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The Neighbourhood

Pinnacle Pointe at Quail Ridge

Quail Ridge

Our resort's mountainside location offers so many advantages:

  • The quietness of a semi-rural setting.
  • Spectacular views offered by the elevation of the property.
  • Although we have handy proximity to the highway and the airport, the elevation above the valley floor and the additional buffering of the golf links and pine forest guarantees that noise is not a problem at all.
  • The University of British Columbia Okanagan campus is a short walk from Pinnacle Pointe through a natural Ponderosa pine forest reserve. You can hike the many trails and see the spectacular views to the east and west off both sides of the mountain ridge.
  • You can quickly get to the many lakes and wineries in the region without having to battle city traffic to get on your way.

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What to See and Do in the 'Hood

Here is a list of some of the things you can find within walking distance or short drive from Pinnacle Pointe Resort:

  • Golf, golf, golf! Pinnacle Pointe is nestled by two world class golf courses, The Quail and The Bear
  • Have breakfast, lunch or dinner at Sarazen's Restaurant, The Players Lounge & Grill and the Al Fresco Patio at the Okanagan Golf Club
  • Enjoy gourmet coffee, breakfast, lunch or pizza dinner at Cafe Borgata, located on the north side of the Borgata Lodge
  • Hike or ride your bike around the 4 separate loops of UBCO Campus Trails. The trail head for the northern tip of the Pine Loop is a 6 minute walk south up the street from Pinnacle Pointe.
  • Located just west of the Quail Ridge neighbourhood is Quail Ridge Linear Park that includes the Eagle View and Quail Flume hiking and equestrian trails through the natural Ponderosa Pine forest, offering amazing views of the Glenmore neighbourhood to the south and west of Quail Ridge and the valley and mountains beyond. The southern trail-head of the Quail Flume joins the UBCO Pine Loop at it's north-western corner. The Eagle View trail forks off from the Quail Flume at the northern trail-head that is accessed off of the west end of Quail Crescent, just a 5 minute drive from Pinnacle Pointe.
  • Located on Capistrano Drive in the neighbourhood just above Pinnacle Pointe is Carney Park with a climbing structure for the kids and more beautiful views of the Okanagan Valley to the west.
  • Due west of UBCO campus and south of Pinnacle Pointe is Robert Lake Regional Park. This is a wildlife conservation area, home to the American Avocet, an endangered bird species. Because of the sensitivity of the ecosystem, there are no hiking trails, but there is an information and viewing kiosk at Curtis Road that is a 14 minute drive from Pinnacle Pointe.
  • Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park, a pristine wildlife conservation, can be accessed from the Glenmore Trail Dog Park, an 18 minute drive from Pinnacle Pointe.
  • Located southwest of the Quail Ridge neighbourhood is Walroy Lake (also called Hidden Lake) and directly south of that is Still Pond, small aquatic gems in the North Glenmore neighbourhood. They are home to many painted turtles, ducks and other water fowl. There is a flat gravel trail that can easily be walked or biked on the east side of Walroy Lake and Still Pond and the trailhead can be accessed at the south end of Hidden Lake Place where it merges with Long Ridge Drive.

City of Kelowna

Kelowna

The largest city in B.C.'s southern interior, Kelowna derives it's name from the Okanagan language and means "grizzly bear". Hugging the shoreline of Okanagan Lake, Kelowna has many big city amenities while maintaining a small resort-town charm & beauty:

  • Scenic waterfront parks, boardwalks, public beaches, walking & biking trails
  • Major retail stores, outlets, boutique & consignment shops
  • Major grocery stores, farmer's markets, roadside fruit stands & u-pick harvest options
  • World-class gourmet restaurants, pubs, cafes, fast-food options & plenty of out-door patios
  • Art galleries, movie theatres, live theatre, opera, symphony & seasonal festivals
  • Museums & historic sites
  • Yacht club, boat launches, marinas, boat and water sport rentals (scuba diving, kayaking, para-sailing, paddle boards, etc.), swimming, lake cruises & fishing
  • Casino
  • Spas
  • Wineries - A visit to a winery is not just about the tasting room. Wineries have some of the best views, gardens, art and restaurants that everyone in the family can enjoy.
  • Sports teams and recreational activities of every description
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus
  • 700 bed Kelowna General Hospital with 24-hr emergency services
  • Everywhere you turn there is a view of water, mountains, vineyards, orchards, magnificent trees and stunning landscaping

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What to See and Do in Kelowna

The following is a small selection of our favourite activities and venues in Kelowna. We have focused on summer activities when our vacation condo is available for short-term rental...

