Kelowna is served by Kelowna International Airport (YLW), to which there are direct flights from a number of nearby hubs, including Vancouver (YVR), Victoria (YYJ), Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG) and Seattle (SEA).
Kelowna is roughly 4 hours of scenic driving from Vancouver and 7 hours of spectacular driving from Calgary.
The event sites are at the Kelowna Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Club, roughly 45 minutes of driving on Highway 33 east from downtown Kelowna.
Camping is NOT ALLOWED in the parking lots at any of the event locations. See below for several nearby campgrounds that are very inexpensive.
There is an OPEN FIRE BAN covering the entire region. No open campfires outside of designated, government-approved campground fire pits!
There is no drinking water supply at any of these campgrounds. Please bring your own.
Hydraulic Lake Recreation Site & McCulloch Reservoir Recreation Site
These are 2 Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) campgrounds close together and very near to the event sites. These cannot be booked in advance and are first-come-first-served, but we expect that the event weekend will not be too busy.
Fees for these 2 RSTBC campgrounds are $15 per party per night, or $7.50 per party of seniors (65+) per night. A party is considered to be 1 to 6 people who generally reside at the same address. There is generally 1 vehicle per party, though a fee can be paid for an extra vehicle. As long as a campsite has the space, more than 1 party can occupy a single campsite. Fees are paid in cash on-site or by e-Transfer to the campground operator.
There is Wi-Fi at the Hydraulic Lake campground but not the McCulloch Reservoir campground. It is free for the first 30 minutes and then paid after that. Great for email but probably not Netflix!
These campgrounds are rustic and do not have shower facilities. However, both are on Hydraulic Lake. The water is bracing but the weather is warm. If you’re driving, maybe bring your standup paddle board…
Campfires are allowed in the designated fire pits.
Hydraulic Lake Recreation Site – 25 campsites
This is just across from, and walking distance from, the Middle event at the Kelowna Nordic Main Lodge, though there is ample parking at this event location.
McCulloch Reservoir Recreation Site – 33 campsites
Drive through the Hydraulic Lake campground for another 1.5 km to this campground on the same lake.
Browne Lake Recreation Site
Browne Lake Recreation Site – 5 campsites
This is a smaller, more remote, site on a quiet lake further from the events. Great for fishing! The road to it is a little rough. Camping here is free.
Idabel Lake Private Residences
Privately-owned resort residences on Idabel Lake. Some suites are available to rent on AirBNB.
There are many options in Kelowna, which is a roughly 45-minute drive from the event sites.
Public transit does not service the event sites which are roughly 45 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, so transportation by private vehicle is a must. If you will not have your own transportation on the weekend of the event, we recommend asking to carpool with other orienteers on Attackpoint.
No banquet will be organized by Sage – you are responsible for your own food and accommodation throughout the event. There are 2 large campgrounds close together and near the event sites, so it should be convenient to get together with other orienteers.