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Incredible wine, fresh fruit, and gorgeous beaches – the best things to do in Kelowna, BC are all about indulging.
Every year thousands of visitors travel from across Canada and across the globe to see what the Okanagan has to offer. And oftentimes, this means spoiling yourself and having a very relaxing holiday full of food and booze.
And on our recent visit to Kelowna, we did just that!
We went to more wineries than we can remember (probably because we did tastings at all of them), picked fresh berries, ate at some gourmet restaurants, tried locally-made cheese, tasted craft beers and ciders, and overall probably gained a few pounds.
But what many visitors don’t realize or take advantage of is the active lifestyle that also surrounds Kelowna, BC. The locals love the area and get out and about all year around. During the winter in Kelowna, they hit the slopes, and in the summer, it is all about the mountains and lakes.
We kept ourselves busy in Kelowna and discovered a ton of fun and amazing things to do in Kelowna, BC.
Some of the activities on our list are those most popular “cannot miss” top-rated tourist activities, and some are a little more off the beaten path or local secrets.
- 25 BEST Things to do in Kelowna, BC
- 1. Ride the Kettle Valley Trail at Myra Canyon
- 2. Get tipsy on a wine tour
- 3. Explore the local cuisine on a food tour
- 4. Hit the slopes
- 5. Visit Kangaroo Creek Farm
- 6. Soak up some sun at one of Kelowna’s beaches
- 7. Surf on a motorized jetboard (jetsurfing)
- 8. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Jammery
- 9. Get an adrenaline rush with a hydroflying session
- 10. Taste some local cider
- 11. Test your skills at axe throwing
- 12. Cruise the lake on a pontoon tour
- 13. Race around in a speed boat
- 14. Go fruit picking
- 15. Visit the Kelowna Farmers and Craft Market
- 16. Drive through scenic Lake Country
- 17. Walk the waterfront
- 18. Get out on a water bike
- 19. Enjoy dinner and drinks with a view
- 20. Visit Okanagan Distillery for a tour and tasting
- 21. Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing
- 22. Drink ALL the craft beer
- 23. Go hiking
- 24. Sightsee on a parasailing adventure
- 25. Buy delicious cheese
- 26. Go ziplining
- 27. Learn to rock climb at Skaha Bluffs
- Where to Stay in Kelowna, BC
- Before you go…
25 BEST Things to do in Kelowna, BC
1. Ride the Kettle Valley Trail at Myra Canyon
- Location: Myra Canyon, a 40-minute drive from Kelowna.
- Price: The trail is free but it’s $39 CAD for a half-day bike rent
One of the most popular activities in Kelowna, BC is bike riding the Kettle Valley Trail around the Myra Canyon.
This route was once a railway that trains passed through. But now, all of the tracks have been removed and what is left behind is one very scenic trail perfect for cycling or walking.
The trail starts up in Myra Canyon Provincial Park only a 40-minute drive from Kelowna. The entire ride is a 22km round trip, but don’t stress, it’s completely flat and easy to ride.
Along the way, you’ll cross lots of wooden bridges and even pass through some old tunnels. I personally loved the ride and despite not getting the greatest weather, had an amazing time.
If you don’t have your own bike then you’ll need to rent one, and luckily enough this can be done at the start of the trail. Myra Canyon Bike Rental rents bikes from the start of the trail for $39 CAD for a half-day.
If you don’t want to ride you can just drive to the trailhead and walk for a few kilometers. Of course, you must come back the way you came so keep that in mind as you take in the awesome views!
Tour Recommendation: Want to visit Myra Canyon on a guided tour? This highly-rated tour includes a guided bicycle ride at Myra Canyon Park as well as an afternoon wine tour to 3-4 different wineries!
2. Get tipsy on a wine tour
- Location: Tours pick-up from your hotel and travel to one of the wine regions around Kelowna
- Price: Tours range in price starting at around $120 CAD
It’s no secret that I love wine tours and it’s also well known that Kelowna is one of the best places in Canada for wine. So, it’s really not surprising that we went on not one, but two wine tours during our most recent visit!
