Canada

Kelowna, British Columbia

A- Overview:
Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’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; it’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 “base camp” 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 golf experiences.

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 city’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 fishing.

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.

B- City Information:
Population: Approximately 100,000

Elevation: 344 meters (1,129 feet) above sea level

Land Area: 262 square kilometers (107 square miles)

Location: Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, which is located in the south central region of the province. Easily accessible by car, bus and air, Kelowna is 150 km. (90 miles) north of the United States border and 395 km. (247 miles) east of Vancouver

Time Zone: Kelowna is in the Pacific Time Zone. Daylight Savings Time is in effect from 0200 hr on the first Sunday in April until 0200 hr on the last Sunday in October

Average Monthly Temperatures

Month
High
Low

January
0 C /32 F
-7 C/19 F

February
3 C/37 F
-5 C/23 F

March
9 C/48 F
-2 C/28 F

April
15 C/59 F
1 C/34 F

May
20 C/68 F
5 C/41 F

June
24 C/75 F
8 C/46 F

July
28 C/82F
10 C/50 F

August
27 C/81 F
10 C/50 F

September
21 C/70 F
5 C/41 F

October
14 C/57 F
1 C/34 F

November
5 C/41 F
-2 C/28 F

December
0 C/32 F
-6 C/21

Climate:

Kelowna’s climate is mild and one of the reasons why so many of its visitors become residents. Warm summers are characterized by low humidity, along with relatively mild winters.

Local Seasons:

Kelowna is truly a city of four distinct seasons. Summers do tend to be the busiest time of year as visitors come to the area to experience the many sites and attractions, as well as the near perfect weather. Winter also brings tourists to the area for the abundant skiing. With over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, anytime of year is wonderful for a visit to this magnificent and picturesque city

How to Get There:

By Air

Kelowna International Airport Terminal
250-765-5125

Shell Aero Centre (Private Terminal)
250-765-8155

Air Canada Local Flight Information
250-765-8777

Central Mountain Air
888-865-8585

Westjet Flight Information
877-929-8646

Horizon Air Cargo Information
800-225-2752

Wildcat Helicopters Inc
877-768-2061

Carson Air Flight Centre
800-765-7779

Bus Lines

Greyhound Bus
800-661-8747

Kelowna Terminal
250-860-3835

Ground Transportation

Kelowna Airporter
877-235-6962

Kelowna Airporter (Local)
250-765-0182

Kelowna Transit System
250-860-8121

Taxi Services

Checkmate Cabs
250- 861-1111

Donchuck Ventures
250- 860-2663

Vehicle Rental Companies

Budget Car & Truck Rental
250-491-7368

Enterprise Rent A Car
250-979-0299

BC Ferries

Information
604-386-3431

Toll Free (BC Only)
888-223-3779

Canada Customs

For information contact:

Canada Customs

800-461-9999 within Canada or long distance at 204-983-3500 outside of Canada

How to Get Around:

With so many things to see and do both in the city as well as throughout the surrounding area, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1

Good Friday
March or April

Easter Monday
March or April

Victoria Day
May 24

Canada Day
July 1

BC Day
August 2

Labour Day
1st Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day
2nd Monday in October

Remembrance Day
November 11

Christmas Day
December 25

Boxing Day
December 26

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
19 Greens Putt and Play Zone

2050 Campbell Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3X7
250-769-0213

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

19 Greens Putt & Play Zone has long been one of Kelowna’s premier family attractions. Back-dropped by Lake Okanagan and the Floating Bridge, the renowned 18 hole Championship Natural Grass Putting Course, Cosmic Climbing Wall, X-Treme Trampoline Bounce and 18 hole Astro Mini Golf provide hours of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Carmelis Alpine Goat Cheese Artisan Inc.

170 Timberline Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 4J6
250-764-9033

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Carmelis is a family dairy boutique. The dairy chose to specialize in rich complex and refined cheeses that render full justice to the quality of the milk and the art of cheese making. They are located on 170 Timberline Road, Kelowna, 12 km south of downtown Kelowna viewing the Okanagan Lake. In the goat cheese farm they have a beautiful cheese shop where visitors can taste the cheeses as well as purchase them.

