My Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia
When I was growing up on the north coast of British Columbia, we often travelled to Kelowna for summer vacation. My mom grew up in Kelowna and my grandparents also lived here, having moved from the Prairies in 1941. It was the perfect place to spend a few hot summer days. The beaches right in town were a favourite spot. We would always go home with cases of fruit for canning. Over the years, Kelowna has grown a lot, but it is still known for its beaches and orchards. Now it is also well known for its wineries. My husband Bill and I have lived in Kelowna since 1996, but it’s only been in the last five or six years that I have started walking more and exploring what I think of as the “nature of Kelowna.” Set along the shore of Okanagan Lake, it is a beautiful city that has many orchards, vineyards, beaches and parks.