Activities & Attractions
THINGS TO DO WHILE VISITING Kelowna
Kelowna is a city in the south of Canada’s British Columbia province. It’s in the Okanagan Valley, on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, surrounded by provincial parks, pine forest, vineyards, orchards and mountains. Its downtown area incorporates waterfront City Park and a lakeside cultural district. More than 20 local vineyards offer wine tours and tastings.
Stay in Downtown Kelowna’s Most Luxurious Waterfront Hotel
Restaurants in Downtown Kelowna
Over 100 dining options from cafes to fine dining are within walking distance from The Royal Kelowna in the downtown core.
Wine Tours in Kelowna
Kelowna is the birthplace of winemaking in British Columbia; known for its top-quality wines that regularly win national and international awards.
With over 40 wineries within a 20 minute drive, you’ll find plenty of terroir to swirl, sip and savour. The area has five unique Wine Trails, Kelowna's Fab Five, Lake Country's Scenic Sip, Westside Wine Trail, Lakeshore Wine Route and Downtown Grapes & Grains. Explore our wine country where you will find an abundance of culinary experiences as well as unforgettable winery & vineyard events.
Can’t decide which winery to visit? Guided tour operators can build a customized wine tour just for you. Leave the driving to them, while you sit back, take in the flavour, and soak in the scenery.
Golf in kelowna
Averaging over 2,000 hours of sun every year, Kelowna offers one of the longest, driest golf seasons in Canada. Vineyards, orchards, semi-desert terrain, rolling hills, and expansive lakes make the golf courses in the area some of the most picturesque in the country. That’s not all: many golf courses offer amazing dining experiences that range from casual to gourmet.
With courses that range from easy-going to ego-shattering, there is something in Kelowna for every skill level. Build your own golf package, view our sample golf packages or book tee-times to experience our mild weather, stunning scenery and more than 19 exceptional courses that make Kelowna a must-play destination on every golf enthusiast's list!
Skiing & Snowboarding
Big White Ski Resort
Big White’s Main Street is actually a ski run! Hailed as Canada's largest ski-in ski-out resort village, guests can ski to their doorstep or stroll through the village, shopping and dining in world-class restaurants and pubs. Big White provides everything you will need for a great vacation, all within walking distance to your accommodation.
Save time and get your Big White lift tickets right at The Royal Kelowna front desk.
Helicopter tours in kelowna
Buckle up for a high-flying heli-wine tour that seamlessly pairs an exhilarating flightseeing excursion with the fruits of the valley's labour.
Full & half day options available, as well as helicopter charters available for sightseeing, hiking, biking, alpine picnics, fishing, skiing or special occasions.
Boating & Water Sports on Okanagan Lake
Stunning Okanagan Lake spans 135km (84 miles) from north (Vernon) to the south (Penticton). Kelowna sits just about half way and the east and west sides of the lake are connected by the wondrous 5-lane William R. Bennett Bridge.
Okanagan Lake is known for its beaches with over 30 throughout the region. Many beaches are equipped with playgrounds, concessions, and bathrooms.
Enjoy the lake from a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), wake boat, sailboat, pedal-boat, charter boat, flyboard, kayak, or canoe - we have boats of every kind for water enthusiasts. Okanagan Lake's water temperature in July averages 19-23C (69-71F).
The lake is welcoming and refreshing during the summer but it also has mysteries - creatures, hidden coves and tombs. Search for Ogopogo, hike Paul's Tomb trail at Knox Mountain or snorkel in the crystal clear water of the quiet, secluded bays.
Flyboarding in kelowna on okanagan lake
On a souped-up, hydro-powered flyboard, you can go soaring over Okanagan Lake, performing loops in the air and diving into and out of the water like a dolphin. Okanagan Flyboard gives water sports enthusiasts the opportunity to feel that kind of excitement.
The flyboard is hooked up to a jet ski through a large hose that powerfully shoots water into spouts, creating enough force to send flyboarders skyrocketing.
It's an easy sport to master. Most guests are up flying within five minutes.
Kelowna Yacht Club
Guests of The Royal Kelowna receive an exclusive discount on equipment rentals, lessons, kids programs, and access to dining reservations, all available from our close neighbour, the Kelowna Yacht Club.
Kangaroo Creek Farm - kelowna
Visit kangaroos, wallabies and much more without fences in the way. Pet a roo and hold a joey. Learn more about these fascinating animals Kangaroo Creek Farm.
Scuba Diving in Okanagan Lake
Okanagan Lake is approximately 232m/780 ft deep, and 341m/1000ft above sea level. Best visibility is during the spring, fall, and winter months (15-30 feet). Very low visibility in the summer (2-5 feet). Okanagan Lake has shore and boat dives catering to all levels of scuba divers. Okanagan Lake, 232m at its deepest, has shallower reaches too. Explore rock formations, small caves, overhangs, shelves, and drop offs.
Hiking in the Okanagan Valley
Love hiking or walking in the great outdoors? Hit the trails and enjoy the sites of the Okanagan Valley. The trails and parks below range in level from easy to difficult. For questions or for more information contact the Kelowna Visitor Centre.
Kasugai Gardens Park
Escape Kelowna’s busy life into Kasugai Garden Park. Being one of the most unique parks of the city is was built to demonstrate friendship with Kelowna’s sister city Kasugai, Japan. It visually resembles Japanese gardens and features bamboo fountains, lush vegetation, wooden bridges, stone lanterns, waterfalls, and ponds with Koi fish. The park is located east of Kelowna City hall, near the Queensway transit exchange.