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About Kelowna

Kelowna, meaning “Grizzly Bear” in the native Salish tongue, is one of Canada’s most popular summer vacation spots. With a population of over 100,000 people, Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley (in the south central region of BC). Easily accessible by car, bus and air, Kelowna is only 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of the United States border and 395 kilometers (247 miles) east of Vancouver. Kelowna’s airport is now the 11th busiest in Canada with approximately 35 scheduled flights a day; it’s also one of the fastest growing in North America.

Kelowna is well known for it’s hot summers and temperate winters. The average daytime high during summer is 30 degrees Celsius (85 F) and the average daytime high during winter is -0.3 degrees Celsius (32 F). Okanagan Lake is 110 kilometers (70 miles) long and 5 kilometers (3 miles) wide. Okanagan Lake Bridge, built in 1958, is the only floating bridge in Canada and is the longest floating bridge in North America with a floating section of over 600 meters (2000 feet).

Each year on Okanagan Lake, sightings are reported of a creature some 20 to 50 feet long, with a horse shaped head and an undulating serpent like body! Ogopogo, Okanagan Lake’s famous “Monster of the Lake”, is now almost as well-known as Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster and both have drawn comparisons to the prehistoric Plesiosaurs. The legendary Ogopogo has been spotted several hundred times over the past century but considerable controversy rages concerning the reliability of these sightings, although believers and non-believers are equally divided. Many of the reports and photographs have been from reputable and serious individuals thus lending credence to the lake monster, which has intrigued people from around the world for decades. Contrary to popular belief, it’s name is not one given by the natives. The area’s first white settlers called it the Ogopogo after a song that went “His mother was an earwig, his father was a whale, a little bit of head and hardly any tail...and Ogopogo was his name.”

Prospera Place, a 6,000-seat multi-purpose facility that’s home to the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, attracts major entertainers and events to the heart of Kelowna’s cultural district. The new Rotary Centre for the Arts is a significant feature of the district, which was named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2003. Waterfront Park is a showcase of the downtown area with lagoons, an outdoor amphitheatre and a wooden boardwalk that links Tugboat Beach and the residential area to the north with the Grand Okanagan Resort & Casino and downtown Kelowna.

Come and discover Kelowna, where spectacular vacations await all visitors to the sunny Okanagan!


OuR Suggestions

Eugene SuggestsEugene Kalmuk,
General Manager

Summerhill Pyramid Winery

"Don't miss Summerhill Vineyard, they offer a great tour of their winery, estate and unique on-site pyramid used to age the wine."

The Summerhill Pyramid Vineyard is comprised of over 80 acres and specializes in organically grown grapes. The semiarid desert of the Okanagan Valley makes the perfect climate for the variety of grapes grown here, while the big draw to visitors is the pyramid structure in which the wine is stored. During the tour many theories are presented as to why the pyramid has an effect on liquids.



Ian SuggestsIan Atkinson,
Technical Coordinator

Knox Mountain Park

"For a great view of the city, take a short drive up Knox Mountain. There is a lookout at the summit which gives you a spectacular view day or night."

Knox Mountain is located North of the downtown core and offers an abundance of hiking and biking trails as well as a dog park, tennis courts and picnic areas. To make a day of it, pack a lunch and plenty of water - then follow Paul's Tomb Trail which leads to a secluded park and public beach access.



Shandra SuggestsShandra Lipkovits,
Reservations Agent

RauDZ Regional Table

"RauDZ is hands down, my favourite restaurant in Kelowna right now."

RauDZ offers a comfortable dining experience and fresh, local cuisine. Make sure to stop by and try one of Kelowna's best restaurants.




Getting Here

Kelowna, British Columbia is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley. The city is located 400 km East of Vancouver, or 600 km West of Calgary, AB. If you are travelling from the United States, the city is 150 km (90 miles) North of the border.

Kelowna International Airport is the 10th busiest airport in all of Canada, offering daily flights to Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Available airlines include Jazz, WestJet, Air Canada, Horizon Air (Alaska), Harmony Airways and Regional 1 Airlines.

When flying into Kelowna taxi, shuttle and car rental services are available inside the terminal.

Location
Latitude: 49.9 
Longitude: -119.483333

By Car

  • Kelowna is located 400 km East of Vancouver: Hwy 1 East to Hope. Follow either Hwy 5 or Hwy 3 to Kelowna.
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  • 600 km West of Calgary, AB: Via Highway 1, the Trans Canada Highway connects to Highway 97A South and Highway 97 South to Kelowna.

