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Are you visiting Kelowna or thinking of moving here? We love our city and the hundreds of possibilities to fill the day or evenings in the summer or winter.

Kelowna is in a valley with a moderate climate unique to British Columbia. The average snowfall is just under 70 centimetres per year, which allows us to enjoy fitness and many outdoor activities almost all year round. The city offers art, music, and culture for those who prefer inside entertainment.

Arts & Entertainment

Galleries & Studios

Galleries & Studios: Kelowna is home to numerous galleries and art studios showcasing local and international art. These spaces offer a glimpse into the thriving artistic community in the city, with exhibitions and events happening throughout the year.

For movie enthusiasts, Kelowna has several theatres where you can catch the latest blockbusters or indie films. These theatres often feature comfortable seating and state-of-the-art sound systems for an enjoyable viewing experience.

Museums: The city's museums are great for those interested in learning about local history, culture, and art. They offer a range of exhibits, from historical artifacts to contemporary art, providing insights into the region's heritage.

Performing Arts: Kelowna boasts a lively performing arts scene, with venues hosting plays, musicals, dance performances, and concerts. The Kelowna Community Theatre and the Rotary Centre for the Arts are notable spots for such performances.

Uptown Rutland Murals Pass: This unique experience allows visitors to explore Kelowna's vibrant street art scene. The Uptown Rutland area features a collection of stunning murals created by talented artists, adding a splash of colour and creativity to the cityscape.

Kelowna Museums Walking Tour: This tour is an excellent way to explore the city's cultural sites. It includes visits to various museums operated by the Kelowna Museums Society, where you can learn about the region's natural, cultural, agricultural, and athletic aspects.

Kelowna Art Gallery: Established in 1976, the Kelowna Art Gallery is a significant cultural landmark in the city, featuring a vast collection of over 814 permanent public art pieces. The gallery welcomes thousands of visitors annually and is an essential stop for art lovers.

Kelowna Performance Arts: The Kelowna Community Theatre, first opened in 1962, is a prime location for theater, music, dance, and performance art. It's a hub for cultural activities and entertainment in the city.


Dining Experiences

19 Okanagan Grill + Bar: This upscale casual dining spot is known for its beautiful patio with mountain and lake views. It's very popular, especially on weekends, so booking in advance is recommended.

Salt & Brick: For an intimate wine-bar experience with a shared-plate, tapas-style menu, head to Salt & Brick. Located downtown, it offers a rotating menu with consistent favourites like brussel sprouts.

Central Kitchen Kelowna: Known for its comfort food with a modern twist, Central Kitchen is a popular spot among locals and visitors alike. Don't miss their Wagyu Sushi Press and Dirty Truffle Fries.

Bouchons Bistro: This little piece of France in Kelowna’s Cultural District offers a phenomenal menu and a great selection of wines. It's an elevated dining experience that feels like a trip to Europe.

Bernie’s Supper & Cinema Club: A stylish restaurant offering delicious bites and cocktails, with a cinema on the top floor for an entertainment-filled dining experience.

Roma Nord: Claimed to be the best Italian restaurant in town, offering authentic dishes straight from Rome.


Family Activities

Family Activities Kelowna

Beaches: Kelowna and West Kelowna are home to over 30 beaches, perfect for family swims, picnics, and sandcastle building. The clear waters are ideal for snorkelling and exploring the underwater world.

Knox Mountain: For a less strenuous outdoor activity, families can drive to the top of Knox Mountain for a short hike. The viewpoint offers breathtaking vistas of Okanagan Lake and downtown Kelowna.

Cycling: With over 300 kilometres of on-street cycling lanes and 40 kilometres of separated paved multi-use trails, Kelowna is a bike-friendly community. Bike rentals are available for families who want to explore the city on two wheels.

Oyama Zipline Adventure Park: This park offers exhilarating zipline rides and a kids' Monkey Play Park, providing a thrilling experience for both kids and adults.

Safari Ridge Adventure Park: Located in West Kelowna, this park offers an unforgettable paintball experience with seven fields for outdoor play.

Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market: Families can explore a vibrant array of local produce, handmade crafts, and artisanal products at this bustling outdoor market.

Scandia Golf & Games: This entertainment center offers outdoor mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages, indoor jungle mini-golf, and an arcade, making it a fun destination for the whole family.

Father Pandosy’s Mission: A historic site offering self-guided tours to explore early settlement in the Okanagan Valley. It's a captivating experience for history enthusiasts.

Energyplex: Kelowna’s largest entertainment center features a variety of activities, including an aerial park, laser tag, cube climbing, rock walls, rope swings, foam pits, trampolines, and more.

McCurdy Bowling Centre: A popular bowling center offering both 10-pin and 5-pin lanes, perfect for family-friendly competition.

Mission Creek Park: An ideal spot for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring an Environmental Education Center and numerous trails and parks.


