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Lavington Lovin’: Crown Land Trails with Dr. Adventure

Greetings, Okanaganites! It’s time again to get off your tushy and really seek some understanding of our license-plate friendly geological descriptor: Beautiful British Columbia (“The Best Place on Earth” works too, but that was for a limited run during the Olympics).  So, if you’re wanting to really appreciate why such apt narcissistic remarks belong on our vehicles, then follow me. It’s time for another Adventure with the Doctor…

Sometimes the pursuit of adventure means that you have to get a little dirty…and that’s exactly the way I like it. So, on a sunny Sunday morning in the beautiful A-OK, Dr Adventure (yours truly) and his clan (consisting of giggly wife and slobbery dog) took off on yet another exploration of the stunning place we now call home. Where would the trail take us this time? Well, we lost the trail before we even got out of the car. Oooooh…so exciting. Where would we create the trail, then? In the pure white snow still sitting among the trees outside of Lavington. That’s where.

If you drive about 15 minutes east along Highway 6 out of Vernon, you’ll come to School Road in Lavington. You can’t miss it if you keep an eye out for the Road House.  Take School Road south and you’re on your way. Whether via map, GPS, or intuition, you need to navigate your way onto Bluenose Road, which eventually becomes Aberdeen Lake Road. Once you pass Reets Road on the right, then the real adventure begins.

You’re now on Crown Land, which is government lingo for “adventure waiting to happen”. Since 94% of British Columbia is Crown Land, that means you and I have some exploring to do. Once you pass the sign that reads ABERDEEN FSR (for Forest Service Road), you’re free to check out all the nooks and crannies that the wilderness has to offer. There are many different side roads and trails that will cart you off into the wilderness to become one with the outdoors. However, if you keep on Aberdeen FSR road for quite a while, you’ll make it into the land of lakes. Depending on exactly what road you choose to head down, you could run into Aberdeen Lake, Haddo Lake, Curtis Lake, Nicklen Lake, the Jerry Lakes, Lily Pad Lake, Ricki Lake etc (okay, no one actually named a part of our beautiful province after a washed-up daytime talk-show host…I lied. You get the point).

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“Fit For A King” The Renaissance of Real Food

I came across this, and thought you might find it interesting. A holistic nutritionist and a rock ‘n’ roller join forces to prepare meals “Fit For A King” using only a vintage Vespa, real food, and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Together, they’ll change the country in just 13 episodes.

The first season of Fit For A King is currently in production, being filmed entirely in the Okanagan Valley.

In each episode, hosts James Blonde, and Lisa Kilgour, leave their “home” at picturesque God’s Mountain Estate, in search of an outdoor adventure nearby, featuring and exploring the beautiful surroundings the Okanagan has to offer.

With over 100 wineries in the region, Fit For A King will feature a selected winery for each episode, meeting with vintners to choose an exquisite, locally sourced wine.

“The show will visit organic, holistic and free-range farms and markets – all within the valley – in search of real, whole food, with which we will prepare delicious, nutritious meals,” adds Trance Blackman, the show’s co-producer, co-creator, and photographer.

Fit For A King will not only entertain you – with the most beautiful vistas, outdoor adventures, and interesting guests – but also educate, motivate, and inspire you to return to a simple, enriched, healthy lifestyle.

“We’ve set out to film and capture the wineries, outdoor activities, and the natural beauty of the Okanagan, in the most complimentary way.  We’re presenting our back garden to the world. Additionally, our goal for the show is to be distributed to over 90 countries,” says Blonde, show creator and producer.

The producers feel that the general public want to change – need to change, but are confused about the plethora of information out there. They feel it’s too expensive or complicated to eat well and cook real food. With this show, the producers aim to dispel the myths, clear up the confusion, and demonstrate how easy it can be to live a lifestyle Fit For A King.

Find out more about the show at

Spring (Yes, These Can Be Found in the Okanagan)

Morel Mushrooms, these lovelies were found right here in the Okanagan. So good to eat fresh!

“A Growing Vision” Mini-Doc About our Growing Spaces

Local filmmaker Thomas Ethan Foster put together this short Documentary about urban farming and the future of localization. Includes interviews with Curtis Stone of Green City Acres and Gabe Cipes of Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

World Community Film Fest, March 8th—11th

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BC’s biggest and best social issues documentary film festival is coming to Okanagan College and UBCO on March 8th—11th.

The film program this year features an outstanding selection of 35 documentary films from around the world. The Travelling World Community Film Festival is known for the incredible breadth of topics covered as well as for the first class quality of the productions screened—these are films that are sure to educate, entertain and inspire. The film festival takes place on Thursday and Friday at UBCO and all day Saturday and Sunday at Okanagan College on KLO Road. Children’s activities, healthy food and other goods will be available at Okanagan College.

