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15 BEST Wineries in Kelowna, BC (that you need to check out!)

15 BEST Wineries in Kelowna, BC (that you need to check out!)

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Kelowna, British Columbia is a great all-around tourist destination to visit. Whether you visit in the summer for some beach days or winter for some ski days, there are tons of outdoor adventures in BC to be had. It’s also a fun city with excellent shops, bars, and restaurants to explore.

While Kelowna has tons of amazing local breweries, I actually come here for the wineries! You can find wineries just about everywhere you look in Kelowna, from within the city limits, to the hillsides around Lake Okanagan. There are even some great wine tours in Kelowna to take care of driving for you! It’s safe to say wine lovers (like myself) are right at home in Kelowna.

But with so many different wineries in Kelowna, it can be hard to know where to go!

So, I’ve compiled this list of my 15 favorite Kelowna wineries located all over the region (even one within the downtown city limits). Here are the best wineries and vineyards in Kelowna, BC that you just have to check out for yourself!

Don’t have time to read the full article? Our absolute favorite wineries in Kelowna are Mission Hill Winery and Quails’ Gate Winery, which you can visit both on this day tour! We also love St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery in East Kelowna for the views, or Sandhill Wines for its downtown location. Better yet, try a few wineries in one day on this East and West Kelowna Wine Tour!

7 BEST West Kelowna Wineries  

1. Mission Hill Winery

The wine cellar at Mission Hill Family Estate in Kelowna, BC
The gorgeous wine cellar at Mission Hill! Photo credit – Mission Hill
  • Tasting fee: Starts at $25 CAD
  • Come here for: Award-winning wine at a beautiful, architecturally unique winery.
  • Reservations required?: Yes!

Mission Hill Winery sits in a beautiful location, overlooking vineyards and Okanagan Lake. The grounds of the winery, tasting room, and cellar are stunning. This is my favorite winery when it comes to a fancy day out.

The wines at Mission Hill are also award-winning and they are the only winery in Canada that has won “Winery of the Year” five times! I love their merlot, however, during the summer you can’t beat sipping their reisling overlooking the lake.

There is an on-site restaurant called the Terrace Restaurant, that serves local dishes to pair with the wine. In addition, the restaurant features open-air seating so you can enjoy the views of the vineyards. 

The basic tasting is $25 CAD for 45 minutes of the Terroir wine collection. If you want something further in-depth, they offer tastings led by a Wine Ambassador paired with snacks so you get the full scope of the wines. But my favorite experience is “Behind the Cellar Door” where you get a glimpse of their underground cellar made out of volcanic rock for $65 CAD. Oh, and a guided wine tasting too, of course!

It is best to reserve your wine tasting in advance to ensure you get the experience you want.

2. Quails’ Gate

A view of Quails’ Gate winery from the tasting room looking over the vines and lake
Come for the wine and stay for the view! Photo credit – Quails’ Gate
  • Tasting fee: Starts at $15 CAD
  • Come here for: A family-run winery experience and farm-to-table restaurant with one of the best views.
  • Reservations required?: Yes.

Quails’ Gate has been a family-run winery in Kelowna since 1956. This winery is that they are situated on acres of fertile soil below the extinct volcano of Mount Boucherie. This fertile soil is the perfect place for a vineyard, and Quails’ Gate takes pride in its viticulture, or cultivation of grapes, on this land.

When you visit the winery, you can stop by for a tasting that ranges between $15 to $50 CAD per person. The Estate Tasting is the most basic 4 tastings, or you can try the Wine and Cheese Paired Tasting, and my favorite is the Big Reds Tasting. Which, as you can guess by the name, highlights the big bold red wines.

You can even stay longer and enjoy lunch or dinner at Old Vines Restaurant, a farm-to-table restaurant serving delicious, locally inspired foods. If you’re really hungry, get the beef striploin for two, or for something lighter, the steamed mussels are delicious and pair perfectly with their white wines.

