Kelowna BC Vacation

Visiting The Heart Of The Okanagan Valley

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

kelowna bc beach vacationKelowna Beaches Are Fantastic!

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.

We enjoy beautiful year round weather, hot summers and mild winters. And 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. Welcome to the beautiful Okanagan!

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 or take a break at one of the city's unique restaurants.

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Plus there are beautiful trails to explore or hike, like the 17 kms of trails at the Mission Creek Greenway are 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.

view of okanagan lake from a west kelowna wineryOne of many wineries in and around Kelowna BC

Kelowna BC City Areas

When you're planning your vacation here you might want to think about the area of the city you want to stay. If you're here for the city 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 pet friendly hotels, motels, family friendly hotels with pools, vacation rentals, timeshare rentals in Kelowna, beautiful resorts like Manteo and Hotel Eldorado, 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. The Kelowna airport area is also growing with residences, golf, convenience shopping and hotel.

Downtown Kelowna - The Cultural District & North End

The city of Kelowna city downtown area includes the waterfront and city park. This area has hotels and some 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 neighborhood is also where you'll find Prospera Place where many large events take place, the Delta Grand Okanagan, casino, local museums including the The Laurel Packinghouse and Wine & Orchard museum and Military museum, art gallery, Towne Centre Mall, and a host of unique shops and nice restaurants.

The North end of the downtown core is where you'll find Knox Moutain Park.

Kelowna Glenmore

The Glenmore area runs north, parallel to Knox Mountain. This is a beautiful drive which, once you're past the residential area, takes you all the way to Winfield BC.  Along this road you'll find Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park.  There are also orchards throughout this part of city and you'll likely see signs for fresh fruit. 

If you're wanting to do urban style RV camping you'll find a couple of really nice RV parks including Scenic View and Apple Valley Orchard & RV Park.

Kelowna South - Pandosy, KLO & The Mission

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 Park. 

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.

Central Kelowna/Harvey Avenue/Hwy 97

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 Vernon, Armstrong in the North Okanagan and on to the Shuswap.

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.

Depending on where you're staying centrally you can walk to many places such as Orchard Park Mall. There's also lots of restaurants along the main highway 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 up to the ski hill.

East & Southeast Kelowna BC

This Kelowna neighborhood is in the area of The Harvest Golf Club and beyond.  There are wineries and some other local attractions scattered throughout the city. In this area you'll find lots of orchards and it's quite a scenic drive through.  

East Kelowna Road crosses the Mission Creek Greenway and intersects with Hollywood Road South. Heading north at this intersection will take you back to Springfield Road where you circle back to the main city area. As far as family attractions you won't find much out here. But it is a nice drive. :-)

Southeast Kelowna 

West Kelowna (aka Westbank BC)

West Kelowna BC is an entity of it's own. On the other side of Okanagan Lake this is a growing community with lots of amenities and places to stay. 

Some popular attractions on the west side of Kelowna are the Safari Ridge Paintball and 19 Greens Putting Course.

Westside Road takes you Bear Creek Provincial Park, Fintry, Traders Cove Regional Park and Lake Okanagan Resort. If you follow Westside Road, indeed you'll eventually end up in Vernon BC.

Things To Do On A Kelowna Vacation

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

  • Fat Cat Children's Festival  is a fun family event, takes place at Waterfront Park in downtown Kelowna BC. There are scheduled shows and also a variety of shows and entertainment on the festival site.
  • 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.
  • Parks Alive! is a summer program that takes place regularly throughout the summer season. Spend a day or evening in downtown Kelowna and you're likely to find this venue with entertainment.
  • Canada Day (of course!)

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 In Kelowna BC

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

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. 

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