Now if you’re wondering why, well, there are actually a few wine regions around Kelowna and no tour will take you to all of them – there are simply just too many wineries in Kelowna!
Wanting to experience more, we did one tour through West Kelowna and one through East Kelowna. If you want to venture a little farther, Lake Country on the way to Vernon is another great place for a wine tour. Of course, for most people, one Kelowna wine tour is enough and my advice is that you simply must do at least one!
The wine region around Kelowna is famous for Riesling and Gewürztraminer but there is a much larger variety that includes favorites such as Pinot Noir and amazing Rose.
What I loved most about the wineries around Kelowna is that they’re testing the waters and making some very unconventional wines. To me, wine isn’t all about tradition and more of a forever evolving industry where creativity is endless.
In Kelowna, there are literally dozens of companies that offer different wine tours. There’s really no easy way to choose the right tour but I highly recommend this wine tour for its affordable price, inclusions, and fantastic reviews!
Of course, you don’t have to do a tour to enjoy the best wineries in Kelowna, and as long as you have a designated driver, can visit cellar doors on your own. In fact, some Kelowna wineries are even perfect for a picnic lunch!
Some of my personal favorite wineries in and around Kelowna include:
- Quail’s Gate
- Mission Hill
- Sandhill Wines
- Vibrant Vines
- Ciao Bella
- Tantalus Vineyards
- Volcanic Hills Estate Winery
- The Hatch
Related read: Want to try more wine? Check out our guide on the best things to do in Salmon Arm for more wineries to check out nearby!
3. Explore the local cuisine on a food tour
- Location: Downtown Kelowna
- Price: $75 CAD +
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. We actually love food tours and have done them all over the world including a food tour in Vancouver recently.
Our food tour through Kelowna made five stops at different restaurants around the city. At each place, we tried foods from some of the best restaurants in town and the portions were huge. It’s certainly not a tour you’ll leave hungry!
We did our tour with Okanagan Foodie Tours and couldn’t recommend them enough. We had a fantastic time and at only $75 per person for the tour, it’s really good value!
Another highly rated food tour is this one – it is also about $75 CAD per person and includes 7-8 different tastings around downtown Kelowna.
Related Read: There are also some incredibe cafes and coffee shops in Kelowna that you should checkout!
4. Hit the slopes
- Location: Big White or Silver Star Mountain
- Price: Expect to pay around $100 for a ski lift pass.
If you’re in Kelowna in winter then be sure to take on one of the top BC activities and head up for some skiing and snowboarding at their local ski field called Big White Ski Resort. There are plenty of runs for all levels and the views from there are epic.
Alternatively, you could drive a little further and hit up Silver Star Mountain Resort instead. Hitting the slopes at Silver Star is easily one of the best things to do in Vernon, but at only an hour away, it also is easily accessible from Kelowna. And typically SilverStar is less busy than Big White.
Expect to pay around $100 CAD for a full-day lift pass. Gear rentals and lessons will be extra. But, if you want more than one day of shredding, multi-day passes are available at a discount.
If I have one piece of advice though, try to go during the week. During the weekends it is much busier and you’ll spend a lot of time waiting in line for the chairlifts.
Note: If you’re visiting Kelowna in the summer you can visit both ski hills too for downhill mountain biking or sightseeing and hiking. Keep reading for more info!
Related read: Skiing is also one of the best things to do in Revelstoke, another gorgeous town not too far away!
5. Visit Kangaroo Creek Farm
- Location: A 20-minute drive from Kelowna
- Price: $16 CAD for adults, $8 for children, under 4’s are free
Okay, so this isn’t something I was overly keen on doing. I mean, I am from Australia and have seen thousands of Kangaroos before. In fact, we try to avoid them when we’re driving on country roads back home.
However, having Canadian in-laws meant a visit to Kangaroo Creek Farm was certain. For anyone who hasn’t seen a kangaroo before, this is one of the best chances you’ll get outside of Australia.
