The Okanagan My Favourite Time-Out From City Life
I was disappointed when my parents told me they were selling their townhouse in the city and moving 400 kilometres away to the Okanagan Valley. So much for Family Dinner Sundays.
Two years post-move I have not quite forgiven their abandonment of us, but I do have to admit they did choose the best region our country has to offer, and it has become my home away from home.
I live in the heart of Vancouver, BC, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but there is really something to be said for escaping to a simpler, more quiet life every now and then. The Okanagan is my favourite summer destination for this. In a way, it is BC’s very own mini California (minus the ocean and Hollywood, of course). A valley laden with beachy lakes and rolling hills populated with wineries and ranches, the Okanagan features a vibe that feels like the countryside and a laid-back beach town had a love child. It also has great skiing in the winter. BC is known for its outdoor lifestyle, and the Okanagan is no exception. Fun fact: It is an annual host of the Ironman Triathlon.
Life is about balance. I most often travel to urban centres when I explore the world because I am a city girl at heart. In big cities, I appreciate the endless blocks of culture, history, architecture, cuisine, fashion, nightlife, and so forth because one can seemingly never get bored. But every now and then it’s nice to have a time-out to catch your breath and take in the quiet, natural beauty our world has to offer, to hike a trail where you may only see one other person, to sip wine on a vineyard patio, to bike along single lane roads with almost no traffic... to just be.