Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kelowna–Japanese Garden, Museums and Paths

  Kelowna is a gem of a city situated midway along the shore of 80 mile long Okanogan Lake with a flat, compact downtown area which makes for easy walking and rolling. We visited three museums and the Japanese Garden. All are very small so they can be all seen in one afternoon.

  The sidewalks and curb cuts are in very good condition. The accessible paths are a combination of concrete, gravel, boardwalk and paving stone. All of the museums are accessible.
   RVs are allowed to park in any city lot as long as payment is made for each occupied space. We parked in the lot on Ellis Street near the Heritage Museum– $1.00 an hour, free after 6:00 PM but no overnight parking. The machines accept coins or credit cards.

  The Japanese Garden entrance is located off of Queensway next to the parking lot. It’s tiny but meticulously maintained. The paths are loose gravel so rolling is a little difficult.  Garden
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The Heritage Museum is accessed from the Ellis Street lot. It features the history of the area along with donated artifacts from around the world.  Museum
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  The Orchard Industry Museum, located in an old packing house, has  wonderful photographs and machinery pertaining to the orchard industry which was the mainstay of the economy for years but has given way to the more profitable wineries and tourism.   Museum
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  The Art Gallery features changing exhibits of Canadian art. Photographs are not permitted.  Museum
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  The Centre for the Arts is located  just east of to the Art Gallery and has one gallery with changing exhibits. Gallery
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  About a mile of paved paths connect Waterfront Park at the north end of the city to City Park at the south end passing by sandy beaches, playgrounds, ball courts and a skate board park.  Park
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    For a bit of musical fun five pianos have be set up around the city inviting everyone to play. 


  1. Is it hard to find free or nearly free places to stay up there? Interesting place.

    1. It is a little hard especially because we don't know all of the rules for forest camping in Canada. We stayed at a Walmart outside of Kelowna which was nice because the Walmarts in Canada have free WiFi now.

      We also stayed on public forest land two nights on our way to the national parks. In the national parks, of course just like the US, we had to stay in campgrounds.

      When you go to Alaska it gets easier the farther north you go. Almost any place where there's enough room to be comfortably off the road is good.