The entrance to the farm is only $16 for adults and $8 for kids making it one of the cheap things to do in Kelowna. The farm is home to many kangaroos including small Joeys (baby kangaroos). It’s a really unique opportunity and the farm is run by lovely people who really love their kangaroos!
6. Soak up some sun at one of Kelowna’s beaches
- Location: All throughout Kelowna and the surrounding areas
- Price: Free to visit the beaches, just bring a cooler of food and drinks!
To nobody’s surprise, I was a total beach bum while we were visiting Kelowna. Can you blame me? The sun was always shining, the sand was toasty warm, and I had some beach reads on my Kindle.
We visited so many beaches in the area that I lost count of them all. However, I did have some clear favorites that I would recommend to anyone visiting! Here are my top three:
- Hot Sand Beach — This one gets a recommendation because there is so much to do here besides sunbathe. There’s volleyball, basketball, tennis courts, and even a waterpark for younger members of your crew!
- Tugboat Beach — This beach was my most frequented, since it is in the center of Kelowna but was a little bit more relaxed than some of the surrounding beaches. Bring an umbrella because there is not a lot of natural shade!
- Dog Beach — Most beaches don’t allow dogs, so if you are hoping to bring your pup, you should definitely head to Dog Beach in Ceder Creek Park.
7. Surf on a motorized jetboard (jetsurfing)
- Location: Okanagan Lake
- Price: $155 CAD for a one-hour board rental
Did you know that you can actually surf on Okanagan Lake while in Kelowna? Well, you can on a motorized surfboard! This is a super unique (and brand new!) activity in Kelowna that involves riding on a surfboard with a motor attached to it propelling you forward so that you can actually surf.
On the jet board, you will explore Okanagan Lake taking in the views and having a few laughs along the way. Don’t be mistaken though, these jetboards go fast! On the jetboard, you can reach speeds of up to 55 km/h (34 miles/h). This makes for a thrilling ride and allows you to cover a lot of ground exploring the lake. It’s a great alternative to a seadoo, plus, it’s something that you’ve probably never done before!
Jetsurfing is also much easier than traditional surfing and after some simple instructions, you’ll have the hang of it within a couple of tries – anybody can do it!
This jetboarding experience in Kelowna costs $155 CAD for a one-hour rental that includes all safety gear as well as instructions on how to use the board and gas. Discounted rates are also available if you rent more than one board. The company that offers this unique experience is called Surf the Okanagan and should book on their website in advance since there are only limited boards available.
You must be 18 years or older to ride a jetboard and hold a valid driver’s license. The maximum weight is 260lbs (118 kgs.)
8. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Jammery
- Location: Near the airport on the outskirts of Kelowna
- Price: Around $15 for breakfast
The Jammery is a local secret and the best place in Kelowna for breakfast. We found out about it while visiting Bailey’s family (who are Vernon and Kelowna locals.)
The Jammery is an interesting mix of a restaurant and jam tasting (and sales) shop. The jams they sell are famous and the breakfast maybe even more so. All of their jams are made to a very high quality and they even have some sugar-free options – which is a great alternative for those with a sweet tooth!
The restaurant is located a little outside of Kelowna on the main highway to Vernon near the airport. It is recommended you book in advance to secure a table, believe me, this place gets busy!
9. Get an adrenaline rush with a hydroflying session
- Location: Waterfront Park in downtown Kelowna (near the Cactus Club)
- Price: Packages start at $125 CAD for solo fliers and up to $700 CAD for groups
If your group is hoping to experience some thrills while in Kelowna, then you will not be disappointed with a flyboarding experience.
I had no idea what to expect my first time on a flyboard, but I had a blast! So, this is definitely an option for beginners and pro-fliers alike! As long as you wear the helmet and life vest given to you, the flyboard company will take you for a safe yet exhilarating ride.
My partner and I opted to go out for this 30-minute tour with an instructor since neither of us have ever been on a flyboard before. Within 10 minutes, we were trained up and ready for take-off! I didn’t sink to the bottom and even managed a 360 spin by the end of the tour.