Croc-Talk

700 Ace Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 4C5
250-860-6080

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Croc-Talk Show is an interactive, family-orientated journey into the world of Crocodilians. The base to this attraction is the live Crocs, large and small, as is the entertaining presentation on the biology and ecology of this ancient species.

The Jammery

8038 Hwy 97 North
Kelowna, BC V1X 6A6
250-766-1139

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free
Believed to be the world’s first and only Jammery.

Kelowna Grand Prix and Laser Tag

911 Stremel Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 5E6
250-765-1434

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Kelowna Springs Putting Course

480 Penno Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 6S3
250-765-7888

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

McCurdy Bowling Centre/Freddy’s Brew Pub

948 McCurdy Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 2P7
250-491-2695

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

McCurdy Bowling Centre is Kelowna’s state of the art facility with 24 – 10 pin lanes and 6 – 5 pin lanes. It is known for having a top of the line JBL sound system with a fantastic smoke and light show for cosmic bowling. Freddy’s features premium handcrafted beers from its own Mill Creek Brewery.

MV Fintry Queen

210 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 7N3
250-979-0223

Hours: Call for sailing times and additional information

Admission Charged

Cruise the lake and experience the beauty of the Okanagan Valley.

Safari Ridge Adventure Paintball

2220B Horizon Drive
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7
250-769-0239

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Join the fun and adventure of paintball.

Scandia Golf & Games

2220B Horizon Drive
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7
250-769-0239

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Fun for the entire family. Voted the number one fun place in the Okanagan.

Silver Lake Forest Education Society

347 Leon Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2
250-717-0033

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Welcome to an opportunity that could last a life time. Come to Silver Lake Forestry Centre to develop international friendships, learn and develop unique skills, and participate in fun, dynamic and rewarding experiences. Campers come from all over the world and many come back regularly. Staff are carefully selected and form a unique bond where priorities are safety, fun and nurturing. Visitors are welcome to come for an experience that is sure to open doors to new adventures.

Kelowna Fishing Charters

#46 – 3225 Shannon Lake Road
Westbank, BC V4T 2E2
250-878-6642

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Fully equipped, world-class fly-fishing or deep lake fishing at a reasonable price, year round.

Go With the Wind Cruises

227 Crossridge Crescent
Kelowna, BC V1V 1S5
250-763-5204

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Cruise by power and/or sail around Okanagan Lake and enjoy highlights such as Paul’s Tomb, the Westside, Okangan Lake Bridge and City Park. During the tour the captain will share his stories including tales of the ferry dock, the operation of our bridge, and local wildlife.

Kelowna Marina

6-2860 Woodsdale Road
Lake Country, BC V4V 2L2
250-862-6819

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Located on the Shores of Beautiful Lake Okanagan, just minutes away from busy downtown Kelowna is one of the oldest marinas in Kelowna, Kelowna Marina. Enjoy a vacation with brand new Larson boats ranging from 16 to 23 ft or try out a Seadoo. Also available are pontoon boats for 12 to 18 people.

MWS Adventures

Waterfront at the Grand
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6Y7
250-212-1554

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

MWS Adventures offers both water-ski & wakeboard lessons for all ages and abilities.

Okanagan Watertoyz Inc.

2053 Campbell Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 1S9
250-769-5382

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The rental facility is a seasonal operation and is open, weather permitting with accepts reservations. All renters must fill out a waiver and rental agreement; then will be given an orientation to familiarize them with the operation of the machine and will be instructed in water safety.

Scenic Boat Tours of the Okanagan

Kelowna, BC V1W 1T3
250-861-0691

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Scenic Boat Tours of the Okanagan offers relaxing, comfortable cruises. The boat is capable of being fully enclosed, so even on those “not so sunny” days, they offer a protected and comfortable atmosphere.

Lake Okanagan Resort Stables

2751 Westside Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3T1
250-769-2634

Hours: Open May – October, call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Come take a ride on the Historic Okanaga Bridge Trail, swim with the horse in the water. Rides for children 3 and up. Introductory programs for all ages.

Mandy & Me Trail riding

174 Bear Creek Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3T6
250-769-5735

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Mandy and Me Trail riding gives horseback tours overlooking the Okanagan Lake and city of Kelowna. The tours match the guest’s size and experience at riding so that both the visitor and their four-legged partner have a good experience.