Quails’ Gate also has one of the best uninterrupted views of the lake with the vines stretching almost to the edge of the lake. So, even if you’re not a lover of wine, come for lunch with a view! You can make wine-tasting reservations in advance, here.

We’ll mention more tours below, but if you want to visit two of Kelowna’s standout wineries in one day, take this full-day guided tour to both Mission Hill Winery and Quails Gate Winery! You won’t have to worry about picking a designated driver with hotel pickup, and you’ll need it because this tour includes 20 wine tastings! Lunch is at your own expense, but all tastings, your wonderful guide, and transportation are included for $198 CAD. This tour is popular, so book it in advance here.

Related Read: Naramata Bench is a wine region not far from Kelowna featuring over 40 wineries! Going on a wine tour in Naramata Bench is one of the best things to do in Penticton.

3. Off the Grid Organic Winery

Off the Grid Organic Winery
Off the Grid Organic Winery!
  • Tasting fee: Start at $11.50 CAD
  • Come here for: Organic wines, farm animals, and the local artisan shopping.
  • Reservations required?: No, walk-ins are welcome!

If you’re looking for a bit of a unique winery (think goats and other farm animals roaming around!), a visit to Off the Grid Organic Winery is for you. This winery is committed to high-quality organic wines that are sustainable and produced in small batches – visiting here is one of the best things to do in Kelowna!

Off the Grid is located on a farm with sheep, goats, chickens, bunnies, and turkeys. You are welcome to explore and get to know the animals, including the Friends – goats by the names of Joey, Chandler, Rachel, Monica, Ross, and Phoebe! 

Unlike most wineries, you do not need to book wine tastings in advance – they are walk-in friendly! However, if you wish to take a winery or farm tour, please reserve your spot beforehand. Wine tastings start at $11.50 CAD for 4 wine samples over 30 minutes. You can also level up to the 6-wine tasting, including limited edition wines, for $23 CAD.

If you’re hungry, Off the Grid has a pizzeria food truck on-site that serves delicious pizza with local ingredients. The names of their pizza also follow the Friends theme with “The Rachel” being my favorite! It’s topped with creamy garlic Caesar sauce, roasted chicken breast, bacon, asiago, parmesan, mozzarella, and arugula.

The wine tasting room here is small and nothing fancy but the wine is really good. The pinot gris and rosé are my favorites and I love that they’re certified organic. That means they’re healthy right?!

4. The Hatch

The front of The Hatch winery in Kelowna
The style of artwork you can see on the sign is also on the bottles!
  • Tasting fee: $15 CAD
  • Come here for: Unique and affordable wines (most bottles under $30 CAD).
  • Reservations required?: No, it’s first come first serve!

The Hatch is a winery with character and a hipster feel! Just take a peek at their wines titled “Gobsmacked,” “Bury the Hatchet,” or “Lifecycle of a Hobo.” Their wines are very affordable, with most options under $30 CAD for a bottle and the most expensive at just $70 CAD.

They offer a limited, small-batch selection of wines, so you can try something truly unique. To me, the best part is the cool artwork on each bottle. I fell in love with the “2020 Check Your Cote at The D’or” bottle – I actually have one on display at my house. They also make great gifts (although I’m not giving mine up!).

Wine tastings are available on a first-come-first-serve basis for $15 CAD. This place is more laid back than other wineries, and you’ll enjoy the friendly staff and the quirky atmosphere. The winery is also dog friendly and they’ll even serve your pup with a fresh bowl of water with notes of the Okanagan.

5. Little Straw Vineyards

The view from  Little Straw Vineyards
That view though!
  • Tasting fee: $10 CAD, waived with wine purchase
  • Come here for: Award-winning wines and beautiful views
  • Reservations required?: It’s best to book in advance!

If you enjoy small boutique wineries as opposed to the larger establishments then you’ll love Little Straw Vineyards.

