Outings

Okanagan Falls and Naramata Bench

Full Day Outing – Sunday June 24, 2024

This full day outing will take you south into the wine country and many grand vistas. Along the way, the small town of Okanagan Falls is positioned at the south end of Skaha Lake where the Okanagan River flows out toward the southern Canadian border. Moving eastward you will travel into the Naramata bench with many well known vineyards. Lunch will be available to purchase in Penticton or other scenic locations.

  • Outings Morning Activity – Okanagan Falls & Surrounding Area
    10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Lunch – To Be Determined (Not included)
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Outings Afternoon Activity – Naramata, BC
    1:30 to 3:00 pm

Full day Outing – Leave 8 AM, return by 5 PM
some easy walking
Lake Okanagan, semi-arid landscapes and vineyards
lunch near vineyard (cost of lunch not included)

Kalamalka Provincial Park and Gatzky Orchard Farm

Half Day Outing – Morning, June 23, 2024

 

Nestled at the west end of the Coldstream Valley at the north end of Kalamalka Lake, this fine example of North Okanagan grassland is dotted with ponderosa pine and groves of Douglas fir. The spring wildflower show is truly spectacular. The largely undeveloped park has an all-season appeal to those interested in its natural setting. View can be had overlooking Kalamalka Lake known as the “Jewel of the Okanagan” due to its spectacular blue-green colours. A variety of animals, birds and reptiles and plant life reside in a mosaic of grassland communities. This peaceful park is ideal for the study and appreciation of natural history, all year-round.

 

  • Half day outing (Leave UBC 8 AM, return by 12 PM)
  • About 1 hour drive from UBC
  • Walking options can vary from as little as 1 km to as much as time allows
  • Trails vary from moderate to strenuous with rough walking paths
  • Tour will stop by Gatzky Orchard known for its locally made products and collection of historic farming equipment

 

Summerland Railway Adventure and Summerland Car Museum

Full Day Outing – June 24, 2024

This full day outing, leaving at 8 AM, will travel about 1 hour from UBC to Summerland to first visit the Nixdorf Classic Car Museum that provides an opportunity for car enthusiasts to view a fine classic car collection acquired and restored over the last 50 years. Lunch will be available for purchase at the Sumac Ridge Golf & Country Club Restaurant. The afternoon will be spent at the historic Kettle Valley Railway aboard the scenic train pulled by the 1912 steam engine with views of lush orchards, Lake Okanagan and the Trout Creek trestle bridge high above the canyon floor.

  • Outings Morning Activity – Nixdorf Classic Car Museum
    10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Lunch – Sumac Ridge Golf & Country Club Restaurant (Not included)
    12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
  • Outings Afternoon Activity – Kettle Valley Steam Railway
    Leaves the station at 1:30 pm, ride duration 90 minute round trip

Full day Outing – Leave 8 AM, return by 5 PM
Easy with little walking
Start with visit to Nixdorf Auto Museum
Lunch at Sumac Ridge Golf Restaurant (Cost of lunch not included)
Railway trip on remaining Kettle Valley train

Wine Tour in Kelowna Area

Full day outing West Kelowna – June 24 & June 28, 2024

There’s no shortage of amazing wineries in this region. This private wine tour will be touring you through some of the most prestigious vineyards and estates in Kelowna. You’ll have a chance to taste award-winning wines and learn about the history and production process from the people who make them. Lunch will be available to buy at the Modest Butcher located at Mount Boucherie Winery. Come enjoy some of the great wines of the Okanagan.

 

  • Private Tour through Kelowna Concierge Tours

    9:00am – Pick up from UBC
    1030am – Quails Gate Tasting
    11:30am – Black Swift Tasting
    12:15pm – Mt. Boucherie Tasting
    12:45pm – Lunch at Modest Butcher @ Mt. Boucherie Winery
    2:45pm – Friend Tasting
    4:00pm – Crown & Thieves Tasting

Fintry Park & Falls / West Slopes of Okanagan Lake

1/2 day outing – June 24, 2024 (Leave UBC 8 AM, return by 12 PM)

Fintry Provincial Park and Protected Area sits along the west side of Okanagan Lake between Kelowna and Vernon. Although the park extends up and back into the mountains this outing is mostly at the Fintry Delta which was formed by the outflow of Shorts Creek over many millennia. In its final descent from the mountains Shorts Creek flows through a series of cascades which are known as Fintry Falls. The Park was not touched by the fires of 2023, but there maybe an opportunity on this outing to take a side trip into some of the forest areas that were burned during the McDougal Creek Wildfire, of 2023, that burned over 13,500 hectares of forest up through the mountains west of Lake Okanagan.

