdoor kitchen area that you would use relentlessly during beautiful Okanagan summers that attract guests from all over.

Of course, as soon as you start thinking that it is time to finally take that step, you start shuddering thinking about all the different designers, builders and other contractors you will need to hire to make your dreams become a reality.

That nightmare scenario is why Penticton’s InsideOut Kitchens is such a dream to work with when it comes to kitchens. They do it all, from top to bottom. You can call InsideOut Kitchens, and you can feel the stress that usually comes with a major renovation or project just melt away.

“We’re actually a design centre. We do it all,” InsideOut Kitchens proprietor Denise McIntosh says. “We’re going to help pick out your countertops, your backsplash tile, your flooring, your paint colours. So we’re giving you a design package. We can design it, but we’ll also sell you the product as well.”

InsideOut Kitchens, which works with preferred contractors, carries multiple cabinet product lines, so it offers a variety of choices and prices, but it will not drop below a certain level. Quality has always been a hallmark of InsideOut Kitchens, and McIntosh says there is a reason for that.

“If you’re renovating your kitchen, and you’re going with a lower price, do you want your kitchen to last 15 to 20 years, or do you want it to last five to 10 years?” she says.

Quality has become a big issue in the industry lately, as inflation and the high cost of living have caused people to often choose the lowest bidder. The problem with that is the cost of materials is the same for everyone, which means corners are no doubt being cut in order to make a profit.

McIntosh points out that her customers save money in other ways, like through the relationship InsideOut Kitchens has with Kelowna’s Trail Appliances; InsideOut customers get appliance discounts. There is also the fact that you don’t need to bring in an outside designer to draw up the plans for your new kitchen.

“I put that into value because you’re not just buying the cabinets. You’re getting design service that is complementary,” McIntosh says. “We might be a little bit more money than the guy down the street, but you’re going to get so much more for that.

“We’re a boutique centre that helps you with everything, from design concept right through to completion.”

You might say they have you covered, both inside and out.

Visit the InsideOut Kitchens website to get started on turning your vision into your brand new kitchen.

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Aberdeen Hall connects
Contributed - May 15, 2022 - Think Local

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Students build relationships across grades through the “buddy” program where younger students are connected with an older buddy.

By Casey Turnpenny and  Laura Hazeldine

Blossoms returning, lighter evenings and warm afternoon rays of sunshine inviting us to come and play. Spring has arrived in the Okanagan, and with it, renewed opportunities to come together again to create new shared experiences and memories.

At Aberdeen Hall, the hallways and classrooms are abuzz with excitement about reconnecting with peers, teachers and fellow community members.

As the world opens up, here are some of the fantastic ways our students have been building relationships and connecting in the Junior School at Aberdeen Hall.

Kindergarten 

In Kindergarten, well-loved practices, such as “Show and Share,” offer a chance for children to share a part of their lives outside of school with each other, while also practicing their public speaking skills. “Forest School” and free play centres provide students the time to connect freely with a variety of different peers and teachers, as well as direct their own relationships and share in each others’ interests.

Grade 1

Every Thursday, our Grade 1 students partake in a guided gratitude meditation for “Thankful Thursdays.” This time allows them to think about who and what they are grateful for that particular week. Then they write a thank-you letter to the friend, teacher or family member who has filled their bucket. This activity provides students with the opportunity to foster meaningful and positive relationships with their peers and the adults within their grade.

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Aberdeen Hall students often take learning outdoors. Some grades partake in weekly structured programming called “Forest School” while others enjoy regular class lessons outdside when weather permits.

Grade 2

Grade 2 children participate in “Excite and Writes.” During these activities, students write about a variety of topics, including fictional journeys and adventures. They have a set amount of time to produce their ideas, after which they share their stories with students in other classes. Through sharing, they develop confidence and connect with their peers.

Grade 3

During an activity we call “Golden Time,” Grade 3 learners explore their creativity. They have the freedom to choose their own adventure, from making unique pieces out of found materials to engaging in imaginary plays with pretend scenarios, they collaborate with their peers to create whatever their heart desires. The only limitation is no technology.

Grade 4

A few times every month, our Grade 4 students participate in team-building games that foster communication, connection and collaborative thinking. Teachers also engage students in both planned and unplanned class discussions. These can help build community by sharing successes, having meaningful conversations, and supporting one another.

