Karen Larochelle enjoys rock climbing at Cougar Canyon in Kalamalka Provincial Park.

Karen Larochelle enjoys rock climbing at Cougar Canyon in Kalamalka Provincial Park.

It’s more fun when it’s real

It’s time to get outdoors with Recreation Services.

“We are challenging residents to get active and try something new this spring,” said Deb Trehearne, recreation programmer. “We want to encourage people to take a step outside their comfort zone and try a new outdoor based activity.

“The North Okanagan is a great place to experience land, water and air sports. I frequently hear from parents that they would love to try out the programs we offer for their children.”

Recreation Services has come up with a solution by teaming up with various staff and businesses to create programs for adults and families that encompass many of the activities from its popular summer camps. From the ground, the Recreation Centre offers Rock Climbing courses for families and adults and a guided hike through Kalamalka Provincial Park’s Cougar Canyon. These programs are led by certified and qualified staff Jose Larochelle and Andrew Hayes who led the summer Base Camps for youth.

From the air, Recreation Services offers an Introduction to Paragliding program. The program is geared for beginners and includes a tandem flight. It is an excellent way to see Vernon and area from a whole new angle.

From the water, Recreation Services offers kayaking courses and Stand Up Paddleboarding classes on Kalamalka Lake.

“Kayaking is a great sport, you get a great workout but it is so relaxing and the scenery is breathtaking,” said Treherne, who has taken the kayaking course in the past. “We offer these courses to give participants a taste of the sport in an affordable manner and in a fun group setting. Our hope is that they continue on with the sport and increase their level of activity.”

For more information on these programs and more please visit the Recreation Services website at www.greatervernonrecreation.ca or call Treherne at 250-550-3672.


Vernon Morning Star