The following information will help make your Meadowlark Festival experience the best it can be. Please read through it and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
What to Bring
Please be prepared for all sorts of weather – hot, sunny, windy, cold and rain too!. Dress in layers and bring all-weather clothing, sunscreen, a sun hat, sturdy hiking footwear, a snack and at least 1 litre of water for all tours and events. For longer walks and hikes you will need at least 2 litres of water, snacks and a bagged lunch (if not provided). Cameras, walking sticks, binoculars and plant and bird field guides are optional but add to your enjoyment.
Please leave Buster, Keely, Pico, Zada and Penny at Home!
Sorry! Pets are not allowed on Meadowlark tours, with the exception of service dogs. Please do not bring your pets to the Festival or leave them in parked cars. Unfortunately people who are accompanied by animals will not be able to participate in tours and events.
Meeting your Tour Leader and Group
Once you have registered, you will receive information detailing your tour, meeting time and location. Please check the information for each tour your are registered in advance so you are familiar with where you are going. Tours leave on time, so please do not be late!
In past years we’ve set up a tent at the Penticton and Wine Country Visitor Centre. This year due to possible construction at the site, we are setting up our Festival Headquarters at the Shatford Centre, 760 Main Street, Penticton. There is plenty of parking and we’ll have a tent set up outside in the parking area where you can meet your tour leader if that is the designated meeting place for your tour. If you wish to gather with your fellow Meadowlarkers following your tour, tables and chairs will be set up inside the Shatford Centre in the Galleria room. You can purchase Meadowlark merchandise and raffle tickets as well as refreshments by donation.
Many of our tours set out from a central meeting place via carpools. If you are being shuttled via carpool it is common practise and good karma to offer your driver a small donation (e.g. $5) to help pay for gas. If you are joining a carpool tour please be sure you have some extra cash on hand for this purpose.
Rain or Shine
Meadowlark events run rain or shine. Please be prepared for all weather.
Level of Difficultly
Before buying your tickets, please be sure to check the Level of Difficulty rating for each tour to ensure the tour is appropriate for your physical abilities.
Level 0 – Access for all. Flat terrain.
Level 1 – Easy walking. All/mostly level paths.
Level 2 – Paths can be narrow with some uneven terrain.
Level 3 – Obstacles in paths and/or uneven terrain. Steeper grade requiring agility.
Level 4 – Very steep, insecure footing. Long hike. Good physical condition needed.
Meadowlark Festival is pleased to partner with our official photographer Caillum Smith. Please welcome Caillum and his team of volunteer photographers who will be joining several tours to capture some amazing images of Festival events.