Whatever Your Interests Are,
Kelowna BC Is Sure To Deliver!
The nice thing about visiting Kelowna BC is that the city has
pretty much everything to see and do that you really don't have to
go anywhere else in the Okanagan to experience this beautiful part of the valley.
Of course, you can still visit other cities and towns in the Okanagan.
But, these days, Kelowna is a growing, busy, thriving city,
home to many wonderful things that bring visitors back to visit and for
vacations year after year.
If you're flying in to
the Okanagan, Kelowna airport is most likely
where you'll arrive.
If you're coming to the city, we hope these pages about Kelowna helps you
make the most of your visit here. :-)
Kelowna tourism offers something for everyone.
Fun family attractions, festivals, beaches, skiing, golf, wine tours and so much more.
We love exploring the sights of the city and also learning about the interesting
history in the Kelowna Okanagan area.
One of the most amazing views of Kelowna city is from Knox Mountain
One thing you may want to consider is that although there are lots of things
to see and do in Kelowna BC, you may find yourself having to drive around the city to get to
different attractions. And, 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
Kelowna Neighborhood Areas To Visit & Stay
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.
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
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.
Beaches, Parks, Waterparks & Waterfront Boardwalks
Kelowna's beaches are fantastic - 9 beaches in all!
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.
Kelowna 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.
Shopping is the best in the Okanagan Valley, and you'll find an enormous variety of shops, boutiques and shopping malls!
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
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.
Summer Sports & Outdoor Adventure
Whether it's golf, mountain biking,
cycling the Kettle Valley Trail, back country hiking,
fishing or an ATV adventure, summer sports and recreation is one of the main draws
to Kelowna BC and the entire Okanagan Valley.
If you're looking for trails to explore or hike, 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.
Winter Sports & Recreation
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 Westbank.
Apex Mountain Ski Resort in Penticton.
Mount Baldy Ski Resort in Oliver BC.
Kelowna BC also has Stuart Park,
where you can skate on an outdoor rink during the winter months.
Top Family Hotels in Kelowna
Kelowna BC & the Okanagan Valley Wine Industry
This is where it all began, really.
The BC Wine Museum inside the Laurel Packinghouse, downtown Kelowna, offers insight into the
culture and history of wine industry in British Columbia.
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 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.
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 About Visiting Kelowna BC
Flights To Kelowna
Kelowna Airport Information
Kelowna News Papers
Golf In Kelowna
Downtown Kelowna Hotels
Hotels in East Kelowna
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