Clear your head with the outdoor activities Penticton has to offer – Penticton News
Photo: Hoodoo Adventures
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Penticton is surrounded by natural beauty, and after a rough summer, taking a sanity break outside can help clear your head.
There are many places nearby to explore and enjoy the scenery, and plenty of ways to safely walk, cycle or paddle.
Preparation is key, says Claudia Reyes, owner of Eskala Mountain Sports, and she will be happy to provide suggestions on where to go, how to get there and what to bring.
“When you go out you feel better, you can go at your own pace, and if you’re stressed out, it can help clear your head,” she says, adding that going out for a hike to the top of a mountain. trail is not only can provide a spectacular view, but also a sense of accomplishment.
She recommends doing homework before hiking through Trails BC or other hiking sources, and suggests hikes along the east side of Skaha Lake – you can eventually get to Okanagan Falls – the KVR, and a trail that begins to Evergreen Drive in Penticton, called G-Spot, for breathtaking views of the city.
Make sure you have a headlamp now as the days are getting shorter, good hiking shoes and socks, water, bear spray (as animals may have been moved due to forest fires) and consider hiking poles to keep your knees in good shape.
Josh Shulman, Store Manager at Freedom Bike Shop, is also a fan of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Taking a walk to the small historic tunnel is an option to “clear your head”.
“Going up to Apex is a great way to let off steam, to beat the heat,” he says.
“Cycling relieves stress, releases endorphins, and there are so many options. There is no reason not to go out, the cool places to explore are endless.
Freedom has a strong fleet of bikes for hire, including electric bikes. An electric bicycle can “open your eyes” to the accessibility of the bicycle, he adds.
Book in advance online or simply go to the Naramata Wine Vault pop-up rental service and experience e-cruising.
If the water calls you, Hoodoo Adventures has plenty of options – single or double kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and portable floating docks.
Portable docks can be inflated at Hoodoo’s Lake Shop on Marina Way, or taken to other locations with a portable pump.
“Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do,” says co-owner and CEO Lyndie Hill.
“The outdoors is all inclusive.”
Hill suggests repetitive movements to relieve stress, such as running your finger back and forth in the water while you’re on the lake.
In addition to rentals, Hoodoo offers skill classes for those who want to go out on their own, as well as tours for those who would like a guide to take them to the best places in the outdoors.
After-school programs are starting soon, family rates are available and the new membership program has been very popular.
“Go outside, we are so lucky to have access to it all year round here. “
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