Kelowna Parasail Adventures Ltd.

1310 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3
250-868-4838

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

No experience necessary, the adventure begins right from the boat.

Mariners Reef Waterpark & Slides

2160 Old Okanagan Hwy.
Westbank, BC V4T 2H3
250-768-5141

Hours: Open seasonally, call for additional information

The park is one of Okanagan’s most popular attractions. There are thirteen slides, including two inner tube rides, twister slides, straight fast slides, intermediate and kiddie slides, paddling pool, two large swimming pools. They also have a gigantic hot tub, picnic areas, concessions, ice cream and gift shops, and much much more.

Windstar Recreation Ltd.

325 Phoebe Court
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y9
250-212-2580

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

It’s the Year of the Windsurfer! New wide boards and super light sails make learning fun and easy for the whole family.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
19 Greens Kelowna Putt and Play Zone

2050 Campbell Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3X7
250-769-0213

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

19 Greens Putt & Play Zone has long been one of Kelowna’s premier family attractions. Back-dropped by Lake Okanagan and the Floating Bridge, the renowned 18 hole Championship Natural Grass Putting Course, Cosmic Climbing Wall, X-Treme Trampoline Bounce and 18 hole Astro Mini Golf provides hours of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Kelowna Grand Prix and Laser Tag

911 Stremel Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 5E6
250-765-1434

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

MV Fintry Queen

210 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 7N3
250-979-0223

Hours: Call for sailing times and additional information

Admission Charged

Come cruise the lake and experience the beauty of the Okanagan Valley!

Safari Ridge Adventure Paintball

2220B Horizon Drive
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7
250-769-0239

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Enjoy some paintball fun and adventure.

Go With the Wind Cruises

227 Crossridge Crescent
Kelowna, BC V1V 1S5
250-763-5204

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Cruise by power and/or sail around Okanagan Lake and enjoy highlights such as Paul’s Tomb, the Westside, Okangan Lake Bridge and City Park. During the tour the captain will share his stories including tales of the ferry dock, the operation of the bridge, and local wildlife.

MWS Adventures

Waterfront at the Grand
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6Y7
250-212-1554

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

MWS Adventures offers both water-ski & wakeboard lessons for all ages and abilities.

Mandy & Me Trail riding

174 Bear Creek Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3T6
250-769-5735

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Mandy and Me Trail riding gives horseback tours overlooking the Okanagan Lake and city of Kelowna. The tours match the guest’s size and experience at riding so that both the visitor and their four-legged partner have a good experience.

Kelowna Parasail Adventures Ltd.

1310 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3
250-868-4838

Hours: Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

No experience necessary, the adventure begins right from the boat.

Mariners Reef Waterpark & Slides

2160 Old Okanagan Hwy.
Westbank, BC V4T 2H3
250-768-5141

Hours: Open seasonally, call for additional information

The park is one of Okanagan’s most popular attractions. There are thirteen slides, including two inner tube rides, twister slides, straight fast slides, intermediate and kiddie slides, paddling pool, two large swimming pools. They also have a gigantic hot tub, picnic areas, concessions, ice cream and gift shops, and much more.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Snowfest

Held in mid January

Location: Varies

250-862-3515

Call for additional information

Kelowna Home Show

Held in late January – early February

Location: Prospera Place

250-979-0888

Call for additional information

February

Kelowna Home Show

Held in late January – early February

Location: Prospera Place

250-979-0888

Call for additional information

Sweetheart Couples 5k Run

Held in mid February

Location: Waterfront Park

250-861-1515

Call for additional information

March

Sport & Adventure Show

Held in early March

Location: Prospera Place

250-979-0888

Call for additional information

June

Kelowna Gardens Tour

Held in mid June

Location: Varies throughout Kelowna

250-860-9389

Call for additional information

Jaycees 24 hours relay

Held in late June

Location: Varies

250-861-1515

Call for additional information

Running around the Apple Bowl for 24 hours.