Grade 5

Each Wednesday morning, before class begins, rain or shine, all the Grade 5 students enjoy fresh air and quality time spent with their peers and teachers during their “Wednesday Walk.” ​​The students really look forward to this weekly change in routine and thoroughly enjoy the opportunity for a breath of fresh air in the morning and the chance to spend this special time together.

Students also have many opportunities to foster and build meaningful relationships through the Grade 5 Leadership team (open to all students), House Team Captain program and a variety of other endeavours where students can assist their school community.

Connections with self and with class peers are integral parts of our Junior School programming. Building positive relationships across the grades are also supported through whole-school events, such as Healthiest Month Ever and Kindness Week. In these moments, our students come together to celebrate self, celebrate one another and celebrate our school community as a team.

Additionally, every student in the Junior School has a “buddy” from a different grade, where they can practice communication skills, share their interests and take part in arts activities and sporting events.

Connections in the Junior School are often the foundation for building relationships and friendships that continue for many years to come.

Let’s keep connecting. It strengthens us as people and as a community, every single day.

Casey Turnpenny is the Junior School principal and Laura Hazeldine is the Junior School vice-principal at Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School.

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Aberdeen Hall Grade 5 house team captains show off their school spirit by wearing their house team colours.

Vernon Cannabis all over
Contributed - May 14, 2022 - Think Local

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When you are in Vernon and would like to purchase some cannabis, you never have to go very far to find a store that has a large selection, and a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Vernon Cannabis has made sure of that.

The cannabis company has a prolific presence in the North Okanagan city, with no fewer than four locations for their dedicated customers.

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The first Vernon Cannabis opened in downtown October 2019 at 2813 35 St., and that was followed by its second location, across Highway 97 at 3004 31 St., in January 2020.

It turns out Vernon Cannabis was just getting started, because it expanded its presence to locations outside of the downtown area. It opened its third store at 3107 48 Ave., just south of Real Canadian Superstore, in December 2020 and then added a fourth a few blocks to the southeast, at 4412 27 St., in December 2021.

Success is defined as an ongoing process, and there is no end to it,” Vernon Cannabis owner Lakshmi Balusu says. “If we say Vernon Cannabis is successful, it would be only because of continuous effort of our employees and our valuable customers.”

It is easy to understand why the company’s stores are popping up all over the place. It has a huge inventory, giving its cannabis customers a large selection from which to choose, and prices for all of its products are always competitive. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, which means you will always find what you are looking for—even if you do not know what you are looking for specifically.

Vernon Cannabis is especially proud of its large selection of accessory equipment, which includes bongs, pipes, papers and vapes.

“Vernon Cannabis strives to give the customer the best experience, and customers are always welcome to share their thoughts,” Balusu says. “For example, if they need a specific product, we can try to bring it in.”

As one of the longest-running cannabis stores in Vernon, the locally owned and operated company is here to stay and is already an integral part of the community.

The team at Vernon Cannabis welcomes anyone and everyone age 19 and older to drop in to any of their locations and say hello.

After all, you are never too far away from a Vernon Cannabis location.

Visit the Vernon Cannabis website to explore locations and products.

New company making mark
Contributed - May 14, 2022 - Think Local

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If your grocery store meat aisle has been lacklustre in quality or shockingly over-priced, it’s time to check out the newest, local rave: Apex Meat Co. 

Headquartered in pristine Penticton, Apex Meat Co. has swooped into the online meat delivery market to save your summer with fresh, custom-cut, high-quality meat all at affordable prices and delivered right to your door. Serving the Central and South Okanagan, Apex Meat Co. highlights its core value of supporting local with its connection between local farmers, a local family-run and operated butcher, and the environmentally conscious, sustainably aware consumer.

Scarce for options in the industry, Apex Meat Co. was created from the minds of three novice connoisseurs who sought price sensitive, high-quality, gourmet meats, with the convenience of home delivery. Kerrigan Golinowski, together with his partners Tom Weissenmayer and Keaton Golinowski, have cornered the meat delivery market with their high-standard sourced, locally farmed B.C. meat.

“We know our customers want simplicity and transparency,” Kerrigan says. “People are concerned about where their food comes from, and they’re looking for an alternative to the current meat commodity system.”

With the common thread of “high-quality” stringing through their name and product, they have gone as far as to ensure the meat raised is done with this same standard. Humanely raised, no hormone or steroid, grass-fed, grain-finished beef, organic chicken and gluten-free sausage are the distinguishing factors for the company.

