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Clear your head with outdoor activities that Penticton has to offer

Take a break outside

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Penticton is surrounded by natural beauty, and after a challenging summer, taking a mental health break outside can help clear your head.

There are numerous nearby places to explore and enjoy the scenery, and many ways to safely wander, pedal, or paddle.

Preparation is key, says Claudia Reyes, owner of Eskala Mountain Sports, and she’s happy to provide suggestions on where to go, how to get there, and what to bring.

“When you go outside it makes you feel better, you can go at your own speed, and if you’re stressed it can help clear your head,” she says, adding that getting out for a hike to the top of a trail not only can provides a spectacular view, but also a sense of accomplishment.

She recommends doing some pre-hike homework through Trails B.C. or other hiking sources, and suggests hikes along the east side of Skaha Lake – you can eventually arrive in Okanagan Falls – the KVR, and one trail that starts at Evergreen Drive in Penticton, called G-Spot, for great views of the city.

Be sure to have a head lamp now that the days are getting shorter, good shoes and socks for hiking, water, bear spray (as animals may have been displaced due to wildfires), and consider trekking poles to keep your knees in good shape.

Josh Shulman, shop manager at Freedom Bike Shop, is also a fan of the Kettle Valley Rail trail. Taking a ride up to the historic Little Tunnel is one option to “clear your head."

“Going up to Apex is a great way to burn off some steam, getting above the heat,” he says.

“Biking eases stress, releases endorphins, and there are so many options. There’s zero reason not to get out, the cool places to explore are endless.”

Freedom has a robust fleet of bikes to rent, including e-bikes. An e-bike can “open your eyes” to the accessibility of biking, he adds.

Book ahead online, or just walk up to the pop-up rental service at the Naramata Wine Vault and check out e-cruising.

If the water is calling you, Hoodoo Adventures has many options: single or double kayaks, canoes, stands-up paddleboards, and portable floating docks.

The portable docks can be inflated at Hoodoo’s Lake Shop on Marina Way, or taken out to other locations with a portable pump.

“Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t,” says co-owner and CEO Lyndie Hill.

“The outdoors is all-inclusive.”

Hill suggests repetitive motion to relieve stress, such as running your finger back and forth through the water while you’re on the lake.

Along with rentals, Hoodoo offers skills courses for those who want to get out on their own, plus tours for those who’d like a guide taking them around to the best outdoor spots.

After-school programs begin soon, family rates are available, and the new membership program has been very popular.

“Just go outside, we’re so lucky to have access to it all year here.”

Learn more at www.visitpenticton.com and on social @visitpenticton



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