September 22nd. What happened on this day?
Clue: This day usually makes people either very sad or very happy.
Clue: It’s later than most people think.
Clue: It happens every year in Canada, but never happens in many places in the world.
Clue: This day happens in March instead of September in part of the world.
Figured it out yet?
September 22 is… the first day of fall! Summer is gone and soon we’ll be sipping pumpkin spice lattes and listening to Michael Bublé. The autumnal equinox brings up feelings of sadness for those who love the hot weather (such as myself), and feelings of joy for those who love everything that makes fall special. That’s falling leaves, crisp mornings, and hot chocolate. Comfy clothes, cozy fires, and Halloween. It will all be here before we know it!
However, fall has only just begun. We still have a few days left to get outside and enjoy everything the Shuswap has to offer.
Let’s make the most of it! Use GetintheLoop to save money on the following five activities and wrap up the warmer weather in style.
Historic O’Keefe Ranch truly is a hidden gem of Interior British Columbia. Founded in 1867 by Cornelius O’Keefe, the ranch has been prospering for many years as a tourist and school trip attraction. As summer ends and we move into the fall season, there is nothing better than taking a short, scenic drive and exploring everything O’Keefe Ranch has to offer. Start at the opulent O’Keefe Mansion for a twenty minute guided tour (included in admission). Following the mansion, proceed around the grounds to attractions such as the Greenhow Museum, St. Anne’s Church, Balmoral School, and more!
After your tour of the stunning ranch grounds, grab a bite to eat at Cattlemen’s Club Restaurant. This award-winning restaurant combines big-city culinary training with small town feel to create a truly memorable experience. Enjoy quality food at reasonable cost in this ranch style, upscale atmosphere!
O’Keefe Ranch is a must-see before they close for the season! Their last day this year is October 2nd.
Some say September and October are the best months of the year in the Shuswap, with many tourists gone for the season and the sun still shining. Get out there and enjoy it while you can with Twin Anchors Houseboats. Twin Anchors has been hosting guests since 1977 – that’s a long list of happy house boaters! It’s the perfect getaway to get you ready for the colder fall season.
Grab your family, friends, or significant other and choose from a selection of amazing houseboats. During the fall season, Shuswap Lake is still warm from the summer heat. Experience warm days and cooler nights – perfect for relaxing in your on-board hot tub. The fall also has arguably the most natural beauty in the Shuswap, with pumpkin orange skies, to scarlet, and everything in between. Sunsets, moonlight, stars, and – if you time it right – northern lights. Get on board!
Exclusive GetintheLoop offers can be found HERE by Twin Anchors Houseboats – we’re always looking out for you!
Late season golfing has a special place in my heart. There’s something to be said for getting out to an early tee time and feeling the crisp air as you launch the ball straight down manicured fairways. Add well-kept greens and you’ve got yourself the perfect weekend getaway.
Shuswap Lake Estates is the perfect spot to do just this. Their professionally designed par-72 championship course is a challenge for both the accomplished and casual golfer, with three sets of tee boxes. Take in breathtaking views of scenic Shuswap Lake, Copper Island and the surrounding mountains. Enjoy dinner with friends at Duffers Den Lounge. It has everything you need – visit today before the summer weather runs out!
Exclusive offers by Shuswap Lake Estates on the GetintheLoop app can be found HERE!
With many beautiful fall colours around the corner, why not jump outside your comfort zone and experience skydiving! The Shuswap is known for its gorgeous scenery, so experience ALL the best views with Skydive Salmon Arm. If you haven’t dove before, fear not, as GetintheLoop members save money on an introductory dive course! After you’ve completed the course, take your tandem jump from 10,000 feet and be absolutely thrilled. Feel the rush as you free fall at over 193 km/h, have fun with friends and family, and get away while the weather is still nice with Skydive Salmon Arm.
Find Skydive Salmon Arm on GetintheLoop HERE!
Finally, try out another absolutely stunning golf course in the Shuswap – Talking Rock at Quaaout Lodge. Located on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake, this course will provide a truly memorable golfing experience, just in time before the cold weather hits. Designed by well-known Canadian architects Graham Cooke and Wayne Carlton, the course meanders through a mature, sandy forest setting and ends with the breathtaking 18th hole.
The unique design will take you on an adventure through the diverse landscape of the Little Shuswap Indian Band Reserve. Very little alteration of the lands was required, thus creating a course of natural and rugged character that requires strategy and thought for players of all skills and abilities.
Following your golf round or any of the remarkable experiences listed above, grab a bite at Jack Sam’s Restaurant. Located in the Quaaout Lodge, Jack Sam’s is a great way to treat yourself to something special. Guests will find delicacies on the seasonal dinner and catering menus, which honour First Nations traditions of the region. Sunday brunch is especially popular.
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