10. Taste some local cider
- Location: There are many cideries around Kelowna with BC Tree Fruits being the closest to the city
- Price: Tastings are by donation or around $5
A wine tour, a food tour, and now I’m telling you to go try cider…you may need to unbutton your pants by the end of your visit, but one thing’s for sure, you’re going to enjoy yourself! Anyways, back to the cider!
The Okanagan produces a lot of apples and since cider has made a huge comeback, many of the orchards have even switched their focus to making world-class cider.
But the small cideries haven’t limited their cider to apples and you can try a huge range of ciders including cherry, plum, and peach. The best part? They’re all delicious!
There are a few good places around town with my favorite being the BC Tree Fruit Cidery. They have awesome cider and their tasting fee is waived with the purchase of any cider.
Soma Craft Cidery is another popular place to visit in Kelowna. It is located a little outside of downtown towards Myra Canyon, bit for cider lovers, it is well worth a visit!
Another great place is BX Ciders. They’re actually closer to Vernon and their tasting and sales desk is actually located at the orchard. BX is a little pricy but their tasting donation actually goes to charity and their cherry cider is really tasty!
If you’re in need of a designated driver, check out these brewery tours around Kelowna that also stop at cideries!
11. Test your skills at axe throwing
- Location: Axe Monkeys, 3190 Sexsmith Rd, Kelown
- Price: $25 per hour per person
Axe throwing was the sport I never thought I’d ever do but absolutely loved! Essentially, you throw an axe one of three ways at a wooden target (and hope it sticks). It sounds simple, and it is, but it does take a little getting used to.
While we were in Kelowna I had my first axe throwing experience at Axe Monkeys. Both Bailey and I walked in a little unsure but left wishing we had more time. Our hour of throwing (which we thought would be enough) went by super-fast and we were laughing the whole time!
An hour of axe throwing costs $25 (they have discounts for servicemen, women, and kids) in Kelowna which compared with other places (like Whistler) was very cheap. An hour is enough if you just want to try it but we could’ve stayed for two.
Honestly, it’s not something you think you’d like until you try it – so give it a go! Plus, it’s also one of the best things to do in Kelowna on a rainy or cold day since it is indoors.
12. Cruise the lake on a pontoon tour
- Location: Okanagan Lake
- Price: $100 to $200 per person
Summer in Kelowna, BC is all about the lakes and we spent a lot of time on (and in) them! The largest lake in the area is Okanagan Lake. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cruise on a pontoon boat.
What I love about pontoon boats is that they’re made for entertaining and there’s plenty of room to move.
We headed out on Okanagan Lake on a pontoon and had an amazing time soaking up the sun and swimming at secluded beaches. It was a day well spent and to be honest, actually quite cheap. There is a range of tours available from all-day adventures to 1-hour cruises.
I personally recommend getting your group together and joining a 3-hour cruise. These cost around $1000 and can hold up to 11 people.
Check out this epic 2-hour sailing experience in Kelowna. At only $160 CAD per person), it’s a steal! Otherwise, for a pontoon boat, check out this tour that allows you to bring up to 10 friends!
13. Race around in a speed boat
- Location: Okanagan Lake
- Price: $200 per hour for up to 8-12 people
If you’re more of an adrenalin junky, then cruising the lake on a pontoon might not be your idea of a fun day out. Luckily though, on the same lake where you can relax with a drink in hand, you can also go speed boating, tubing, and wakeboarding!
For me, I personally love wakeboarding and tubing! Cruising behind the boat at high speeds holding on for dear life is a great way to get the blood pumping.
Most tours on speed boats are run per hour and cost around $200. However, they can hold between 8 to 12 people (depending on the boat) so it’s not bad value between a group!
Getting out on the lake is definitely one of the most popular things to do in Kelowna in the summer months!
A great tour we recommend is this 2-hour wakeboarding trip for under $550 and up to 11 people!
14. Go fruit picking
- Location: Various farms surrounding Kelowna
- Price: Free to pick, you just pay for the berries.
If you wanted to know where to get the freshest fruit in the Okanagan, I would have to say it’s at the self-pick farms! Straight from the tree to your mouth (and bucket), you can pick some of your favorite fruit and berries at a discounted rate.
