We are in Vernon, BC, on Supporting Local Tourism at the Vernon Museum and archives today. In the Vernon Museum, there are lots of Local and Canadian animals, a wonderful indigenous exhibit, and a FULL downtown strip that takes you back to the 1930s! Walking into Vernon Museum is walking through history, more than just any museum. The Vernon Museum has a cut-out of an old 1930’s home, with a game for the children visiting. There is a Natural History exhibit which is a favourite around children, complete with animals and insects! There is even a scavenger hunt for the little ones with just pictures of what to find!
While in Merritt, B.C, I was invited to “Hat Doctor”! I was able to interview the Hat doctors on the process of making and fixing custom cowboy hats. I also got my head-sized, a tour of the shop, as well as surprised with a custom-made keychain and cute cowboy hat pens for my preschool classroom! This visit was AMAZING and one of my highlights! I learned that while most people have a “long oval” shaped head, my head is a “regular oval” shape!
While in Merritt, B.C, I met up with the Mayor of the town, Mayor Brown. Meeting with Mayor brown was an excellent opportunity to discuss inclusive tourism within the small town. As well as educate the Mayor on the importance of which and what my journey to the crown means!
We are in Vernon, BC, on Supporting Local Tourism at the Kalavada Surf Shop by Kal beach this week. Thanks to Glohaven and their Glo Box, I had the opportunity to test out one of their paddle boards on Okanagan lake! In every Globox, there is a family coupon for 4-6 people on a paddleboard for up to two hours. Kalavada Surf Shop supplies a paddle, measured to your height, the inflatable paddle board that is lightweight and easy to carry (it has handles), as well as a life jacket to keep you safe!
We are in Vernon, BC, this week on Supporting Local Tourism at the Okanagan Science Center. Right now, the Okanagan Science center has the beyond-limits exhibit (until December 2021), a display full of the high intestacy spots and adventures.The Okanagan Science center also has a fantastic Space exhibit complete with hands-on experiences, a gyro chair used to train astronauts, and an actual space suit!All in All, the Okanagan science center is a fun stop on our list of local tourism hotspots!
During my trip to Merritt, BC, I was invited to the Nicola Valley Museum-Archives. As you may know, I am a sucker for any museum or historic location, so I was very excited to get inside and take a look around. I was treated to my very own tour, showing me what life was like 100 years ago in the Nicola Valley. From how to use an icebox to indigenous culture, this museum has it all. They even have a Real MAMMOTHS tusk, which was pretty cool to see in person!! I mean, not many people can say they have seen a real mammoth’s tusk in person; visit the Nicola Valley Museum-Archives, and you can tell all your friends this as well!
During my trip to Merritt, BC, I visited the beautiful Moon Shadows Campground. This campground is a beautiful campground located just five minutes from the center of Merritt. I quickly found out that this campground goes above and beyond in inclusive tourism. The owner who was at the front desk while I was there signs!! I repeat she signs, being CODA, she is fluent in American Sign Language. If you are deaf or rely on American Sing Launange to communicate, come to this campground, as this is something we rarely see in the tourism industry; I am so glad and honored to have visited. View my video if you have ever wondered why I am fighting for Captions in all travel locations. I have left the portion where I am signing with the owner without captions so that hearing individuals can experience the challenges of not having captions.
Don’t Panic because Merritt has Bannock. Kekuli Cafe was the best way I can imagine to start off my Merritt 2020 adventure. All of the dishes at Kekuli Cafe are served with bannock. An authentic Indigenous experience there bannock is a must if you are visiting or even if you are just driving by Merritt (but really why would you ever just drive by). Located in the downtown of Merritt it is a must-stop!
**Warning there are some unknown audio issues, sorry** During my trip to Merritt, BC, I was treated to some delicious Dim Dom from the staff and owners of Coldwater Hotel Restaurant. Coldwater hotel restaurant, located in the middle of downtown Merritt, is beautiful inside and out. Situated in a historic building, this is a must-try for your drive or stop through Merritt.When visiting, let the staff know you want to try some Bubble tea, as it is AMAZING!!
During my trip to Merritt, BC, I traveled to Breathe Bikes. Breathe bike offers bike services, paddleboard services, and knowledge of locals trails and races around Merritt, BC!