“That’s the kind of care we have built into our business,” Kerrigan says. “We want each cut to have the same great taste time and again. It all starts with how they’re raised.”

They have uniquely portioned boxes that fit every family size, season and event. If nothing fits your specific need, well, they’ve thought of that, too, with their customizable “Build Your Own Box.”

So do not hesitate. Head on over to www.ApexMeat.ca and grab your box. 

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Beachcomber forges ahead
Contributed - May 13, 2022 - Think Local

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Dennis Melvin, seen here with wife Barbie, passed away last month.

Pushing forward.

The Melvin family was devastated when its patriarch, Dennis Melvin, passed away recently. It came as a huge shock, and even now his son, Kent Melvin, says, “I still think I will look up and see him walking through the warehouse doors.”

Grieving is an important part of dealing with the passing of a loved one. However, for the Melvin family, which owns Beachcomber Home Leisure in Kelowna and Vernon, work is just as therapeutic. Because Dennis never stopped. Even in his later years Dennis was told to “slow down” and “take a day off.” But he seldom ever did. If you were ever in his company you could sense the energy the man had even in his later years. For him work was part of life and gave him more access to his family, so he revelled in it.

“He was always doing something to help the store, whether it was helping buying or warehousing. He didn’t stop,” Kent says. “He had a great life, because he did what he loved right up until the day he passed.”

In the busiest part of the season for the Melvins, the work Dennis did just has to be split up evenly as no one person can do what Dennis did.

But the family will continue his legacy.

“We all worked with him long enough that we knew what he would say before he said it,” Kent says. “Always be looking, sourcing the best product available. Work hard for the customer. Be kind to the employees, as they are everything to us.”

“My dad was a great example of what you can accomplish and also how to be happy. I have met several people who retire and then they don’t have a passion to pursue what helps keep them going. Dad had that passion. He was able to include family in almost everything Beachcomber did, and I think it kept our family close.”

Kent says the customers have been great throughout this time.

“Yeah, he knew a lot of people, and well-wishers continue to reach out to our family,” he says. “The kindness that people have shown us is truly extraordinary, and I can’t thank them enough.”

But now during the busy spring season, when new arrivals are coming in and just as quickly going out, will he and the family take some time off?

“Not a chance,” Kent says. “Dad would want us to continue to work, and that’s exactly what we will do.”

Pinnacle of beachside living
Contributed - May 13, 2022 - Think Local

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Kelowna’s celebrated Okanagan lifestyle is better beachside, a sentiment proven true last fall, thanks to the sellout success of Movala’s inaugural Beachview building. With phase one construction commencing this spring, local developer Stober Group is preparing for the community’s highly anticipated final building release of Skywater.

Nestled between the sought-after Lower Mission and South Pandosy neighbourhoods, Skywater at Movala encourages an authentic walk-bike-play lifestyle, bordering Kelowna’s best beaches, scenic pathways, boutiques, galleries, markets and restaurants. The premium lake and city vistas, reimagined residences and bespoke collection of penthouse homes at Skywater further elevate Movala’s sought-after Lakeshore Road address, beachside setting, exclusive resort-influenced amenities and landmark LEED-certified architecture.

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Movala’s north building, Skywater, boasts a premier location, set back from the lively summer vibe of Gyro Beach, making it an ideal choice for buyers seeking a peaceful retreat. Skywater is also the community’s tallest building, boasting sweeping views of Okanagan Lake and surrounding mountains, the downtown skyline, WR Bennett Bridge—and beyond—from the building’s west side. In contrast, the easterly residences showcase Kelowna’s charming cityscape, rolling hillsides and iconic sunrises. 

Buyers who register interest for Movala’s final phase will have the opportunity to select from three distinct collections.

Skywater’s Reserve collection encompasses reimagined one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, ranging from 500 to 1,800 square feet, with some of Kelowna’s largest terraces for indoor-outdoor living. The community’s new Beachwalk Townhomes are ideal for families and buyers who desire beachside living and the flexibility of a larger multi-level space. Set along quiet Watt Road, the Beachwalk homes range from 1,100 to 2,000 square feet across two or three spacious levels and feature spectacular private terraces and patios. These collections are available in one of two sophisticated colour palettes, sand and stone, which layer indigenous wood grains, soft stone and mountain hues with sandy beach tones.

