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 we will join the Friends of Fintry in celebrating Canada Parks Day!  The Summer Fintry Fair will take place on Sunday July 17th at Fintry Provincial Park from 10am – 4pm.   For more information please visit http://www.fintry.ca/

Explore your Parks

Join a park interpreter on a guided walk to explore new 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. There are two explorations per month with a nature theme, Saturday mornings at 10am and Thursday afternoons at 1pm. Registration required for these free events, please call 250-469-6139 to register.

April 9th & April 14th – Beginner Birding at Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park.
May 7th & May 12th – Discover Spring at Rose Valley Regional Park.
June 11th & 16th – at Mission Creek Regional Park (Hall Rd. entrance).
July 9th & 14th – at Bertram Creek Regional Park.
August 6th & 11th – at Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park.
September 10th & 15th – at Kalamoir Regional Park. 10:30 start time on September 10th only.
October 1st & 6th – A Look Back: Nut Harvest at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.
November 19th & 24th – at Scenic Canyon Regional Park (Hollywood Rd. entrance).
December 3rd & 8th – Welcoming Winter at Mission Creek Regional Park.

These outings are often 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

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

Sunday April 17th – Rocks & Ducks at Antlers Beach Regional Park. 10am-11:30am.
Sunday May 8th – Fish, Bugs and Flowers at Shannon Lake Regional Park. 10am-11:30am
Sunday June 19th – Go Fishing with Dad at Shannon Lake Regional Park. 10am-11:30am.
Sunday July 24th – Old Fashioned Teddy Bear Picnic at Kopje Regional Park. 12pm-3pm.
Sunday August 28th – Welcome the Kokanee Salmon Festival at Hardy Falls Regional Park. 11am-3pm.
Sunday September 18th – kikinee Salmon Festival at Mission Creek Regional Park. 11am-3pm.
Sunday October 30th – Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk  5pm-8pm

Gibson House Heritage Tours

Go Fish

Here’s your chance to introduce the youngsters to fishing!   Sundays during May and until June 19th, 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 May 1st to June 19th. 10am-3pm.

Grand Opening will be at Shannon Lake Regional Park on Sunday, May 1st from 10am - 3pm.

Green Christmas 

The popular program helps get your home into the festive.  Cedar, pine and fir clippings, from fall trail maintenance, are dropped off at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan or EECO and participants are taught how to make wreathes and swags using natural materials.  Cost is $15/person and registration is required.
Friday November 25th and Saturday November 26th at the EECO.  Call for times and registration 250-469-6139.  Registration begins on November 1st.

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 walk from 10:00am-12noon.
Saturday, September 10th, 9am-11am at Kalamoir Regional Park

kikinee 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 28th – Welcome the kikinee Salmon Festival at Hardy Falls Regional Park. 11am-3pm.
Sunday September 18th – kikinee Salmon Festival at Mission Creek Regional Park. 11am-3pm.

Kokanee Run 

A fun run with proceeds supporting the Friends of Mission Creek. Cost for the run is $15 for Adults and no cost for Students. There are several distance options available: 3 and 6 km walk or run starts at 8:30am or 12 and 16 km run starts at 7:30am

Saturday, October 15th
Register online at runningroom.com or at the EECO

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 12pm – 4pm.

Nature Camps (Spring Break and Summer)

Old Fashioned Teddy Bear Picnic 

2016 marks the 4th year of this popular event. This family-friendly event is full of activities for children, adults and teddy bears!  Don't forget to bring your favorite Teddy! 

Sunday July 24th from 12pm-3pm at Kopje Regional Park.

Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk 

This event is being held on Monday, October 31st in partnership with Spootacular events with the District of Lake Country!

Drop off your creatively carved pumpkin with an LED tea light at Reiswig Regional Park, (next to Beasley Park) 3510 Woodsdale Road between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.

Then from 5:00 to 8:00 pm walk the paths lit by lit pumpkins in Reiswig park.  Cast your vote for the best pumpkin (scariest, cutest, funniest etc.) and drop off a donation for the Lake Country Food Bank.

Overflow parking is available at the Woodsdale Tennis Courts (3724 Woodsdale Road)  Watch for signs and flag personnel. Please watch for all pedestrians!

Story Time at the EECO

Drop into the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan for Story Time on Tuesdays at 10am 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 10am 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 10am 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 10am 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 10am 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 9am. Free, registration required by contacting the EECO staff at eeco@cord.bc.ca or 250-469-6139.

June 4th – Rose Valley Regional Park / National Health and Fitness Day.
June 25th – Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park 
July 23rd – Scenic Canyon Regional Park 
August 27th – Glen Canyon Regional Park 
October 29th – Black Mountain sntsk'il'ntən Regional Park

Tracks Walking Club 

Fall Tracks

This is a free 11-week 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: September 12th  Ends: November 24th
Locations:  Mission Creek Regional Park and Greenway OR Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park
Schedule: 2 walks per week - Mondays, Wednesdays at 9am at Mission Creek Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am at Gellatly Nut Farm
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 11 week program. One goal is to participate in the Kokanee Run/Walk on October 15th.

 

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 a registered Hearts in Motion Walking Club with the Heart & Stroke Foundation. 
Begins: Dates to be determined for Spring 2017
Locations: Mission Creek Regional Park and Greenway OR Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. 
Schedule: 2 walks per week - Mondays, Wednesdays at 9am at Mission Creek Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am at Gellatly Nut Farm 
Duration: Starting with a 15 minute walk and increasing the duration at each outing by 5 minutes, until the participants reach 60-100 minutes over the 12 week program

 

 
 
 
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)