July 22, 2016 - 2:30 PM
KELOWNA - Okay it’s not quite the Grouse Grind but the Apex Trail up Kelowna’s Knox Mountain can still test your legs.
And the City of Kelowna is taking advantage of the hill’s popularity to “gamify” it and launch Knox Your Sox Off and the Knox Challenge quests.
Knox Your Sox Off is a set of interactive “missions” where players use their GPS-activated smart phones to guide them throught the missions and learn the history of quirky history of Knox Mountain Park and its amazing flora and fauna
The Kelowna Challenge, on the other hand, is a straight race to the top along the trail. Go as fast as you can and take the leaderboard. Your GPS activated phone serves as your timer. Don't forget to turn it off at the top of the 2.4-kilometre trail.
How to get started:
• Download the 'QuestUpon' app (available for iPhone and Android)
• Sign-up using new log-in or via Facebook
• Allow QuestUpon to access location and send notification
• You'll need data on your phone; GPS locating function must be turned on.
• Select your quest and start your adventure.
Knox Mountain Park is by far the city’s largest at 310 hectares rising some 300 metres off 1,400 metres of shoreline on Okanagan Lake.
Views from the two lookouts are some of the most spectacular in the valley.
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