Located higher on the hillside, Little Straw offers a sweeping view over the lake as well as the surrounding area. On top of that, the winery boasts a long list of award-winning wines – over 60 awards won since 2004! In fact, Little Straw was home to my overall favorite wine selection – there just wasn’t anything I didn’t like.

You can try some of these wines at a tasting, which is very affordable at only $10 CAD. The also offer “Wine Flights and Bites” for $32 CAD per person. Or if you’re a true wine enthusiast, you can book a tour with the vineyard’s owners and a private tasting for $60 CAD – what an experience! While they technically accept walk-ins for wine tastings, it’s best to reserve your tasting in advance.

Little Straw also has a unique Indian-fusion restaurant featuring samosas, pork vindaloo tacos, and curried squash flatbread. They surprisingly paired with the wines deliciously and uniquely! The restaurant is closed during the winter months but is in full swing once it gets warmer out.

6. Rollingdale Winery Inc

Tasing wines at Rollingdale Winery Inc
About to taste some delicious wines at Rollingdale Winery Inc!
  • Tasting fee: $10 CAD for 5 pours, waived with purchase
  • Come here for: Small, family-run winery with organic wines.
  • Reservations required?: Not required, but highly suggested!

Rollingdale Winery is a small, 100% family-owned, and operated winery in West Kelowna. As one of the smaller wineries increasing in popularity, it is recommended to make a reservation as they are often completely full! You may be shocked when you first arrive, but although not a fancy place, the wines are delicious.

Rollingdale Winery creates a line of certified organic fine wines using premium grapes. I really enjoyed the tasting here and found our host very knowledgeable about the area and their wines. We actually got to taste 6 wines that day so be sure to ask for the extra tasting! For being a smaller winery, they produce quite a range of wines, such as fortified, red, white, sparkling, dessert wines, and more.

It’s a great place to learn more about the wine-making process, and we were impressed by the staff. During the summer they have a food truck available and a fantastic patio area to sit and enjoy the beautiful British Columbia weather!

7. Ciao Bella Winery

The beautiful garden at Ciao Bella Winery
Sit back in this gorgeous garden and enjoy some rosé!
  • Tasting fee: Unkown
  • Come here for: Traditional Italian wines and snacks!
  • Reservations required?: Yes, call ahead to make a reservation.

Ciao Bella Winery is a unique winery in the area because of its Italian-style wines. This means that wines are dry, crisp, and refreshing. Adding to the Italian charm of this place are the snacks! Ciao Bella puts together delicious charcuterie boards (Sputini platters) to enjoy as you sip on some wine. You can enjoy this refreshing snack in the picnic area, overlooking the beauty of the vineyards.

When you visit Cia Bella you’ll almost certainly meet the owners – they are lovely people. We actually finished one of my tours here and spent the afternoon talking to Roberto. Overall, it was my favorite winery in West Kelowna simply because I loved the story, the rosé, and the beautiful garden. Oh, and the charcuterie board is delicious!

Ciao Bella is open for tours and tastings, but as a small winery, it’s recommended to call ahead and book a time slot. I am not sure what the tasting costs are as I visited this winery on a tour and the fee was covered. Children are welcome here as well and will be given some Italian soda to enjoy!

7 BEST East Kelowna Wineries

8. The Vibrant Vine Winery

Hanging out at The Vibrant Vine Winery
Even the truck is vibrant and it matched my outfit!
  • Tasting fee: $13.05 CAD, waived with wine purchase
  • Come here for: Wine, yes, but also art and live music!
  • Reservations required?: No, walk-ins are welcome!

The Vibrant Vine is true to its name – vibrant in taste, colors, and surroundings. They are passionate about art, which is visible in the creative bottle designs and art gallery at the winery. They’ll provide a set of 3D glasses when you arrive and you can take a tour through the gallery before tasting some wines.

