Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Kelowna in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley for its incredible natural beauty and countless fresh-air activities – everything from skiing at Big White to wine tasting at internationally acclaimed vineyards. Kelowna itself is the largest city in the Valley and is located about 240 miles from Vancouver – easily accessible by air or car, it’s a fantastic choice for families and groups of friends with varied interests and a penchant for all things outdoors. And with a variety of vacation rental options, from cozy mountain cottages to lavish lakeside villas, there’s a perfect accommodation for every size group, whether you’re gathering with adult friends or vacationing with the kids.
There’s no need to look far for year-round outdoor fun in the Okanagan Valley. Kelowna and its environs offer activities for all ages. Hike and mountain bike in lush mountain forests. Pick fresh apples in one of the ubiquitous orchards. Windsurf or fish on the sparkling freshwater lakes. Come winter, ski or snowboard at a number of world-class mountains, or trek through the forest by snowshoe or on cross-country skis.
Slightly more tame experiences include wine tasting – many of the wineries in this region are internationally recognized – visiting galleries and museums and taking in a concert or play – check for outdoor theater during the summer months.
The most value-packed way to experience Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley is to stay at an amenity-laden vacation rental. Choose from lakeside homes, ski chalets, mountain cabins, city apartments – there’s an accommodation style to fit every group size and interest. Consider a three-bedroom villa on Okanagan Lake, complete with a private dock for swimming and fishing and a cozy fireplace inside for romantic evenings. Immerse the kids in fresh mountain air with a stay in a vacation cabin on Idabel Lake, where they can roam free in the woods while you watch from the balcony.
Many vacation rentals come with fully equipped kitchens, a hot tub, state-of-the-art entertainment centers, lake access, BBQ grills, Internet access and more. Explore the region to your heart’s content, then return to your home-away-from-home, with complete privacy and every amenity you could wish for.
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