Explore BC

Follow four travel bloggers—two teams of two—on a month-long adventure as they Explore BC and its many unique experiences.

Team Orca consists of Brendan and Rob, hailing from Rocky Mountain House and Ottawa, respectively. Both are seasoned world travellers and this will be the first time they’ll be meeting each other. Team Eagle is Dina and Ryan, a husband-and-wife duo from London, Ontario, who have visited more than 40 countries together since 2009, yet have never visited British Columbia.

Over the course of four weeks this summer, these four bloggers will attempt to experience much of what BC has to offer: everything from white-water rafting and whale watching to gliding and rock climbing; from winery tours and brewery tours to historic museums and aboriginal experiences. Be sure to follow the adventure on our Facebook page and have your say in where they go and what they do!

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The Hell’s Gate Airtram spans Fraser Canyon, a spectacular rocky divide cut by the Fraser River. We visited at a great time, as high water made for dramatic scenery, with white water churning below. The ride across was a little scary, but I was so distracted by the views that I hardly noticed. We visited at a lucky time as we could see salmon jumping along the fish ladder, heading upstream to spawn.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

On a boat tour in Harrison Hot Springs, we were delighted to spot an osprey returning to her nest to feed her chicks. We couldn’t see them at first, and they were quite still, but as the mother swooped in with a fish in her talons, they popped their heads up and started chirping, clamouring for their dinner.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Kelowna Bear Ryan U Pick cherry Dina U Pick cherry Ogopogo loves Canadian Apples Japanese Garden Waterfront Knox mountain

It’s cherry season in the Okanagan, and we’ve been eating fat, fresh, and delicious cherries every day! In Kelowna, we picked the cherries ourselves straight from the orchard. Much more fun and cheaper that way! Bring those cherries to the beach, and snack on them while relaxing under the sun. What a way to enjoy a lazy summer afternoon in the Okanagan!

Downtown Kelowna is beautiful. We enjoyed a nice easy stroll around the Cultural District. Starting at Stuart Park at the blue grizzly bear statue, we continued to the Japanese Garden, the museums, and the art walk. We munched some delicious Mennonite apple pie at the Log Barn, then walked along the wharf, saying hi to the legendary lake monster Ogopogo. Back in Stuart Park, we joined the locals in the Dancing in the Park event!

For the best view over Kelowna? Hike up Knox Mountain!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Crab cappuccino The RJB

We’ve had a lot of great meals in BC, but one of the standouts was our night at RauDZ Regional Table. We had a unique appetizer: Crab Capuccino. Low in caffeine, high in deliciousness. For a main course Ryan had an awesome steak, butter poached crab, & dry cured bacon burger.

We finished with the creme brulee and salted caramel ice cream (believe us, the taste is out of the world!), accompanied by locally-made raspberry liquors.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Painting Deck Breakfast main Deer Bedroom Breakfast Art Yogurt sunset

We recently stayed at a unique B&B in Penticton: Cormier Studio. The home doubles as an art gallery, stocked with interesting works by the owners, Kena and Lawrence. Every morning Kena makes an amazing breakfast using seasonal ingredients, served al fresco on their patio. During the day we saw deer roaming through the backyard, and at night we were treated to an incredible sunset.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Tubing is a summer institution in Penticton, BC and on a hot day the river channel between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake is teeming with tubers. At the launch point, locals arrive with inflatable rafts, chairs, floating pool furniture, and of course tubes. Depending on the currents it can take a few hours to float to the end of the channel, just the right amount of time to polish off a 6-pack of excellent BC beer

There’s a shop that rents tubes, but we found it closed when we arrived. They said it was because of the impending thunderstorm, but the weather didn’t seem to faze any of the locals, who showed up in droves to drink, chat, laugh, and have fun all the way down the river.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Sunset Beautiful scenery Hay ham Appetizer JoieFarm Rose

Every week, God’s Mountain Estate hosts an alfreco vineyard dinner prepared by Joy Road Catering. Last week we were fortunate enough to spend our evening there, savouring innovative locally-sourced foods (Hay-baked ham, anyone?) matched with delicious wines.