  • Photograph the falls and some of the natural forest of the region
  • Lower park area on the delta is level easy walking
  • Access to the falls is a strenuous up-hill walk via stairs to viewing platforms
  • A switch back trail takes you up into the natural forest of the lower park
  • Possible big horn sheep & 2023 wildfire Zones

Kelowna Waterfront and Downtown

Evening Outing – June 25, 2024

The guided historical & cultural walking tours offer a unique way to learn about the culture of Kelowna through a jam-packed 3 hour local experience. Hear the stories you won’t find in any brochure, meet the people who actually make this city so great, and optionally stop and taste the food that’s put Kelowna on the international culinary stage. With lots of opportunities for photos/video of beautiful buildings, street scenes, local art, Okanagan Lake, plus many other historical & cultural sights. Come and savour Downtown Kelowna!

 

  • Maximum 20 Guests

  • Evening outing, 3 hour duration, 6 PM pick-up

  • Guided walking tour.

  • level easy walking

  • Tour Guide (10 Years Experience)

  • Return Bus Service from UBC

     

Oyama / Kalamalka Lake E-bike Tour

Evening Outing – June 25, 2024

With its warm temperatures, lakeside trail, among the rolling hills of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. It is the perfect area for electric bike riding. Imagine biking to work or cruising along beside beautiful Kalamalka Lake in the summertime and not even breaking a sweat! Here is your chance to try out an e-bike and wander through the farms and along the lake for an evening.

  • Maximum 20 Guests

  • Evening outing, 3 hour duration, 6 PM pick-up

  • Guided Tour along south end west side of Kalamalka Lake

  • Tour Guide (10 Years Experience)

  • Follows the former rail line route which provides an easy grade

  • Return Bus Service from UBC

  • E-bike rental is at $75 extra per person.

     

Munson Pond

Evening Outing – June 26, 2024

Probably the most visited location of Kelowna bird photographers. Ecologically, the pond is a beautiful water body surrounded by a mature remnant cottonwood forest that is valued for its bird watching opportunities, waterfowl habitat and habitat for small amphibians, reptiles and mammals. At one time this black cottonwood / water birch ecological community covered much of the Okanagan lowlands but has been displaced by agriculture, urban development, and the channelization of streams and rivers.

  • Maximum 20 Guests

  • Evening outing, 3 hour duration, 6 PM pick-up

  • Level easy walking

  • Bird photography opportunity

  • Return Bus Service from UBC

Lower Scenic Canyon Park Trail

Evening Outing – Wednesday, June 26, 2024

This Outing is focused on the lower reaches of the park below the washout. Scenic Canyon Regional Park is an incredibly gorgeous area. This zone of the park is more deciduous in nature with less evergreen forest than the upper part of the park. Along the trail one can find numerous fields, some small ponds, river oxbows, much flora and fauna and of course the creek, (which in June is a strong flowing river). Wildlife, big and small, can be seen in the park and consideration of and for them should be forefront while in the park.

  • Maximum 20 Guests

  • Evening outing, 3 hour duration, 6 PM pick-up

  • Self-guided on trail that skirts the pond

  • Level easy walking 1 to 4 km, personal choice of distance

  • Return Bus Service from UBC

Myra Canyon Railway Trestles and Father Pandosy Mission

Full Day Outing – Friday, June 28, 2024

The outing will start at the Myra Station and follow the east side of the canyon. Participants can either walk or rent pedal bikes. A relatively easy walking pace should allow most participants to cross 6 trestle bridges and one tunnel, about a 4 km round trip. Self paid lunch will be available at Harvest Golf & Country Club Restaurant. For the afternoon there will be a stop at the historic Father Pandosy Mission before returning to UBC.

 

  • Outings Morning Activity – Myra Canyon Kettle Valley Railway Trestles
    9:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Lunch – Harvest Golf & Country Club Restaurant (Not included)
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Outings Afternoon Activity – Father Pandosy Mission
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Full day Outing – Leave 8 AM, return by 5 PM
Requires some walking ~ 7 – 10 km at minimal grade
Bus to East Trestles and Myra Canyon
Lunch At Harvest Hill Golf 9 (Cost of lunch not included)
Afternoon stop at Father Pandosy Mission (Historic Log Buildings)

Golf Outing

Full Day Outing – Friday, June 28, 2024

The Okanagan Valley boasts many fine golf courses. The Okanagan Golf Club is situated close to our conference at UBC and boasts Nicholas and Furber design courses – The Bear and The Quail courses offer spectacular views and fine golf.

