Small, wine country city that has everything.

 

There are many wonderful sights and activities to enjoy during your stay in Kelowna.  To capture the essence of this beautiful city, here are some highlights:

Kelowna is located approximately 400 kms (240 miles) from Vancouver, 600 kms (360 miles) from Calgary, and 150 kms (90 miles) from the USA/ Canada border.

Stretching from north to south for approximately 110 kms (68 miles) is beautiful Okanagan Lake.  The lake sustains several diverse communities along this corridor known as the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan Valley is located at the northern most end of the Sonora Desert and hence has ideal weather with a semi-arid climate, which boasts long warm summers and short mild winters. The city of Kelowna, is the largest community and is located midway through the valley. It has a population of 115,000 and includes the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) which is the 10th busiest in Canada with daily non-stop flights from Toronto, Calgary, Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, and others, making Kelowna the transportation, business and service hub of the valley.

Once you arrive, grab your camera and take a drive up Knox Mountain for a panoramic view of the city and surrounding area.  Follow the path from the first lookout down to Paul’s Tomb for an invigorating walk and a swim in the lake, or return downtown to stroll around Kelowna’s Cultural District.  Kelowna’s growing Cultural District covers a six-block downtown area and features a concentration of galleries, museums, theatres, a casino, artists’ studios, fine dining, unique shops and a vibrant cultural life all year long. Prospera Place, a 6,000-seat multi-purpose facility that’s home to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, attracts major entertainers and events, and is also located in the heart of the city. 

Any time of day is a perfect time to get out on the water and enjoy a scenic boat cruise along Okanagan Lake.  There are many companies offering a variety of tours so you can rent your own boat, join a scheduled departure or be more flexible and customize a cruise around your timing. Orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive from the downtown core and provide seasonal delights year round.  You can pluck ripe cherries or juicy peaches from trees, or spend a delightful day sampling the award-winning wares of internationally acclaimed wineries. The Spring, Summer and Fall Wine Festivals offer hundreds of activities focused on wine making, tasting and touring. 

The Okanagan Valley is wine country and a visit to Kelowna would not be complete without experiencing the local wineries, and with more than 30 in the immediate area, there are many choices!  All the wineries offer a unique look at the wine-making process and many provide dining, too.  

Golf enthusiasts, bring your clubs because Kelowna has established a reputation as one of the top golf destinations in Canada. And with one of the longest, driest golf seasons in Canada, you can hit the links at one of  many golf courses nine months out of the year.

To top of off the visit, you could be a lucky enough to spot the legendary lake monster that reputedly resides in Okanagan Lake. The myth of this lake creature dates back more than 100 years ago to the Interior Salish Native people who exchanged stories of a “N’ha-a-itk” who later became known as “Ogopogo”.  Purported sightings over the years continue to strengthen the legend. To “see” Ogopogo for yourself, be sure to visit the statue of the creature found on Bernard Avenue near Kelowna’s City Park.