A Campground Among Orchards
In all honesty, the campgrounds we stayed in throughout British Columbia were mostly just a means to get to Alaska. We pinpointed as far as we were willing to drive without poking our eyes out and stopped in those places for a quick rest and some groceries before heading off again.
Kelowna, BC was the only spot that had a bit more forethought put into it. Jillian Harris, a former Bachelorette, hails from Canada and currently lives in Kelowna. I was drawn more to her description of the area than her fame but I guess deep down it would have been a bit of a thrill to run into her around town. Long gone are the days of tuning into the Bachelor/Bachelorette but her spunk kind of intrigued me.
Anyway, as we pulled into town our jaws hit the ground. We were instantly blown away. Our campground was nestled between orchards that looked out over downtown and Okanagan Lake off in the distance. It had to have been the smallest campground coming in at 11 sites. To our right was a small peach field and to our left was an apple orchard, I imagine, owned by the hard cider company down the road.
It took about 15 minutes to get to the main part of town and once there, on the edge, before crossing into West Kelowna was Okanagan Lake. Stretching over 80 miles long, it felt more like the ocean than a lake. It was absolutely stunning and the best part was that the areas we encountered were dog friendly. With a lovely bookstore nearby, we could have easily planted ourselves there for quite some time.
We spent most of our time near the lake but one day we took an hour or so out to tour a local lavender farm. It was too hot out to actually do the full tour but we took a walk on their deck and smelled all of the delicious products that are made right there on site. We bought a bushel of lavender and I got a small roller of calming essential oils. We chatted with the owner and shared with her how much we loved her farm and the town of Kelowna.
We were a bit sad to leave after the week was up but we were so thrilled to have found a gem of a city at the tail end of our grand Alaskan adventure.