We headed off to a small farm right on the lake and picked around a million raspberries. We were a little worried it would cost a small fortune but we left with 3 lbs of raspberries for around $7 (not to mention the pound Bailey ate while I was picking!)
Self-picked berries are the way locals around here stock up on fruit. But, I think it’s also a great activity in Kelowna for tourists too!
There are plenty of farms around town to go picking. Some are simply signposted and others advertise online. For a list of farms to visit check out this blog from Tourism Kelowna on U-pick locations.
15. Visit the Kelowna Farmers and Craft Market
- Location: On the corner of Springfield and Dilworth Street
- Price: Free to attend
Everyone loves a good market and the Kelowna Farmers and Craft Market is just that! We visited on a Wednesday morning and grazed on delicious foods all morning and even picked up a few souvenirs.
The event itself is open all year round however, in winter the market goes indoors and in summer, well, it’s out in the beautiful Okanagan sunshine!
The Kelowna Farmer’s Market is filled with food, produce, and crafts. You can get a huge range of gifts, snacks, and much more. It’s something I really enjoyed and well worth your time! In fact, it’s rated one of the top markets in all of BC!
In summer, the market is held every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 am until 1 pm on the corner of Springfield and Dilworth Street. The summer market starts in April and goes till around November. In Winter the market is only held on Saturdays from 8 am till 1 pm and is held on 1800 Parkinson Way.
16. Drive through scenic Lake Country
- Location: Just outside of Kelowna heading towards Vernon
- Price: Free, just the cost of gas (or a rental car if you need one.)
Lake Country is gorgeous! This little region outside of Kelowna is literally surrounded by lakes and by simply driving through it you will be rewarded with stunning views. Head out of Kelowna on Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 towards Vernon.
This drive should take around an hour, and you can stop at attractions on the road between Kelowna and Vernon such as The Jammery, Kalamalka Lake, and then once in Vernon, enjoy some of the best things to do there too!
17. Walk the waterfront
- Location: Downtown Kelowna along Okanagan Lake
- Price: Free
One of the best free things to do in Kelowna is simply walking the waterfront. Head to downtown Kelowna and go for stroll along the water’s edge. Visit the marina, waterpark and playground, Hot Sands Beach, and of course the iconic bear statue!
For a little longer walk, walk the Waterfront Boardwalk to Tugboat Beach – it’s beautiful at sunset!
18. Get out on a water bike
- Location: Okanagan Lake
- Price: Starting from $40 CAD/hr
If you’ve never tried a water bike before, Kelowna is the perfect place to do it! A water bike is a unique design that allows you to peddle, just like a bike, but on the water instead of land. The catamaran design makes the water bike super stable and almost impossible to capsize. This means almost anyone can operate a water bike. In fact, water bikes are actually even easier to ride than traditional bikes, so it’s a great family activity in Kelowna.
You can rent water bikes from a company called Kelowna Water Bikes. They rent bikes by the hour for $35 CAD. Each bike holds one person, but you can add a seat for a young child in the back if you want. The water bike rentals come with a fitted life jacket, a small storage compartment, and a waterproof case/lanyard for your phone. You’ll also get brief instructions on how to use the water bike before you set off.
Once you have your water bike, you’ll be free to explore Okanagan Lake. These water bikes go as fast as 15 km/h (9 miles/hr) so you can cover a lot of ground! If you want, you can even fish from the water bike, just be sure to have your fishing license sorted beforehand.
You can book your water bike adventure in Kelowna online in advance.
19. Enjoy dinner and drinks with a view
- Location: Various restaurants around Kelowna, BC
- Price: For restaurants with a view, expect to pay upwards of $25 CAD for a main dish.
This is another activity for foodies (you’re welcome!). In and around Kelowna there are some really tasty restaurants. And the best part is some of these restaurants offer incredible views right from their dining room. That’s right, dinner with a view!
