For a restful getaway into the heart of the Okanagan, head straight to Kelowna. A mecca of outdoor pursuits and cultural activities, from championship golf courses to internationally acclaimed wine tours, from downhill skiing to Shakespeare in the Park, Kelowna promises to entertain all who visit this spectacular city on the lake. Rating the full “five blooms” out of five in a friendly Worlds in Bloom challenge between Canada and the United Kingdom, Kelowna is as beautiful as it is delightful. The inviting waters of Okanagan Lake shimmer in the sunlight, calling swimmers, boaters, and waterskiers from the white sandy beaches. Topped off with colorful hanging baskets and festive banners adorning the tidy streets, Kelowna succeeds in its effort to maintain its image as one of the prettiest cities in BC.
Not sure where to go when you arrive downtown? Within a four-block area, browse the Kelowna Art Gallery, the Kelowna Centennial Museum, and the Laurel Building, which houses both the BC Orchard Industry Museum and the BC Wine Museum. Take a stroll along Okanagan Lake in Waterfront Park, or bask in the tranquility of the Kasugai Japanese Gardens. In the evening, enjoy free summer entertainment in City Park and Waterfront Park, or take in a concert at the newly opened Skyreach Place. For the family of many interests, downtown Kelowna has it all.
Located where Highway 97 meets Highway 33, Kelowna is 395 km (247 mi.) northeast of Vancouver. Commercial bus and national and international air services are available. Population: 97,385 Elevation: 429 m (1,407 ft.) Average July High: 28ºC (82ºF) Average January Temperature: -5ºC (23ºF) Annual Rainfall: 28 cm (11 in.) Annual Snowfall: 11 cm (4 in.)