Hiking, Biking, Golfing: 10 Things To Do In Your Own Backyard In Predator Ridge
Getting out of the bustling city can bring you closer to nature and all the adventures that await you.
But having easy access to the great outdoors is not enough. You need a community of like-minded people to truly enjoy Canada’s greatest playgrounds for adults and families, like the beautiful Okanagan in British Columbia.
Having expert guides and instructors on hand can also help.
Luckily, Predator Ridge, a year-round community just south of Vernon, offers its residents everything they need to experience the best of the Okanagan, right in their own backyard. Here are 10 of the activities and experiences available.
1. Use the pleasure
Residents and guests can practice their shots or challenge their opponents on four new tennis courts perched in the heart of the community.
Whether you are a seasoned player or are new to the game, consider taking a lesson through Predator Ridge’s new tennis program. It is led by Head Coach Milos Pospisil, who has nearly three decades of experience and won a Tennis Canada Coaching Award.
2. Hike close to home
Nestled in the Okanagan, Predator Ridge offers some of the best hiking trails in Canada with scenic views right in the residents’ backyard. There are over 35 miles of trails to explore, from a simple loop around Birdie Lake to a challenging hike to a lookout that offers stunning views of Okanagan Lake and more. From paved paths to crushed stone and natural earth, all routes are pet-friendly.
3. Find peace
Escape the confines of a yoga studio and find the perfect balance between body and mind by practicing on one of their three outdoor platforms. For yogis all year round, residents can use an indoor studio that hosts weekly classes and specialty workshops.
4. Taste the best
With over 100 wineries surrounding Predator Ridge, the community hosts a variety of on-site wine tasting events. Other special events include ‘hike, yoga and wine’ evenings which combine light activity with a special glass of the best in the area at the end.
You can also venture to nearby wineries with a guided Elite Mile tour. They make the trip between the lodge and the cellars, letting you enjoy the rest.
5. Follow in the footsteps
While the Okanagan is known for its mild winters, it is also renowned for its smooth, dry snow. Combine that with a 1,200 acre backyard and you’ve got the perfect recipe for great snowshoeing.
The residents of Predator Ridge are known for their active snowshoes, so you can easily follow the trails or use the existing marked trails.
6. Climb the ridge
Whether your bike preference is for flat paths or rocky trails, there is no shortage of routes to explore in and around Predator Ridge.
Residents and their guests will want to experience the community’s new granite trail. You do not know where to start ? Take a guided tour to discover the best rides in the area. Predator Ridge also has a fleet of bikes – from ATVs to cruisers – available for hire.
7. Click on the links
Two award-winning courses designed by the best talents are ready to welcome all visitors. Reserve a tee time on the Ridge or Predator course to enjoy a range of terrain against a stunning backdrop. Each class is reserved for members only every other day.
8. Enjoy dinner outside
Stock up on pasta at Pallino’s Italian Bistro or dine on top-notch cuisine at Range Lounge & Grill, both of which offer a full-service dining environment. Both provide a great place for residents, friends and family to come together for memorable meals.
Looking to eat in or grab a quick bite to eat? The Commonage Market sells groceries, local BC wine and other essentials.
9. Meet new people
Grow your friend list and meet more neighbors with events that bring the whole community together. From rodeo to pÃ©tanque tournaments, there are opportunities for people of all tastes to get involved and build new relationships.
10. Relax at Sparking Hill
Outside of activities, sometimes it is enough to just relax and unwind. The nearby KurSpa offers world-class facilities and treatments to help you do just that.
From hot steam rooms to the cryo cold room, the Sparking Hill Spa offers Predator Ridge residents and their guests exclusive access to breathtaking facilities.