Kelowna is a beautiful city in the heart of the Okanagan Valley.
It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, you will always find endless things to do or see. There is something for everyone.
Come and enjoy food pairing with your favorite cider prepared by the Okanagan College of Culinary Arts students. The event takes place at the Laurel Packinghouse right in the downtown core.
Art Galleries and Studios
There are many art galleries to visit while in Kelowna. Take a stroll into one the fabulous galleries and meet artists at work in their studio environments.
Just a few of these galleries are:
A Touch of Austria
This gallery offers vibrant original artwork, two professional concert pianos, panoramic mountain/lake views and the Bloom award winning garden. Enjoy music from around the world. The Gallery also hosts special live performances of The Piano Divas. The personalized warm hospitality, elegant décor, homemade traditional Austrian pastries complimented with Viennese coffee is sure to make your experience a decadent one!
Artista Art and Antiques Gallery
This downtown gallery features artworks by local artists in combination with a variety of antique and vintage pieces. They also buy, sell and consign jewellery, watches, china, coins, silver, gold and various collectables.
Travelling to Kelowna
The family is sure to have a fun-filled experience. Kelowna has so much to offer. Here are the ten most exciting family adventures:
Have a Beach Day! Gyro Beach
Kelowna offers more than 30 beaches. Pack a picnic and away you go! Enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water of the Okanagan Lake
Go for a Hike
A climb to the top of Knox Mountain will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Kelowna’s Okanagan Lake.
If you don’t want to hike the whole way, you can drive most of the way to the top and walk five minutes to the viewpoint.
Go for a Bike Ride
Kelowna has more than 300 kilometers of on-street cycling lanes and 40 kilometers of separated paved multi-use trails.
If you don’t have a bike, that is okay – rent one!
Mini golf is always a fun-filled family event. Visit 19 Greens and Play Zone or Scandia Golf and Games. The whole family is sure to have a wonderful time!
H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre
Have fun in the wave pool, water slides, surf simulator and river run. H20 has over a million gallons of water and is considered the largest municipal park in Canada. If you just want a work out visit the 12,000 sq ft of fitness and cardio space.
H20 will be opening for business once again on August 10, 2020.
Take your family to Don O Ray Farm. Here they can get up close and pet goats, potbelly pigs, sheep, alpaca, bunnies, chickens and ducks.
Test your skills in the challenging maze! Then stop and enjoy some ice-cream and cold drinks. A perfect family outing!
Another place to take your kids is the Kangaroo Creek Farm. Introduce your children to the “roos”.
Are you a bird lover? If so, visit the Parrot Island Sanctuary in Peachland (about 20 minutes west of Kelowna.) This is the home of many exotic birds.
If you are fascinated with how bees make honey, be sure to go to Arlo’s Honey Farm.
Take the educational tour that explores the honey bee’s life and observe the workings of a real hive. When you leave you can purchase a wide variety of honey items like soap, skincare products, candles, books and of course honey.
Kelowna offers many playgrounds to let your children run and have fun.
If it is an indoor playground you are looking for then visit the Energyplex which includes a four-storey jungle gym, trampolines, bounce boards and a rock wall.
For the outdoor enthusiasts, visit Myra Canyon and Wild Play adventure parks. Here you will find aerial adventures, complete with ropes, obstacles and lots of fun. Safari Ridge offers paintball and laser tag. This your teens will love!
For that person you loves adventure, try the zipline at Oyama Ziplines, just north of Kelowna or Zipzone Adventure Park, south of Kelowna. Here you will zip 400 feet above deep creek canyon.
Rent a boat from Downtown Marina, Eldorado Marina, Dockside Marina or many other rental places throughout Kelowna. Explore Okanagan Lake with its beautiful beaches and secluded spots for that quiet picnic.
Kelowna Golf Courses
The Kelowna golf season in the Okanagan Valley is the envy of Canada.
This is an 18 hole, Par 71 championship golf course. Named PGA of BC Golf Facility of the Year in 2018, this course is known for its spectacular conditions from early spring to late fall. This is a public course.
This course offers 6,082 yards of beautiful scenery overlooking the steep canyon. Test your golf skills with three par fives clustered around the turn between holes nine and twelve. Once you have finished your round, enjoy a nice cold beverage on the clubhouse deck!
The golf course is open April through October.
Gallagher’s Pinnacle Course
This is a challenging nine hole course par 32 course that both masters and apprentices will test their golf skills.
Kelowna Springs Golf Club
This course is a Championship 18 hole golf course that spreads amongst seven spring fed lakes. Come and bring the family for a fabulous Sunday brunch at the Legend’s Classic Grill.
The Bear Course
This Okanagan Golf Club is one of two spectacular golf courses at this 36 hole golf resort in Kelowna. Planned by Nicklaus Design to ignite your passion for the game, The Bear’s 18 hole 6,885 yard, par 72 masterpiece design opened for play in 1999 is unlike any other golf course in British Columbia. With dramatic sculpted fairways surrounded by the forests and sage brush hills of B.C.’s sun-drenched southern interior, The Bear is the crown jewel course of the Okanagan Valley.
The Quail Course
The Quail is a magnificent par 72, 18-hole championship golf course that has become an Okanagan Valley favourite since the day it first opened. Designed by renowned golf course architect Les Furber and built in 1994, this unique course features dramatic elevation changes and breathtaking views as 6,794 yards of multi-tiered fairways meander around a majestic rock bluff.