Farms, Orchards & Markets

Farms, Orchards & Markets

Kuipers Family Fruit Farm: A family-owned operation since 1921, Kuipers is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere. They offer a range of u-pick options, including cherries, apricots, peaches, and plums, depending on the season. They charge an entrance fee that includes sampling in the orchard, with fruit sales priced by the pound.

Twin Oaks Organic Orchard: Located right next to Kuipers, Twin Oaks is a local favourite offering certified organic u-pick or pre-picked fruits. Visitors can also find organic honey for sale and enjoy the presence of various farm animals.

Mike & Lizzy’s Cherry U-Pick: Established in 1948, this orchard is home to several unique cherry varieties. Known for its affordable u-pick cherries, the orchard opens daily during its July cherry-picking season.

Kelowna Fruit Stand & Cafe: Conveniently on Highway 97, this large fruit stand offers various fruits, vegetables, and treats. The stand is known for its farm-fresh produce and delightful samosas and curry from their cafe.

Don O Ray Farms: Since the 1960s, Don O Ray Farms provides fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The farm also features a petting zoo and offers a variety of ice creams and homemade items like hot sauce and jams.

KLO Farm Market: Established in 2019, this family-owned fruit stand is known for its excellent customer service and fresh local offerings, including fruits, veggies, meats, and juices. They also offer a unique U-pick flower option.

Bella Rosa Orchards: A family-run orchard, Bella Rosa grows various apple varieties, pears, cherries, and table grapes. They are committed to providing the best local fruit to their customers.


Golf

Golf

The Harvest Golf Club: This course is well-known for its wide and forgiving fairways, making it a great choice for golfers who love to drive. It offers stunning views over Kelowna and Okanagan Lake and features a golf academy and a pro shop.

The Okanagan Golf Club: This golf resort boasts two meticulously maintained courses: The Bear and The Quail. The Bear, designed by Nicklaus Design, offers a mix of shady, hilly terrain and flat, wide fairways. The Quail, crafted by Les Furber, presents a forested front nine and opens up on the back nine with breathtaking views of the Okanagan Valley.

Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club: Known for its scenic views, Gallagher’s Canyon includes two courses: The Canyon and The Pinnacle. The Canyon is a championship course with challenging fairways and elevated greens, while The Pinnacle offers a more relaxed 9-hole experience.

Predator Ridge Golf Resort: This resort features two full-length courses, a practice facility, and a golf academy. The Predator Course, designed by Les Furber, is recognized as one of Canada's most challenging courses. The Ridge Course is known for its scenic views and unique design.

Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club: This club is praised for its well-maintained tree-lined fairways and moderate difficulty. Its clubhouse and dining room offer spectacular views of the Okanagan Valley.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course: A championship-length course near the Kelowna airport, Shadow Ridge is known for its straightforward holes and well-maintained greens.

Kelowna Golf & Country Club: Centrally located on Dilworth Ave, this course is known for its moderate difficulty and beautiful clubhouse. It is a semi-private golf club offering a medium-difficulty course.

Black Mountain Golf Club: This championship golf course is known for its narrow fairways, elevation changes, and the signature island green on hole 2.

Shannon Lake Golf Course: Located in West Kelowna, Shannon Lake is a full 18-hole course known for its well-kept fairways and greens. It is considered one of the more forgiving courses in Kelowna, perfect for beginners or intermediate players.

Kelowna Springs Golf Club: A public golf course that is great for beginners, featuring short holes, forgiving fairways, and almost no elevation.

Two Eagles, West Kelowna: A public 18-hole golf course with mostly par 3 holes, offering scenic views and a great dining experience at its restaurant.

Mission Creek Golf Club: A mid-length beginners’ pitch and putt with mostly par 3 holes, located along KLO Road. It also hosts tournaments and golf events.

Michaelbrook: Known for its affordable par 3 pitch and putt, Michaelbrook offers an enjoyable and budget-friendly golfing experience.


Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Wine Tours: Given Kelowna's reputation in the wine industry, numerous tours take you through the scenic vineyards and wineries. These tours often include wine tastings and are a great way to explore the local wine culture.

Cycling Tours: For those who enjoy being active, guided cycling tours allow you to explore Kelowna's landscapes while exercising.

Food Tours: Culinary enthusiasts can enjoy guided food tours through Kelowna's vibrant food scene, sampling local cuisine and visiting various eateries.

Adventure Tours: For a dose of adrenaline, adventure tours offer experiences like canyoning and exploring the natural beauty of Kelowna's wild spaces.


Hiking, Biking & More

Knox Mountain - Apex Trail: This trail is a favorite for hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and photographers. Starting from the base or a parking lot halfway up, the 2.1 km trail features steep ascents and offers panoramic views of Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Okanagan Lake.

Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park - Light Blue Lake Trail: Located in Glenmore, this park offers a variety of trails. The Light Blue Lake trail is moderately challenging, stretching 3 km uphill and providing fantastic views of the Glenmore area.

Mount Boucherie - Boucherie Rush Trail: This trail in West Kelowna is a moderate-difficult hike with switchbacks and steeper sections. The 5.57 km trail leads to rewarding views.

Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park: This park offers different routes with a recommended 3.3 km loop that includes spectacular views of Okanagan Lake. The trail is rated as easy but on the higher side of the scale due to elevation gain and some narrow, rocky sections.

Lebanon Creek Greenway: This trail is ideal for those seeking a workout. It's a moderate 6.4 km trail with a continual incline and steep sections, offering sweeping views of Okanagan Lake.

Canyon Rim Trail in West Kelowna: Part of Bear Creek Provincial Park, this 2.3 km loop trail offers views of a steep canyon and a large waterfall. It's rated as moderate, with two steady climbs and some loose rocks.

Kalamoir Loop Trail in West Kelowna: This 2.7 km loop trail is next to Okanagan Lake and includes beaches and a kayak dock. The trail is rated as easy but challenging, with a 90m elevation gain.

Rose Valley Scenic Loop in West Kelowna: A 7.9 km loop trail offering Kelowna and Okanagan Lake views. The trail is on the lower side of moderate, with mostly wide, forested paths and 230m elevation gain.

Mount Boucherie Rush Trail in West Kelowna: A 6 km return trail with a moderate rating. It features continual ascent with switchbacks and 300m elevation gain, leading to panoramic views.

Big Sagebrush Trail in West Kelowna: An easy 2.6 km return trail with wide paths and a gentle ascent, offering views of Okanagan Lake.


Shopping

Shopping

Bernard Avenue: This trendy street is lined with quaint shops, well-known brands, and funky boutiques. It's a great place to find unique items and local souvenirs.

Downtown Kelowna: The downtown area blends retail shops with galleries and one-of-a-kind boutiques. It's close to the beach and City Park, making it a perfect spot for a relaxed shopping day.

Pandosy Village: Known for its charming atmosphere, Pandosy Village offers an array of shops in a quaint setting.

Ellis and Tutt Street: These streets are also known for their interesting and varied shopping options, with a focus on specialty products and rare finds.


Skiing & Snowboarding

Shopping

Big White Ski Resort: Just an hour's drive from Kelowna, Big White is known for its impressive amount of champagne powder snow and boasts the largest night skiing area in Western Canada. It offers a diverse terrain of 1,119 hectares and is a family-friendly resort with ski-in/ski-out access throughout the main village. The resort also features a range of other winter activities like snowmobiling and sleigh rides.

Silver Star Mountain Resort: Located about an hour's drive from Kelowna, Silver Star is renowned for its mid-mountain village and various ski-in/ski-out options. It's particularly well-suited for intermediate and advanced skiers/snowboarders. The resort offers a unique ski experience with a colourful village atmosphere and various après ski activities.

Sun Peaks Resort: As Canada’s second-largest resort, Sun Peaks is about 2.5 hours from Kelowna and offers a massive terrain of 1,728 hectares. The resort is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, diverse terrain, and well-groomed slopes. It's an affordable choice for families, offering a range of activities, including ice skating and dog sledding.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort: Approximately 2.5 hours from Kelowna, Revelstoke boasts the biggest vertical drop in North America. It's ideal for experienced skiers and snowboarders, offering challenging terrain with steep faces and alpine bowls. The resort is also known for its heli-skiing and cat-skiing opportunities.

Apex Mountain Resort: Located around 1 hour and 20 minutes from Kelowna, Apex offers a variety of terrain suitable for all skill levels. The resort is known for its machine-groomed runs, forest & alpine terrain, and a ski-in/ski-out village, making it a popular choice for families.


Wineries

Shopping

Off the Grid Organic Winery: This unique winery stands out for its commitment to organic winemaking and sustainable practices. Visitors can enjoy interactions with farm animals and sample organic wines in a friendly, casual setting. Their wine tastings are affordable and have a pizzeria food truck on-site.

The Hatch: Known for its hipster vibe and unique wine labels, It offers affordable and distinctive wines. The winery provides a laid-back atmosphere with quirky decor and friendly staff. They are also dog-friendly, enhancing the casual and welcoming experience.

Little Straw Vineyards: Ideal for those who prefer boutique wineries, Little Straw offers stunning views and a long list of award-winning wines. They offer affordable tastings, and the on-site Indian-fusion restaurant offers unique and tasty pairings with their wines.

Rollingdale Winery Inc: This family-run, organic winery is known for its down-to-earth tasting experience and a range of wines, including sweet varieties. They offer a cozy tasting room and an informative experience about their winemaking process.