By Air
  • Kelowna International Airport is serviced by many of the top Canadian airlines — Jazz, WestJet, Air Canada, Horizon Air (Alaska), Harmony Airways and Regional 1 Airlines. These airlines are partnered with many international carriers and fly non-stop to Kelowna daily from Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Calgary, Kamloops, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Seattle.

Distances

  • Calgary, AB - 607 km
  • Vancouver, BC - 391 km
  • Kamloops, BC - 171 km
  • Penticton, BC - 64 km
  • Vernon, BC - 52 km

Things To Do In Kelowna

Kelowna Biking

Biking

Whether you are a seasoned trail rider or just looking to spend time with your family, riding in the city, Kelowna has the biking opportunity for you. Put your skills to the test with a moderate to difficult level ride at McDougall Rim, or take in the inspiring lake views from Knox Mountain and the Paul's Tomb Trail. If you prefer to ride on the pavement you are sure to enjoy downtown Kelowna, City Park and Abbott Street which feature a special paved lane just for bikers and rollerblades. Another great location for downhill biking is Silver Star Resort, just outside of Vernon which offers lift services and all the amenities of a mountain village.



Kelowna Boating

Boating

Lake Okanagan spans 100km making it the perfect spot for water sports. Imagine taking your family out waterskiing, wakeboarding, houseboating or jetskiing everyday of your vacation. Boat Rentals can be arranged by your reservation agent when booking accommodations.



Kelowna Camping

Camping

Surrounded by majestic mountain, deep forests and running steams, Kelowna is a favourite destination for campers each and every year. Bear Creek and Fintry Park are two of the family favourites, each offering space for RVs, campers and tents. Make sure to book your spots early (April 1) as they fill up extremely fast.



Kelowna Casino

Casinos

Kelowna offers two casinos where you can try your luck on games like poker, blackjack, roulette, slots and bingo. The downtown location is within easy walking distance of the waterfront, entertainment and plenty of great restaurants.



Kelowna Festivals

Festivals

Kelowna summers are packed full of festivals and cultural events such as the Okanagan Wine Festival, Wakefest Competition and the Fat Cat Children's Festival which attracts more then 15,000 children and parents each year.



Kelowna Golf

Golf

For golfers there is no better place to stay then Kelowna. Offering more then 14 unique courses in and around the city, each features a mix of desert terrain and both orchard and lake views. One of the most popular courses in the area is Predator Ridge which hosted the Export ‘A’ Skins Game in 2000. Make sure to book your tee times early.



Kelowna Hiking

Hiking

With miles of marked trails in every direction, this is a hiker’s paradise. There is no better way to experience the natural beauty of the Okanagan Valley then to explore it for yourself. Pack plenty of water and set out to see the sights.



Kelowna Nightlife

Nightlife

Enjoy the variety of night clubs, pubs and restaurants Kelowna has to offer. The downtown core is home to many of the most popular businesses each of which are within easy walking distance of each other.



Kelowna Orchards

Orchards

World renowned for producing some of the best fruit in Canada, Kelowna gives you a chance to tour the orchards and in some cases pick your own fruit to take home. All your favourites are here cherries, apples, peaches, pears, plums etc.



Kelowna Parks & Beaches

Parks & Beaches

This is why everyone vacations in Kelowna, the hot sun, clear water and miles of beautiful beaches. Families will enjoy the activity of Rotary Park Beach or the children’s water park at Hot Sands Beach in City Park. Young adults should stop by Gyro Beach, which is populated by a younger crowd and is always busy with volleyball and Frisbee games.



Kelowna Shopping

Shopping

From trendy clothing stores and board shops located downtown to unique boutiques throughout the Mission area, there is something for everyone. Orchard Park Shopping Center houses all the large chain stores as well as several restaurants, while many other major outlets are located along Harvey Ave (Highway 97).



Big White

Skiing & Snowboarding

Located only 45 minutes drive from Kelowna is Big White Ski Resort, the second largest resort in Canada. Each year Big White is blessed with more then 24 feet of champagne powder, the light and fluffy snow the Okanagan is so famous for. Big White, known as the "Best Family Ski Resort" in Canada offers 118 marked runs, night skiing, a completely ski in/ski out mountain village.



Kelowna Wineries

Wineries

Known internationally for spectacular vineyards and producing award winning wine, the vineyards surrounding Kelowna and area are a must see for any visitor. Many of the most popular wineries such as Mission Hill, Summer Hill and Quail's Gate offer guided tours, wine tastings and gift shops full of specialty wine products. Several local companies offer bus tours which stop at multiple wineries and offer lunch at one of the beautiful estates.



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