Okanagan Valley

Okanagan Wine Country: BC Living

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in British Columbia, Okanagan, Travel | Comments Off on Okanagan Wine Country: BC Living

Love the layout of my Insider’s Guide to Okanagan Wine Country in the Spring issue of BC Living. You’ll find my suggestions for must-sip wines and don’t-miss wineries along with tips on what to nosh and where to lay your head. It’s all broken down by region: Kelowna, Penticton & Naramata; and Oliver & Osoyoos.

Tip-top Trails

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in British Columbia, Okanagan, Portfolio, Travel | Comments Off on Tip-top Trails

 Twice a week, Jim, a spry outdoorsman known by many as the Octogenarian Mountain Goat (OMG—now that’s ironic!) sends out an email. It informs a steadily expanding group of Westside hikers where he’s heading for his next Wednesday or Saturday outing. Anybody is welcome to join, snowshoes in winter, hiking boots the rest of the year. Along with location, he outlines highlights including distance and difficulty, and reminds people to bring water, a snack, and if they want to hone their mapping skills, a GPS. Jim isn’t a guide, he’s just a hiker who likes company. (more…)

Okanagan Market Medley

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in British Columbia, Okanagan, Portfolio, Travel | Comments Off on Okanagan Market Medley

Sweet dumpling squash, you say? I had to ask the guy at the roadside stand about the cream-coloured, green-striped veggies—some round, some oblong—heaped in a bin with the pumpkins and spaghetti squash. It was my first encounter and I was uncertain, but he assured me that you cook them just like any other squash. I loaded a couple into my bag.

That’s a great thing about prowling Okanagan fruit and veggie stands; you never know what you’re going to find and every once in a while there’s a personal discovery. (more…)

Mount Boucherie

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in British Columbia, Canada, Okanagan, Portfolio, Travel | Comments Off on Mount Boucherie

Once belching fire and lava from a cone rising 2,000 metres above the pre-historic valley, 50 or 60 million years have reduced the angry volcano to the benign stump familiar to Westside commuters and wine trail travellers. The mountain became known as Boucherie in the 1880s when Isadore Boucherie, who had settled early in both Rutland and the west side of Okanagan Lake, established a ranch on the adjoining land. (more…)

TMAC Photography Award

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Blog, Okanagan | 0 comments

Bruce has just been browsing on the TMAC (Travel Media Association of Canada) website and discovered that I’ve won the 2012 photography award for best action photo. I wasn’t able to attend the annual conference earlier this month in Saskatoon, so missed the awards ceremony. He called me as soon as he saw my photo on the website. Certainly an unusual way to discover that you’ve won an award. Anyway, I’m thrilled. The photo shows typical summertime action in the Okanagan Valley as a wakeboarder takes air on Osoyoos Lake. The photo was published in Okanagan Life‘s 2012 Annual Valley Guide. This is my 8th national award.