On top of that, they show appreciation for the arts by hosting live music and shows on Friday and Saturday nights. There are also art workshops and classes available on-site to express your creativity!

Tastings are available for $13.05 CAD and Vibrant Vine Winery also has a Snack Shack on-site with food and drink to enjoy outside on their lawn.

Need another reason to visit this winery? They won the award, “Best White Wine in the World” in 2013 in an international competition in Geneva. My favorite is the Whoops Riesling (I actually drink it regularly) and you can find it in liquor stores across BC and Alberta.

9. The View Winery and Vineyard

Enjoying a wine tasting at the View Winery
We did our tasting with one of the owners! She is such a lovely lady!
  • Tasting fee: $7 CAD, which is donated to a local charity.
  • Come here for: The views (as the name suggests) and a charming 1920s-era vintage building
  • Reservation required?: Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

The View Winery and Vineyard is an excellent spot for some award-winning wine, delicious snacks, and a breathtaking view of East Kelowna! The cellar door is actually located in a 1920s packing house and you’ll often find the family owners inside at the tastings.

In addition, they have a picturesque picnic spot available to reserve to enjoy a date night out or gathering with some friends and family. This experience costs $28.95 CAD per person and includes wine flights in the tasting room first before being escorted outside to your private picnic table surrounded by apple trees where you will enjoy gourmet charcuterie boxes.

To enjoy this beautiful winery, you can stop by for a tasting for just $7 CAD. The View also produces ciders, so you can taste both options. I love the tea-infused ciders, they seem to be a rather new addition to cider-making that I have begun to notice more frequently. If you want to try more, just ask for a double tasting, but know the fee is not refundable with a purchase.

If you’re interested in going a little deeper, you can take the Signature Estate Tour which is highlighted by a 1-hour walk with a guide through the orchards and vineyards, enjoying the mountain views while learning more about the winery for $45 CAD.

10. Summerhill Pyramid Winery

The view from Summerhill Pyramid Winery
My favorite part about the wineries is always the view!
  • Tasting fee: $10 CAD, waived with a wine purchase
  • Come here for: Award-winning wines in a unique pyramid wine cellar
  • Reservations required?: No, walk-ins are welcome!

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is one of the larger wineries in East Kelowna. This place engages all of your senses – especially the taste buds! Their unique wine cellar is built like a pyramid, a replica of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. Such a unique cellar aims to provide an atmosphere that better preserves wine and creates a sacred environment. 

Join a tour at Summerhill and take a moment to be still and take in this incredible place. Or, make a special stop at the Pyramid for their sacred gatherings on the solstice, equinox, full moon, or new moon. There is also a large monument of a bottle of champagne complete with a glass you can take a photo with.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery also has an on-site restaurant that serves organic dishes with a fantastic view out over the vineyard. They have won many awards for their wines, including the “Canadian Wine Producer of the Year.”

Admission to Summerhill and the goregous Pyramid are completely free! You can book a wine tasting and tour of the Pyramid for only $20 CAD for a truly unique experience.

11. Tantalus Vineyards

Bailey and Daniel at Tantalus Vineyards
A rare photo of both of us at Tantalus Vineyards!
  • Tasting fee: $15 CAD, with $10 CAD off a wine purchase
  • Come here for: Award-winning Rieslings, an innovative LEED-certified winery, and the oldest grapes in BC
  • Reservations required?: Yes, book online ahead of time!

Tantalus Vineyards has a slogan, “Old Vines. Authentic Wines.” And as the oldest continuously producing vineyard in BC, it makes sense. This site was first planted with grapes back in 1927! 

Despite the old vines, Tantalus is at the cutting edge in its facilities. They became the first LEED-certified winery in BC, which demonstrates their commitment to sustainability.

You can stop by for a wine tasting for $15 CAD and try out their award-winning reisling, pinot noir, and chardonnay. Personally, adore the view and come for a wine on the deck. I love the chardonnay, which I know is an acquired taste, but give it a go! Tastings open in the spring and typically close down for the winter months, so best to stock up on some bottles to tie you over until next year!

