About Kelowna

Legend has it that the word “Kelowna” actually comes from the syilx First Nations term for grizzly bear. These majestic creatures once roamed the surrounding hills and valleys, and today you can still pay tribute to their legacy with a stunning piece of public art located at Stuart Park.

Nestled in the heart of the stunning Okanagan Valley, this city is surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, crystal-clear lakes, verdant gardens, and acres upon acres of vineyards and orchards. Its long warm summers and short mild winters, combined with not too crowded visitors hub are perfect for enjoying all the vibrant activities this region has to offer

Whether it's fly fishing or just getting away from the rat race



Top Things To Do Around Kelowna

Your options for fun & leisure are limitless in Kelowna. Here are some things that are very popular that you shouldn’t miss out on while you are here.

1. Go Lake Trout Fishing In Hihium Lake At Sky Hi Lodge

The name “Hihium” means “Mother of all Fish” perfectly captures the abundance of pristine fish and local specials like Kamloops Rainbow trout that call this place home. To truly experience all that Hihium has to offer, you have to stay at Sky Hi Lodge. Amazing scenery, private location, great staff and services are what keep the guests coming back for more than 30 years! Book a stay here!

2. Go wine tasting on a Kelowna winery tour

With more than 40 award-winning Wineries within a 20-minute drive, this region provides premium wines to be swirled, sipped and enjoyed! With five distinct Wine Trails such as Sip South East Kelowna, Lake Country’s Scenic Sip, Westside Wine Trail Lakeshore Wine Route & Downtown Grapes & Grains… you won’t run out of new and exciting places to discover! But that’s only half the story: Kelowna also provides culinary experiences as well as unforgettable winery/vineyard events.

Kettle Valley Railway

3. Go hiking and biking on the Kettle Valley Railway

Approximately 3 miles long, the Kettle Valley railway boasts some of the most iconic vistas in the region providing the perfect setting for your next family adventure all year round. 

However, the trip won’t be complete without visiting Myra Canyon, part of the Kettle Valley Railway, and one of the most scenic places in the Okanagan Valley. With over 18 impressive man-made trestles, 2 steel bridges, and 2 thrilling tunnels built right into the mountainside, you’ll be blown away during this approximately hour-long bike ride. Take in the stunning lake view, gaze out at the sprawling valleys, and get your adrenaline pumping with the crazy-steep drops off the trestles that trains used to traverse.

Mission Creek Regional Park

4. Spend a tranquil morning at Mission Creek Regional Park

With over 100 km of trails, lush green spaces, and pristine parks, this creational park is just a stone’s throw away from downtown Kelowna. Mission Creek stands out with its striking Mission Creek Greenway Trails, boasting 26 km of pathways for walkers, runners and cyclists to use. Spring and summer offer ideal conditions to admire stunning trees while remaining comfortably cool. You can marvel at nature while taking in stunning sights while remaining comfortably cool. In autumn months, this area is transformed into an enchanting sea of gold and red – creating the ideal setting for an afternoon stroll or bike ride.

Kangaroo Creek farm

5.Delight your kids at Kangaroo Creek farm

Looking for a fun and kid-friendly spot in Kelowna? Look no further than Kangaroo Creek Farm! Just a short 25-minute drive from Vernon, this farm is a must-visit for animal lovers of all ages. Their variety of animals is surprisingly diverse, ranging from kangaroos of all sizes to emus, bunnies, fancy chickens, goats, parrots, a baby albino wallaby, and potbellied pigs. There will be no extra charge for treats to feed, or pet these lovely animals, and the staff are extremely knowledgeable to answer any questions you may have.

Kelowna Art Gallery

6. Tour through the Kelowna Art Gallery

If you’re hoping to explore Kelowna’s wider art scene, the Kelowna Art Gallery is an excellent starting point.

Step inside and discover four distinct gallery spaces, each presenting an extraordinary selection of local and international works of art – with over 800 pieces currently on display, there is certainly no lack of creative inspiration here!

Kelowna Art Gallery is more than a place to view artwork; it serves as an incubator of creativity and community involvement with classes and workshops all year round. You can also find extra information about a dozen of other galleries to explore in the city.

Where To Eat Around In Kelowna?

Kelowna is an ideal destination for foodies of all stripes, offering delicious dining options to suit every palate and budget. This city has something to satisfy everyone’s taste, from elegant fine dining with perfectly-matched menus, to casual lakeside patio dining with breathtaking views. Whatever you are craving, make sure to visit these must-try places to eat and drink in Kelowna!

1. Sandhill Wines

Get ready to experience something truly incredible at this hidden gem in the Okanagan! This winery continues to push the limits of traditional winemaking by unveiling fresh new creations for visitors to sample.

Be sure to visit and experience their latest offerings, such as their Small Lots program or Happy Hour starting from 3pm daily. Each year, this winery handcrafts several exceptional barrels to perfection, producing unique and unforgettable flavours that will have you coming back for more.

Address: 1125 Richter Street, Kelowna

2. OAK + CRU Social Kitchen & Wine Bar

Nestled in the heart of downtown Kelowna and overlooking the serene waterfront, OAK + CRU Social Kitchen and Wine Bar is a food lover’s paradise. With a menu inspired by the freshest produce and ingredients sourced from over 300 local wineries, food producers and artisans, it’s no wonder why this restaurant is a must-visit spot for anyone traveling to the Okanagan Valley. Whether you’re sipping on a glass of local wine, indulging in a delicious meal, or simply taking in the stunning views, OAK + CRU is sure to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds and your memory.

Address: 1310 Water St, Kelowna

3. Earls Kitchen + Bar

Earls Kitchen + Bar is a great spot for foodies who appreciate locally sourced ingredients and scratch-made dishes. With both a dining room and lounge, guests have options for where to enjoy their meal. And for those who love dining al fresco, the rooftop patio is a great spot to soak up the sun and take in the sights of Kelowna. It’s always a good idea to make a reservation to ensure you get a table in the dining room or lounge, but the patio is open for guests to enjoy on a first-come, first-serve basis..

Address:211 Bernard Ave, Kelowna

4. Third Space Cafe

Need a quick energy fix before going back to exploring Kelowna? Stop by this non-profit shop for a cup of coffee or a fresh, delicious pastry to satisfy your sweet tooth. Its warm, cozy atmosphere and friendly staff are also highly praised by the locals.

Address: 1708 Dolphin Ave #103, Kelowna

5. Little Hobo Soup & Sandwich Shop

Little Hobo Soup & Sandwich Shop is a must-visit spot in Kelowna for delicious and comforting lunch meals. With a wide variety of soups, sandwiches, and burgers on the menu, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The friendly and attentive service from the staff only adds to the welcoming atmosphere of this cozy little shop.

Address: 596 Leon Ave, Kelowna

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