Kelowna is a fabulous jewel nestled in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia's souther interior and is a favourite vacation spot in all seasons. Summer can't be beat here. Our hot sunny weather is perfect for enjoying, World-class vineyards, a robust foodie scene, beaches and trails.
You can't visit the Okanagan Valley without doing a wine tour and there’s no better place to do it than in the Kelowna vineyards. Home to dozens of wineries and just a short drive away from even more in Lake Country and Vernon, there’s everything from tiny, family-run operations and quirky co-ops to Tuscany-inspired sprawling estates. Kelowna Wineries.
Take a ride on Maeg’s BBQ Boats
Get nine friends together and charter your own electric power boat for an afternoon. You can bring your own food or take advantage of the catering option. Up to 10 people can hop on board and enjoy a BBQ while cruising Okanagan Lake and soaking up the sun. A staffer can captain your boat for you if you prefer, but the boats are pretty simple to maneuver and you may just want to do it yourself. You can also book a spot on a 45-minute lake tour which is a fun way to see spots like downtown from a different perspective. Maeg's Boats.
Visit the Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm
Visitors are welcome to wander through the plants and herbs grown on the property. The purple lavender is in bloom in early summer and is used in their botanical products like essential oils, body butter, tea and syrup. They are completely free of additives, fillers and artificial preservatives and are available online or at the on-site shop. Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm.
Sip spirits at Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery
This distillery offers more than two dozen types of craft spirits made from Okanagan grains and fruits. The collection includes whiskey, gin, absinthe, aquavit, vodka and tonic, alongside fruit brandies flavoured with black current, huckleberry, maraschino and rhubarb. You can load up on them in their beautiful tasting room in the heart of downtown, where staff also lead tours and tastings. Okanagan Spirits.
Cycle or walk the Kettle Valley Railtrail
The scenic Myra Canyon trestles are the perfect place for half-day cycling trip. Just a 40 minute from downtown Kelowna, this former train track has been converted into a recreation trail. Rent a bike from Hoodoo Adventures or bring your own and pedal through the canyon and its two tunnels and 18 trestle bridges. With a maximum 2.2% grade, the trail can be cycled or hiked by most with just a little preparation. Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
Indulge in a wine-themed spa treatment
Kelowna is all about the wine, so it’s no surprise that you can indulge even when you go to the spa. Beyond Wrapture Day Spa offers vinotherapy treatments, where the byproducts from wineries like pips, stems and skins are used to make lotions and scrubs. The spa’s signature treatments include wraps and massages. The antioxidants found in grapes are thought to promote enzyme activity in skin cells and reduce the damage created by free radicals. Beyond Wrapture Day Spa.
Tour the town on a Dropbike
Our flat city center area is perfect for cycling and thanks to the Dropbike program, it's super convenient. The cute, bright-orange bicycles are found all over town, and users simply scan a QR code to unlock them and take them wherever they please. Dropbikes can be parked at specially marked "havens", or anywhere you would park your own bike. Attach them to racks, rings, poles, etc, as required by your local by-laws. Dropbike.
Kelowna is foodie heaven, and restaurants here take the farm-to-table concept seriously. Standout spots include RauDZ Regional Table which is famous for its award-winning cocktails, and Salt & Brick where guests tuck into shared plates prepared right in front of their eyes. Krafty Kitchen + Bar is loved for its Hip Hop Brunch, where menu items have names like Boys in Da Hood Benedict and ‘90s rap music plays all morning. Okanagan Restaurants.