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
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
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
The Art Gallery features changing exhibits of Canadian art. Photographs are not permitted. Museum
The Centre for the Arts is located just east of to the Art Gallery and has one gallery with changing exhibits. Gallery
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
For a bit of musical fun five pianos have be set up around the city inviting everyone to play.