Sitting on the shores of Okanagan Lake and surrounded by mountains, Kelowna is the perfect place for those that want to spend time outdoors. The valley creates a microclimate, which means our autumn weather lasts longer and our winters are much milder than other parts of Canada. So, it’s time to start slotting outdoor adventures into your extended stay itinerary.
Explore Our Green Spaces
Did you know Kelowna is home to over 200 parks and green spaces, including over 30 beaches? Make the most of some of the hidden gems in our city by grabbing picnic essentials and exploring a new park every day!
- City Park: Located right downtown, it's easy to locate and is close to all the amenities you might need.
- Cedar Creek Park: Head south down Lakeshore Road to find this lovely park that is also an off-leash park, perfect for a day with your pup.
- Goats Peak Regional Park: The newest regional park in West Kelowna offers great views across Okanagan Lake and two hiking trails for differing ability levels.
Our weather allows for some of the latest season golfing around and with 19 exceptional courses to choose from in and around Kelowna, you’ll have a hard time fitting them all before the snow flies. But why not give it a try? You can always come back in the spring to finish them off!
- The Harvest Golf Club: Named after the bountiful agricultural lands surround the course, the Harvest even has some fruit trees dotting the fairways. This course is championship length and was designed by Graham Cooke.
- Shannon Lake Golf Course: Tucked up in the pine trees in the hills of West Kelowna, surrounding Shannon Lake, this course is known to test golfers' abilities.
- Kelowna Springs Golf Club: This Les Furber-designed course has plenty of water features or, depending on how you look at it, water hazards, but is still accessible for all skill levels.
Find a New Path
There are so many trails to explore by foot or on a bike in and around Kelowna all with varying levels of difficulty. Start researching and you can add trails that will help you get your cardio fix or will take you along a meandering path through the forest or along the lake. With so many options to choose, you can try a new one every day!
- Knox Mountain: Located north of downtown, Knox has the perfect mix of heart-pumping uphill climbs with the Apex trail and wide, gradual gravel-packed trail with the Paul's Tomb trail.
- Bear Creek Provincial Park: Head north along Westside Road to access the challenging, but rewarding Canyon Trail.
- Lebanon Creek Trail: Accessible from Lakeshore Road in south Kelowna, this trail is a steady climb until the end, with a grind to the top that offers amazing views of Kelowna to the north and Peachland to the south.
- Okanagan Rail Trail: With sections in Kelowna and along the lakes in Lake Country, this trail is mostly flat, gravel packed or paved, making it a perfect option for a day of biking.
If you can't bring your own bike with you, connect with one of the local rentals companies.
Kelowna does get snow; we are in Canada after all! So pack your snowshoes or cross-country skis and hit the trails or plan a day hitting the slopes. Snow usually starts sticking around at higher elevations mid-December with winter experience options really picking up from January to March.
- Telemark Nordic Club: A perfect place to learn to cross-country ski or snowshoe, Telemark offers rentals and classes, as well as plenty of groomed trails for people with experience to explore on your own.
- Big White Ski Resort: Best known for its Okanagan Champagne Powder, Big White is a favourite for downhill skiing and snowboarding. For those not interested in the slopes, they also have cross-country and snowshoe trails, snowmobile tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, and much more.
- Stuart Park Ice Rink: The perfect spot for a winter date in Kelowna. Located along the shores of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, you can rent skates and enjoy our mild weather before enjoying a drink or meal downtown.
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