Cradled within a glorious range of mountains, Kelowna is a sanctuary filled with pristine lakes, sandy beaches, pine forests, abundant gardens, orchards and some of the most well-known vineyards in Canada. It’s located within the Okanagan Valley boasting long warm summers and short mild winters. The City of Kelowna is the largest community on Okanagan Lake, located midway through the Valley with a population of 122,000. It is the transportation, business and service hub of the area.
BC’s hidden gem, Kelowna plays host to visitors the world over. The Kelowna International Airport—the 10th busiest in Canada—easily connects to major North American cities. It’s just a 60-minute flight from Calgary or Vancouver and 70 minutes from Seattle. Daily direct flights to Toronto are also available. A variety of accommodations offer choices ranging from lakeside resorts to cozy B & B’s.
Kelowna has miles of beautiful parkland and sandy beaches, providing opportunities for boating, swimming, water-skiing, windsurfing and fishing. As well, you can hit the links at one of the city’s many golf courses nine months out of the year. In cooler months, snow-capped mountains and pine filled forests are a haven for skiers, boarders, snowmobilers and outdoor enthusiasts of all types and levels.
Orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive from the downtown core. Spend a delightful day sampling the award-winning wares of Kelowna’s internationally-acclaimed wineries. The Spring, Summer and Fall Wine Festivals offer hundreds of activities focused on wine making, tasting and touring.
That’s not all. Kelowna’s growing Cultural District covers a six-block downtown area and features a concentration of galleries, museums, theatres, a casino, artists’ studios, fine dining, unique shops and a vibrant cultural life all year long. Prospera Place, a 6,000-seat multi-purpose facility that’s home to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, attracts major entertainers and events, and is also located in the heart of the city.
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