Completing the collections is Skywater’s Signature Penthouse collection and Movala’s crown jewel. Meticulously curated by award winning Begrand Fast Design Inc., these four elegant residences are the pinnacle of luxury, exemplifying a new standard in modern beachside living.

Owning at Skywater comes with the exclusive use of Movala’s extensive resort-style amenities, including The Lakeside Veranda’s pool, hot tub, fireside lounges, bocce lawn, barbecues and alfresco dining tables. A temperature-controlled wine cellar, private dining room, fitness and yoga studios, social lounge, visitor guest suite and Beach Club watersports storage complete the homeowner experience.

Adding to Skywater’s allure are the unparalleled urban experiences and recreational pursuits surrounding Movala. Explore vibrant Pandosy Village’s colourful storefronts, tree-lined streets, and locally driven culinary, arts and culture scene. Find foodie favourites like The Fixx Café, Famosa, Diner Deluxe, Shore Line Brewing Co., and upscale grocer Urban Fare steps away. Or embrace Kelowna’s recreation-centric lifestyle and explore biking pathways, like the Mission Greenway and the Abbott Street corridor, connecting residents with downtown restaurants, cultural districts and waterfront parks.

Due to the unprecedented success of last year’s launch and demand for Kelowna’s exceptional four-season lifestyle, the interest in Skywater has been outstanding to date. To discover the pinnacle of beachside living, register for Skywater at Movala today. Sales start this spring.

Kids coding in Kelowna
Contributed - May 12, 2022 - Think Local

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Kirsten Kurjata and her family are behind Code Ninjas Kelowna.

It’s a world where kids write the code.

These coders are not sitting in a dark, quiet room with their eyes glued to a computer. They are in a bright, cheerful dojo, where they create, collaborate and learn all about computer technology.

Code Ninjas Kelowna opened on Enterprise Way in January for kids between the ages of five and 14 who are interested in coding, STEM, video games, and game development. Once or twice a week, children learn everything from simple block coding to more complex languages like JavaScript, C# and everything in between. Code Ninjas offers two programs: CREATE, designed for children aged seven to 14, and JR, which is for kids aged five to seven. 

“The goal is to have as much fun as possible,” Code Ninjas Kelowna proprietor Kirsten Kurjata says. “To me, Code Ninjas is a team; we create a team environment with something that would not necessarily be looked at as a team activity.

“We’re teaching coding, STEM and problem-solving skills. But we really want kids to have hands-on experiences, fun with learning and also feel like they’re part of what I call my ninja family. Everyone who is a Code Ninja is part of our ninja family. 

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“Every child has a superpower; at Code Ninjas we’re giving kids the opportunity to discover a new one in coding. We want our ninjas to be proud of what they’ve made and be excited to keep developing these skills while collaborating with the other kids.”

The setup at Code Ninjas Kelowna is simple. It works under a monthly membership format, where kids participate once or twice a week. Once enrolled, parents gain access to the parent web portal. Here they can see their child’s published games and use the scheduler to choose the days and times their child attends. Parents have the flexibility to create their own schedule each week so the kids never miss a session due to a conflict.  

Another cool part about Code Ninjas is parents don’t have to rely on their kids to tell them how their coding day went. That’s because the parents can go into the portal to see and play the game their children created.

“If their kiddo publishes a game to the proprietary platform, the parents can open it up at home and the family can have fun playing the game.” Kurjata says. “Parents can play the game and ask questions about the code. The ninjas are always so proud to share what they know, and parents can really understand what their kiddo is doing.”

Code Ninja program hours are Monday to Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with small class sizes of no more than 15 children per hour session. This allows the young ninjas to get plenty of one-on-one instruction from the teachers—known as code senseis—and build camaraderie with their classmates.

“We are really focussed on creating a sense of belonging for these kids. We encourage them to have fun while learning, talk to each other about their code and play each other’s games,” Kurjata says. “Having small class sizes creates that intimate team element where each child feels confident and a sense of contribution to the team.”

In addition to coding programs, Code Ninjas Kelowna will be offering plenty of summer camps this year as well. They are half-day camps covering popular games and platforms like Roblox, Minecraft, YouTube and the very popular BBC Micro:bit, which is a tiny computer that is programmed using block coding. 

