If you’re looking to spend some time in a place that’s all about nature, this is definitely the place for you. There are multiple parks in Kelowna, with hiking trails, places to camp, gardens, and lakes, and there are mountains to go skiing on. And as a plus, Kelowna is a wine country with several wineries to visit. Read on to learn about the best things to do in the area!
1. Explore Myra Canyon Park
One of the more epic of Kelowna’s parks, the trails in this canyon include 18 different trestle bridges with stellar views, and two tunnels perfect for exploring. Walk or bike along the canyon walls and take in all the glory of nature; and if you want a guided tour and to learn about the canyon’s history, the Myra Canyon Restoration Society will tell you all about it.
Myra Canyon Park
Address: 4429 June Springs Road, Kelowna, British Columbia (entrance at Myra Station or Ruth Station)
2. Check out Big White Ski Resort
This place is your one-stop shop for all things winter wonderland. Skiing, tubing, ice-skating, dog-sled tours, and ice-climbing wall, snowmobile tours, snowshoeing, fat biking, heli-skiing (you get exclusive use of a helicopter), horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowboarding, and night skiing are all part of the package at this resort. Plus, they also have a spa so you can relax after a long day of adventuring.
Big White Ski Resort
Address: 5315 Big White Road, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Big White Ski Resort
3. Check out Lake Okanagan
There’s a resort on the lake as well! Relax on the beach, do some golfing, play some tennis, go on a nature hike through Okanagan’s trails—and don’t forget the water. The resort has swimming pools, as well as a couple Jacuzzis and a sauna; If you want to get out on the water you can rent kayaks, boats, paddle boards, water skis, and more. For a truly unique experience, try out their water trampolines!
Address: 2751 Westside Road, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Lake Okanagan
4. Do a wine tasting
Why not enjoy the wine while in the “Napa of the north?” There are wine tours available through resorts and wineries, and there are several wineries you can visit. Opened in in 1956, the family-owned Quails’ Gate Winery offers a guided tour through the vineyards as well as a tasting in their very own private library; they also have a restaurant on site—Old Vines Restaurant—which is rated one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada.
I also recommend checking their events calendar! Summerhill Pyramid Winery boasts award-winning wines, and you can tour their wine shop wine cellar and get a complimentary tasting; if you’re hungry they do a bistro on site. And if you’re looking for an interesting place to stay, both wineries have guest houses you can book.
Quails’ Gate Winery
Address: 3303 Boucherie Rd, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Quails’ Gate Winery
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Address: 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Summerhill Pyramid Winery
5. Pick another park to explore
There are a lot of other popular parks in Kelowna—far too many to mention here, so I’ll only mention a few. Knox Mountain Park is Kelowna’s largest park and contains plenty of hiking areas and other recreational activities such as swimming, disc golf, and pickleball. Bear Creek Provincial Park is another popular spot, featuring a beach, camping area (reservations required), and hiking trails—including one with a waterfall. And finally, Waterfront Park is most known for its public art and its extensive boardwalk, which winds along the lakeshore. Whether you’re looking for a view of the city or nature, all of these parks have spectacular views.
Knox Mountain Park
Address: 450 Knox Mountain Drive, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Knox Mountain Park
Bear Creek Provincial Park
Address: Westside Road, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Bear Creek Provincial Park
Address: 1200 Water Street, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Waterfront Park
6. Hang out at Gyro Beach
Dubbed one of Kelowna’s best beaches, Gyro Beach has a multitude of available activities. Swimming, sand volleyball, paddle boarding and paddle boats, kayaking, picnicking, canoeing, walking trails, a rope course on the water, you name it. There’s even a playground for kids. And, just in case you were looking for an interesting photo op, this beach has a giant apple on its grounds, overlooking some awesome mountain views.
Address: 3400 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Gyro Beach
7. Explore a garden
Kasugai Park - Japanese Garden. Downtown Kelowna BC. April, 2016Posted by Candace Weimer on Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Fun fact: The Kasugai Japanese Garden was built to honor a relationship between Kelowna and its “sister city,” Kasugai, Japan. It’s located downtown, right near the Bennett Fountain; it’s designed like a Japanese garden, with plenty of stone and pathways, plus a pond and waterfall.
Kasugai Japanese Garden
Address: Queensway and Water Street, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Kasugai Japanese Garden
8. Tour a lavender farm
For a really unique experience, you can take a tour of the Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm. You can take a guided tour or wander on your own; guided tours include learning how the farm works, but no matter what you choose, you can visit their wishing tree. And when you’re done you can wander their amazing gift shop, filled with their own homemade products, including teas, oils, scrubs, aromatherapy, and more. And if you’re interested, you can take one of their workshops, such as making a lavender wreath or wand, learning about aromatherapy or cooking with herbs, and more.
Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm
Address: 4380 Takla Road, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm
9. Try a unique sport
If you haven’t had your fill of outdoor sports, I’ve got a couple more surprises for you. Okanagan Flyboard is a company that will take you out on the water to do some flyboarding! Flyboarding is sort of like a jetpack for your feet (your feet are attached to a board, and the board is attached to a cable). If you’re ready to learn, they’ll have you up in the air in no time!
Address: 500 Cook Road, Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: Okanagan Flyboard
The "Napa of the north"
Endless vineyards, mountains, beaches, and natural attractions await in the nature and wine-centered city of Kelowna. Sounds like the perfect place to go to relax, take a nice walk, and finish off your day with a glass of wine.
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