Some of my personal favorite restaurants in Kelowna that have scenic views include Old Vine Restaurant which is located at Quail’s Gate winery. The Terrace at Mission Hill winery is also amazing! But if you want to stay downtown, check out the Cactus Club near the Kelowna Yacht Club.
20. Visit Okanagan Distillery for a tour and tasting
- Location: 267 Bernard Ave in downtown Kelowna
- Price: Tours start from $15 CAD per person
Do you love spirits? Whisky? What about blue-colored-gin that turns pink when mixed with tonic? Well then, you need to head to Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery. Located in downtown Kelowna, this place is a retail shop offering their locally-made spirits as well as a tasting room and bar.
Head there to sample some high-quality spirits for $5 a tasting. Or, join one of their many guided tours and tastings. We did the Farm to Flask tour which is a quick 30-minute tour with four tastings where we learned about the spirit-making process and the history of the distillery.
This is a great experience for anybody who enjoys a good spirit! Their Evolve Gin is my personal favorite.
21. Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing
- Location: Kelowna Nordic Club
- Price: $15 CAD per person per day
One of the best things to do in Kelowna in the winter is either cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Both are fun outdoor activities that practically anybody can do with a little practice. On cross-country skis or snowshoes you’ll be able to explore winter terrain easily!
The Kelowna Nordic Club maintains a large network of both ski and snowshoe trails. For only $15 CAD a day you can access the trails, which are groomed and maintained regularly.
If you need to rent skis or snowshoes your best bet is to visit Fresh Air Concept, a store in Kelowna since Kelowna Nordic does not offer gear rentals.
22. Drink ALL the craft beer
- Location: There are breweries all over Kelowna
- Price: Beers start from around $6 CAD each
Kelowna isn’t just for wine lovers. In fact, these days Kelowna has just as much to offer craft beer connoisseurs. New craft breweries are popping up all over Kelowna and the newfound craft beer scene has since started the annual Okanagan Craft Beer Festival each May in Kelowna.
There are literally so many different breweries to visit in Kelowna, but some of my personal favorites include:
- BNA Brewing – This brewery is located in a historic building with decor that will blow you away! They have lots of rotating taps and also serve food. Oh ya, they also have a bowling alley so you can have beers and bowl!
- Barn Owl Brewing Co – A fairly new brewery in Kelowna, Barn Owl Brewing is set in a – you guessed it – barn! It is bring your own food, so a great place for a summer picnic complete with craft beer.
- Kelowna Brewing Company – If you’re going to visit just one brewery in Kelowna, make it Kelowna Brewing Company. Located in downtown Kelowna this huge brewery also doubles as a pub and restaurant offering a huge variety of craft beers from around the area, and delicious food too!
If you want to be shown around to some of the best breweries (and cideries) in Kelowna then join this tour. It includes a stop at 6 different venues around downtown Kelowna as well as lunch. It’s a great tour for groups too!
23. Go hiking
- Location: Various locations all around Kelowna
- Price: Free
Hiking is a popular activity in Kelowna and the surrounding area. There are tons of different hiking trails you can explore that range from easy to difficult.
Head to Myra Canyon for a flat and easy walk along the Kettle Valey Trail. For something a little more exciting, head to Knox’s Mountain Park and walk to Paul’s Tomb. From here, you can do some cliff jumping if you dare!
For some epic views without having to hike up a huge elevation gain, take the scenic chairlift at the ski resorts in the summer. We went to SilverStar and did this. Once at the top of the mountain we could walk easily to different viewpoints before taking the chairlift back down again.
24. Sightsee on a parasailing adventure
- Location: Ogopogo Parasail Kelowna or Okanagan Parasail
- Price: $90+ CAD per person
Parasailing in Kelowna might be one of the most exhilarating things I have ever done (so far!). Not only are you sailing in the sky, but you are also able to soak in the sights in a way you just can’t get on the ground.
Since it was the two of us, we decided to book a tandem flight. While we were in the air, I was able to relax and appreciate the area’s beauty. I got some incredible pictures up there too!
A bonus is that you don’t even have to get wet if you’d prefer not to! We decided to get in the water, but the group before us was completely dry when they left. Just let the crew know before you’re up there.
