When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Renowned for its vineyards and fruit orchards, the Okanagan Valley is one of the warmest and sunniest regions in all of Canada.
The Okanagan Valley stretches for some 200 kilometres and is home to the arid vineyard-covered hills overlooking Okanagan Lake. With its more than 200 wineries, the Okanagan is a must-see destination for wine-lovers! The region's primary city of Kelowna and the surrounding area have a great deal to offer visitors: swimming, water activities on the lake, fine dining, winery tours, hiking, and more.
WHAT TO DO
* = Interesting ** = worth a detour *** = worth a trip
Close to the Kelowna Marina you will find Waterfront Park, a round green space in the heart of the city offering a lovely, peaceful outdoor environment. Concerts and performances of all kinds are frequently held on the small outdoor stage. Take a long walk along the circular boardwalk along the water's edge or enjoy a picnic lunch while admiring the magnificent scenery of Okanagan Lake and the opposite shore.
Swimming in Okanagan Lake**
Hot Sands Beach, not far from Waterfront Park in downtown Kelowna, offers a long sandy beach, grassy fields, playground, waterpark, washroom and change room facilities and on-site rentals. With its white sand, clear water and hot sun, you will feel like you are in the Caribbean! A great place for a swim and fun for the whole family!
The Okanagan Valley is home to more than 200 wineries, and has more wineries per square kilometer than anywhere else in Canada! Mission Hill Family Estate, Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards and Quail’s Gate Winery are three of the region's renowned wineries located close to Kelowna. Each estate offers different tour options for visitors. These may include a guided tour of the vineyard to learn about the grape varieties and the winery's history, a guided tour of the production area and the wine cellar, and a wine tasting with snacks.
Knox Mountain Park**
Situated just north of Kelowna, Knox Mountain Park is the largest natural outdoor area in the city. The park offers many well-maintained trails and is a wonderful place for hiking and mountain biking. It is home to a variety of wildlife: if you pay attention, you may even see a lynx or a rattlesnake! The summit offers a stunning view of Okanagan Lake. If you are lucky enough to be there at the end of the day, you will enjoy a magnificent sunset over the lake.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
WHERE TO EAT
Raudz Regional Table ($$
Raudz Regional Table offers a warm wood and red brick décor and inventive market cuisine with a Mediterranean touch. The menu focuses almost exclusively on local ingredients from the fertile fields of the Okanagan Valley!
1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC / (250) 868-8805
Little Hobo Soup & Sandwich ($)
This small soup and sandwich shop has been ranked as the top place to eat in the entire province of British Columbia by Tripadvisor users! Its tasty home-style cooking make it the perfect lunch spot: what could be better than a bowl of homemade soup and a sandwich?
438 Lawrence Ave, Kelowna, BC / (778) 478-0411
Quail’s Gate Winery, Old Vines Restaurant ($$$)
Old Vines Restaurant & Wine Bar has an exceptional vineyard-side location on the slopes of the Boucherie Mountain, a short drive across the river from downtown Kelowna. The menu features locally-sourced ingredients paired perfectly with Quail's Gate Estate's own wines. If you are lucky enough to be seated on the patio in summer, you will witness one of the most sublime sunsets in the region. Reservations are recommended for this very popular restaurant!
3303 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna, BC / (250) 769-2500
Okanagan Spring Wine Festival
Date: April 28 to May 8, 2016
Location: various locations in the Okanagan Valley
Description: Home to more than 120 wineriees, the Okanagan Valley is the oldest and largest wine region in British Columbia. The Okanagan hosts four wine festivals, one each season of every year: there's always something to celebrate in wine country!
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