Located in the southern part of BC off the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is one of the biggest cities gazing across beautiful vineyards and Okanagan Lake. This lush area offers many chances for ecotourism and helps to produce much of Canada’s fruit blossoms. A variety of fruits such as apples, cherries or peaches fill the air around this city with beautiful scents and a feeling of a country kitchen.
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Kelowna is a prominent area for vinyards and wineries. There are over 60 in the area. Be sure to try some local wines while enjoying your stay here. Visit the Kelowna Mission Hill Family Estate Winery and learn about the wine aging in the oak barrels in the wine cellars, on your way to the tasting room. The fruit orchards are a great addition to any wine tour, as well as a cheese tour. At the Carmeleis Goat Cheese Farm, taste a variety of cheeses. If you want to visit another place where they produce food products, travel a bit outside the city to a jammery. This is the world’s finest jam.
Nature is a big selling point of the area and this allows for many opportunities to mountain bike, hike, fish, ski or swim in any one of the 200 freshwater lakes located in the area. The Kettle Valley Railway Trail is mainly for hikers and a wonderful cycling trail as well. Golf is also a huge sport. There are over a dozen courses in the city and about 50 challenging courses in the area. The warm weather and many hours of daylight can allow you to golf for hours, at almost any time of the day. If you’re interested in more winter sports, then there are three large mountains located right outside the city and provide a good place for snowboarders and skiers a like.
If nature is not really what you’re after and you’re looking for more of a cultural experience and entertainment, then Kelowna has a lot to offer. There are galleries, art exhibitions, museums and theatres to experience. At the Prospera Place, live entertainment is performed here and the Okanagan Symphony entertains year round. There is an abundance of nightlife in this city. Choose from a variety of pubs and dance clubs, to theatres and casinos.
There is a variety of different accommodation offered here in Kelowna. Everything from lakeside resorts to bed and breakfasts can be found with little effort. Kelowna can also cater to your needs and provides a good way to vacation for families. There are units that come with kitchens, pools, and even include kids clubs. There is something for everyone!