Did You Know?

  • Kelowna receives 2,000 hours of sunshine annually.
  • Okanagan Lake is said to be inhabited by its own version of the Loch Ness Monster, except here the creature is called Ogopogo.
  • Kelowna rates among Canada’s hottest cities during the summer months, with temperatures averaging 35 degrees Celsius (in the mid-’90s Fahrenheit). Temperatures have even been known to exceed 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Canada is the world’s premier producer of Icewines, and Kelowna’s growing conditions are ideal for crafting them. Grapes are left on the vines as winter falls, are harvested when temperatures drop below minus eight degrees Celsius (17.6 Fahrenheit), then are pressed into delicious dessert wine.
  • Golfers take note: with 19 epic courses and one of the longest, driest golf seasons in Canada, Kelowna’s golf trail is not to be missed.
  • Let them eat Layer Cake — or at least gaze upon it. Kelowna’s Layer Cake Mountain, a volcanic- and glacier-sculpted land-form, is unlike any other identified on Earth. View it from the highway, Myra Canyon or hike the Greenway Trail to gaze up at its expanse.
  • Many of the province’s winemaking “pioneers” call Kelowna home. The city’s aptly named Calona Vineyards, for example, is BC’s oldest commercial winery: these trail-blazers opened their doors to the public in 1932.

Backdropped by mountains, Kelowna is a sanctuary of pristine lakes, pine forests, abundant gardens, orchards and vineyards, sandy beaches and superb amenities — all just a short flight from Vancouver.

Set at the mid-point of Okanagan Lake’s 110-kilometre (68-mile) expanse, Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley. But don’t let its size fool you; Kelowna may have the amenities of a metropolis but it maintains the warmth of a familiar town.

Spend a day with the kids in one of the city’s gorgeous provincial parks, or on the many sandy beaches that provide opportunities to boat, swim, water-ski, windsurf and fish. Take family bonding to new levels with an excursion to the region’s bucolic wineries, many of which are a quick drive from the downtown core. (Mom and Dad can sample the latest reds and whites in some of BC’s oldest wineries while, at select locations, little ones partake in their very own juice tastings.) Hike one of the area’s famous trails, crossing old railway trestles, and take in the spectacular views, or hit the links on one of the city’s challenging championship courses. In winter, experience the Okanagan’s famous, dry champagne powder snow in one of its family-friendly (but still challenging) ski resorts.

From a six-block downtown cultural district to orchards that drive inventive local menus to exciting seasonal festivals, Kelowna is a small city that will leave you with big memories.

Catherine Frechette
Media Relations Manager
Tourism Kelowna
544 Harvey Avenue
Kelowna BC  V1Y 6C9
Phone: 250-861-1515 ext 203

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