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Floating fun down a lazy river
By Ken Hegan

Camping? Fishing? Climbing some big dumb mountain? All lame compared to floating down the Penticton river channel on a hot summer day. I'm serious. Floating is the most fun you'll have in Canada this summer.

Here's how to become a channel-floating master:
1. Head to Penticton, B.C., a semi-arid desert town in B.C.'s Okanagan wine region. Best time to float: mid-June through Labour Day weekend, between 1 and 6 p.m. when the sun's hottest.

2. Buy a floatie (inflatable raft) at Canadian Tire, which bills itself as The Floatie Capital of Canada. Or get a two-person floatie at Save-On Foods on Main Street for $35. Get a floatie with mesh bottoms so you don't fall through, plus a built-in drink cooler (!) and a can holder by your wrist.

3. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a towel, a cooler bag with drink cans and ice, plus cash or credit card for the bus ($6) or taxi back.

4. The launch site is at 215 Riverside Dr., just off Eckhardt Avenue West on the north end of town. Bury your keys in the bushes…you don't want to lose them in the water.

5. Floating's free, though Coyote Cruises will inflate your floatie for $2 or rent you a tube for $6.

6. Tie your floaties together to make a flotilla. It's more fun to float with friends.

7 Walk down the steps into the channel. Place floatie in water.

8. Ease backwards onto your raft. Then let the current sweep you downstream.

9. Apply cold drink to your lips.

10. Tilt your head back and laugh at how great your life is. Your float ends three to four hours later when the channel flows into Skaha Lake. During this sunny seven-kilometre ride, your life will improve by 1,000 percent.

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