July

Canada Day Celebration

Held in early July

Location: Island Stage, Waterfront Park

250-862-3515

Call for additional information

Live music and other family entertainment, a multicultural food fair, a children’s activity area, canoe rides, multicultural displays, arts & crafts, a citizenship ceremony, a huge birthday cake, and fireworks at 10:00pm in front of Tug Boat Bay.

Folk Fest

Held in early July

Location: Skyreach Place

250-763-9747

Call for additional information

Westside Daze

Held in early July

Location: Varies

250-768-3378

Call for additional information

Guisachan Garden Show

Held in early July

Location: Guisachan Heritage Park

250-861-7188

Call for additional information

Kelowna Regatta

Held in late July

Location: City Park

250-860-0529

Call for additional information

Antique & Classic Boat Show

Held in late July

Location: Grand Okanagan Lagoons

250-763-4500

Call for additional information

Cherry Fair

Held in late July

Location: Laurel Building

250-868-0441

Call for additional information

Fat Cat Children’s Festival

Held in late July

Location: City Park

250-763-3212

Call for additional information

Car Show

Held in late July

Location: Bernard Avenue

250-862-3515

Call for additional information

Heartland Music Festival

Held in late July – early August

Location: City Park

250-861-1515

Call for additional information

August

Heartland Music Festival

Held in late July – early August

Location: City Park

250-861-1515

Call for additional information

Okanagan Summer Wine Festival

Held in early August

Location: Silver Star Mountain Resort

250-861-6654

Call for additional information

Mardis Gras

Held in early August

Location: Downtown Kelowna

250-862-3515

Call for additional information

Blues Festival

Held in early August

Location: City Park

250-868-3307

Call for additional information

Annual Kelowna Apple Triathlon

Held in mid August

Location: City Park

250-861-1515

Call for additional information

September

Dragon Boat Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Waterfront Park

250-868-1136

Call for additional information

Field of Dreams

Held in mid September

Location: Kelowna City Park

250-769-7913

Call for additional information

Auction and car show.

Terry Fox Run

Held in mid September

Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre

250-860-5828

Call for additional information

East Kelowna Fall Fair

Held in late September

Location: Varies

250-860-8314

Call for additional information

Peak to Peak

Held in late September

Location: Mission Hill

250-860-5828

Call for additional information

Run from Mission Hill to Know Mountain

October

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

Held in early October

Location: Various locations

250-861-6654

Call for additional information

The Fall Wine Festival runs for 10 days leading up to the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in early October each year.

Apple Fair

Held in late October

Location: Laurel Packing House

250-868-0441

Call for additional information

Halloween Howl

Held in late October

Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre

250-860-5828

Call for additional information

Okanagan International Marathon

Held in mid October

Location: City Park

250-860-5828

Call for additional information

November

Kelowna Christmas Craft Fair

Held in mid November

Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre

250-860-5015

Call for additional information

Tree of Hope Light Up

Held in mid – late November

Location: Landmark Square

250-763-2305

Call for additional information

Fall Craft Fair

Held in mid – late November

Location: St. Michaels & All Angels Hall

250-860-9159

Call for additional information

December

Christmas Light-Up

Held in early December

Location: Towne Centre to Kerry Park

250-862-3515

Christmas tree light up to start off the Christmas season.

Entertainment:

Kelowna Community Theatre

250-762-2471

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Bringing people together – there’s nothing like seeing it live!
Since opening its doors and raising the curtain in 1962, the theatre has been a vision of bringing people together from across the Okanagan and beyond to enjoy the performing arts from community groups to professional productions.

Mary Irwin Theatre

Located inside the Rotary Centre
250- 717-5304

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Located in beautiful Kelowna, BC the Rotary Centre for the Arts is designed as a multi-purpose venue providing enjoyment of a wide array of activities including special events, theatre, visual art, music, festivals and more.

Prospera Place
250-979-0888

Call for schedule of events and additional information

Prospera Place brings not only a state-of-the-art entertainment facility to the B.C. Interior, but brings a new level of exciting entertainment and a real focal point for sports, culture, business and community activity.

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

250-763-7544

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Kelowna Community Concerts

250-762-9059

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club

4320 Gallaghers Drive West
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z9

250-861-4240

Call for tee times and additional information

The Harvest Golf Club

2725 K.L.O. Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 4S1

250-862-3103

Call for tee times and additional information