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Canada, British Colombia – Vernon I

Published: 29.8.2021
Today we will head across the US border to Canada. Together we will visit the small picturesque town of Vernon, which is perfect for relaxation. For example, there are beautiful nature parks or you can ride in a stagecoach like from the Wild West on one of the once largest ranches in British Columbia. It is also worth mentioning the local attractions in the form of a train made of apple crates. Alpacas that were brought here from the South American Andes are also waiting for you. And if you would like a little adrenaline, then you will definitely enjoy the local water slides.

But first we will explore the local nature, in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. The nature reserve of almost a thousand hectares was established in part to protect the disappearing grassy plains. Kalamalka is named after an ancient Indian chief and is proud to be described as a lake of a thousand colors. Although in reality its palette contains mostly blue, green and turquoise. The lake is formed mainly by deposits of calcium carbonate, which changes color according to temperature. It looks like the lake is changing color with magic, even though there is no magic behind it.

Kalamalka

When the sun's rays bounce off calcium crystals in summer, then you can observe the colors of the spectrum green and turquoise. In winter, when the temperature drops, the crystals dissolve and a rather blue color can be seen. This is definitely a phenomenon worth seeing, so we highly recommend placing Lake Kalamalka high on the list of travel priorities.

Kalamalka Lake

To make matters worse, Kal Beach is located on the shores of the lake. The local pier is a popular place because from here you can go out and explore the waters of the lake on a boat, go swimming, have a picnic or go fishing. The water in the lake is warm and there is not much depth.

Vernon

Locals often take their own boats to the lake. In your case, however, you can rent a canoe, kayak or pedal boat. Several kilometers of hiking trails await you in the area, which you can take on foot, by bike or with a good dose of romance on horseback. The best ride is the Okanagan Rail Trail, which runs along the entire lake.

Davison Orchards

Another point of interest is Davison Orchards, especially if you have small children who think that fruits and vegetables come from the convenience store. Here they learn in a fun way that this is not the case. Children will learn what it is like to work on a farm and how food is made. Try the local Johnny Popper Train, a road train whose wagons are made of apple crates and are pulled by an old stylish tractor. Children adore this attraction and, depending on the season, the train makes different stops depending on what is being harvested.

GPS: 50°16'02.1"N 119°16'04.4"W

 

Text: Maxim Kucer

Photos: Wikipedia.org: Richvernon, Nurmsook, LN?, Jack Borno, Shaundd



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