Insider’s View of Kelowna: Leah Sanford and Amanda Victoor
It’s less than a month away until Summer Seminar and the local planning committee members share some last-minute tips for things to see and do in the Kelowna and Okanagan region. This month, Leah Sanford and Amanda Victoor from University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus offer their recommendations for some delicious food and family-friendly activities to enjoy.
1. Tell us about your favourite places to eat in Kelowna.
After moving to Kelowna a few years ago from Vancouver, I found myself exploring many new and amazing restaurants in the entire Okanagan Valley. My favourite places, at the moment, are Waterfront Wines for tapas, and Mabui and Wasabi Izakayas for sushi and Japanese food. It almost feels like I’m back in Japan when eating at both of these establishments!. Twisted Tomato also has fantastic flatbreads and pastas.
- Leah Sanford
2. What are your top family-friendly activity to do while in the Okanagan region?
I love to play volleyball on the beach at City Park or rent a kayak (right in front of the Delta Grande) and head north towards a little beach at the base of Knox Mountain. It’s so beautiful and peaceful to be on the water and explore. When I’m done kayaking, I love to wander the locally owned shops in Kelowna’s downtown core. You can always find unique jewellery at The Water Garden (1353 Ellis St), fun gift ideas at Funktional (447 Bernard Ave) and tons of deals at Mosiac Books (411 Bernard St).
- Amanda Victoor
3. As a local, where would we find you on a summer day?
My daughter, husband, dog, and I can usually be found hiking up Knox Mountain and stopping at the top to enjoy the magnificent Lake Okanagan views or spending time out at Rotary Beach, Bertram Creek Regional Park, and the Mission Creek Greenway.
- Leah Sanford