Since you have suffered through my morning walks at Bear Creek Provincial Park and at Cocopah RV Park in Yuma I thought you should suffer through my COVID winter walk at our condo in downtown Kelowna … yup I’m sorry but it is what it is … do you hate that statement, “it is what it is”? I hate when people use it but it seem to fit in this case … but I still don’t like it 🙂
Last Sunday and Monday we had clear blue skies and as usual I enjoyed my morning walk. As I started my walk on Sunday I thought I should take pictures so you could travel along with me.
I forgot to take a picture as I left the condo but this is maybe two blocks away on Sunset Drive.
Halfway down Sunset Drive I turned onto the path along Waterfront Front Park and went by the bird sanctuary path where we saw the deer on Saturday.
I don’t go down this boardwalk early in the morning because I am chicken … or keenly aware of good places to walk and not so good places … it is pretty secluded down this boardwalk so I only walk it when I’m with someone or later in the day.
I continue along past condo units on the left and up to the beach area which is full of people in the summer.
Nice view of Okanagan Lake Bridge … sorry bridges interest me so you may see more pics of this bridge 🙂
And then I came upon a choice, I could walk through the centre of the park which is very pretty or I could walk along the boardwalk around the lake.
I chose the boardwalk around the lake … but this did come with some perils … early in the morning it is wet and slippery … but the view is stunning so it was the obvious choice … but I’m also a little paranoid about falling … am I am getting old 😦 No I consider myself smart not old 😀 Anyway I did walk around the boardwalk but I walked on the ledge above which is concrete and not slippery. I did have to get out of the way of some young women that were jogging along the concrete wall but that only made me realize how smart I was to chose the ledge versus the boardwalk!
Once I jumped down from the concrete ledge at the locks that led from the lake into the inner harbour I was once again on a concrete walk.
The sun was coming up.
A short distance later I past the Kelowna Yacht Club which I have mentioned our Quartzite Yacht Club membership gives us access to … for way less than it would cost us to join the Kelowna Yacht Club 🙂
Just past the Yacht Club I walked past the skating rink. At this point it looks like the City of Kelowna may open the rink this year but users may have to book times to ensure social distancing and the fire pit will be closed down.
Once past the skating rink I past the City of Kelowna Visitor Centre and the Marina Rental locations.
I looked up Bernard Avenue, the main downtown street, and then to the Sails. which I have written about before, and headed into City Park.
As I entered City Park …
I noticed something going on just off the walkway … this is the beginning of a Remembrance Day cross display. This brought up memories of laying a wreath one year on Remembrance Day for the Military Family Resource Centre when our youngest son was serving in Afghanistan.
After I pondered over that display I move on along the walkway and noticed the Peregrine Falcon statue, which our daughter, as Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake, was included in the dedication … yes that also brought up a fun few memories 🙂
I also came across another statue which I though was really well done.
And then I carried on around the lakeshore enjoying my walk.
A duck photo bombed my picture 🙂
I walked past the Volleyball nets …
And look at the incline on the bridge … I told you I liked bridges 😀 .
And then I came up to the walkway under the bridge access and decided it was time to head back towards home.
I was now walking along a path that hubby and I travelled many times on our bikes while riding from the Westside of the bridge into town.
But unlike our bike rides where we rode across the park I chose to head up to Abbot Street.
I walked along Abbot Street back towards the Sails.
I then headed up Bernard Avenue toward our COVID home.
As I walked up Bernard I paused at the corner of Bernard and Ellis Street … why? Well we are now living on Ellis Street but for thirty-five years I worked at the federal building just down the street from this corner.
Service Canada is in the Federal Building on the left and the main downtown bus loop in the middle of the street.
And a short walk later I was at our winter home 🙂
So thanks for coming along on one of my morning walks and while I painted a rosy picture of downtown Kelowna I do have to tell you that, like all other large cities, our downtown isn’t perfect 😦
I focus on the positive sides and that does work well but we do have a homeless population in our downtown area. Hubby and I knew that when we chose to live downtown and, after working downtown for thirty five years I saw it, but we accepted it as part of life in the downtown area. Is it an issue for us? No it isn’t! I dealt with homeless people when I was working, both in Kelowna and the Kootenay area of BC and never felt threaten … in fact many of them worked full time but can’t afford rent and work clothes so ended up living on the streets and it’s a sad situation 😦 I know there are people living on the street that are not in this situation but, for the odd scary person I come across (and I can count two times in all my years downtown), I am happy to give them a wide berth and carry on about my day.
I thought this was a terrible place to hunker down for the night because it would be very cold until a friend pointed out that it was actually a very safe place … you would hear people coming down the walk and because the walkway was on the water you would feel it move … hmm this was really very smart thinking … and can you think of a better view when you wake up!
Until next time …