12. Kitsch Winery

The front of Kitsch Winery
The building is stunning!
  • Tasting fee: $10 CAD
  • Come here for: A fun, social environment with music and events while sipping wine
  • Reservation required?: Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins can be accommodated.

Kitsch Winery is a family-owned but extravagant winery in East Kelowna. They offer a variety of events to engage the community, including a charcuterie board workshop that I’ve always wanted to do.

The winery itself produces amazing wines and even the hardest to please will find something they love here. They are known for producing top-notch whites including barrel-aged chardonnay and blanc de blancs bubbles. If you love reds they do have a few including two pinot noirs – both are delightful. Another cool addition is their rosé which you can buy in a can.

You can check them out at the Estate Garage from the spring through summer, where you can tour and learn more about the winery. Tastings are included in the experience and they always have great music! Tastings are $10 or $20 CAD to have your own tasting guide and storyteller.

For a super unique experience, you can book their Private Vineyard Tour for $60 CAD and be driven around the 13-acre estate on an eclectic open-air moke while sipping your way through the tastings list- how fun!

One thing to mention is that the wines are more expensive here than most other wineries in Kelowna.

Related Read: Love coffee as much as wine? Check out the best cafes in Kelowna to keep your taste journey going!

13. St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery

St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
Talk about a lakefront winery!
  • Tasting fee: $10 CAD, waived with wine purchase
  • Come here for: Award-winning wines with epic views
  • Reservations required?: Walk-in’s welcome!

St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery is the place to go if you enjoy scenic views while sipping some wine. They are situated as lakeside as you can get, a perfectly picturesque setting to enjoy some high-quality fine wines. 

The winery is small and remains off the typical tourist trail so it’s a great place to try something unique. Brag to your friends back home that you explored an off-the-beaten-path winery and grab some bottles as proof. To be honest, this is why I love the Kelowna wine region – there are so many small boutique wineries!

St. Hubertus has won several awards, including Gold for their Oak Bay Gebert Fam Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 and Silver for the St. Hubertus Vineyard Riesling 2018. You can try them for yourself at a wine tasting for just $10 CAD. They are also pet-friendly so bring your fur babies with you!

14. Priest Creek Family Estate Winery

Priest Creek Family Estate Winery
This cute cellar door isn’t big but their wine packs a punch!
  • Tasting fee: $10 CAD
  • Come here for: Affordable tastings in a beautiful and intimate setting.
  • Reservations required?: Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

Last on this list of East Kelowna wineries is Priest Creek – a family-owned and operated winery. The winery is small but elegant and the wine is worth traveling the extra mile for.

The name is a nod to its history, as the land was once a parcel owned by the Mission in the mid-1800s. It is said that one of the priests planted grapes behind the Mission during this time. 

The winery has beautiful mountain views surrounding the property. In addition, you can enjoy tasting some of their wines for just $10 CAD, giving even more incentive to take something home with you for later.

Hungry? Then enjoy a bite to eat from The Spot food truck (the Nashville chicken sliders are my favorite!) As for the wines, I love the Gwertz!

Best Kelowna Downtown Winery 

15. Sandhill Wines

Choosing a bottle of wine at Sandhill Wines
To get the rosé or not get the rosé? Of course, I got the rosé!
  • Tasting fee: Start at $16 CAD
  • Come here for: Downtown tasting room with an industrial-chic environment.
  • Reservations required?: Yes, book online ahead of time!

Sandhill Wines is one of the only wineries with a cellar door in downtown Kelowna. In fact, you can easily walk there from your hotel depending on where you are staying. Because of its location, it’s easily accessible and easy to secure a safe ride home. 

