Kelowna truly has something for everyone. Pluck fresh fruit right from the tree at our orchards or stroll through exquisite gardens. Catch a live theatre presentation at the Kelowna Community Theatre or the latest concert live on stage at Prospera Place. Surround yourself with paintings, pottery and sculptures and get up close and personal with the finest examples in Kelowna’s Cultural District. Looking for family fun? Visit the many family attractions that are sure to have the whole family smiling. Hit the links on the championship golf courses. If the snow is falling, then it’s time to head for the mountains for some world-renowned skiing. Water-ski, climb, hike or bike – in Kelowna your toughest choice is what to do next.
Looking for new ways to tour the City? Why not rent bicycles or scooters and feel the wind on your face while you enjoy the sights and sounds of Kelowna? Family fun is waiting at one of the go cart tracks, our outdoor paintball playground or in one of our several water parks.
First class beaches, children's water parks and water slides, boat rentals, parasailing, wind surfing, canoeing and kayaking are popular in Okanagan Lake as well as in other lakes located within the area. Grassy picnic areas, playgrounds, washrooms and concession stands are all standard facilities at our many beaches. Visitors can find more than 200 freshwater lakes scattered throughout the area. Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Whitefish, Burbot and Carp among the numerous resident varieties in the Okanagan.
There are more than a dozen trails within the Kelowna area where visitors and locals can enjoy a stroll or scenic hike. Knox Mountain Park is one of the closest to downtown, offering spectacular vistas of the Valley, lake and a cityscape. The 7-km long Mission Creek Greenway provides serenity in the middle of the City where families and fitness enthusiasts can walk, jog, cycle, or ride horseback along the trail. Across Okanagan Lake, Bear Creek Provincial Park offers a wilderness hike above its lakeside campsite.
Indoors or out, Kelowna has just the place to entertain every member of the family. Our amusement centers will provide hours of safe fun and burn off some energy. Take to the trail on a guided ATV tour, travel back in time with a Kettle Valley Steam Train ride or relax aboard a paddle wheeler. These are just some of the many activities you'll find wrapped around our picturesque Okanagan Lake.
Golfers return regularly to the Okanagan for its hot, sunny climate, extended golf season (March through November) and the diversity and sheer concentration of its premium courses. With an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine every year, the Okanagan offers the longest, sunniest and driest golf season in Canada.
When golfing in Kelowna, you are likely to find yourself meandering through an orchard, over desert terrain and rolling hills or past expansive lakes and canyons. There are fifteen courses, located in the Kelowna area providing golfers of all ages and abilities with premium experiences.
Forty-five minutes to the north of Kelowna is Predator Ridge Golf Resort, host of the prestigious Export ŒA‚ Skins Game. Just outside city limits is the Okanagan Golf Club, home to The Quail Course created by Les Furber, and The Bear Course designed by Jack Nicklaus‚ Golden Bear Golf Design. In East Kelowna you will find The Harvest Golf Club consistently recognized for its superior service. Gallagher‚s Canyon Golf & Country Club offers both its Championship Course and The Pinnacle, a nine-hole, mid-length course. Also designed by Les Furber is the Kelowna Springs Golf Club located by the Kelowna International Airport and features the Kelowna Springs Putting Course for those who want to practice their short game.
There are also an additional ten courses in the immediate Kelowna area. Full-length, championship, executive, putting courses, or even mini-golf. There are fun opportunities for golfers of every age and every skill level to discover on the fairway.
Many courses offer dining experiences in their Clubhouse facilities ranging from gourmet cuisine in a formal setting, to casual dining on the patio. If you are looking for a venue for your corporate tournament or special event, look no farther than our Kelowna courses that have the facilities and staff to ensure your event is a great success.
Attention green thumbs! You’ll feel right at home in Kelowna. Gardening is somewhat of a cultural phenomenon in this community. It has iconic status, and the international accolades to prove it!
For several years, Kelowna has consistently garnered international acclaim for its outdoor beauty. In 1988, Kelowna won the Communities in Bloom competition, and took home a first-place finish at the Communities in Bloom International Challenge team competition in partnership with the city of Solihull, England. In December of 2001, Kelowna participated in the Nations in Bloom worldwide competition, held in Shenzhen, China, where the Kelowna was the gold medallist and placed second in our population category.
All summer long, visitors can learn about the produce and flora of this fertile region at a variety of public gardens and orchards. Find out about orchard tours to a 100 year-old orchard, well equipped for visitors with its own country store and Teahouse. Discover over 60 varieties of lavender at a local lavender farm; or learn about indigenous plants to this low-precipitation area at a number of gardens specializing in xeriscape gardening. Looking for space to ponder life? Find peace in the symmetry of some of the city’s formal gardens including a Japanese garden, and a number of elegant English gardens.
In the time before Europeans discovered America , First Nations People lived throughout the land. Deep within the Interior of what is now known as the Province of British Columbia , these people discovered what they called "N'ha-a-itk", meaning "lake monster".
Recorded sightings date back to 1850 and the 'creature' is reported to be reddish-brown, green, grey, or somewhere in between. The great beast is described as large and dark with a long neck and humped back.
