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Choose your Kelowna holiday in which you'll find yourself located at the northern tip of the Okanagan Valley wine region, in British Columbia’s southern interior.

The city itself was the first to be settled in the region, and out of any the urban centres in the Valley, it has the most amenities and variety of accommodation. Kelowna weather features summers that are hot and humid, and winters that do see snow and below zero temperatures, but even so, the mercury rarely dips below minus five Celsius.

The Kelowna International Airport service flights to all the major hubs in Canada and the United States, making it easy to get in and out. Travel by ground offers breathtaking scenery, though the two-lane nature of most of the highways in and out of the valley are not built for speed, and travelling in the area sometimes means being stranded due to rock slides along the mountainous roads. The area surrounding Kelowna, indeed the entire Okanagan Valley, is dedicated to agriculture, and fruit from the region has been landing on Canadian tables for well over a century. The wine culture is relatively recent by comparison, the oldest winery being Mission Hill, which was established in 1966, though did not begin to produce commercially available wine until the early 1990s.

To help with booking your holiday to Kelowna just contact our travel specialists team who will arrange your holiday flight, hotels, tours and anything else required to fulfil your Kelowna holiday adventure deal to the max.

Kelowna Travel Guide

Top tips when visiting Kelowna

Kelowna has a lot to offer for every kind of traveler. Whether you crave the glitz and glamour of the casino or getting back to the earth at one of the local farms or wineries, it’s all here. Here are some of our top tips, designed to help you discover the best of what Kelowna has to offer:

  1. Wineries: Summerhill Pyramid Winery actually does have a pyramid on site, and they do age wine inside of it, but it’s up to you to decide how profound pyramid power really is! Mission Hill Winery is a gorgeous site, with stunning views of Okanagan Lake from its meticulously manicured vineyards, and depending on when you visit, you may be able to catch an event in their summer concert series, which features international artists in genres from classical to rock. Quail’s Gate has a fabulous restaurant on site with stunning views and a locally sourced menu, but the nearby Mt. Boucherie Winery is definitely the area’s hidden gem, featuring great wines at tremendous value. Gray Monk is famous for its pinot gris, but stay for the view and enjoy lunch on the patio at their Grapevine Restaurant.
  2. Myra Canyon Trestles: there are no better views in the entire Okanagan Valley than what you will find at Myra Canyon Trestles. Once part of Canada’s rail system, it is now a nine kilometer walking trail with eighteen trestles and two tunnels. The scenery is unmatched here, and for lovers of the outdoors as well as history enthusiasts, this is a must-see, must-do day out in the fresh air.
  3. Galleries abound in Kelowna, and whether you are an aficionado of sculpture, native art or the works of the masters, there are several galleries and museums to fascinate and inspire art lovers of all kinds. The Geert Maas Sculpture Garden is particularly inspiring, with a large collection of bronze sculpture in an indoor/outdoor setting overlooking Okanagan Lake, while The Military Museum, as well as the Father Pandosy Mission offer glimpses of the region’s history and early sett
Things to do in Kelowna

Kelowna has plenty to entertain and tempt travelers of any age. Wineries, breweries and distilleries are close at hand, and along with good drink there is always great food. The city has several live music venues and theatres, and the entire downtown area is filled with galleries and museums showcasing local, international and aboriginal artists.

The Center of Gravity Festival happens in late July, offering a three day extravaganza of extreme sports and music on the shores of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna’s City Park. There are almost twenty golf courses in or near Kelowna, many offering spectacular views of the lake and surrounding vineyards. Many of the farms in the region are organic, and many welcome visitors with the opportunity to purchase organic products that range from fresh fruits and vegetables to locally raised and sustainably farmed meat.

The area is popular for paddle sport enthusiasts as well, and the annual Dragon Boat Festival encourages participation from all visitors, and even during non-festival times, the Dragon Boat Club invites anybody to try a day of dragon boating on the lake. Nearby Big White Resort is a busy ski resort in the winter and offers summer mountain activities like hiking and riding the scenic Bullet Chair for a bird’s eye view of the entire valley.

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