Kelowna is home to some delectable hand-crafted sweets that your tummy will thank you for, and with extensive cycling networks, walking paths and hiking trails, working them off is a breeze too.
Boardwalk Pairs Best with Ice Cream
In downtown Kelowna, a walk on the waterfront boardwalk or down Bernard Avenue’s boutique-lined streets pairs best with Parlour Ice Cream. The small-batch sweet maker collaborates with a number of Kelowna producers to create uniquely Kelowna flavours.
Pedal to Cool Treats
Stretching from Vernon to downtown Kelowna, the Okanagan Rail Trail is a ride not to be missed (sections of the trail are under construction, click here for updates). Cycle it all or stick to the section passing through Mill Creek Linear Park which will keep you in easy peddling distance to cool treat must QB Gelato. Focused on traditional hand-crafted gelato, they take made from scratch seriously (they are part of the collective two percent of producers globally making small batch, all from scratch gelato.)
Post Hike Sugar Intake
Knox Mountain is a local hiking fave; see the views at the top and you’ll know why. Situated at the base of the mountain is Karat Chocolate; ready with your post sweat sugar intake. High caliber chocolate bonbons, bars, truffles and cake pops with innovative flavour profiles and local flourishes delight. Need a caffeine fix? Visit neighbouring roastery Canoe Coffee Roasters for the perfect pour over.
Cruise to Pastries
Cycling from Waterfront Park down the idyllic Abbott Street corridor is a draw on its own. It’s made better if you stop at the 3km mark at Waterfront Café. Fresh daily pastries, canelés, and tarts showcasing seasonal fruit and local honey will tempt; and sell-out donut Thursday’s will have you peddling fast to get there in time.
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Jen Widmer is a proud Kelowna resident who loves highlighting everything great about our city to media and potential visitors through her Tourism Kelowna role. Away from the office, Jen enjoys game nights, golfing one of Kelowna’s stellar courses, a good book with a glass of local wine, Netflix (who doesn’t) and scoping out great food and wine events in Kelowna. She and her husband have two young girls that love weekend brunch, Okanagan Grocery croissants, and exploring the many wonderful parks and walking paths the city offers.