Posts Tagged "Okanagan"

OSOYOOS TODAY

2019_09_25 OsoyoosToday A pleasure to meet publisher Andrew Stuckey at the Osoyoos event today. Enthusiastic audience and a reason to return to the South Okanagan. How great is that?

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Mosaic Books: July 30: 12–2

Emily-Carr-web-shot-450x450-new releaseJoin me at the Okanagan’s premier independent bookstore, Mosaic Books, on July 30. Drop by for a chat about Emily Carr’s epic travels throughout British Columbia and why I think she’s such an important role model for us today. Mosaic Books, 411 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna.

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Okanagan Winter Staycation

When family commitments sidelined all hope of a warm southern getaway, I didn’t despair — though that great honkin’ snowstorm in January prompted a tiny twinge of jealousy for all my absent neighbours. Still, I figured if thousands of people travel to my home patch for their vacations every year, surely I could come up with a suitable break right here in the Okanagan.

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McIntyre Bluff

McIntyre Bluff is named for old-timer “Uncle Pete” McIntyre, who lived at the foot of the cliffs; but the face in the rock isn’t Uncle Pete, it’s known as “The Chief.”

Whenever I drive along Highway 97 between Vaseux Lake and Oliver, I hope the light will be just right to bring out his enormous features. I’ve never found a specific connection between the monolithic chief and local First Nations, although the bluffs themselves figure in a ghost story. 

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Spion Kop Trails

You find vestiges of empire in the strangest places. As a huge history buff, I’m all in favour of names that relate to the heritage of an area, be they aboriginal or settler. But I was left scratching my head just a little over the origins of a landmark familiar to Lake Country residents and anybody else who regularly drives Hwy 97 between Kelowna and Vernon.

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