Ciao Bella Winery: Offering a taste of Italy in Kelowna, Ciao Bella specializes in traditional Italian-style wines. The winery provides charcuterie boards to pair with their wines and boasts a picturesque picnic area.

Tantalus Vineyards: This winery is celebrated for its outstanding cool-climate wines and sustainable practices. They offer guided tours and tastings in their inviting tasting room, showcasing their acclaimed Rieslings and other varietals.

CedarCreek Estate Winery: Known for its exquisite wines and stunning vineyard landscapes, CedarCreek offers a modern and inviting tasting room. They provide educational vineyard tours and a diverse portfolio of premium wines.

Gray Monk Estate Winery: Combining traditional winemaking with innovation, Gray Monk offers a range of exceptional wines, including renowned Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. The winery features panoramic views and a restaurant for an elevated culinary experience.

The Vibrant Vine: This winery stands out for its colourful and whimsical atmosphere. It offers a unique and immersive experience with 3D artwork, interactive tours, and expressive wines.

Sandhill Winery: Dedicated to showcasing different microclimates and vineyard sites, Sandhill offers single-vineyard wines that highlight the nuances of each location. Visitors can enjoy guided tours and tastings on their picturesque patio.

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery: Set against ancient volcanic hills, this winery crafts bold and expressive varietals. They offer an exceptional experience combining remarkable wines with the region's fascinating geology.

Quails’ Gate Winery: With stunning vineyards and a rich history, Quails’ Gate is renowned for its diverse selection of award-winning wines. They also have the Old Vines Restaurant for a farm-to-table dining experience.

Summerhill Winery: Known for its organic and biodynamic wines, Summerhill offers a beautiful setting and a diverse range of wines. They also have a bistro with a menu featuring local and organic fare, including vegan options.

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery: A top tourist favourite, Mission Hill is celebrated for its stunning grounds and premium wines. They offer exclusive tasting experiences and a summer concert series, adding to the allure of the winery.


Water Sports

Shopping

Lake Okanagan: Lake Okanagan, nestled in British Columbia, Canada, offers a myriad of activities for both visitors and locals alike, each providing unique ways to enjoy the lake's natural beauty and the surrounding area's amenities.

Boating and Water Sports: Lake Okanagan is a haven for boating enthusiasts, offering crystal-clear waters perfect for sailing, power boating, and water skiing. Renting equipment is easy, making it accessible for tourists, while locals often have their gear or boats to enjoy a day on the water.

Fishing: Both visitors and locals can fish on Lake Okanagan, known for its diverse species, including trout and salmon. Guided fishing tours are available, providing all the necessary equipment for a successful day of fishing, while locals might have their favourite, less-known spots for a quiet day out.

 Beaches

Beach Days

Beach Days: With its long stretches of sandy beaches, Lake Okanagan is perfect for visitors looking to relax in the sun and locals seeking a leisurely day out. Public beaches have amenities like picnic areas and playgrounds, making it a family-friendly destination.

Kelowna Beaches

  • Boyce-Gyro Beach Park: This is one of Kelowna's most popular beaches, featuring a long sandy shoreline and a variety of amenities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, and volleyball courts. It's an excellent spot for swimming and sunbathing.
  • Hot Sands Beach: Located in City Park, this beach is in the heart of downtown Kelowna. It's a bustling spot with proximity to restaurants and shops, making it perfect for those who want to combine a beach day with urban exploration.
  • Tugboat Bay Beach: Situated near the Waterfront Park, this beach offers a peaceful setting with beautiful views of Lake Okanagan. It's an excellent place for a quiet swim or a leisurely walk along the boardwalk.
  • Sarsons Beach: A hidden gem in the Lower Mission area, Sarsons Beach is perfect for those seeking a quieter beach experience. It offers clear waters, a sandy shoreline, and beautiful scenery.

West Kelowna Beaches

  • Willow Beach: Located along Westside Road, Willow Beach offers a serene environment with stunning views of the lake and mountains. It's an excellent family spot featuring a playground and picnic areas.
  • Raymer Bay Beach: This beach is known for its tranquil setting and beautiful, clean water. It's more secluded, making it ideal for a peaceful day of relaxation and swimming.
  • Marina Park: In West Kelowna's Gellatly Bay area, Marina Park features a boat launch, a swimming area, and lovely lake views. It's an excellent spot for water sports and picnicking.
  • Casa Loma Beach: This small, quiet beach is located in a residential area and offers a nice escape from the busier city beaches. It's a great place to enjoy the water and the scenic views.
  • Rotary Beach Park: Although not detailed in the sources, Rotary Beach Park in West Kelowna typically offers amenities like picnic areas and is suitable for family outings, similar to other Rotary Beaches.

Each beach has its unique charm, offering something for everyone, from bustling beach parks with lots of activities to quiet spots perfect for relaxation and enjoying nature.