“Micro:bits is a super cool camp for hands-on kids,” Kurjata says. “In this camp, kids learn to code and then can download their code to the Micro:bit. Projects include things like making a pedometer. This camp is sort of like a maker class.” 

Families are always encouraged to come check out Code Ninjas and can book a 30-minute game building tour through the Code Ninjas Kelowna scheduler

All Code Ninjas Kelowna camps are now open for registration and can be found on the Code Ninjas camp page

Code Ninjas Kelowna and Castanet have teamed up on a contest where one lucky person will win four coding sessions. The contest can be found here.

How AI helps your hearing
Contributed - May 12, 2022 - Think Local

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Using artificial intelligence, Oticon More hearing aids have learned to recognize all types of sounds, providing users with the most natural hearing experience.


Hearing loss can be different for everyone.

One of these reasons hearing loss can be difficult and complicated to address is that the extent of hearing loss can be different from individual to individual, which is why it’s vital to visit a trained hearing professional.

A solution that helps you hear better at home may not work the same way in a noisy restaurant. If you have experience with hearing loss, you may know that just making everything louder isn’t always the best solution.

NexGen Hearing is here to help—with locations throughout B.C., the clinic can help improve your quality of life through professional services that are tailored to your personalized hearing needs.

Hearing aid technology is improving all the time, and there is an exciting new technology that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to help hearing aids learn and improve by isolating important environmental sounds.

AI uses data to recognize patterns, which can then be applied to solve problems. With large amounts of data, AI is able to navigate through complex problems involving many variables.

How has AI been used for hearing loss so far, and what potential does it hold to help with hearing loss? Read on to find out.

How AI is currently being used to help with hearing loss

AI is already integrated into our everyday lives, and you may have already experienced it without realizing it. One common use of AI is in speech recognition, which provides automated closed captioning for videos. The ability to read the words being said on the screen is a valuable service for those with hearing loss.

AI is also being used by some audiologists to assist in fitting hearing aids. Software with AI functions can provide suggestions to tune the hearing aid correctly as the audiologist plays sounds.

AI is now increasingly being used in more sophisticated hearing aids to provide a greater impact on correcting hearing loss. For example, an AI-powered hearing aid could have established modes for different environments, such as being out in a crowded place, at home or watching a movie. The hearing aid would be able to adjust its frequencies depending on where the wearer was to optimize that person’s ability to hear.

Newer hearing aids that are powered with AI can sense the ambient sound in the environment and automatically make changes as needed. Those hearing aids can automatically lower background noise while boosting speech, increasing the volume to improve hearing.

Future uses of AI in hearing loss

Exciting AI technology is helping to propel advancements in hearing loss, working to mimic how the brain hears sounds. Hearing aids that use AI will automatically adjust to best fit a user’s individual needs.

AI is constantly learning, scanning the sounds in your environment and adapting to what is crucial for hearing. Hearing aids outfitted with AI technology could even start to identify voices that are important to the wearer and emphasize those, while filtering out others.

More advanced future uses of AI may include enhancing what has traditionally been one of the more challenging situations for people with hearing loss, including focusing on conversation between multiple people in a noisy setting. AI could track the conversation and prioritize the changing primary voice of the conversation by tracking the brain’s neural activity.

Another exciting future possibility for AI technology applied to hearing loss could include augmented reality glasses, which provide information to the wearer. The glasses could provide automated captions of speech for the wearer to help them better understand the speaker.

The future of AI technology is full of bright possibilities and is making steady progress.

To visit a trained practitioner, such as the professionals at NexGen Hearing, and get a hearing aid expertly adjusted to your individual hearing needs visit nexgenhearing.com.

Family’s Penticton to-do list
Contributed - May 11, 2022 - Think Local

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The COVID-19 pandemic is in the rear-view mirror for the most part, which means it’s time to get back to enjoying everything the Okanagan has to offer this summer.

And one of the most entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable areas of the Okanagan is the southern end of Penticton, where Skaha Lake meets the city and is at the centre of the action. No matter what kind of vacation you seek and no matter who you are, there is guaranteed to be something for you to do that will have you coming back year after year.

Now is the time to do your summer planning, so to save you plenty of time, here is the perfect list of things to do in Penticton this summer:

1. Skaha Lake Park

The massive green space has plenty to offer, including beach access, rest rafts and beach slides, a beachfront promenade, a children’s water park, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, in-line hockey court, tennis courts, picnic areas, power and water, a softball field, fire pits and free parking. There are also washrooms and concessions, so you never have to leave. The Skaha water is warm, too, because it’s not as large as Okanagan Lake.

