Become a tourist in your own town!
The Okanagan is a photographer’s dream. Busy with life, we very often don’t experience our home town. Learn Photography offers a fabulous opportunity to become a tourist in your own town and explore the Okanagan through the lens of your camera. There’s no shortage of places to explore…
Kelowna is the largest city in the Central Okanagan. We meet at the Rotary Center for the Arts and then move to Kelowna’s Waterfront Park with its inlets, statues and water fountains. Lunch is at the Kelowna Yacht Club where we do some dark lighting work. We then continue to the Waterfront Promenade with gorgeous views of Okanagan Lake, flowers, gazebo working our way back to Waterfront Park.
In the winter we meet at the Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort and work with their beautiful fountain, columns, gazebo and interior design. Lunch is at the Resort.
We meet at the Cove Resort for our class in West Kelowna. The grounds around the resort are beautiful with grasses, flowers, fountains, statues and Okanagan Lake. Lunch is at the Resort. We then move to Gellatly Nut Farm the “go to” place for wedding photographers which offers wonderful opportunities for landscape photography.
In winter, we meet at Dogwood Nursery on Paynter Rd. The indoor part of the nursery is full of wonderful photo opportunities. There are plants, water fountains, colorful pots and garden sculptures. Alternatively we visit the West Kelowna Museum, one of the best in the area and a treasure trove of photographic opportunities. Lunch is at 19 Okanagan Grill and Bar or White Spot.
||Summerland and Penticton
Summerland Ornamental Gardens abounds in photographic opportunities. In 1916, Agriculture Canada laid out the gardens around its two-year-old experimental laboratory. The gardens are a spectacular showcase in the Okanagan. You won’t run out of places to point your camera at here!
In Penticton, we’ll have a lot of photography fun aboard and around the SS Sicamous, the largest surviving paddle wheeler in British Columbia. Launched in 1914, it was the main form of transportation for passengers, cargo and mail to remote communities up and down Okanagan Lake. Nearby, the tug boats SS Naramata and SS Okanagan pose nicely for photos as well. And, of course, beside the SS Sicamous there’s also Okanagan Lake and the Penticton Rose Garden.
In winter, the Sicamous and the Penticton Museum offer numerous photographic opportunities for learning how to use your camera.
Polson Park is located near the heart of Vernon, adjacent to Highway 97 and Highway 6. The park was established in 1908 when Samuel Polson donated a large parcel of land to the city. Here you’ll find a number of areas to practice using your newly-discovered camera options. Polson Park is probably best known for the Floral Clock installed in 1958. The date is changed daily and its colourful background provides great photo opportunities. Further into the park, you‘ll find a Japanese Garden, a Chinese Pagoda and a rose garden.
During winter months, we move to the Vernon Museum. It’s a fabulous place to stay warm and still learn how to use your camera. There’s no shortage of photography subjects to practice your new skills on.