Events and Programs

Regional Parks’ staff organizes many events and programs throughout the year for people of all ages from pre-school children to seniors. The programs offered by the Visitor’s Services department are listed below or view our Parks Guide.

Click here for a list of upcoming events

To register for any of our events or programs please call (250) 469-6139 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

Canada Parks Day

Canada Parks Day takes place on the 3rd weekend of July every year. Join Regional Parks in celebrating the parks we enjoy in the Okanagan.

This year join with us in celebrating Canada Parks Day at Kopje Regional Park in Lake Country on Sunday, July 16th in conjunction with the Teddy Bear Picnic from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Eco-Art at the EECO

Bring your imagination and join in the fun Saturday mornings for ‘Eco-Art at the EECO’.

Each Saturday morning at 11, you’ll create works of art with recycled and natural materials. There’s no need to pre-register for this free program, just drop into the EECO a few minutes early. All ages are welcome to take part! 

The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

Families in Parks 

Join Regional Parks staff as they provide some free activities for the entire family at our ‘Families in Parks’ events. Registration is required for these free events, please call 250-469-6139 to register.

Sunday, January 22nd - Unplug and Play at  Mission Creek Regional Park. 10:00 am - 11:30 am.  Outdoor games followed by warm cocoa and activities inside the EECO.
Sunday, February 19th - National Walk Your Dog Day at Kalamoir Regional Park.  10:00 am - 11:30 am.  Celebrate one of the most important members of the family and join us for a walk with your family dog!  Dogs must be on leash and please remember to pick up and dispose of any waste.  
Sunday, March 26th - Spring Break for Families - Canada 150 style!  10:00 am - 11:30 am.  An introduction to outdooor activities, special places and historical journeys - location to be determined.
Sunday, April 23rd – Reptiles and Amphibians at Mission Creek Regional Park.  10:00 am - 11:30 am.

Check back in May for Families in Parks events through the Summer and Fall.

Gibson House Heritage Tours

Go Fish

Here’s your chance to introduce the youngsters to fishing!   Sundays during May and until June 18th, visit Mission Creek Regional Park (Hall Road ponds) or Shannon Lake Regional Park and children can try their luck. The ponds will be stocked with trout. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to help new fishers. This program is for children 15 and under, with a 1 fish per day limit. No fishing license is required for BC children 15 and under.

Sundays from April 30th to June 11th. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Grand Opening will be at Shannon Lake Regional Park on Sunday, April 30th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Kalamoir Pancake Breakfast 

Meet your neighbours, enjoy breakfast and explore with the Friends of Kalamoir Regional Park.

Following breakfast explore the park on a guided Wild Walk from 10:30 am -12 noon.

Saturday, September 9th, 9:00 am -11:00 am at Kalamoir Regional Park

kikinee Salmon Festival 

Celebrate the return of the Kokanee Salmon with family fun and entertainment. We have two celebrations each year: one at each of the Kokanee spawning creeks in our Regional Parks. 

Sunday August 27th – Welcome the Kokanee Salmon Festival at Hardy Falls Regional Park. 11:00 am -3:00 pm.
Sunday September 24th – kikinee Salmon Festival at Mission Creek Regional Park. 11:00 am -3:00 pm.

Kokanee Salmon Interpretation 

Every weekend in September, Park Interpreters will be at Mission Creek Regional Park and Hardy Falls Regional Park to answer all of your fishy questions. 

Saturdays and Sundays in September from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Nature Camps (Spring Break and Summer)

Old Fashioned Teddy Bear Picnic 

The Old Fashioned Teddy Bear picnic celebrates its 5th anniversary in 2017 as well as Canada Parks Day.

This family-friendly event is full of activities for children, adults and teddy bears!  Don't forget to bring your favorite Teddy! 

Sunday, July 16th from 12:00 pm  -3:00 pm at Kopje Regional Park.

Roll and Stroll 

Join our free walking club for moms and caregivers with babies and little ones.

Meet other parents and spend time outdoors in a family and baby friendly environment.   We gather at the EECO and set out through Mission Creek Regional Park for a 45 minute walk, followed by refreshments and baby basics. Strollers and baby carriers suitable for rough terrain are recommended.

Registration required for this free program, please call 250-469-6139 to register.

Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk 

Stroll the path of a Regional Park lit only by the light of jack-o-lanterns!

There are prizes for best carved pumpkins, warm beverages, and collection of food donations for the Food Bank.

Please check back closer to the event date to see which Regional Park will be hosting the 2017 Spooktacular on the last weekend of October.

Story Time at the EECO

Drop into the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan for Story Time on Tuesdays at 10:00 am and enjoy nature themed stories and crafts with your 3-5 year olds.

Program runs November through June with breaks over Christmas Holidays and Spring Break.

Please view our website calendar for dates or call the EECO at 250-469-6140 to confirm program dates.

Summer Story Time at Mission Creek Regional Park 

Bring the little ones for Summer Story Time in Mission Creek Regional Park Tuesdays at 10:00 am through July and August.

A free program for ages 3 to 5 with fun, interactive stories and then exploration of nearby flora and fauna though a series of mini nature walks.

Tuesdays in July and August at 10:00 am in Mission Creek Regional Park.

Summer Story Time at Gellatly Nut Farm 

Join us at the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park for Story Time on Thursdays at 10:00 am through July and August.

The Nut Farm is pastoral setting for this free program directed at children age 3-5. The program includes nature-themes stories, songs and an exploration of the flora and fauna within the park.

Thursdays in July and August at 10:00 am at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.

Take a Hike 

If you’re into a fast-paced jaunt through a park, this program is for you! Brief stops will highlight special features in the variety of parks you will visit.

Register for one session or the whole series! Please make sure you are prepared with appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes, sun protection, water, and a snack. All hikes start at 9:00 am. Free, registration required by contacting the EECO staff at eeco@cord.bc.ca or 250-469-6139.

We are planning the Take a Hike schedule for Summer and Fall 2017.  Please check back in May for a list of hikes from June through October.

Tracks Walking Club 

Spring Session

This is a free 12-week beginner walking program. Motivate yourself and join our walking leader in Mission Creek Regional Park or Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.  As a member of the Tracks Walking Club you will receive a walking journal, walking lessons, seminars and motivational tips to keep you moving! Tracks is in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association Walk and Talk program. 
Begins: April 3rd    Ends: June 22nd
Locations: Mission Creek Regional Park and Greenway OR Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. 
Schedule: 2 walks per week - Mondays, Wednesdays at 9:00 am at Mission Creek / Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.
Duration: Starting with a 15 minute walk and increasing the duration at each outing by 5 minutes, until the participants reach 60- minutes over the 12 week program

Fall Tracks

This is a free beginner walking program. Start new or continue from the Spring program.

 As a member of the Tracks Walking Club you will receive a walking journal, walking lessons, seminars and motivational tips to keep you moving! Tracks is a registered Hearts in Motion Walking Club with the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Starts: Dates for Fall 2017 programs will be available in May.  Please check back! 
Locations:  Mission Creek Regional Park and Greenway OR Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park
Schedule: 2 walks per week - Mondays, Wednesdays at 9:00 am at Mission Creek / Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.
Duration: Starting with a 15 minute walk and increasing the duration at each outing by 15 minutes, until the participants reach 60 minutes over the 10 week program. 

Wild Walks

Join a park interpreter on a guided walk to explore Regional Parks. Enjoy the natural gifts the seasons offer and learn more about the Okanagan. Please make sure you are prepared with appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and water. Traction/anti-slip devices recommended for slippery trail conditions. Each Wild Walk starts Saturday mornings at 10:00 am and Thursday afternoons at 1:00 pm.  The walks are 1.5 hours long and range from easy to moderate.  They are suitable for all ages including families with young children.  Rain or Shine!

Registration required for these free events, please call 250-469-6139 to register.

Wild Walks are held in conjunction with the Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) to provide barrier-free access to Regional Parks. To learn more about CRIS and to request its services to join one of these outings, visit CRIS online: www.adaptiveadventures.ca

January 14th & January 19th – Mill Creek Regional Park.
February 11th & February 16th - Scenic Canyon Regional Park
March 11th & March 16th - Glen Canyon Regional Park
April 8th & April 13th - Bike Mission Creek Regional Park

May 6th & May 11th – Rose Valley Regional Park

Check back in early May for Wild Walks during the summer and fall.

 
 
 
Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@cord.bc.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)