The Native population of the area accepted its existence as a fact of life, occasionally canoeing to a cave believed to be its home and leaving food offerings for safe passage.
The Legend of N'ha-a-itk, better known as Ogopogo, is still alive in the Okanagan Valley . This has helped attract many creative people like filmmakers, producers, actors, writers, sculptors, artists and artisans, singers and musicians to this area to work and live. As a result, Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley are a place to see and be seen.
Since settlers planted their first orchards and vineyards here more than a century ago, the Okanagan has built a rich and diverse history. Walk in the footsteps of the first Europeans at the Father Pandosy Mission, take tea like Lady Aberdeen at Guisachan Heritage Park, or see our spectacular countryside from the deck of a paddle wheeler. Kelowna offers a wide assortment of other historical landmarks too. Learn more about our agricultural past with fascinating exhibits in the Wine Museum, BC Orchard Industry Museum , and the Kelowna Museum . To plan your journey through Kelowna 's history, visit our interactive map and view the locations of our heritage attractions or search the database below to find contact information for museums, tours and local historical associations.
In Kelowna, you are never far from a variety of one-of-a-kind adventures. Using your hotel, motel or campsite as a base, you can easily combine venues, locales and attractions into easy self-guided tours. Day trips by car, cycling jaunts of just a few hours, or an impromptu beach crawl are all exciting and best of all - free. Hike to the look-outs on the mountains that cradle the city, stroll our quaint downtown on an art hunt, or show your skills with beach sports. Touring Kelowna is limited only by your imagination.
Prepare yourself to enter a wonderful world of retail. From furniture to fashion, Kelowna boasts a selection of shopping experiences to tantalize every taste. Finish off your busy day by exploring our eclectic mix of shops or self-indulge at a salon or day spa.
As the biggest business centre in the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is home to many of the larger chain retailers and several shopping malls, most located right along Harvey Avenue (Highway 97). Take a walk through the heart of the City and you'll be treated to a wide range of shops stocking the latest fashions and unique gifts. If you are looking for home décor ideas, visit Spall Road and then stroll down Pandosy Street where you can find the latest home furnishing ideas. Just a block off Pandosy, Tutt Street Square also offers an array of choices from trendy teapots to the perfect painting.
Hunting for that perfect purchase can be both exhilarating and exhausting and calls for some personal TLC when the day is done. Nurture your mind, body and spirit at one of Kelowna’s day spas.
Kelowna has a variety of attractions and outdoor adventure to offer, and our selection of day spas is the perfect way to pamper yourself and ease those tired muscles at the end of a busy day. Indulge –with a soak in a Japanese bath. Rejuvenate with a Dead Sea Mud Wrap. Tantalize your senses with a Vinotherapy Massage. Why stop at just a day? For your next celebration or special occasion, contact one of our accommodations to book a spa package or arrange a retreat for your favourite group of friends.
Located just north of downtown Kelowna, the six-block area that was once the center of the Okanagan’s fruit packing industry is now known as Kelowna’s Cultural District. The District features artist studios and galleries, theatres, museums, casino, and fine dining featuring cuisine from across the globe.
The Rotary Centre for the Arts serves as a focal point for the developing Cultural District. It provides a place for artists, musicians, dancers and actors to gather, practice and perform. The Mary Irwin Theatre, located inside the Centre, hosts local and visiting artists specializing in the performing and visual arts.
Kelowna hosts a multitude of gifted performing artists. Live music fills our community parks every summer with the extremely popular Parks Alive program. Music is also celebrated on the stage at Prospera Place, a 6,000 seating capacity arena that hosts many international artists throughout the year.
If you hanker for theatrical productions, the curtain rises year round in Kelowna’s Community Theatre where a wide variety of live entertainment delights audiences. Several outside performances are also held throughout the summer months at outdoor stages throughout the City and at many local wineries. You may want to make your winery tour an evening event as many wineries feature theatrical or musical performances throughout the summer months. If you prefer Hollywood, catch the latest release at the Grand 10 Cinema with 10 movie screens and great popcorn.
Kelowna is the perfect winter ski spot. Encircled by the Cariboo and Monashee Mountain Ranges, the higher elevations boast consistent amounts of light, dry powder snow that challenges every level of downhill enthusiast. Four ski hills within a 90-minute drive from the City offer a wide selection of amenities beyond the major attractions of skiing or snowboarding. Ski-in/ski-out accommodations, groomed trails for cross-country skiing, dog sleds, horse-drawn sleighs, and snowmobiles are also available.
Explore the backcountry on a power-driven sled. The Greystoke Mountain region, and McCulloch Lake areas offer more than 300 kms (186 mi) of groomed track. There are also six backcountry shelters that are maintained for those interested in overnight tours.
With hundreds of lakes scattered throughout the region, the choices for ice fishing are as abundant as the fish. If you’re searching for some indoor ice, visit our local curling rink. Kelowna is home to several world championship curling teams and an enthusiastic curling community. Chances are you’ll catch a bonspiel in progress.
Looking for an escape from the outdoors? Throughout the winter months, touring opportunities combine fabulous Kelowna attractions with arts, culture, entertainment, boutiques, wine and fabulous food. We've got options galore, all year long.