Lake Country/Vernon – Day 2 of a 6-Day Trip in the Okanagan
The smoke on Day 2 was thicker with temperatures reaching a high of 37°C. I was grateful that our airbnb had air conditioning! We started our day with coffee, peanut butter on toast, and freshly picked cherries while enjoying the view from the patio.
First stop of the day was a forest hike at BX Creek and Falls Trail. The trail follows the creek from one parking lot to the other and has varying elevations throughout. The tall trees offered shade from the sun, heat, and smoke. There is a very steep section near one of the parking lots as well as a separate staircase that goes down to the waterfall. We were exhausted after climbing the steep section, so we opted not to head down to the waterfall and then have to climb back up again. Round trip took us about 1.5 hours to complete.
After our workout, we headed to BX Press Cidery & Orchard for lunch. We shared a cider flight and wood-fired lamb prosciutto flatbread. The Silverfox (vanilla, plum, and brown sugar) and Renegade (raspberry and lavender) were my favourite ciders. I really love the vibe at BX Press Cidery and their ciders are amazing! If you are planning a visit, make sure to check their schedule for live music. They also offer tours by donation on select days.
After lunch, we stopped by Planet Bee Honey Farm and Honeymoon Meadery. This shop is an interesting spot for kids as there is a small education centre, gardens to explore, and honey tastings. I enjoyed searching for the queen bee in the glass bee hive. There is also mead tastings for the adults. One mead in particular really stood out for me – Apple Indulgence. It tasted exactly like an apple pie. Yum!
Next, we headed to Okanagan Craft Distillery in Vernon. They have a small location in Kelowna as well, but the Vernon location is the original. The award-winning distillery is BC’s original craft distillery and have a variety of products – gin, vodka, aquavit, absinthe, and much more. Tastings were $10/person and you can try up to 5 stills of your choice.
After being outdoors for most of the day, we wanted somewhere to swim. We drove past Kal Beach area, and stopped for coffee and an afternoon snack (samosas) at the Rail Trail Cafe. The Cafe also has ice cream and is a mini market. Beside the cafe is a sporting goods shop where you can rent bikes, paddleboards, and more.
Kal Beach is beautiful, but it can be busy. Instead, we continued our drive to Jade Bay Beach, located in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Jade Bay Beach is about a 10 minute drive from Kal Beach, and is much more secluded. There were only 3 other groups on the beach when we arrived, and within 30 minutes, we were the only group left. The beach is rocky, but you don’t have to go too deep into the gorgeous clear-emerald blue water before it is sandy. We spent just over an hour at the beach. It was very refreshing to go for a swim after such a hot day.
After our swim, we headed back to the Airbnb to wash up before dinner. We had reservations at the Greek House Restaurant in Lake Country. I ordered a piña colada to start (not very Greek, but it was tasty!). For appetizers, we shared the pita bread + tzatziki and calamari with our friends. For our mains, we ordered the keftethes (Greek meatballs) and the moussaka (Greek casserole with eggplant, ground beef, zucchini topped with béchamel sauce). The moussaka also came with greek salad, pilaf rice and roasted lemon potatoes. Everything was delightful, but the lemon potatoes were the star of the plate.
For dessert, we walked next door to Woodsdale Station for ice cream. The ice cream booth is located outside the convenience store (and is owned by the convenience store). It has a variety of flavours to choose from. We were so full from dinner, we decided to share a maple pecan ice cream cone.
Complete Day 2 Itinerary
*Travel times may vary. Check Google Maps for most accurate travel details
9:00am: Have breakfast (Visit one of the cafés in the area or pick up groceries for breakfast).
10:00am: Go on a hike at BX Creek and Falls (29 minute drive from Lake Country).
12:00pm: Have lunch and cider at BX Press Cidery & Orchard (7 minute drive from BX Creek and Falls).
2:00pm: Visit the Planet Bee Honey Farm and Honeymoon Meadery (8 minute drive from BX Press Cidery & Orchard).
3:00pm: Visit Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery (3 minute drive from Planet Bee Honey Farm and Honeymoon Meadery).
4:00pm: Stop for an afternoon coffee and snack at Rail Trail Cafe (9 minute drive from Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery).
5:00pm: Go for a swim at Jade Bay Beach (9 minute drive from Rail Trail Cafe).
7:00pm: Have dinner at The Greek House Restaurant (26 minute drive from Jade Bay Beach).
9:00pm: Walk to Woodsdale Station for Ice Cream (1 minute walk from The Greek House Restaurant).
6-Day Okanagan Itinerary
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