Sandhill’s wines are single-vineyard and have won a few awards, including the Sandhill rosé 2017 and Sandhill Pino Blanc 2016. Both wines have fruity notes as a nod to the plentiful orchards in and around Kelowna. Sandhill used to be one of my favorite wineries, however, recently I have stayed away simply because of the choices elsewhere.

With that said, if you haven’t tried their wine before you are in for a treat. It may just be your favorite and the best part is, you can get their wines all over Canada!

Hot Tip: There are some other really amazing wineries in Lake Country, on the road between Kelowna and Vernon.

Best Kelowna Wine Tours

Wineries in Kelowna BC
It’s a wine tour with stunning views! Taken from East Kelowna!

If you want to hit the region’s BEST wineries without having to assign a designated driver one of these tour options would be a great alternative to get around and let everybody have a fun time!

  • East and West Kelowna Wine Tour – Explore the top wineries in both East and West Kelowna and at 6 hours long, this tour is day drinking at its finest! You’ll enjoy the scenic vineyards and spectacular views of Okanagan Lake while sipping on delicious wine! This is one of the best and most inclusive winery tours available and costs $281 CAD per person.
  • Kelowna Wine Tour on an E-Bike -If you want to pair a little adventure with your wine tasting, this self-guided e-bike tour is it! I love that this tour is self-guided, so you can move at your own pace, but it still includes all tasting fees and lunch, so you don’t have to spend a dime. You’ll visit three wineries and get epic views during this 5-hour experience, all for $149 CAD.
  • Sightseeing Wine Tour of West KelownaOne of the most frequently booked and affordable winery tours in Kelowna that includes touring 4 different boutique wineries, transport, snacks, and tastings. During this half-day adventure, you’ll also learn about the region and what makes the soil so special for growing grapes and see beautiful viewpoints. The booking cost per person is $159 CAD.
  • Wine Tour In Your Own Vehicle – For a $180 CAD flat rate cost per group (up to 6) you can be driven to Kelowa’s best wineries by your hired guide. Not only is this super cost-effective but it’s a private and comfortable way to explore and you will be given the opportunity to customize your itinerary from a provided list of wineries.

If you want to weigh out all of your options you can browse the rest of the other amazing Kelowna wine tours here!

How to get to Kelowna’s Wineries

Bailey with our tour guides vehicle on Kelowna
Things get a little crazy on our wine tours!

Since you’ll be drinking and trying wines, it’s essential to organize a safe ride when visiting wineries around Kelowna. While it is possible to arrange a taxi or other car service, either driving yourself or joining a tour are the best ways to go. Driving yourself means one person will need to remain sober, but it’s a cheap option.

However, if everyone with you wants to try some wine then a Kelowna wine tour is the best option. That way, everyone in your group can enjoy the experience and not worry about transportation. Plus, wine tours are easily one of the best things to do in Kelowna.

In the Kelowna and West Kelowna areas, there are a bunch of different wine tours on offer but in my opinion, the options below are the best choices!

If you want to visit wineries in West Kelowna one of my favorites is this Sightseeing Wine Tour that allows you to visit wineries in the area. It’s an extremely highly rated afternoon tour (all 5-star reviews!) and lasts around four hours. The price is $169 CAD per adult and includes tastings, snacks, and tours at four different wineries, many of which are on my list. Note: hotel pick-up will only be available if you are in West Kelowna.

To take it up a notch and get a taste of both East and West Kelowna, try this tour. While it’s a bit more expensive at $281 CAD the good news is that it lasts up to six hours long and includes all of the best wineries in one tour. You’ll enjoy the amazing scenery with dreamy views of Okanagan Lake and, of course, sip on fantastic wine! Note: Hotel pick-up is included from both Kelowna and West Kelowna.

For couples or groups of friends and family who are looking for a more personalized experience, I’d recommend a private wine tour where only your group will go.

