Kelowna ON AND 'JUST OFF' THE WA­TER

One of the joys of RV’ing to a water­front city is the ex­tra va­ri­ety of marinere­lated ac­tiv­i­ties and events avail­able. From wa­ter­sports and fire­works, to arts and al­co­hol, there’s some­thing to tempt ev­ery palate. Kelowna is ex­cep­tional in this re­gard and h

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - — British Columbia — - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY PERRY MACK

Kelowna Yacht Club Boat Show – April 29-30, 2017

It’s called ‘foot fever’ and if you’ve got it, the Kelowna Boat Show at the Kelowna Yacht Club is the place to scratch that itch. If only you could find that per­fect boat just a foot or two longer than yours, you’d be happy for­ever – or un­til the next boat show.

The show fea­tures land and wa­ter dis­plays of ev­ery­thing ma­rine re­lated from build­ing docks to sail­boat rac­ing, and jet­skis to lux­ury cruis­ers. With boats avail­able for trial runs from the dock, there is no bet­ter place to sat­isfy your thirst for the wa­ter.

Pianos in the Parks mid-June to Septem­ber

Songs in the key of life float across the wa­ter as peo­ple strolling along the

Pi­rate Day - June

water­front parks stop to play one of the pianos to cre­ate an im­promptu recital.

Ev­ery sailor has a dark side, and mem­bers of the Kelowna Yacht Club are no ex­cep­tion. Ex­cept that th­ese dark sides are just in the flags and eye patches as kids, pi­rates and sea mates take to Okana­gan Lake for the an­nual Va­ri­ety Boat for Hope.

Spe­cial-needs chil­dren and their fam­i­lies gather at the down­town ma­rina Satur­day and es­cort the young buc­ca­neers to trea­sure sta­tion boats on the lake in a quest for loot. “The Boat for Hope event is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence for fam­i­lies with chil­dren who have spe­cial needs, made pos­si­ble be­cause an en­tire com­mu­nity comes to­gether to make it hap­pen,” says Ber­nice Scholten, Va­ri­ety’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

Skip­pers from the boat­ing com­mu­nity along with lo­cal busi­nesses come to­gether to make the an­nual event en­ter­tain­ing for the fam­i­lies – as well as help Va­ri­ety raise funds to help more sick chil­dren. The Kelowna Yacht Club and Okana­gan Boys & Girls Clubs team up to host the day.

Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tions – July 1

“Cel­e­brate Canada Day” is Kelowna’s an­nual, free com­mu­nity fes­ti­val held in Water­front Park, Jim Stu­art Park and Kerry Park, as well as Pros­pera Place. In 2016, there were over 50 ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances to en­ter­tain fes­ti­val­go­ers. Over 60,000 peo­ple at­tended and events in­cluded Canada Day birth­day cake, a folk fes­ti­val, food fair, ar­ti­sanal show­case, live mu­sic on mul­ti­ple stages (in­clud­ing an orches­tra), a Bazaar, and Kids Zone.

The fire­works launched from a barge moored off Water­front Park sur­rounded by as many boats as there are stars in the sky, eyes tilted to the heav­ens from the best seats in the city for a cho­ral sym­phony of light.

Arts on the Av­enue - July 2017

The Arts Alive! Pro­gram from Fes­ti­vals Kelowna mor­phed into Arts on the Av­enue in 2015. This free, one-day cel­e­bra­tion in July closed Bernard Av­enue be­tween Wa­ter and Pan­dosy streets to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic and be­came a pedes­trian only out­door art ex­hi­bi­tion.

The fes­ti­val fea­tured artists from a va­ri­ety of dis­ci­plines sell­ing hand­crafted prod­ucts along­side per­form­ing artists, live demon­stra­tions and pre­sen­ta­tions by val­ley artists. There were also be two in­ter­ac­tive “com­mu­nity art” projects in which vis­i­tors could par­tic­i­pate in cre­at­ing a gi­ant art piece.

Visit with ven­dors, lis­ten to the mu­sic, and peo­ple-watch from shaded out­door cafes and restau­rant pa­tios.

www.fes­ti­valskelowna.com

An­nual Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val - Au­gust 2017

The ninth an­nual fes­ti­val is gear­ing up to be one of the best Dragon Boat fes­ti­vals of the year. It will at­tract hun­dreds of fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als from all over to par­tic­i­pate or cheer on the teams. This year, Kelowna Dragon Boat Club has six boats to make the races even more thrilling.

www.kelow­nadrag­onboat­club.com

You have your choice of quiet, se­cluded RV parks in pri­vate or­chards, or busy lake­side RV re­sorts with full ameni­ties. Visit https://www.tourismkelowna.com/stay/camp­ing-rv-parks/ to find the park that’s right for you.

KELOWNA Canada Day Fire­works.

KELOWNA Clock­wise: Kelowna Yacht Club, Eclec­tic ex­hibits at Art on the Av­enue, Live mu­sic at Art on the Av­enue and Va­ri­ety Club Pi­rate Day.

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