When the sun comes out more often and the days are longer and warmer, the atmosphere in the air changes; we know summer is here. People walk around with smiles on their faces and long to be outside more than indoors.
It is a time when our Agricultural Industries thrives. The blossoming trees start to bear their summer fruit and fresh food is always on the menu. Okanagan Wineries have their light summer whites out for tasting and one can sit and gaze at the fields for what seems to be forever.
Kelowna is lucky to be surrounded by hills filled with hiking routes for beginners as well as the experienced. Mountain bikes, road bikes and motor bikes all enjoy the challenge. Transportation is less about the car and more about scooters, skate boards, roller blades and running shoes.
The Kelowna Public Archives is filled with photos and ephemera of Kelowna visitors and residents having fun in the sun. Having the lake, the center of our community, as the background for regatta, sailing, dragon boat and hydroplane activities is quite the site no matter if the images are in colour or black and white.
Recipe books, catalogues, brochures and event tickets bring back good memories and chronicle our summer activities and remind us of sunny days and warm nights in the Okanagan.
The Vince Bezeau Military Library and Archives also has some interesting materials on summer military activities. Have you ever seen anyone wrestle on a horse? There are plenty of challenges our Military has to face on a daily basis but sometimes fun can be had through competition and outdoor training in the sun, especially if there is a pleasant breeze.
Summer in the Okanagan is such a beautiful time of year, there is lots to do, our industries thrive and we all feel a strong sense of place when the hills are green, the sky is blue and the water is warm. We enjoy having picnics, going to outdoor concerts and the dive-in theater.
What Are Your Best Summer Memories?