If you can only do one adventure activity while you are in Kelowna, BC, make it a parasailing trip!
25. Buy delicious cheese
- Location: 1046 Richter St in Kelowna’s brewing district
- Price: Tastings are free, buying cheese ranges in price.
Okay, so far in this blog I’ve talked a lot about wine, beer, spirits, fruit, cider, restaurants, cafes – all that’s missing is cheese! Luckily for you, there is now a specialty cheese shop right in Kelowna!
Perseval & Young is Kelowna’s first specialty cheese shop. Here, you’ll find over 60 varieties of cheese from around Canada and around the world. While they don’t make their own cheese onsite, you can ensure you’re getting the freshest cheese at the highest quality! Stop in for a tasting, but just be sure to bring your wallet too as I doubt you’ll be able to leave empty-handed!
26. Go ziplining
- Location: A 20-minute drive from Kelowna
- Price: $100 CAD per person
Located just 20 minutes north of Kelowna is Oyama Adventure Park. Here you’ll find all sorts of aerial attractions including my personal recommendation – ziplining! You’ll whizz through the treetops along their huge zipline course consisting of 7 different zip lines totaling over 2 kilometers of line! It is exciting, and the views from up there are stunning too.
Of course, this is a summer activity that should be booked in advance on their website. Expect to pay around $100 CAD per person for the zipline experience. Kids who weigh less than 50 lbs will, unfortunately, have to give this a miss. However, they have other things to do for kids at the park too.
27. Learn to rock climb at Skaha Bluffs
- Location: Skaha Bluffs provinical Park, about an hour from Kelowna
- Price: Free to visit the park, $130 CAD for the intro to rock climbing tour
Located only an hour’s drive from Kelowna is Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park. Here, you can see hung canyons and rock walls as you hike one of the many trails.
If you’re up for an adventure, consider rock climbing here! Even if you’ve never climbed before it is the perfect place to learn. On this 5-hour introduction to rock climbing tour, you will learn the ropes (no pun intended) as you climb and repel in this iconic park.
Where to Stay in Kelowna, BC
The truth is that there are so many hotels in Kelowna that it can be hard to know which one to choose for your stay. Well luckily for you, Dan and I have stayed in a lot of different hotels in Kelowna and have been able to narrow it down to our absolute favorites!
Here are the best places to stay in Kelowna including our personal top choice, a few budget options, mid-range options, as well as some luxury options for those of you looking to spoil yourselves!
Coast Capri Hotel Kelowna – Our Top Choice
We’ve stayed at our fair share of hotels in 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!)
One of the best things about the Coast Capri Hotel is that it’s affordable without sacrificing any of the comforts you’ll need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay – suitable for almost all travelers and budgets. The location is central and the amenities are top-notch.
If you’re visiting in the summer be sure to go to the pool where you can order food and drinks to enjoy poolside – we even had cocktails in the pool one night!
You can book this hotel directly on their website or on Booking.com. Be sure to book as far in advance as possible because these guys are often fully booked!
Low Budget Hostels in Kelowna
Kelowna International Hostel – This is easily your best budget option. This hostel is centrally located and although its not fancy, it’s only $80 for a double room that includes a highly rated continental breakfast. It’s also reviewed as a clean hostel with friendly staff.
Samesun Kelowna – The last decent budget hotel around the $100 mark is this place. 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.
Medium Budget Hotels in Kelowna
Dilworth Inn – I’ve personally stayed at the Dilworth Inn. This place is a great medium-budget option that’s a little out of the city center but very close to the farmers market and other great amenities. They also have an indoor pool, spa, and sauna!
Hillcrest Farm Market – If you don’t mind staying a little out of the city then you may just fall in love with the Hillcrest. Its located 8km from the city center but is beautifully located. It’s around $250 per night but includes an awesome breakfast!
Delta hotels – This is the best high-budget hotel in Kelowna. It does come at a hefty price of $420 a night but 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!
Related Read: Heading to Vernon? Check out all of the best Airbnbs in Vernon, BC to suit any traveler!
