There is such a wide variety of things to see and do in Kelowna, so we’ve put together a Top 10 list for you to check out. In this city, you can literally start your day climbing a mountain and be relaxing on the beach by the afternoon, having stopped at a world class winery & the farmers market somewhere in between. There are even more fun things to do with the kids like water parks, play areas, indoor & outdoor adventure centers to name a few. All this and Kelowna is also known for having some of the best weather to be found in Canada.
Here are some highly recommended favourite things to see and do for both adults and children.
The list is in no particular order.
1. Okanagan Lake
Evening at Boyce-Gyro Beach | Laura Johnson | @okv_pix
Kelowna lies on the shore of Okanagan Lake so most of the parks in the city have sandy beaches and many of them have water-sports facilities. Some even have snack vendors with yummy local eats & treats. At Suite 370 you are mere minutes from Rotary Beach Park (500 meters north on Lakeshore Road to be exact). And only 1.3 kms away from one of Kelowna’s most popular beaches, Boyce-Gyro Beach Park. For a complete list of all the parks and beaches around Kelowna please check out Beaches & Parks on Tourism Kelowna’s website.
2. Knox Mountain
Knox Mountain | Kristy Draginda | @hikingtheokanagan
If you enjoy hiking or just appreciate a beautiful view, then Knox Mountain needs to be on your Kelowna bucket list. You can hike, bike or drive up the mountain and it’s just a few minutes from downtown. Getting to Knox Mountain is quite simple, drive to the end of Ellis Street until you hit the park entrance. Leave your car at “basecamp” and take the gravel pathway up the hill. Knox Mountain’s Apex Trail is almost 3 kms up and has a pretty decent incline. However, it’s easy to follow and there are numerous scenic benches along the way to take a break and enjoy the scenery.
For those not into hiking but still want those views you can drive up the mountain and park either at the mid point (Lower Crown Lookout) or at the very top (Upper Apex Lookout). However, you get to the top, it’s a great way to get the whole family out and enjoy the Okanagan sunshine and take in some amazing panoramas while you are at it. For more information on Knox Mountain and other hiking trails check out Kelowna Hiking Trails on Tourism Kelowna’s website. Knox Mountain is about a 20 minute drive from Suite 370, through downtown Kelowna.
3. Myra Canyon Trestles
If you enjoyed Knox Mountain, then Myra Canyon is not to be missed! This spectacularly scenic portion of the Kettle Valley Railway is well worth a visit. You can either hike or bike your way through this historic 12 kilometer trail. It’s comprised of 18 giant trestle bridges and two tunnels. If you didn’t bring your bike along, not to worry you can rent a bike through Myra Canyon Bike Rentals or you can even organize a guided tour with Monashee Adventure Tours. If you can’t wait to learn more, head on over to the Myra Canyon Restoration Society website. It’s about half an hour drive to Myra Canyon from Suite 370.
4. U-Pick Fruit Orchards ~ Pick your own cherries!
Looking for a fun experience with the whole family? Why not pick your own cherries! For 3 generations Arndt Orchards has been dedicated to providing the best quality cherries with superb customer service. They ensure each guest has a fun and memorable cherry picking adventure, a tradition they have maintained since 1946. The only questions that remains…will you eat all the cherries you picked on the way home! Arndt Orchards is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily throughout July and 8:30 am to 5:30 pm during August. Arndt Orchards is about a 17 minute drive away from Suite 370.
5. Kelowna Farmer’s and Crafters Market
For over 21 years, the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market has provided local producers and families a meeting place to exchange the best that the Okanagan has to offer. From Armstrong to Summerland and there are over 165 vendors that focus on handmade, locally-grown, and artisanal products. Along with fruit & veg, dairy & meats, there are plenty of stalls filled with jewelry, pottery, woodwork, and more! You can also grab a snack or even have a meal while you are there. From April – October they are located on the corner of Dillworth Drive & Springfield Road and are open on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. For a list of vendors, maps and events head on over to their website at Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market. Kelowna Farmer’s and Crafters Market is about a 9 minute drive away from Suite 370.
