Kelowna is an incredibly cycle friendly community boasting more than 280km of bicycle lanes on city streets! Take a leisurely ride through luscious nature along greenspace bike paths or increase your heart rate on an energetic mountain bike trail! Make new friends who share your love of cycling by joining one of the many bicycle enthusiast groups within Kelowna. Participate in casual group rides, triathlons or other races. If you’re interested in cycle racing, you can even involve the kids with mini-triathlons that happen within Kelowna. When you become a part of the cycling community, there’s definitely no turning back – and why would you want to?
With over 19 golf courses and 2,000 hours of sun every year, Kelowna can boast the longest, driest (only 11″ of rain per year) golf season you’ll find anywhere in Canada! Many of the golf courses offer incredible views of the lake, vineyards, orchards and cityscapes. You can find a golf course for every skill level and courses are often open eight months of the year.
Hiking around Kelowna provides enthusiasts with the opportunity to enjoy varied landscapes, panoramic views, and historic sites. Trails around Kelowna lead to lookouts, waterfalls, historic irrigation flumes, abandoned homesteader’s cabins, unique volcanic formations and the deep forest. Most hikes are designed for day hikes, although there are overnight routes for the serious hikers. Knox Mountain is in the heart of the city and offers amazing views of the city, mountains and lake.
Although the Okanagan has mild winters, winter sport advocates have endless opportunity to hit the slopes on champagne powder. Within an hour drive from Kelowna, Silver Star and Apex Mountain Resorts provide an exceptional experience for snow enthusiasts. Create unforgettable memories with spring skiing by heading to the slopes in the morning and then planning a golf game for the afternoon; a rare experience that the Okanagan climate allows! Within 60km from Kelowna is home to world class resorts, Big White Ski Resort and Crystal Mountain Resort. Each resort offers ample leisure opportunity such as skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and more! Big White offers 118 marked downhill trails with 16 lifts including a scenic gondola ride. Looking for more of a thrill? Book a scenic helicopter tour or learn how to mush a dogsled!
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a wine novice, you’ll appreciate the premium quality wines that come from Kelowna’s vineyards. In Kelowna alone, there are over 30 wineries along with unique breweries and distilleries for you to explore. The region’s vineyards win national and international wine competitions and gain spectacular recognition each year. Additionally, many of the wineries offer delicious food paired with gorgeous scenery that is sure to take your breath away.
Locals of Kelowna are incredibly fortunate as the region is home to plenty of orchards flourishing some of the most delicious fruits to ever be eaten. Thanks to Kelowna’s micro-climate and pre-disposition for a long growing season, you’ll commonly have fresh fruit filling up your fridge such as apples, cherries, peaches, plums and apricots, sometimes picked only minutes from the orchards!
Beach days are common for the residents of Kelowna as the city’s downtown core is located only a few short minutes away from the Okanagan’s pristine beaches. Spend a day out on the water participating in an endless array of activities like boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding, stand up paddle boarding (or SUP Yoga!), parasailing, and more! Okanagan Lake is extraordinarily refreshing during Kelowna’s hot summer months while keeping the winter climate comfortably mild. The northern tip of Okanagan Lake situates in the quaint town of Vernon with the southern point of the lake being in Penticton. Okanagan Lake spans 110 km (68 miles) with Kelowna sitting about halfway in between each town. With all that lake, you never know when the Ogopogo will make an appearance – make sure to take a picture!