There are two tours in particular I recommend, the first being this Okanagan Private Wine Tour In Your Own Vehicle which is a great concept that lets your group be chauffeured around in the comfort of your own car, talk about living the life, I think this is it! Your driver will come to meet you directly at your accommodation in either Kelowna, Vernon, Summerland, or Penticton, and from there your group will decide on which wineries from the list you want to go to.

Secondly is this private self-guided e-bike tour, so you can truly move around at your own pace. E-bikes make this activity a breeze and you can travel from winery to winery using a route map and bikes provided. All the tasting fees and lunch are included, so you really don’t have to worry about any agenda or cost throughout the day! You can book this e-bike wine tour for $149 CAD.

While these are my top wine tour recommendations don’t take my word for it, you can browse the rest of the other amazing Kelowna wine tours here for yourself!

Related Read: Check out our blog about the best stops on the drive from Vancouver to Kelowna or Edmonton to Kelowna if you’re planning a road trip to get here!

Other Things to do While in Kelowna

Hanging out on Okanagan Lake on our pontoon tour
Hanging out on Okanagan Lake on our pontoon tour

Here’s just a glimpse at some of the other amazing activities and tours you can get up to during your time in this beautiful parkland!

  • Flyboarding – From a water-propelled Flyboard you will fly above Okanagan Lake taking in the views while experiencing the thrill that comes with being around 1.5-3.7 meters (5-12 feet) in the air and zipping around at high speeds. While it seems intimidating it is actually extremely easy for beginners and it usually doesn’t take more than 10 minutes for most people to catch on! Flyboarding costs $127 CAD and is one of the most popular and highly-rated things to do in Kelowna during the summertime!
  • Kettle Valley Trail at Myra Canyon – Bike riding the Kettle Valley Trail around the Myra Canyon is one of the most popular activities in Kelowna, BC. What was once a railway for trains is now the most scenic trail for cyclists or walkers. You can either rent bikes for around $39 CAD from the start of the trail or join this guided bike tour for $289 CAD that includes learning about the history as you go, lunch at Meadow Vista Honey Wines (your own cost), and a complimentary tasting at 3 to 4 wineries once you finish the 24-kilometer (15 miles) ride in Pemberton (don’t stress about the length, the trail is at a gradual decline).
  • Go boating – When in Kelowna, getting out on Okanagan Lake is a must, and going boating is one of the more fun ways to spend the day! In particular, I love pontoon boats because they’re made for entertaining and there’s plenty of room to move around. We headed out on this privately captained pontoon cruise and had an amazing time soaking up the sun and swimming at secluded beaches. The cost is $1,770 CAD for a 6-hour rental and they can hold up to 11 people.
  • Go on a food tour – The Okanagan Valley is all about fresh produce and all of the treats made with it. With that in mind, it’s no surprise a food tour is one of the best things to do in Kelowna. This highly rated food tour costs about $104 CAD per person and includes 7-8 different tastings around downtown Kelowna. You’re guaranteed to be stuffed!
  • Visit beaches – Be a beach bum at one of Kelowna’s beautiful beaches. We’ve visited so many beaches in the area that I lost count of them all. However, I did have some clear favorites including Hot Sands Beach, Tugboat Beach, and Dog Beach.

Where to Stay in Kelowna

outside of the best place to stay in Kelowna - Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort
Can you imagine staying here?! Photo Credit: Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort

When it comes to choosing the best place to stay in Kelowna there are plenty of options. The trick is, to pick the experience you want.

Downtown Kelowna

We’ve stayed at our fair share of hotels in Downtown Kelowna, but last time we stayed at the Coast Capri Hotel and loved it! Our pool-view room was perfect with a huge balcony, two large queen beds, and even a desk area so that we could get some work done (when we weren’t busy down by the pool, of course!)

For budget travelers, the Samesun Kelowna is a decent hotel around the $100 CAD mark and can be much cheaper if you go with a dorm bed. The reviews are really good and the property is quite modern. The location is perfect if you want to be close to downtown and they include a free breakfast. You can easily book a room here on either Booking.com or Hostelworld.com.

