The city of Kelowna is situated on the shores of Okanagan Lake in the heart of the stunning Okanagan Valley, less than a five-hour drive from Vancouver. Choose from an array of lakes and beaches, provincial parks, hiking trails and golf courses. Visitors can enjoy everything from shopping (in the largest indoor Mall in the Interior) to unforgettable outdoor adventures of all kinds.
There are 19 golf courses in Kelowna ranging from easy to extremely challenging.
Because of the warm, dry climate, the golf season is extended from March through November. Many Okanagan courses are PGA rated and several have hosted major national championships.
Skiing, Snowmobiling and Cross Country skiing are popular winter sports.
Hiking and biking the Kettle Valley Railway allows spectacular views of the Myra Canyon, and the Valley.
This friendly city is the gateway to Big White Ski Resort. Big White is located 45 miles from Kelowna in the Central Interior of B.C. It receives an average 24.5 feet of light champagne powder every year and offers outstanding skiing and riding opportunities with a wide variety of terrain.
Enjoy the Fruit
Since the first apple tree was planted here in the 1800’s, the area has become renowned for its orchards, and variety of locally grown fruits.
Blossom season is an astounding sight. FRUIT HARVEST DATES: Cherries, Mid July. Apricots, late July-early August. Peaches and Nectarines, early May. Pears, late August. Apples, early September to mid-October.
Kelowna has the BC Orchard Industry Museum, which displays the history.
The Annual Okanagan Wine Festivals are now one of the top attractions in the area. Each year there is the Icewine Festival, the Spring Wine Festival, and the Fall Wine Festival.
There are more than a dozen wineries in the Kelowna area alone, many of which give extensive winery tours.
At Red Dog Wine Tours, take a scenic tour in a Mercedes van through Kelowna or West Kelowna’s residential and rural areas. The routes are dotted with orchards, vineyards and wineries opposite spectacular views of Okanagan Lake and the valley. Visit 4 specially selected wineries with a variety of types and themes. Wine tasting and presentations at each winery is already pre-arranged by your tour guide. Tasting fees at the winery are included in your tour fee. The tour also includes informative live commentary from a seasoned local guide as you travel though scenic routes. The tour takes 3.5 to 4.5 hours.
Kelowna has the longest floating bridge in North America.
Sunbathers and swimmers love the local beaches. There is a downtown area beach, near the floating bridge, called ‘Hot Sands Beach’, which has a popular children’s water-park.
Although Kelowna beaches have been experiencing some high water levels recently, it is expected that by July the beaches will return to normal and fun on the lake and local beaches will happen once again!
Find more things to do in Kelowna at kelownaguide.com.