Kelowna is the largest city in
British Columbiaâ€™s Okanagan Valley, which is located in the south central region
of the province. The city is easily accessible by car, bus and air, and is
located only 150 km. (90 miles) north of the United States border and 395 km.
(247 miles) east of Vancouver.
Spectacular Okanagan Valley
scenery in the cradle of the nearby mountain range, pristine pine-fringed lakes,
blossom-filled gardens, abundant orchards and vineyards, sandy beaches, and
first-class amenities, all combine in the beautiful city of Kelowna. Although
relatively undiscovered, Kelowna is easily accessible and ready to host visitors
from throughout the world. The Kelowna International Airport connects visitors
and residents alike to many major North American cities. Kelowna is a quick
60-minute flight from Calgary or Vancouver and just 70 minutes from Seattle.
Direct flights to Toronto are also available year-round. With a host of
attractions, sites to see, numerous dining options, and events taking place year
round; itâ€™s a great choice for the vacationer.
Orchards and vineyards surround
the city. Visitors can pick juicy peaches from trees, or spend a delightful day
sampling the award-winning wares of the internationally acclaimed wineries. The
Spring, Summer, and Fall Wine Festivals offer hundreds of activities focused on
wine making, tasting, and touring. There are 12 wineries in and around the city,
and some 65 throughout the Okanagan Valley. Kelowna, located in the center of
the Okanagan Valley, is the perfect â€śbase campâ€ť for all Okanagan explorations.
When golfing in Kelowna,
visitors find themselves meandering through an orchard, over desert terrain and
rolling hills, or past expansive lakes and canyons. There are numerous courses
located in the Kelowna area, providing golfers of all ages and abilities premium
Kelowna is a city of 100,000
people where the arts thrive. The Canadian Heritage Cultural Spaces Program
named the Cultural District as the best in Canada. Those who enjoy the arts will
feel at home in this vibrant District that covers a six-block area in the cityâ€™s
centre. A concentration of galleries, museums, theatres, and artist studios
co-exist with an eclectic mix of dining opportunities. Lady Luck is said to be
found in the Cultural District at Lake City Casino. Kelowna has an outstanding
symphony orchestra and blues, jazz, folk, country and rock bands play in a
number of festivals and downtown venues.
Kelowna has miles of beautiful
parkland, much of which is located along sandy beaches. Grassy picnic areas,
playgrounds, washrooms and concession stands are standard facilities at the many
beaches. The Okanagan Lake and surrounding mountains provide the scenic backdrop
for a wide range of family attractions and outdoor activities including golf,
downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling,
water-skiing, waterslides, cycling, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and
The Okanagan Valley also offers
a comfortable climate year round. Summers are warm with hot days, boasting clear
sunny skies and low humidity. Shorts, t-shirts, sundresses, and bathing suits
are the best bet during the summer season. Winters are generally much milder
than other areas east of the Valley. Although snow is abundant at the
surrounding ski resorts, it rarely stays for long on the Valley roadways.
Sweaters, vests and fleece clothing are popular during our fall and winter
seasons. Kelowna is sunny, and umbrellas are seldom required. Dressing in layers
is recommended for optimum comfort, especially in the spring and fall seasons,
as temperatures can fluctuate between cool mornings and hot daytimes but return
to cool evenings.
Play paintball, take a boat
tour, ride a horse, play golf, relax, or take advantage of a host of activities
is this tranquil yet vibrant city: the choice is yours.