Luxury travelers should stay at Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort. Although the hotel does come at a hefty price of around $420 CAD a night, it’s superbly located. It has both an indoor and outdoor pool as well as an onsite casino! If you can afford it, treat yourself!

West Kelowna

If you head to West Kelowna (a great place to stay for amazing views only a short drive from multiple wineries) my first choice every time I visit is A View of the Lake B & B. This small Bed and Breakfast offers stunning lake views and an incredible breakfast included in the already moderate rate. On top of that, you are within walking distance (or short cab) of a few wineries.

For budget travelers, the Rodee Homestay is really one of the only options. The rooms are really cozy and stylishly furnished, and the views from the grounds surrounding the property are seriously gorgeous.

For a bit more of a luxurious stay, the Salish B&B and Spa is a great option! This bed and breakfast has goregous lake views, an outdoor pool, a sun terrace, and a spa. It takes relaxation to the next level after an afternoon of wine tasting. You can get a king room with a mountain or garden view for around $250 CAD.

East Kelowna

In East Kelowna, there aren’t many opinions – especially for budget travelers. However, if you don’t mind spending around $150 CAD per night, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kelowna is a solid choice. The consistency that comes with chain hotels is great, as you know you’re getting a decent quality for a reasonable price. There is complimentary breakfast, and an indoor and fitness center.

Luxury travelers should stay at the Manteo at Eldorado Resort and enjoy their indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, hot tub, steam room, and fitness center. The rooms and villas are luxurious and the resort is meters from the lake. You won’t need to leave the property to eat as there is an on-site Mediterranean restaurant. Rooms here average around $400 CAD a night.

Accommodation in Kelowna can be tricky. For starters, you need to book well in advance (especially during the summer months) if you want to enjoy a large selection of hotels. For this reason, I suggest booking a place ASAP! Using Booking.com is great because lots of hotels offer free cancelation. So, just lock in a place (or two) for now and make the final decision later (we always do this!)

For a more detailed guide, check out our where to stay in Kelowna blog!

Related Read: For a step-by-step travel guide, check out how to spend a weekend in Kelowna for ideas!

Renting a Car in British Columbia

A rural road with Mt Currie in the background
Road trips are the best way to explore Canada!

If you’re arriving in British Columbia via plane, then I can’t recommend getting a rental car enough. British Columbia is a large province, and traveling between the best places to visit in BC requires transport. Although you can use public transport on some occasions, this means your trip will not only require more time but more planning.

Car rental in Canada isn’t relatively cheap, but it’s not that expensive either, especially if you get a budget car. The cheapest car with a pick-up and drop-off in different locations is around $100 CAD per day. The price does vary though, depending on the time of year. For car rentals, I use the website Discover Cars. It’s a search engine with lots of deals with good customer service. In fact, I’ve used Discover Cars all over the world, including in Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.

Another popular option is to rent a campervan or motorhome (only for the brave in winter.) Using Motorhome Republic, you can search hundreds of deals across multiple companies to pick a great vehicle and the cheapest price. Having a motorhome is a stunning way to see Canada, and using crown land and campsites, you can often camp for free or very cheap in the most beautiful places imaginable!

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Bailey and I take a photo together at a winery in Kelowna on our wine tour
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There you have it, 15 of the best wineries in Kelowna! There are so many to choose from, however, with this list separating east and west you can easily pick your top 5 on one side of the city to visit. Whether you like traditional vineyards, urban wineries, or drinks with a live show – there’s a winery for you! 

Thanks so much for reading! I hope this blog has helped plan your fabulous Kelowna getaway and you now feel less stressed about which wineries to visit. If you loved it, then be sure to check out more of our blogs from the Okanagan and Canada such as:

23 EPIC Things to do in Kelowna in Winter

21 Epic Things to do in Salmon Arm, BC

50 BEST Things to do in Vancouver, Canada