Joy Road’s chef Dana’s love for slow, local, seasonal foods showed through in every dish. With each course she explained not only how the dish was cooked, but where the ingredients came from, who grew them, and why she chose them. It added a whole new dimension to the experience.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Fruit stand Beach

We stopped at a fruit stand by the highway and picked up some beautiful local cherries, then went to Sun Oka beach on Okanagan Lake. We lazed on the sand all afternoon, enjoying our delicious fruit and soaking up the sun.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

VagabondQuest Deer Elevation 1873 meters Flower

By far, our favourite thing we did in Osoyoos was hiking to the top of Kobau Mountain. Why? Because it’s spectacular up there! Shrub-steppe at the bottom, mixed with pine forest and alpine flower meadows on the top. The view to Osoyoos city and the unique Spotted Lake with mountains and valleys as far as you can see are breathtaking.

1873m high, you don’t have to hike all the way from the bottom. We drove our Toyota Prius pretty near to the top, parked there, and had a leisurely 30 minute  hike to the top. We made a lot of stops observing the flowers along the way. We spotted some I haven’t seen anywhere else!

We didn’t see anyone else on the mountain that day, which made us love it even more: it was like having the whole world to ourselves!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

We saw a superhero floating in the air above Osoyoos Lake! What, super hero?!

Oh wait, it’s just an ordinary human! Oh well… but he is still really cool, floating around with water jets like that! I think I’d be too scared to do that! The thing is called a Flyboard, by the way. Crazy stuff! I wonder if it is difficult to stay straight up, or the device makes it easy to do so.

Well, even though we didn’t try Flyboarding, we still truly enjoyed the beautiful Osoyoos Lake. There are a lot of beaches you can frolick on. Above, you can see me enjoying the beach at Haynes Point, a peninsula in the lake that’s also very popular for camping.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Salmon catching The house Scenery Rattlesnake Dina

Watch for rattlesnakes!, said the little yellow sign in the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre.

We opened our eyes wide, trying to spot one, but this shy little friend wouldn’t show up.

Even though it’s called the Okanagan Desert or Nk’Mip Desert by the the native band Osoyoos, this semi-arid land actually is shrub-steppe. I love the pale green nuance of it. Mountains and mountains tufted with pale green shrubs, meeting the gorgeous coppery-blue Osoyoos Lake.

In Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, we enjoyed the natural walk through this desert-land of dry pale green shrubs. 

It’s cool to imagine the life of the native band Osoyoos in this area in the past. Among many things, they caught salmon from the river, and then wind-dried them for preservation.

On the way out, don’t forget to grab a bag of candied salmon at the cultural centre’s shop. It’s really tasty! We munched it all the way to Keremeos the next day!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

We toured the Burrowing Owl Winery in Oliver B.C., not far from Osoyoos. The vineyard was beautiful, with the view of a carpet of vines surrounded by mountains. We tried some wines - from the ones described as fruity, to ones described in the tasting notes as having notes of ‘graphite’ and ‘leather’. Our favourite? The Chardonnay!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

We just experienced the Mascot Gold Mine tour in Hedley, BC. It’s a good hour drive up a winding mountain road to get up to the mine site, and then 589 steps down to the old gold mining buildings. It’s interesting to see how the miners lived and worked, and hear some of the stories from the guide. Unfortunately you can’t go very deep into the tunnels right now, but they’re working on getting permission to allow visitors deeper into the mine. Still, it was an interesting afternoon.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Weirdest lake we’ve ever seen in Canada: Spotted Lake in Osoyoos! The circles are created by the extremely high concentration of minerals in the water. Every summer a different pattern of circles is formed as the water evaporates.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Beautiful driving from Rossland to Osoyoos. We spotted lots of deer, but most didn’t hang around long. This one posed nicely for a photo.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

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