We’re excited about a new visitor centre for Kelowna that will welcome visitors and connect residents with information on the many events and attractions in our community.
Our current visitor centre location (located on Harvey Avenue) is outdated and visits to that location are rapidly declining, down by about half in just four years. This represents a lost economic opportunity for Kelowna.
In order to best serve residents and visitors with travel information and planning services, a visitor centre needs to be where the pedestrian traffic is. Incomparably sized communities, 78 percent of North American visitor centres have moved off highways and into high volume pedestrian areas. More than 440,000 people use the boardwalk in front of the proposed visitor centre – that’s over 1,200 people per day on average.
The proposed building will take up a modest footprint and offer concierge-like services, a level of service people associate with the top destinations in the world, where guests and local residents feel welcome and become interested in exploring all that Kelowna has to offer.
The new visitor centre will be located at Kelowna’s original point of welcome, a historic ferry dock, and will once again be used to welcome visitors to our community.
For more information and project updates visit the Tourism Kelowna News Centre.