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
view of kelowna city 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 fairly easy.

Kelowna Neighborhood Areas To Visit & Stay

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.

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.

Kelowna Shopping

kelowna orchard park mall shopping center

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 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.

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

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 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.

Kelowna BC & the Okanagan Valley Wine Industry

This is where it all began, really.

cedar creek winery kelowna

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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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". :-)

10 Coolest B&B's in Kelowna

Ogopogo Bed & Breakfast
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Mill Creek Manor
A View Of The Lake
Lakeshore B&B
A Touch Of English
The Hopeless Romantic B&B
Dock Inn B&B
A Vineyard View
Aaron's Pool & Spa


Popular Kelowna Hotels

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
Okanagan Seasons Resort
Royal Ann Hotel
Kelowna Inn & Suites
Accent Inn
Ramada Inn & Conference Center
Best Western Plus

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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