Whatever Your Interests A Kelowna BC
Vacation Is Sure To Deliver!

The nicest thing about a Kelowna BC vacation is that the city has pretty much everything to see and do that you really don't have to go anywhere else in the valley to experience everything the Okanagan has to offer.

Situated in the heart the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is a growing, busy, thriving city, home to so many wonderful things, along with a huge range of spectacular outdoor activities, that bring visitors back for both summer and winter vacations year after year.

Enjoying beautiful year round weather, hot summers and mild winters, you'll find that travel in and around Kelowna is also very easy.

And, with the only international airport in the interior British Columbia, flying here is not only convenient, but you also don't have the hassles of big city airports and wait times.

If you're planning your next Okanagan vacation, we hope these pages about visiting Kelowna helps you make the most of your stay here. :-)


View of Kelowna city from Kelowna Mountain

Kelowna tourism offers something for everyone. Fun family attractions, festivals, beaches, winter skiing, golf, wine tours and so much more.

As you explore the city, in summer you'll likely want to spend some time on one of the great beaches, visit the Kelowna Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning, visit a winery and also tour the suspension bridges.

Kelowna beaches are fantastic! Beautiful Kelowna Beach In Summer

There are endless attractions that embrace the Okanagan's agricultural industry like honey farms, an herb farm, fruit orchards, places to play like mini golf overlooking Okanagan Lake and much more.

Gyro Park Beach, Hot Sands Beach, and Rotary Beach are all great places for families, with lots of grass areas, shade, picnic areas, concession stands, tennis and volleyball, as well as playgrounds and washrooms are either along or within an easy distance from most of the beaches.

And in addition to the beaches there are several kid's waterparks, and waterfront walkways for strolling along and admiring the views.

Wineries in and around Kelowna BC
View from West Kelowna Winery

Plus there are beautiful trails to explore or hike, like the 17-kms of trails at the Mission Creek Greenway are beautiful and a great place to visit. During the fall months you'll likely see Kokanee working their way upstream to spawn. You can also visit the Mission Creek Interpretive Centre to learn about local ecology.

Kelowna BC City Areas To Visit & Stay

While the city isn't really that big, you might want to think about the area of the city you want to stay. If you're here for the beaches in summer, for example, you might want accommodations in certain areas that are close enough to the beach that you can walk. There are hotels, motels, vacation rentals, timeshare rentals in Kelowna, and B&B's in almost every neighborhood that's close to the lake, so finding a good place to stay that suits your needs should be fairly easy.

Downtown Kelowna

kelowna city area downtown waterfront

The Kelowna downtown area has hotels and vacation rentals that close to the city's Hot Sands Beach, City Park, Stuart Park, and Waterfront Park. The downtown area is also known as the 'cultural district'.

The downtown Kelowna neigbourhood is also where you'll find Prospera Place, Kelowna museums, Towne Centre Mall, and a host of unique shops and restaurants.

Kelowna South
kelowna mission park neighborhood

The South Kelowna area includes Kelowna Mission and is a very popular area to stay in. In this part of the city you'll find Manteo Resort, the Eldorado hotel, Gyro Park beach and also the popular Rotary beach.

This part of the city includes South Pandosy Street, which turns into Lakeshore Road, which then runs all the way south to Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park.

Mission Park shopping is convenient and has grocery stores, unique shops, banking, and plenty of restaurants. Okanagan College is also in this part of the city. And from the Mission area you are close to Kelowna H2O, Guisachan Heritage Park, Benvoulin Heritage Park, and Mission Creek Regional Park.

Harvey Avenue/Hwy 97/Central Kelowna

kelowna hotel in central city area

Harvey Avenue is Okanagan Hwy 97, which runs through the center of the city of Kelowna. It connects the Kelowna bridge to travel to the South Okanagan and runs north to the North Okanagan and on.

There are many hotels along Harvey Avenue, both close to downtown and also to the airport. If staying close to the beach isn't really an issue for you, there are many options to choose from here.

Staying centrally you can also walk to many places such as Orchard Park Mall. There's also lots of restaurants along the main roadway through the city. Plus, if you're here in the winter for skiing at Big White, you can find accommodations that are close to Hwy 33, which will take you to the ski hill.

Kelowna also has many beautiful parks to explore. Whether you want to hike, bike, picnic, or just walk among nature, there are many opportunties to do this. Knox Mountain, for example, is the city's largest natural park and a wonderful place to visit.

Kelowna Shopping

kelowna orchard park mall shopping center

Orchard Park Mall - the main shopping mall in the city. Everything from department stores to upscale boutiques.

Downtown Bernard Avenue Lots of unique gift shops, boutiques, specialty bakeries, coffee houses, and art galleries.

Pandosy Village Boutique shoppers heaven with designer clothing, fine teas, organics, ethnic dining, a bakery for dogs and cats and art shoppe.

Festivals & Events in Kelowna BC

Fun for everyone, families, children and sporting festivals and events throughout the summer. These are just a few of the fun events...

Fat Cat Children's Festival A fun family event, takes place at Waterfront Park in downtown Kelowna. There are scheduled shows and also a variety of shows and entertainment on the festival site.

Center of Gravity The Center of Gravity is one of the largest multi-sports festivals in British Columbia! This is a great family event, and offers activities including a Kid's Zone and an Exhibitor's Village.

Dragonboat Festival Over 160 dragon boat teams compete, plus a concert, events and live entertainment.

Kelowna Hopscotch Festival - a great fall event that offers an experience in tasting a huge variety of Whisky, Spirits and Beer.

Kelowna Wine Tours

The city Kelowna BC has over a dozen wineries itself to try out wine tasting, tours, and fine cuisine for a complete experience!

With more than a hundred wineries throughout the Okanagan Valley, there's simply not enough time to visit them all on one vacation! A wine tour in Kelowna BC is a great way to learn about and enjoy the fine Okanagan wine.

Kelowna is also host to a number of events during the Okanagan Wine Festival. The Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter Wine Festivals...starts in January, ends in October. Lots of special events.

Winter Sports & Recreation

skiing and snowboarding at big white ski resort

You'll find ample opportunity for winter recreation including skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.

  • Big White Ski Resort the closest to the city of Kelowna (45 minutes).
  • Silver Star Ski Resort in Vernon
  • Crystal Mountain
  • in West Kelowna BC.
  • Apex Mountain Ski Resort in Penticton

Stuart Park, in downtown, is also where you can skate on an outdoor rink during the winter months.

There's just so much to explore and enjoy in and around the city of Kelowna BC. Whatever you love to do, we know you'll find activities and great family friendly attractions in this beautiful city to fit your own definition of leisure and recreation, and easily make your vacation plans come together to create the perfect summer or winter holiday. Visit our top kid's My Okanagan page to see some great family and kid friendly attractions and get more summer vacation ideas for the area.

More Information About Kelowna BC

Kelowna News Papers
Golf In Kelowna
Downtown Kelowna Hotels
Hotels in East Kelowna
Of course, you can easily travel to other cities and towns in the region.

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Fun
Kelowna Fact

In 1946, the BC Fruit Growers Association, created BC Fruit Processing Ltd. to produce and sell a pure 100% apple juice, made with apples straight from Okanagan orchards. They named their new juice "SunRype". :-)
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10 Coolest B&B's in Kelowna

Ogopogo Bed & Breakfast
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Popular Kelowna Hotels

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
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canada flag For more information about Kelowna BC, you can contact the
Kelowna Visitor Information Center

544 Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC
V2A 8S3
Telephone:1 (800) 663-4345
or 250-861-1515
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