Come explore Vernon’s backyard with our Instgrammer of the week, @v_valentine_! As a new resident to the North Okanagan, Vanessa Valentine was keen to explore her new home. She shares some of her images with us.
“Kal” Beach in Vernon is one of the most popular sandy beaches in the North Okanagan. In summer it is bustling with happy visitors, but on a quiet misty winter’s morning I was lucky enough to have it all to myself.
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, just outside of Vernon, offers spectacular hiking, biking, picnic and horse-riding opportunities with the most exquisite views. This shot overlooks the trail down to Rattlesnake Point. (The unusual grid lines in the bay were formed by boaters in the area – how amazing is that?!)
Kalamalka Lake, meaning the lake of many colours, is known as a marl lake. During the warmer summer months, crystals, which form from calcium carbonate and limestone, reflect in the sunlight and create almost luminescent blue and green hues.
Cosens Bay is one of the more remote bays in Kalamalka Park and is generally less populated due to the need to hike or boat to get to it. With 14km of hiking trails in the park one is guaranteed beautiful views across the area.
It is not unusual to run into wildlife while spending time outdoors in the Okanagan. Animals such as deer, mink, bobcat, black bear, cougar, coyote and red fox can be found in the area. The variety of reptiles and birds is vast too. It’s a nature-lovers paradise!
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park is situated just off Highway 97, only 11 kms outside of Vernon. It offers a newly developed campground and boat ramp and is a popular destination for skiing and boating during the summer months.
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Vanessa (v.valentine) lives in the Okanagan and spends her free time exploring the beauty that British Columbia has to offer. She is an international Executive Coach by trade, and an adventurer by heart. She uses her photography for the simple pleasure of searching for, and sharing, the joy and splendor of nature.
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