In addition, the annual KELOWNA SEED SWAP will take place at Okanagan College Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Film descriptions, schedule and much more can be found at the festival website, Festival organizers have made special effort to continue their EDUCATION IS A RIGHT-FREE ADMISSION policy.

Donations are gladly accepted for the Ki-low-na Friendship Centre and Inn from the Cold at this non-profit event.

Where: UBCO – 3333 University Way, Kelowna
When: Thursday, March 8 at 5:00pm + Friday March 9 at 3:00pm

Where: Okanagan College – 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna
When: Saturday, March 10 at 10:00am + Sunday, March 11 at 10:00am

How Much: Free (Donations accepted)
For: Everyone

250 SustainAbility Experts Coming to Kelowna

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The Fresh Outlook Foundation is hosting its 5th Building SustainAble Communities conference in Kelowna February 27th to March 1st. With more than 250 speakers and industry experts, it promises to be a must-attend event for everyone curious or passionate about community sustainability!

The program—inspired by 75 industry experts on 11 planning committees—features a variety of plenaries, breakouts, panels, workshops, debates, and interactive sessions to provide opportunities for enhanced communication and collaboration.

Day one’s Role Call session explores delegates’ specific contributions to community sustainability, and uses LEGO Serious Play to strengthen cross-sector awareness, dialogue, and problem-solving.

Day two features three streams: SustainAble Water Management, Social & Cultural SustainAbility, and a Learn Green. Earn Green! session for business people wanting to cash in on the move toward more sustainable business practices.

Day three, entitled Conversations That Count, features a variety of community sustainability topics including good governance, planning frameworks, public engagement, green buildings, transportation solutions, food security, sustainable economic development, and cross-sector collaboration.

Day four, focused on Leadership that Inspires, also features a variety of community sustainability topics, among them youth engagement, community design, zero waste, housing partnerships, cross-cultural collaboration, and successes in planning, agriculture, and GHG reduction.

Click here for the Program at a Glance.

As always, the cultural community will have a strong presence at the conference, with art, dance, and theatre to enrich delegates’ understanding and experience of community sustainability.

For more info and to register visit

Where: Delta Grand Resort (1310 Water Street)
When: Monday, February 27 — Thursday March 1, 2012, 8:30 am —5:00pm
How Much: Many different options, visit for registration fees.

Something Punny About Autumn

As much as I love Summer (and believe me, I LOVE summer), Autumn may or may not be tied for my favourite season. Especially in this particular part of Canada. The fall colours, the ability to layer clothing and scarves (I can’t be the only one), and most importantly times spent with friends. My close friend Julian moved to Montreal two years ago and is about to leave to Southeast Asia for 8 months. I haven’t seen him since my Montreal trip in June and he was only here for a short time, I was lucky that we’d just wrapped Pop Okanagan and a large amount of my responsibilities for the time and was able to take some time in the Sunny afternoons while he was here to enjoy the weather.

We walked just about everywhere on the west side of town, through paths of dotted sunlight under chromatic leaves. Seeing the red and yellow hues close up is always so astonishing to me.

Just as incredible is getting the big picture. Climb Knox and wander around the top, you can see Fall happening before your eyes from Vernon all the way to Penticton and it’s all good.

And while a lot of resto’s are closing their patios for the season, there’s certainly no shortage of venue’s on the lake with large windows… we choose to head to The El down Lakeshore (Hotel Eldorado is at 500 Cook Road), so take it all in! I hope to see you out and about this fall.

National Geographic Selects Local Photographer!

Ryan Donn sent this article my way. He sits down and talks with local Photographer, Shawn Talbot, a man I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside twice in the last couple years thanks to our mutual friend, Loyal Wooldridge.

This summer, Talbot’s photograph of Cormorant fisherman was selected as the editors pick by the National Geographic from a pool of over 12,000 images. Ryan recently sat down to interview Shawn at the Bean Scene coffee house to talk about the story behind his photographs. Click play on the icon below to hear Shawn talk about each picture.

Hear Shawn talk about the fish who double as accountants. Were still researching if they use the Chinese abacus.

Cormorant fishing. The fish that count by Ryan Donn

A self confessed adrenaline junkie who helps keep harness operators in business.

Hear Shawn offer his confession about him commandeering a boat.

Commandeering a boat by Ryan Donn

Each year Shawn selects a charity to support. Discover more about Paramedics for Children. The largest private fleet or ambulance planes in South America providing free medical care for those who need it.

Paramedics for Children – Interview: Shawn Talbot by Ryan Donn

Discover more about Shawn at

Here is the link to see other National Geographic winners