Tower Ranch Golf Club
A Thomas McBroom designed championship golf course featuring dramatic undulating land, giving way to a fascinating and thrilling golf experience for different levels! The semi-private club, located minutes from downtown Kelowna and the Kelowna Airport, features captivating views from 18 holes of golf, a pro shop, dining room and a fitness facility.
Tower Ranch Golf Club was voted #1 course in Kelowna by the PGA of BC in 2013.
These are just a few of the golf gems throughout Kelowna. Four??
Shopping in Kelowna
Kelowna offers great shopping excursions for that person who loves to shop.
Orchard Park Mall
If you prefer the mall experience, there are a few to choose from. You will be sure to find what you are looking for at Orchard Park Shopping Mall.
There are also many small boutiques in the downtown core where you will definitely find that one of a kind piece! Explore trendy Bernard Avenue as well as Ellis, Pandosy and Tutt street for that funky boutique!
The Okanagan and Kelowna in particular is a wine lovers paradise. With over 40 wineries, you will be pleasantly surprised at what each has to offer. Explore on your own using the Wine Trail Guide or book a guided wine tour.
A few favorite wineries include:
Cedar Creek Winery
Cedar Creek sits on fifty acres of property along the shores of Lake Okanagan. Enjoy their renown Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and wide selection of exquisite white wines.
Stay awhile and enjoy the new 120 seat restaurant Home Block and tasting room. Enjoy the panoramic views of the lake, grape vines and Okanagan Valley.
Gray Monk Estate Winery
This winery gem is one of the original five wineries that pioneered the BC Wine industry. It has been producing top wines for over 45 years. The name “Gray Monk” is the English translation for the Austrian name of Pinot Gris.
The 25-acre estate winery is open for tastings daily year-round with special events in November, December, February and April. Come by and enjoy a taste of 23 European-inspired wines or the number one selling VQA Pinot Gris in B.C..
Indigenous World Winery
This winery has been opened since 2016. It is the second Indigenous owned winery in BC. The facility features a wine tasting room, native themed gift shop, picnic area and indigenous inspired restaurant.
The goal of the owner Robert and Bernice Louie is to create an aboriginal themed destination that showcases indigenous people in business while highlighting the beautiful culture and traditions of the indigenous people.
Mission Hill Family Estate
Millsion Hill has estate vineyards in each of the Okanagan Valley’s five growing regions. Making fabulous wines and offering a spectacular place where guests can enjoy the many beautiful wines it produces is a real gem. Come sit and relax and sip on a glass of 2018 Reserve Chardonnay or maybe you prefer a glass of red 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir. Whatever your pallet, Mission Hill Estate Winery will be sure to satisfy.
A little hungry? Enjoy a lovely meal in the Terrace Restaurant while sipping on your favorite wine and taking in the beautiful view of the Okanagan Valley!
There are many wineries to chose from while visiting Kelowna. The area is a wine lover’s paradise!
While in Kelowna a must stop is the BC Wine Museum. Learn about all the local favorite wines!
Places to Stay in Kelowna
No matter what your budget is, Kelowna has many beautiful lodgings to offer. Whether your travelling with your family, your pet, friends or on business, you will find the perfect place to stay. There are also many places to choose for that romantic getaway. Some to mention are:
Accent Inns offers a central location, comfortable accommodations at very reasonable prices. All the exciting venues and things to do in Kelowna are just a short drive away!
1140 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
The Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites
The perfect base from which to explore the Okanagan Valley. Book a sightseeing tour, visit world renowned wineries, book tee times. Whatever you would like to do, the hotel will book for you.
2402 Highway 97 North
Days Inn by Wyndham
Located in the beautiful Okanagan, Days Inn Kelowna enjoys the perfect weather for a four seasons destination. In the summer they offer a wide variety of golf packages and wine packages and in the winter season they offer ski packages to two of the best ski resorts in North America – Big White and Silver Star Mountain.
2649 Highway 97 North
Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort
Is located on more than seven acres of prime waterfront. They have 260 newly renovated guestrooms in two towers and 60 suites and condominiums.
It is located right in the middle of the cultural district. The resort offers exclusive amenities such as Club Floor Lounge, full-service Spa and Fitness Centre, Restaurant and Wine Bar, Coffee Bar and seasonal poolside Cabana Bar.
For a real treat, pop into the OAK + CRU Social Kitchen & Wine Bar. Located on the water, enjoy the spectacular outdoor patio and order a skillfully crafted cocktail or a fabulous snack cooked in the fire deck oven. They offer the largest exclusively Okanagan wine list.
1310 Water Street
Kelowna’s #1 waterfront property with a private boardwalk and luxury marina. This lakeside resort offers the legacy and charm of its British history at Hotel Eldorado opened in 1926. Next door is the rustic Mediterranean ambience of the Manteo. They are both connected by a beautiful boardwalk on the lake. The Eldorado Marina and Boardwalk Beach Company offers an array of water activities.
Eldorado Resort is a perfect destination getaway!
500 Cook Road
Coast Capri Hotel
Whether traveling on business or pleasure, the Coast Capri Hotel is committed to providing outstanding customer service, award winning dining and uncompromising attention to details to make your stay a memorable one. It is just minutes from downtown and Orchard Park Shopping Mall.
1171 Harvey Ave.