During the last week of August 2012, the Okanagan Brigade Society will be hosting a Voyageurs’ Brigade with guests from across Canada, the United States, and possibly from other nations. They are expecting as many as 15 to 20 Voyageur canoes and perhaps 200 paddlers participating.
Throughout the week they will be celebrating the history of the Okanagan and First Nations people, the days of the Fur Brigade Trail, the early ranching days in the North Okanagan and the current Winery Trail which extends the length of the Okanagan Valley.
On the voyage they will paddle Wood Lake, Kalamalka Lake and Okanagan Lake; visiting the communities of Vernon, Fintry, Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Naramata, Pentiction, Kaledan, and Okanagan Falls. Their route and schedule is posted on their website; on the night of Tuesday, August 28th, they will be camping in Lake Country, at the Okanagan Centre Park near the Lake Country Museum.
With the warm summer weather, the beauty of our Okanagan Valley and lakes, its rich history, and with over 90 wineries, the Okanagan Brigade Society feels that those who paddle with them from August 26-31, 2012 will have the experience of a lifetime and want to return to the Okanagan Valley for years to come.