6 Fun Things To Do In The Mission

By KRISTEN THOMPSON


Looking to spend a lovely fall day in Kelowna? We spent a sunny, crisp Sunday in the Mission (part Lower, part Upper) with no plans whatsoever, seeing where the day took us. And man, did we have a great day! Follow along on our adventure, and check out these six great Mission-area spots:

 

1. Barn Owl Brewing

What: We started our Mission adventure by fuelling up at Kelowna’s newest (don’t quote me on that) brewery, Barn Owl Brewing. The kids were thrilled with the snack options (Munch Mix and pepperoni sticks?! YES!). The renovated heritage barn features an incredible, spacious upstairs with cozy seating, board games and even shuffle board. Plus there’s a patio!

FYI: Open 7 days a week. You can order in pizza from DunnEnzies across the street!

Where: 4629 Lakeshore Rd, KELOWNA (see map below)


2. Don O Ray Farms

What: The kids have been begging us to get pumpkins, and since we’d never been to Don-O-Ray Farms before, this seemed like the perfect spot to stop. Right on Benvoulin, this family-run farm features a market with fresh produce and local groceries (we picked up fall veggies, butter chicken, and samosas!). In the fall, there are fresh-from-the-field pumpkins and decorative gourds. There’s also petting zoo and hedge maze as part of the Don O Ray Farm Adventure, but these attractions are seasonal.

FYI: The farm will be hosting a drop-in fall photoshoot event on Sunday, Oct. 22! More info here

Where: 3443 Benvoulin Road KELOWNA (see map below)


3. Summerhill Pyramid Winery

What: Summerhill Pyramid Winery has been one of our family’s favourite spots since moving to Kelowna. The views are spectacular, there are games for the kids out front, the restaurant serves delicious, locally-sourced food, and we love their wine. Bonus: They’re passionate about organic and biodynamic farming.

FYI: Summerhill uses no animal byproducts in its wine-making, and is therefore vegan friendly. More info here.

Where: 4870 Chute Lake Road, KELOWNA (see map below)


What: Hands down, Quilchena Park is our kids’ favourite playground in Kelowna. This amazing spot up in beautiful Kettle Valley has tons of play structures, is appropriate for toddlers all the way up to big kids, and has a giant tube slide! In the summer, the splash pad is a perfect way to keep cool.

FYI: We wrote more about this awesome park here.

Where: 5636 Jasper Way, KELOWNA (see map below)


5. DunnEnzies Pizza

What: Pizza! On the patio! We’ve always loved DunnEnzies, and their Lower Mission location has an amazing outdoor patio underneath a lovely mature tree, overlooking a grassy lawn. We ordered breakfast pizza and tacos (all of which was delicious), and the kids loved playing in the grassy area.

FYI: Mission location is dog-friendly. You can also find DunnEnzies downtown, at Landmark, and at the Airport Village. More info here.

Where: 4638 Lakeshore Rd, KELOWNA (see map below)


6. It’s a Bakery

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What: Our Mission adventure came full circle with a trip to It’s a Bakery (next door to Barn Owl Brewing) for an afternoon pick-me-up: A sweet treat for the kids, and caffeine for the grownups. They’ve got lots of house-made breads and sweets, as well as grab-and-go lunch items, but we were particularly excited about all the pumpkin spiced options (we blogged about it here).

FYI: Learn more about It’s a Bakery by checking out their website.

Where: 4629 Lakeshore Rd, KELOWNA (see map below)


The Best Pumpkin Spice Treats Around the Okanagan

By KRISTEN THOMPSON

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It’s Pumpkin Spice season! From lattes and hot chocolates, to perogies and donuts, we’ve got the best spots to indulge your pumpkin-loving sweet tooth around the Central Okanagan this fall!


Gluten-free Pronuts from Blooming In Health

What: Blooming in Health makes gluten-free, stevia-sweetened and high-protein treats (with vegan options), and their fall-flavour “pronuts” looks amazing! I mean, c’mon: Pumpkin churro, pumpkin cheescake, mini pumpkin caramel pronuts, and pumpkin pumpkin churro caramel?! YES PLEASE!

Where: Visit their site for all their Kelowna area retail locations HERE.


Pumpkin latte at Davison Orchards Cafe

What: Davison Orchards in Vernon is a must-visit spot for anyone looking to make the most of the fall season. Their cozy cafe is serving up Pumpkin Lattes and hot apple cider to keep you warm while you hunt for your pumpkins, and shop for pie and other goodies.

Where:

  • 3111 Davison Road, VERNON map


Pumpkin-spiced drinks at Kootenay Coffee Company

What: Kootenay Coffee Company is serving up Pumpkin Pie Lattes and White Pumpkin Hot Chocolates this fall. How can you even decide?!

Where:

  • 1019 Richter St, KELOWNA map

  • 590 HWY 33, KELOWNA map


Pumpkin Spice Blondies and Lattes at Whisk Cake Company

What: Whisk Cake Company in Rutland is your go-to spot for pumpkin treats like pumpkin spice cream cheese blondie squares, and pumpkin pie lattes. Plus: They also serve an assortment of keto-friendly treats, too!

Where: 203 Rutland Rd N, KELOWNA map


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies at Hot Bread Shoppe

What: Artisan bakery and gift shop in Vernon, specializing in exquisite breads and baked goods made from scratch with simple, healthy ingredients, love, and gratitude.

Where: 2901 31 St, VERNON. Visit here for more


Pumpkin Pie Perogis from Perogy Mama

What: The Perogi Mama makes the most amazing homemade perogies, with flavours that will knock your socks off, including pumpkin pie perogies and apple pie perogies. $10 for 12 perogies, but orders close April 10. Bonus: Some of gluten-free options available.

Where: Visit her Facebook page here for more details.


Pumpkin Biscotti, Cheesecake, Brulee Latte + Matcha Latte at It’s A Bakery


What: There’s so much pumpkin goodness at It’s a Bakery, it’s hard to choose. From pumpkin biscotti and pumpkin cheesecake, to pumpkin brulee latte and even a pumpkin matcha latte, this great little bakery in the Lower Mission (beside Barn Owl Brewery) is the perfect spot to stop and grab a seasonal treat.

Where: 4629 Lakeshore Rd, KELOWNA