  • Full day in nearby Golf Course, final tee time to be announced
  • Either the Bear or Quail Courses will be selected
  • Includes tee fees with lunch and refreshments extra
  • Includes golf cart (two person per cart)

Upper Scenic Canyon Park Trail

Half Day Outing – Morning, June 28, 2024

This Outing is focused on the upper reaches of the park above the washout and includes the canyon below Gallagher Golf Course. This section of the park contains many interesting formations of both geological, meteorological and human origins. A fully forested area in which you will find Layer Cake Mountain, a volcanic creation which is the only one of its kind in the world, to Pinnacle Rock, which shows the power of wind and water, to ancient rock ovens and the rock walls of the canyon which have been shaped by the water over the millennia. The park entrance is situated high above the canyon where you will start your hike. Immediately you will pass by a beautiful old pioneer cabin. You will then drop about 75 meters in elevation down a dirt trail to reach the valley floor (and remember you have to come back up on return). From the junction where the trail down, The Saskatoon Trail, hits the Greenway Trail you can chose to go upstream or downstream.

  • walking required ~7km for total trail
  • This is a round trip hike
  • Route take us down into the river canyon and back up

  • Trails can be rough with strenuous grades

Silver Star Mountain Resort

Full Day Outing – Saturday, June 29, 2024

 

This full day outing, about 1 hour from UBC, is recognized as one of Canada’s best destination mountains, Silver Star’s intimate, colourful, mid-mountain village provides true slope-side lodging. A year-round mountain destination, Silver Star’s Bike Park is ranked as one of the premier downhill mountain bike facilities in North America. There are many opportunities for alpine flowers and the enthusiastic youngers riding the mountain bike trails. Lunch is available to purchase at many restaurants in the village for a great day of exploration.

 

Full day outing – Leave 8 AM, return by 5 PM
Lunch at resort (Cost of lunch not included)
Abundance of wildflowers
Mountain biking visible on hill
Hiking on hill will be strenuous
Includes lift ticket

 

Three Valley Gap Ghost Town and Revelstoke Area

Two Day Outing – June 28 -29, 2024

Three Valley Gap was established by the Bell family in the 1960s with a vision of a hotel and that included a Ghost Town. This magnificent older hotel is situated on the shores of the lake by the same name. The site boasts of over 25 historic buildings along Main Street and its side roads. From the saved Hotel Bellevue, St. Steven’s Church, a saloon, schoolhouse, blacksmith, jail, post office plus merchants and services of all types. These buildings are not just empty shells, the rooms are fully furnished, the shelves are fully stocked and manned by manikins dressed in clothing of the times, there is even mail waiting to be picked up in the post office. Every detail is complete and authentic. Overall, a stunning collection assembled to reflect the workings of life in bygone days. This will leave a photographer exhausted with the variety of images. The second day the outing will travel into Revelstoke and area and finally return to UBC that evening.

2 day outing (leave UBC 8 AM, return at 6 PM next day)
About 2 hours travel from Kelowna
Day 1 – Ghost Town, Railway Roundhouse, Antique Cars
Overnight at 3 Valley Lake Chateau
Day 2 – Revelstoke area including waterfall visit
Minimum of 8 photographers are required

Thursday Gala Evening – KF Centre for Excellence – Photoshoot and Gala Diner

Evening Outing – Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Thursday night Gala Dinner will offer something unique when held at the KF Centre of Excellence, a short bus ride from UBC starting at 5 PM. You will have a couple of hours to explore the aeronautical display. The Gala Dinner is a catered affair with lots of things to keep you entertained. Come and enjoy the friendships you have made at this conference while taking part in a live model photoshoot.

  • Bus transportation with start from UBC at 5 PM with a rotating van
  • Return home after dinner until 10:30 PM
  • Catered buffets style dinner Entertainment
  • This event is open to all, bring your spouse or partner or friend.
  • Return van service to UBC

General Conditions:

 

Outing Transportation:

  • All outings will leave from UBC Campus Parking Lot G.
  • Transportation is provided through Commercial Tour Operators for all outings.

Start Times:

  • Day outings leave at 8 AM, returning early evening, unless otherwise noted in outing descriptions.
  • Evening outings (Tuesday and Wednesday) leave at 6 PM.
  • Thursday outing/gala dinner – buses start at 5 PM with dinner at 7PM.

Registration Limit:

  • Most outings are based on a minimum of 8 persons attending, low attendance may result in some outing cancellations.
  • The evening outings (Tuesday and Wednesday) have a maximum participant limit.

Meals:

  • Meals are not provided, but a suitable stop where participants can purchase a meal is included in each outing.
  • If a bagged lunch is desired, please arrange these through area restaurant outlets.

Attire:

  • End of June the area typically is clear and sunny, but may have breezes and rain at times, please wear seasonally appropriate clothing.
  • Wear suitable enclosed walking footwear for all outings.