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Published: June 26th 2017
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We were without internet last night so this is an update of the last couple of days. We spent this time doing what we really enjoy the most. We trawled the wineries of the Okanagan Valley. We set out by driving towards Naramata on the shores of Lake Okanagan. Our first stop was at La Frenz which was owned by an Australian. However, the best part of this was the stunning view of the lake from the tasting room. We then made a poor choice of stopping at Elephant Island winery. This proved to be a fruit winery!! They had wine made from apricots, cherries, black currants and pears. Not our taste at all !! We were driving to Lake Breeze, ( had to go there with the obvious Langhorne Creek connections) when a stag jumped out at us from the trees on the side of the road. Fortunately Fletcher reacted quickly and we avoided a collision. It would have made a nasty mess of the car. Lake Breeze was very pleasant, but again the wines were OK but not spectacular.
We had lunch at Sumac Ridge winery. The wine there was OK but not special. Their version of a
sparkling shiraz was pure lolly water. The lunch though was great! The temperature was in the low 30s, the patio was shaded so it was hard to take!!
We drove into Kelowna in the late afternoon. We booked into the Travelodge on the lakeside. We decided to take a cruise on the lake for dinner. This proved to be a great choice. Although the food was OK and not spectacular the cruise was excellent. The number of huge houses along the edge of the lake was amazing. Some of them had their own seaplanes!! The scenery here is spectacular and it is a great holiday spot as the lake has its sandy beaches so families can have a great time with the beach and swimming options.
This morning we set out from Kelowna but we went to the Tantalus winery to start with. I couldn't resist the
Classical name, (Classics students please note!!!) and we had been recommended to visit. This proved to be the best of the valley. A small winery, it only had 3 wines. An excellent riesling, a very nice Pinot Noir and a yummy icewine. Of course, we discovered that the viticulturist was an Australian and so was
the wine maker!! He even knew our friend Ross Proud's son, Stewart!!
We then spent the rest of the day driving to Lake Louise. The scenery along the way was spectacular, high mountains covered in fir trees and crystal clear lakes. We came into Lake Louise at 6pm ( although it was now 7 because we had crossed a time zone). We booked into the Mountaineer Lodge which is very nice, though very pricey but most places here are expensive. We have decided to stay here for two nights. Tomorrow we will go down to Banff and then come back and then go onto Jasper. We went to the Station restaurant tonight which is in the old Railway Station here. Very nice. The Rockies are spectacular!!!
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