At the heart of the Okanagan valley, along the edge of the Okanagan Lake sits an opportune blend of the comforts and culture of city life and the wild uncertainties of nature. An ideal home base for any type of adventure, this BC wonderland is now home to MEC Kelowna.
As a professional climber, Sarah holds the area in high regard. She visits the area often to practice and train.
“Climbing on the ‘dry side’ of the mountains is a Coastal climber’s secret weapon. When it’s raining at home (in Squamish), it’s almost certainly dry and warm in the interior. In early spring, when my gear feels mouldy from a winter of rotting in the rain, arriving at the Skaha Bluffs parking lot is like stepping out of the car into paradise. The air is rich with the smell of sage brush and the sounds of canyon wrens. Not to mention from the Skaha Bluffs, not a car can be heard anywhere.” – Sarah Hart
For up-and-coming Canadian mountain bike athlete Max, the trails of Kelowna offer something different than those of his hometown of Whistler, BC. He frequently travels around Canada riding and racing and he’s always on the lookout for killer riding destinations and training grounds.
“Riding in BC’s interior is always amazing. Fast, wide open singletrack, lake views and trails that leave right from town… it’s truly a mountain biker’s paradise! I’m constantly blown away with how many different riding zones there are and the variety in trail styles. Kelowna’s got everything from rocky technical moves, to smooth flow trails with big built up berms.” – Max Edwards