Restaurants

  • Antico Pizza Napoletana - Traditional Neapolitan pizza made by pizzaiolos trained in Naples, Italy. Downtown location.
  • Cactus Club - Great central location on the main floor of the Kelowna Yacht Club.
  • Earl's Rooftop Patio - one of the best bird-eye views of City Park and Lake Okanagan. Be sure to get there early enough to enjoy the sunset.
  • El-Dorado Hotel Dockside Restaurant and Lounge - enjoy a cocktail (we recommend the Gewürztraminer Slush) and appies at sunset while watching all the boats come in off the lake at Kelowna's historic lakeside hotel.
  • Pearson's European Deli - Great sandwiches, soups and salads
  • Tokyo 1 - Great all-you-can-eat sushi and Asian buffet. Located just north of the Sandman Inn.

Entertainment

  • Live rock and blues every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at the Blue Gator

Festivals

 

Nature, Gardens & Parks

  • Chichester Wetland Park - rare, small remmnant wetland, home to painted turtles and great for birdwatching
  • Kasugai Japanese Garden - next to City Hall, free admission
  • Knox Mountain Park - City of Kelowna's largest natural area park with beach and swimming areas, disc golf course, pickleball courts, tennis courts and washrooms at the foot of the mountain. A medium challenge hike up to Apex Point offers great views of downton and the lake. A lot of widlife can be seen in the cooler late-day hours before sunset.
  • Mission Creek Greenway - over 16 km of easy trails for walking and cycling. Beautiful, shady, diverse, thriving ecosystem for all ages.
  • Okanagan Lavendar & Herb Farm - staff or self-guided tours daily. Workshops and classes offered for making lovely, scented things.

Shopping

 

Pandosy Shopping District

Offering unique boutiques and locally-owned clothing, gift and jewellery stores. Located on Pandosy Street between Raymer Avenue and K.L.O. Road.

Bernard Avenue Shopping District

Start at Abbott Street by City Park and peruse all the stores, restaurants and boutiques on both sides of Bernard as you walk east-west along the avenue.

 

 

Okanagan Valley

B.C.'s Lower Interior

Okanagan Valley

For anyone who has not visited the region, I often describe it as being so much like many of the climates and geography around the Mediterranean Sea:

  • The sight of sparking blue water at every turn of the road.
  • Soft-sloped mountains that rise up from the shores of the lakes and rivers.
  • The valley lies in the rain shadow of the Coast and Cascade mountains, creating a hot, sunny, dry climate. Most of the valley receives about 2,000 hours of sunlight per year and 250–400 mm of precipitation.
  • Natural vegetation ranges from cactus and sagebrush in the semi-arid shrub steppe of the south (referred to as Canada's only dessert), to Cedar and Hemlock trees in the North. Kelowna is known as the transition zone between the drier south and the wetter north.
  • The mild climate supports many introduced species of plants and trees:
    • Graceful Weeping Willows along the banks of all the creeks and streams
    • Majestic Oaks that provide welcome shade in city parks
    • Red-leaf Maples - providing a riot of colour in the fall
    • Pyramid Cedars - often used as dense hedging
  • The Okanagan is know as "Canada's Fruit-basket" and so many species thrive here in beautiful hill-side orchards & vineyards, including apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums & grapes . Many family-run orchards offer U-Pick access when fruits are in season - just watch for signs on th road while driving in the region.

Let us know about things you discovered and activities you enjoyed in the Okanagan during your stay... Have your say!

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What to See and Do in the Region

Here is a list of some of the things you can see and do in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. We have focused on summer activities when our condo is available for short-term rentals...

