Okanagan from a helicopter followed by food & wine
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Behind the Lens with photographer Dax Justin
Someone, take my pulse, I thought as we flew over the Okanagan on a gorgeous fall day.
My adrenaline was pumping while we were getting treated to an awesome aerial perspective flying on a helicopter – without doors – over Mission Hill winery. The experience allowed me to take some gorgeous photos during the 20-minute flight with Valhalla Helicopters.
I couldn’t help but notice that everyone in the helicopter had big grins as we soared above the autumn colours in shades of reds and golds, with the blue backdrop of Lake Okanagan and the intense green of Mission Hill’s vineyards.
Still vibrating from by my sky-high experience, I was ready to have my feet back on the ground and check out Kelowna’s food scene. We met up with the folks from Okanagan Foodie Tours, giving us some local insights into Kelowna’s vibrant food scene.
The two-hour walking tour took us along the shores of Lake Okanagan, past fancy yachts and fishing boats and pretty reflections. Along the way, we sampled food and drink at a couple of pubs, including the aptly named The Train Station Pub and another local favourite, Mexican restaurant, El Taquero.
El Taquero specializes in Mexican street food, made by Izzy “The Taco Maker,” who hails from Mexico City. Most of Izzy’s recipes are inspired by his own family’s favourites. Each day, there are 14 tacos to choose from on the menu, guacamole and nachos, naturally, plus an array of margaritas and other Mexican-inspired beverages.
As the sun was just starting to get lower in the sky, we made our way to Mission Hill Winery, one of the Okanagan’s most popular and most beautiful wineries. I’d seen it from the helicopter, but was ready to scope it out on foot.
I’d spotted the bell tower from the air, and couldn’t wait to climb up there to shoot the sun setting over the lake and valley.
We were ushered into a room with a glass wall and TV screens that looked into the chef's kitchen, giving us a behind-the-scenes view of the chopping, prepping and plating of a multi-course meal. The sound of wine being poured into glasses and clinking of china filled the dimly lit room, creating a special ambiance, and making everyone hungry for the courses to come.
Looking out from the tower, the golden light cast onto the lake with views over the valley didn’t disappoint. It seemed a perfect way to end a perfect day in the Okanagan.
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About Dax Justin
Dax Justin is a Canadian Explorer Adventure/Landscape photographer, visual content creator, and destination storyteller based in Alberta, Canada.
His photographic work focuses on outdoor adventure, landscapes, mountain lifestyle, people and sports. The photography captured on expeditions bring the adventure to a worldwide online audience in real time, expanding brand reach through social media and travel networks including Seekers Media.