2. Skaha Lake Motels

This is where you want to rest your head each night you’re visiting Penticton, because you can’t get any closer to Skaha Lake. The family-friendly Skaha Lake Motels, which include Beachside Motel, Sunny Beach Motel and Waterfront Inn, feature pools, hot tubs, saunas and game rooms themselves, but they are mere steps from all the fun that can be had at Skaha Lake Park and the beach itself. There will be plenty of food truck options on the motel properties next to Gilligan’s Ice Cream Shop. Speaking of which, Gilligan’s will be offering many more lunch items this year, including charcuterie boards.

3. Penticton River Channel

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If you don’t have your own floatie, Coyote Cruises offers inner-tube rentals that will allow you to float down the seven-kilometre channel from Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake. Depending on how quickly the water is flowing, the journey can take between one and three hours. It doesn’t get much more Penticton than this.

4. Okanagan ATV Tours

Whether you are a beginner wanting an easy ride or an expert looking for a challenge, Okanagan ATV Tours offers every level of enjoyment. The area is great for ATVs, as there is a wide variety of trails with gorgeous scenery. It’s a great group event that promises plenty of fun.

5. Hoodoo Adventures

Rent a kayak, and go for a twirl. Or pick up an e-bike or a regular bike and go for a spin. We know you’ve always been thinking about giving a stand-up paddleboard a try; Hoodoo has those available as well. The store, which is located at 131 Ellis St., also offers rock climbing gear rentals.

6. Covert Farms Family Estate

What? You thought we were going to talk about the South Okanagan and not bring wine into the conversation? Covert Farms, which is a 30-minute drive south of Penticton, falls into the family category because it is is owned and operated by a family that didn’t forget about the kids when putting its business together. Enjoy some of the Okanagan’s finest wine while the kids rip around the property.

7. Kettle Valley Rail Trail

It used to be a railway system. Now it’s a 650-kilometre recreational trail that runs from Hope to Castlegar. The decommissioned tracks can be used for either self-guided treks or organized tours. You can do a day trip riding or walking, or you can go on overnight ventures if you are an experienced rider.

8. Skaha Marina

It doesn’t get much better than renting a boat from Skaha Lake’s only marina, venturing out to the middle of the lake and lounging under the hot summer sun. Or, if you own your own boat, you can always bring it and launch it at the marina, which is operated by Penticton Yacht Club. It offers on-water fuel, moorage and an assortment of rental pleasure craft.

9. LocoLanding Adventure Park

It started out as a mini-golf course in 1999, but now it boasts attractions that will keep kids entertained all day. Mini-golf, go-karts, a high-level ropes course, rock climbing, bumper boats and monkey motion are operating this summer at LocoLanding, which is located at 75 Riverside Dr. in Penticton.

10. The Book Shop

If you’re going to lie on the beach all day, you’re going to need something to read other than your phone. The Book Shop has been a part of Penticton since 1974, and it has every kind of genre you could possibly want. In other words, the kids will even be able to find something they like—to read in the fall, of course.

11. Slackwater Brewing

One of Penticton’s most popular brewpubs, Slackwater Brewing features two floors, two patios, 12 taps of locally brewed suds and a 10-hectolitre brewhouse. The kitchen gets its inspiration from seasonal Okanagan ingredients, which means you will be enjoying a truly local meal.

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12. Kettle Valley Steam Railway

The trains will be rolling near Summerland, giving families plenty of time to enjoy the thrill of riding the rails like they did in the old days. Restored locomotive No. 3716 takes passengers through vineyards, and then provides stunning lake and canyon views during a 90-minute sojourn.

13. Cheers Okanagan Tours

Use the Okanagan’s premier tour company to embark on your day to remember. The guides know the valley inside and out, and their friendliness and enthusiasm will be the icing on the cake as you travel around one of the country’s most stunning wine areas.

14. Penticton Speedway

The speedway is great family fun with affordable pricing and plenty of entertainment. It’s a quarter-mile, paved, oval racetrack that has been part of the Penticton landscape for more than 50 years. The action is fast and furious, and it will get every family member’s heart racing.

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The Waterfront Inn is just steps from Skaha Lake Park in Penticton.

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