Jordan Coble looking out over Lake Okanagan to Rattlesnake Island and the home of “Ogopogo” n'ha-a-itk
“It’s not just the water, it’s the water bugs, the fish, the plants, everything that it flows in and out of, and that’s what n'ha-a-itk to me is. So, when people come and ask, ‘where can we find Ogopogo?’ I say well you’re looking at it. Everything you see here is Ogopogo.”
From this vantage point, where centuries ago Syilx scouts would observe the area and send messengers out across the land, Jordan feels a great connection, that he wants - and feels an obligation - to share. “We’re all guests on this land. Even me. I’m borrowing it from my grandchildren.”
I descended the hike with the new knowledge that Ogopogo isn’t a monster or a demon. As Jordan says, “It’s something we have to respect, revere and give thanks to every day.”
Indigenous World Winery & Red Fox Club
Post-hike you’ll want to refuel, and nearby Indigenous World Winery offers award-winning wines, northern vistas, and the Red Fox Club patio - perfect for sunny Okanagan lunches. What makes the Red Fox Club unique is Chef Andrea Callan’s commitment to indigenous flavours.