Escape to Kelowna this Summer
The Greater Kelowna area is well known as B.C.’s summertime hotspot and the vacation hub of the Okanagan. With nearly 2 Million people visiting Kelowna each year, more than half of these visitors are coming to take advantage of the number of lakes that Okanagan Valley hosts – it’s no surprise that summer is the most popular season to visit. Summers in Kelowna has a lot more to offer vacationers besides basking in the sun at one of over 30 beaches or catching a wave water skiing.
Here are the top 8 things to do on your next trip to Kelowna:
Kelowna is well known for high-quality, award-winning wines, with over a dozen wineries within the city limits and over 40 within a 20 minute drive – you shouldn’t have too much trouble deciding which ones to visit, but if you do, just choose one of the 5 unique guided wine trail tours to give you plenty of options.
Hike Knox Mountain
Take in the beauty of the Okanagan by hiking up Knox Mountain, catch a glimpse of the city from 300 metres above Okanagan Lake. Soak up the sun, admire the panoramic views, the lake, and surrounding mountains. If you’re looking for an adventure this hike is rated moderate to difficult.
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Golfing at Sunset Ranch
Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club is considered “Kelowna’s Must Play Course” in the Okanagan, with the rolling greens, unique terrain, stunning vistas and a playability rating for golfers of ALL skill levels has earned Sunset Ranch multiple awards & accolades over the years.
Bike the Boardwalk
Rent a bike and take a ride along the boardwalk all the way from City Centre to City Park. Keep your eyes open for the legendary Ogopogo that is rumoured to reside in the lake, or check out the statue in City Park. Take in the mountain views, enjoy local shops, or stop for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants along the way. Enjoy your day and cruise along Okanagan Lake.
Downtown Kelowna is a fascinating district filled with culture indoors and out. You can visit the Kelowna Art Gallery which showcases a number of local, national and international exhibitions, or try one of the other vibrant galleries around town. The Rotary Centre for the Arts which offers a wide selection of public arts programs for all ages in a unique and elegant event venue.
Eat & Drink
Aside from the assortment of vineyards, Kelowna offers a rich and diverse scene for foodies. From streetside cafes like Bean Scene Coffee Works which serves the highest quality coffee in the Okanagan or try a Lakeside Dining experience at Hotel Eldorado to enjoy an award-winning meal with a view.
This outdoor market is open both Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM – 1 PM. You’ll find an assortment of local goods and refreshments. Bonus Activity: Stop by on a day when, the farm-to-table food truck, Poppadoms is there. Check out their Instagram to find their schedule.
Cuddle a Kangaroo
Located just outside of Kelowna in Lake Country, the Kangaroo creek farm is home to baby kangaroos, emus, peacocks, fancy chickens, goats, parrots, wallabies, potbellied pigs, capybara and even a sugar glider. The farm is open daily during the summer months from 10 AM – 3 PM, but if you want the chance to cuddle a Joey be sure to arrive early.
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Kelowna features a diverse experience with local award-winning vineyards, endless wine tasting experiences, over 30 beautiful beaches surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, from mountains to forests to lake views – one visit may not be enough. Experience all Kelowna has to offer, year-round, by joining the 1.2 million visitors who return 2-3 times each year.
*According to Tourism Kelowna Visitor Intercept Survey Findings by Season. Published January 17, 2017