The Okanagan Valley is well-known and loved for its hot summers; however, even the most seasoned sun worshipper needs a break occasionally. Here are 10 ways to cool down and beat the heat in and around Kelowna.


1. Hit the Lake

Wake Surfing on Okanagan Lake (2)Wakesurfing on Okanagan Lake. Photo: Nic Collar Film

There’s nothing like Okanagan Lake’s refreshing waters to stay cool on those hot summer days.

While having fun in the water, you can take breaks in shady spots under the trees at many adjoining beach parks, including Bertram Creek Regional Park, Bluebird Beach Park, Kinsmen Park, and Raymer Bay Regional Park. Kelowna’s most popular beaches—Hot Sands, Boyce-Gyro, and Rotary—all have shady spots, too.

2. Make a Splash

Wibit Waterpark
Splash BC Wibit Waterpark at City Park. Photo: Matt Ferguson Photography

Along with Okanagan Lake, Kelowna has several splash pads and waterparks where kids—and kids at heart—can cool off!

  • City Park in downtown Kelowna is home to a large waterpark only steps away from the lake.
  • One of Kelowna’s newest waterfront parks in Pandosy Village at the corner of Abbott Street and Cedar Avenue has misters to help beat the heat.
  • Further south, in Kettle Valley, you’ll find a small waterpark and playground at Quilchena Park.
  • On the east side of Kelowna in Rutland is Ben Lee Park, which also has a waterpark, playground, and many trees for picnicking in the shade.

3. Get Active Indoors

Airhouse KelownaAirhouse Sports Academy. Kelowna. Photo: Airhouse Kelowna

If you need a break from the sun, why not head indoors to enjoy one of the many family-friendly activities in and around Kelowna?

4. Head up to Big White or SilverStar

Big White Summer
Big White Ski Resort in the summer.

Going to a higher elevation means temperatures will be a bit cooler, allowing you to spend more time outdoors than you might otherwise.

5. Savour Refreshing Frozen Treats

2023, Summer, July,Parlour Ice Cream downtown Kelowna. Photo: BC Ale Trail & Norma Ibarra

Nothing says summer like sipping on a frozen drink or savouring your favourite flavour of ice cream!

6. Take a Sunrise or Sunset Hike

Evening shot
Knox Mountain Park Sunset. Photo: Shawn Talbot Photography

Kelowna is well known for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, which happen at cooler times of the day, allowing you to take a short hike to witness the beauty of the Okanagan.

7. Book a Guided Wine Tour

Volcanic_Hills_Estate_Winery_Guided_Tour_in_Vineyard_5_Guided Wine Tour at Volcanic Hills Winery. Photo: Shawn Talbot Photography

Settle into an air-conditioned vehicle and explore the Central Okanagan's wineries on a guided tour.

8. Indulge in Some Retail Therapy

Shopping along South PandosyPandosy Village.

Shopping offers another way to escape the heat, whether you're looking for gifts for friends back home or souvenirs for yourself.

  • Find a mix of local and national retailers at Orchard Park Shopping Centre, the largest mall in Interior BC. 
  • Take a short walk from the beach to The District on Bernard, where you'll find apparel, artisanal products, and more. 
  • Explore the local shops in Pandosy Village and downtown Kelowna for one-of-a-kind finds and souvenirs. 

9. Explore the area's Breweries

Photo provided to Tourism Kelowna by Nixon Hospitality GroupBNA Brewing Bowling Lane. Photo: Nixon Hospitality Group

While Kelowna is well known for its wine, the region is also home to an array of breweries where you can cool off with handcrafted brews on shaded patios or indoors while enjoying fun activities and events.

10. Catch a New or Classic Movie

Bernie's Supper Club & Cinema Entrance
Outside of Bernie's Supper Club & Cinema. Photo: Nixon Hospitality Group

Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned theatre to catch the newest flicks, recent favourites, or familiar classics.

  • Summer screenings at Bernie's Supper Club & Cinema include She's the Man, Wet Hot American Summer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and more. Visit on Tuesdays to take advantage of Toonie Tuesdays, where you'll get $2 off local craft beer, wine, and movies.
  • Enjoy the comfortable full recliners while you catch the latest releases at Cineplex Cinemas Orchard Park. 
  • Visit the spacious theatres at Landmark Cinemas Grand 10 in Kelowna or Xtreme Theatre in West Kelowna for additional new release showtimes. 

As a final reminder, travellers and locals can cool down at any public City of Kelowna facility, including recreation centres and local libraries. Additionally, the City is waiving transit fees to ensure transportation is not a barrier to keeping cool—make sure to tell the driver that you are travelling to a place to cool down. 

For hot weather safety tips, visit Tourism Kelowna's Outdoor Safety webpage.