On the Run in…Kelowna, B.C.
November 9, 2011
Cradled in south-central British Columbia between the Columbia, Rocky and Cascadia Mountain ranges on Okanagan Lake, Kelowna sits on the northern tip of the Sonora Desert. Kelowna’s name is loosely derived from the native Okanagan language meaning “Grizzly Bear.”
The province’s third-largest city (population: 160,000), Kelowna is an emerging golf destination boasting 101,382 yards of golf on 18 courses, but it is best known as wine country, with over 20 unique wineries to satisfy almost any palate. The area has sandy beaches, vineyards, orchards and pine forests, providing a wealth of running trails. With short mild winters and long hot summers, Kelowna offers an ideal recreational playground. “The area is very popular for running, walking, horseback-riding and biking,” says Canadian Olympic middle-distance runner Malindi Elmore.