Recreation

Nature, Gardens, Parks & Zoos

Galleries & Museums

Festivals

  • Lake Country Art Walk - Held annually in early September

 

Restaurants, Cafes, Snacks

Shopping

 

Lakes & Beaches

Cool down during the long, sunny summer

Kalamaka Lake

Carved out by glaciers eons ago, the Okanagan Valley is home to a multitude of lakes, rivers, streams and creeks that are the remainders of an ancient water body that once filled the entire basin of B.C.'s lower inland. Today, the Okanagan watershed is almost 200 km long and 21,600 km2 in area, approximately 2/3 the size of Vancouver Island. There are so many things to do on the region's waterways:

  • swimming, snorkeling & diving
  • water sports: para-sailing, paddle boarding, water skiing
  • boating: canoing, sailing, houseboats, row boats & speedboats
  • fishing
  • relaxing & enjoying the view from the beach

Let us know about things you discovered and what you enjoyed about the Okanagan's beaches, lakes and other waterways during your stay... Have your say!

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One Lake After Another....

Here is a list of some of the major lakes & waterways in the Okanagan:

Ellison Lake

  • On the east side of Hwy 97, north of Kelowna

 

Kalamaka Lake

  • Featured in the photo to the left, the colour of the waters of of Kalamaka Lake can appear to change at different times of the year and can range from cyan to indigo, in different spots at the same time. The colour of the water is derived from light scattering, caused by the precipitation of calcite.
  • Closest city is Vernon
  • Check out the beaches and trails at Kalamaka Lake Provincial Park and Protected Area
  • Take the scenic drive on the lake's eastern shore
  • Breathtaking views at the view point on the west side of the lake just off of Highway 97

Mara Lake

Okanagan Lake

  • The largest and deepest of the lakes in the regions
  • City of Kelowna sits on the east shore at about the mid-point
  • City of West Kelowna is on the west shore across from Kelowna
  • Town of Summerland is on the south-west shore
  • City of Penticton sits on the southern shore
  • Naramata Bench is on the south-east shore

Osoyoos Lake

  • Town of Osoyoos at the mid-point of the lake is the southern-most town in the Okanagan, bordering Washington State.
  • Haynes Point Provincial Park juts out into the middle of the lake

Oyama Lake

  • Halfway between Kelowna and Vernon

Shuswap Lake

  • City of Salmon Arm is on the south shore
  • Town of Sicamous is on the east shore

Skaha Lake

  • Situated directly south of Okanagan Lake.
  • Closest city is Penticton

Swan Lake

  • Closest city is Vernon

Vaseux Lake

  • South of Penticton

Wood Lake

  • East side of Hwy 97, halfway between Kelowna & Vernon
  • Closest town is Winfield

Wineries

The Okanagan has the perfect climate for viticulture terroir!

Vineyard

Located in southern British Columbia, Canada - the Okanagan Valley is one of the warmest regions in all of Canada. Boasting nearly 82 per cent of the total vineyard acreage in the province, this is BC’s premier grape-growing region. The various climates and soil conditions throughout are each suited to a growing range of varietals, producing different tasting wines.

From world-class operations to family-run boutique vineyards, the Okanagan's wineries are rich with character and consistently ranked among the worlds best at International competitions.

Thanks to significant new growing techniques vinifera varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and even Zinfandel do well in the Okanagan. Merlot is the number one grape grown in the Okanagan. Gamy, Kerner, Optima Vidal Muller-Thurgau, Zweigelt and Viognier are all all grown producing fantastic wines.

Take a rambling ride (with a designated driver!) though the region and follow the burgundy-coloured "Winery" signs that dot the the highway and roads for your own self-directed exploration. There are also many wine tours of every variety available from big buses to private limousines.

Let us know about the wineries you enjoyed and the best wines you discovered in the Okanagan during your stay... Have your say!

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Lots of Wineries to Choose From - Cheers!

 

Kelowna

  • Sperling - One of our favourite vineyards is also one of Kelowna's oldest. The tasting room is quaint and cosy and the wines are seriously good and seriously affordable. We recommend the Market White. Located on Pioneer Road just off Benvoulin.
  • Tantalus - In South Kelowna on the Lakeshore Road Wine Route.
  • St.Hubertus - Located on the Lakeshore Road Wine Route.
  • Summerhill Pyramid - Located on the Lakeshore Road Wine Route.
  • Cedar Creek - Beautiful hillside vineyard with lots of spots to take great photos. Located on the Lakeshore Road Wine Route.
  • Calona Vineyards - Featuring the work of B.C. artists on their labels. Located on Richter Street.

 

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