* Kelowna B.C. * Canada
Suites for Rent
Idabel Lake Raven's is located in the Idabel lake Resort Area and near McCulloch Lake, a Bed and Bath (B&B) located 30 minutes southeast of the Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, British Columbia & only 20 minutes from the Gem Lake ski lift at Big White Mountain. Idabel Lake is a tranquil mountain lake, set in a cluster of lakes, including McCulloch Lake, all within easy walking, biking or cross-country skiing distance of the resort.
No Minimum Nights Required - so one night for cyclists is no problem.
The Idabel Suite - 2 bedrooms $155.00 per day - Max. 4 people
All New "Carmi Get-Away" Mobile Home
(Near Beaverdell) 75.4Km on the KVR Trail...
Check out these links on Carmi History
Carmi was once a booming town with a gold mine, a jail, a hospital, two hotels, two stores and gas stations. Not far north from Beaverdell, the town of Carmi has even more of a backwoods feel now. The hotel burned down in 2000. It was the last of the old town site left.
Everything is gone now except the Peace and Quite and a few of the old timers.
Around the Idabel Lake community there is abundant wildlife: Deer, Moose, Coyotes, Beavers, Otters. A family of Loons live on the lake & their haunting calls echo through the air. Lots of Birds, Chipmunks and Squirrels. And in the early morning you might catch a glimpse of a bear crossing the road when walking.
Haynes Lake is larger than Idabel Lake & has similar fish, but it is not a swimming lake. Haynes Lake is attached to Mow Lake by a narrow channel. Very peaceful on both lakes to spend the day fishing.
Mow Lake is fed by the spring run off from McCulloch / Hydraulic Lake. McCulloch Lake was named after the famous Kettle Valley Railway engineer Andrew McCulloch. The lake has many arms & forms part of the Kelowna Irrigation system that helps supply Kelowna with water. The Kettle Valley Railway (K.V.R) runs parallel to the lake & one of the old railway stations was located there. The hiking & biking trails follow the other lakes, past the provincial campground to McCulloch Lake & the K.V.R.
Pear Lake is the smallest lake but has good supply of fish, up to 14 inches and up to over a pound, if you can catch one.
Browne and Fish Lakes are about a 10 minute drive and it's the best Fly-fishing lake around. Very challenging and moody lake.
Turtle Lake has some good size fish up to two pounds and is also a moody lake, easy to catch your limit at times.
Summit Lake, along the KVR stands a Beautiful Gazebo great for a picnic and pictures overlooking the private Lake along the Trans Canada Trail. No fishing.
The Kettle Valley Railroad and the beautiful Myra Canyon, offering panoramic views of Kelowna below. Some of the bridges were 150 feet high, & they were destroyed in the Okanagan Park Fire. By-pass is being built, in the mean time Monashee tour bus will cart people around to the other side.
Beaverdell & the Kettle River are very close by. Beaverdell is just over half an hour's drive away. It is a quaint mining / frontier town & if you enjoy local history, the Beaverdell Hotel hasn't changed in one hundred years. The Kettle River offers some exciting white water canoeing.
Big White Ski Area is a must in the winter. The down-hill skiing is thought to be the best in the Okanagan Valley. Additional amenities include horse drawn sleigh rides, a tube park, ice rink, cross-country ski trails, and fine dining restaurants. Snowmobile tours every day. Soon Big White will become an all year facility, with the introduction of a golf course & mountain bike trails. One restaurant stays open all year for visitors and contractors.
Swimming - Idabel Lake is a swimming lake that is 2 miles long. Adjacent to the lodge is a small sandy beach for public use with a picnic table.
Enjoy your stay.
Hi Louise! Hope you're enjoying your week off! Just to let you know we completed the KVR as scheduled on Friday. Thursday after we left your place was tough going! The trail/road was very wet, bumpy and pot holey in places (in fact we went through at least one small lake!). Judy and I were really glad that we tackled the by-pass. It was very hard, as expected but nothing we couldn't handle with a bit of walking (both up hill and down on occasion). Lots of water, rocks and of course, being a logging trail, lots of up and down. It would be best handled with mountain bikes (the guys with the mt. bikes had a blast- especially Sven (the 34 year old). I guess you could say the by-pass is in pretty good shape although not easy and not for wimps (teehee). It took Judy and I two hours total (including the walking) so we were pretty happy. The trail, after it joined Chute Lake road, was really yucky- it had just been graded which I guess was likely a good thing- but it was still extremely muddy. We were pretty worn out by the time we got to the lodge.
You definitely win the prize for accommodation on our trip. Your great hospitality and cozy guest house was great. Carol Ann and Merrilyn had the fire going and some nibbleys out by the time we got there but I have to say they were a bit disheartened when they first arrived after the messy, bumpy scary car ride up from Kelowna on the Chute Lake road. All in all my 60th birthday was 'quite a party'- not sure it was how many 60 year old women would want to celebrate but I felt great at the end of the day even thou I was covered from the knees down in mud and pretty worn out. That beer sure tasted good!
Friday was awesome. The sun shone, the views were fantastic and what a treat going down hill all the way. Yay! I am including a poem that Merrilyn wrote about our adventure. I think its really neat and describes our 4 days to a tee! Many thanks again for 'being there' for the 11 of us on June 14/15.
Sincerely, Suzie D.