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Kelowna
Travel Guide

This picturesque city on the banks of Okanagan Lake is famous for its beach parks, golf courses, nature trails and wineries.

Enjoy the lakeside retreat of Kelowna enveloped by gorgeous landscapes of the Okanagan Valley. Its attractions sit amid a backdrop of canyons, orchards, rolling hills and vineyards. Enjoy lake beaches, watersports, golf courses, wine estates and fine dining. The Okanagan First Nations people settled here more than 6,000 years ago and Europeans arrived in 1859. Today the city offers great family vacations, romantic getaways and weekend breaks.

At the heart of Downtown Kelowna is Kelowna Cultural District. View Canadian artworks at the Hambleton Galleries and Kelowna Art Gallery. Learn about local history at the Okanagan Heritage Museum and Okanagan Military Museum. Visit The Laurel Packinghouse, home to the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum. Catch performances at the Black Box Theatre and Kelowna Community Theatre.

Along the city’s western edge, Okanagan Lake features boating, fishing, kayaking and swimming, among other water-based activities. Discover sandy, child-friendly spots such as Gyro Beach and Hot Sands Beach at the delightful City Park. Wander along boardwalks and attend summer concerts at Waterfront Park. Rent kayaks, Jet Skis, motorboats and waterskiing gear at Downtown Marina Kelowna.

Tour the Okanagan Valley wineries, including about 30 estates within a 20-minute drive of the downtown district. These wineries include Cedar Creek Estate Winery, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, Mission Hill Family Estate and Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Sample fine wines accompanied by farm-to-table cuisine.

Take a scenic bike ride or walk in Myra Canyon. A wooden trail follows a section of a former railway decorated with tunnels and trestle bridges. Admire city views from the summit of Knox Mountain Park. Play a round of golf at Gallagher’s Canyon, Okanagan Golf Club or Kelowna Springs.

Fly to Kelowna from major Canadian cities as well as several U.S. cities. Get around Downtown Kelowna by foot and use public buses to reach areas outside the city center. Relax on lake beaches during the mild summer months and bring your skis in winter to conquer the mountain at Big White Ski Resort.

Top Hotels in Kelowna

Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort
Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort
4 out of 5
1310 Water St, Kelowna, BC
The price is CA $127 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

This family-friendly Kelowna hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Okanagan Lake and City Park. Knox Mountain Park and Orchard Park Mall ...

4.2/5Excellent! (985 reviews)

"Great opportunity to stay off-season at this resort. Unfortunately, the restaurant had been completely reserved for the entire weekend and we were unable to access it at all as hotel guests."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort
Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna
Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna
3 out of 5
2130 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC
The price is CA $93 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in Central Okanagan, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Columbia Mountains and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kelowna General Hospital and Prospera ...

3.5/5Good! (1,095 reviews)

"Check in process is always friendly and easy. Comfortable beds. Clean and good location to shopping and food. My only complaint was noisy neighbors, which is not the fault of the facility, and unfortunately the doors slam unless you purposely close it quietly."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna
Manteo at Eldorado Resort
Manteo at Eldorado Resort
3.5 out of 5
3762 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC
The price is CA $139 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in South Pandosy, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, just steps from Columbia Mountains and Okanagan Lake. Kelowna General Hospital is 1.9 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (995 reviews)
Liz is wonderful!

"We were out of our home locally for reno's and this was a perfect home away from home for our family. Very pleased."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2021

Manteo at Eldorado Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kelowna

The Shore Kelowna
The Shore Kelowna
2 out of 5
3499 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC
The price is CA $206 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Nestled on the beach, this South Pandosy aparthotel is just steps from Boyce-Gyro Beach Park and Okanagan Lake. Okanagan College and Kelowna General Hospital ...

4.3/5Excellent! (19 reviews)
The Shore is Great!

"Great location and excellent accommodations. Very easy to check in and great amenities on site!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 6, 2020

The Shore Kelowna
High End Family Condo with Pool/Golfing/Gym
High End Family Condo with Pool/Golfing/Gym
Kelowna, BC

Located in Central Okanagan, this romantic condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Columbia Mountains and UBC-Okanagan. Okanagan Golf Club and Shadow Ridge Golf ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Great stay at Carolyn's Cottage

"My wife and I really enjoyed our stay, we spent a lot of time on the deck barbecuing and enjoying the beautiful views. Great location only 1 minute from the golf course, and the condo had everything you could ever need; full kitchen, comfy beds with tv's in every room, washer/dryer, gated U/G parking ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 31, 2020

High End Family Condo with Pool/Golfing/Gym
Sunset Waterfront Resort
Sunset Waterfront Resort
3.5 out of 5
#1204 1128 Sunset Drive, Kelowna, BC
The price is CA $120 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Nestled on the beach, this Central Okanagan condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Columbia Mountains, Okanagan Lake, and Prospera Place. Kelowna General ...

4.1/5Very Good! (60 reviews)

"it was great, thank you so much. Great location as I had appointment at the hospital and enjoyed my recovery sitting at the living room window."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 18, 2020

Sunset Waterfront Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kelowna

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4 - Good 45.781399808245446%
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3 - Okay 10.306807286673058%
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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 4, 2020

love kelowna. amazing place for vacation. planning on moving there in the near future. friendly locals, lots of activities and an endless number places to eat and things to see

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 2, 2020

I have a daughter that lives in Kelowna and I go on a regular basis I love it I always find it very clean and people very courteous I will continue to travel to Kelowna

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 25, 2020

Kelowna is an amazing city to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 22, 2020

Large city, very busy, wonderful wine capital of Canada? pr perhaps the Okanagan is the wine capital of Canada? great downtown core, and walking areas around the lake

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 17, 2020

Very cordial and friendly employees.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 16, 2020

I will ever wish there was more than one way to cross the lake as it causes a traffic back up but Kelowna is a beautiful city. The lake and wineries are amazing.

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