Okay maybe not stars, more like extras, and not on anything you will probably see … but we are going to be in a movie so I’m feeling a little famous and would be willing to give out autographs if asked 🙂 Well that’s probably not going to happen because our faces will never been seen, are you curious to know what the heck I’m talking about?
Well a friend of ours asked if we would be extras for a film the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is doing to try and promote some our beautiful, but lesser known, tourist sites. The movie involves a grandfather and his granddaughter touring around and trying to deal with crowds and our role was to be part of the crowd. Hubby and I had to be the mean people who wouldn’t let the granddaughter push through to get to her granddad who was standing in front of us at the viewpoint :frown:
There were around ten of us, with many taking pictures and selfies just like you usually see at a view point
The film location was at the third viewpoint on the Canyon Rim trail at our park. The views really are beautiful, panoramic views of Okanagan Lake and downtown Kelowna. You can see the floating bridge running across the lake and looking the other way you can see Knox Mountain and the multi-million dollars houses that dot the lakeside
I didn’t take my camera with me so I had to make do with my cell phone which doesn’t show the views as well as my camera would have.
It took almost an hour to get all the takes from the various angles but it was a lot of fun. We were finished by 9:30, and the sun was making an appearance, so hubby and I decided to do the rest of the 2.5 km (1.5mi) hike around the canyon.
After a short walk through beautiful fall colours we climbed down a short staircase to a bridge that crosses the river.
At the bottom of the stairs you can see where the river carves its way through the canyon. Many fallen trees clog the river as it flows under the bridge and every spring when we walk up the trail we see more trees joining the pile from the strong spring runoff.
After you cross the bridge the trail skirts the edge of the river and this is a popular swimming hole during the heat of the summer.
In the heat of summer it is good to cool down with a swim because the next adventure on the trail is a long set of stairs which help get you up back up to the top of the canyon.
Once at the top there are a few more viewpoints and the trail meanders through grassy, sparsely treed mountainside … this is the hottest part of the trail in the summer. In the early spring this section is covered with wildflowers, mostly the Arrowleaf Balsamroot which is Kelowna’s official flower.
From this section of the trail you also get a great view of the campground, which is looking really pretty right now with all the trees changing colour.
The next viewpoint is of the waterfall, which looks nice in the fall but is way more spectacular in the spring.
And then we headed down the last set of stairs (149 stairs to be exact).
Well our morning started with a fun new adventure for us and finished with a hike around one of our favourite trails, and by noon we were back home 🙂
Until next time …