Coming to Kelowna in the early fall has its advantages! Here’s why you should plan a visit now:
Weather Made for Goldilocks
With an average daily high of 22°C in the month of September, this is the perfect time for anyone who prefers the happy medium - not too hot and not too cold! With fall just around the corner, the colour-changing leaves provide a vibrant backdrop for your vacation photos, and the vineyards are also lush with grapes ready for picking.
Taste Wine at a Festival
Photo by: British Columbia Wine Institute & Spencer Lupul
Coinciding with the season for wine-grape harvest, the 2019 Fall Okanagan Wine Festival kicks off at the beginning of October, with events taking place throughout the valley. Whether you choose to stay for a couple of days or for a week, there are wine and food events for every taste!
Experience the Hopscotch Festival
If you prefer whiskey, beer, and spirits, check out the Hopscotch Festival that is happening in downtown Kelowna on September 27 and 28. The Kelowna Curling Club turns into a giant hall for a drink and food exhibition. Expose your senses to snacks and full-sized meals from over 75 vendors. This event has sold out for the past nine years so don’t wait to get your ticket!
Apples are Ready
Photo by: British Columbia Wine Institute
Whether you decide to u-pick or buy ready-picked apples, Kelowna’s friendly farm markets have numerous varieties available in September. Examples of local apples that you can try include Ambrosia, Empire, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Royal Gala, Spartan, and Sunrise.
You know what they say - an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Get your apples now for pies, strudels, crumble or just savour its crisp flavours fresh off the tree.
You Might Score a Deal
Many of the tourist attractions around town are still open, but they are less busy and sometimes less expensive, too! For example, Zipzone Peachland is open September through early October. If you use promo code zipstember, you can receive 25% off tours booked for the rest of the remaining season.
Many of the hotels also have better prices at this time of year, or you might be eligible for a free upgrade because there is more room availability.