Canada Travel Essentials
Before you decide to head off and explore the gorgeous mountains, lakes, towns, and cities around Canada it’s important to have the right equipment. Of course, it’s likely you’ll have most of the basics already but there are some common items people forget that I never travel without.
Crampons: In winter, crampons are super handy, but what people don’t realize is that they come in handy in summer too. In fact, up until mid-July, you can still expect icy conditions in the mountains. The pair I use is only $37 CAD and they have lasted me 3 seasons so far!
Waterproof shell: Most people will have this item but I thought I’d include it anyway since it’s so handy in Canada. The Columbia waterproof jacket is a lightweight windproof jacket that will seriously save you in many situations. The best part, though? It comes in pink!
Bear bells: These are a must, and for the price, you shouldn’t hike without them. The bear bells I use are only $9 CAD and they come with a silencer (a must) so you can easily travel with them.
Scent-proof bag (for bears): Most people think you only need to keep the smell of food away from you when you’re overnight camping. However, bears can smell the food in your bag while you’re hiking and the best way to avoid an encounter is to use a scent-proof bear bag. Basically, you put your food in the bag and the bear cannot smell it while you’re hiking. This is one item most people never have (I never hike without it) but it could save you and the bear.
Buff: I love my buff! Seriously, I go nowhere without it both in winter and summer. There are a few brands around but I always buy the original Buff (you know, the one from Survivor!) They’re a little more expensive but the material is good quality and both breathable and quick drying.
Dry bag: I have expensive camera equipment, so I always travel with a dry bag large enough to fit some of my equipment. It can be a camera, book, binoculars, or even my keys. Regardless, a dry bag gives me peace of mind! The MARCHWAY bag is really good quality, and when not in use, takes up only a small amount of room.
Binoculars: I love my binoculars! Seriously they have come in handy so many times, especially when I’m looking for wildlife. The best part is, I use a set that only costs $25 CAD and they serve my basic needs without any issues!
Renting a Car in British Columbia
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!
Before you go…
Thanks so much for reading! We honestly appreciate it so much! I hope this blog has helped you have a wonderful holiday in Kelowna. It is truly a beautiful city and one I hope you enjoy as much as I did!
If you have any questions please leave them below and we will get back to you! Also if you liked this travel guide check out all our Canada travel guides here or these related articles below!
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Monday 10th of October 2022
Hi Dan & Bailey, I have really enjoyed reading a few of your travel blogs. My husband and I are coming to BC from Australia in July next year - driving Vancouver to Calgary (to visit our son there) via Whistler and the Okanagan region. We're really unsure of the amount of days/nights we should give to Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and Osoyoos. Would you be willing and able to give us your opinion to help us make better decisions. (At this stage we have 2 nights Vernon; 3 nights Kelowna; 3 nights Penticton; 2 nights Osoyoos; 3 nights Nelson - our son says it's a beautiful place, his favourite.) I hope you won't mind giving us your experienced opinion and look forward to hearing from you.
Tuesday 11th of October 2022
That's fantastic you love our blogs.
To be honest, all four of those towns (Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, and Osoyoos) are very similar. Think lakes, wine tours, cider, craft beer, etc. I would split your time between two of those 4 places. Say Kelowna and Penticton. Otherwise, you'll find yourself doing the same things (beach days, wine tastings, etc.) My favorite of all the places in Penticton because of the Naramata Bench wineries and stunning beach.
Spending 5 to 6 nights is more than enough in the Okanagan in my opinion.
I need to mention that this is my personal preference, but there are attractions in each place. Because of this, you'll need to decide based on what you like, but I highly suggest checking out our Canadian road trip blogs, which have stops between most destinations in Western Canada, as well as our individual blogs on each place. Our Penticton and Osoyoos blogs will be live within a month as we spent some time exploring there in September.
I hope this helps Bailey
Tuesday 21st of September 2021
Just a FYI, Arian therapeutic farm has moved to Enderby.
Monday 27th of September 2021
Thanks Clara, I have updated the blog to reflect this!