6. Wine Tours
There are over 30 wineries located in Kelowna and well over 200 wineries in the Okanagan Valley. All wineries offer tastings and some even have delicious food available from tapas to cheese & fruit platters while others have their own restaurants on site. Tours are open to people of all ages, so kids are welcome. However guests or youth under 19 years of age are not permitted to taste the wine but some of the more family friendly wineries give them some grape or apple juice to sample. There are 5 wine trails to choose from so we suggest you get a copy of Kelowna’s Wine Trails on-line or you can grab a guide upon arrival at Tourism Kelowna’s Visitors Centre at the airport or head to their downtown office at 544 Harvey Ave.
For worry free wine tasting, there are a several Guided Tour Operators that can customize your wine tour for you. Why not leave the driving the them. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery the vineyards have to offer. For a complete list of Guided Wine Tours, please visit Tourism Kelowna’s website www.tourismkelowna.com. For a list of wineries within 10 kms of Suite 370 head on over to our Vineyards & Wine Tours page.
7. Kangaroo Creek
Kangaroo Creek Farm is located in Lake Country, which is a little ways outside Kelowna as you head toward Vernon and they have been keeping kangaroos and wallabies for more than 20 years. At Kangaroo Creek, you can get up close and pet a baby kangaroo or wallaby. On the farm, you will also see an emu, peacocks, fancy chickens, goats, parrots, a baby albino wallaby, baby kangaroos and potbellied pigs. They also have capybara, the world’s largest rodent, which can weigh more than 150 lbs.! Visitors can enjoy wandering amongst the kangaroos. They have very knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer any questions that may come up. The price for Adults is $10, Youth (under 19) & Seniors (65+) is $5 and children under 5 are free. All admission cost keeps the farm staffed and running smoothly. Kangaroo Creek Farm is about half an hour drive from Suite 370.
8. Hoof Prints Barnyard Petting Zoo & Pony Rides
Hoof Print Barnyard Petting Zoo & Pony Rides is located on an 8 acre property near the Kelowna International Airport. The barnyard is a petting zoo complete with miniature horses, cows, regular horses, ponies and goats that you can pet and feed. From March 13th to end of October they hold Sunday Funday’s from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is when they are open to the public for some good old fashion fun in the country. You can enjoy pony rides, the petting zoo, a bonfire with marshmallows and other concessions. Admission is $5, children 3 and under get in for free and $5 pony rides! You can also hire the barnyard for private parties and larger groups. The barnyard is about a half an hour drive from Suite 370.
9. Okanagan Lavender Farm
Walking through the rows upon rows of vibrant beautiful lavender flowers at Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm is a perfect leisurely afternoon activity. The Lavender is at its peak during the first three weeks of July but the herb farm grows many different aromatic plants at the farm. Throughout the growing season you’ll find calendula, rose petals and rose hips, oregano, thyme, savory, basil, rosemary, lemon balm, violas, lemon verbena, lemon grass, rose geranium, echinacea, lindens, and sage. Throughout July, August and into the beginning of September, they harvest our lavender by hand.
If you purchase a 100% farm grown packet (which includes herbs and a recipe) you can enjoy a PURE Wander through the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm Gardens, which includes map of the farm and wishing tree ribbon. No reservation required. Cost is $10.00 for adults, children 4-12yrs $5.00 (includes farm scavenger hunt), children 3 and under no charge. Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm is about a 7 minute drive away from Suite 370.
10. Basil & Mint
Are you ready to be taken on a culinary journey? Basil & Mint Restaurant & Bar serves beautiful dishes matched with an outstanding selection of wines not only from the Okanagan, but around the world. Basil & Mint’s Chef McGeown’s menu is inspired by the fresh ingredients grown and sourced locally in British Columbia. The best part is you don’t have to travel far to have a fantastically fresh and delicious dining experience. Basil & Mint is only a 2 minute walk away as they are actually located in the Playa del Sol Resort Complex on the corner of Cook Road & Lakeshore Road.