Over the past few weeks, our team at the Kelowna Visitor Centre (KVC) has been busy celebrating various community events and supporting community initiatives.


Business Pop-ups

Several community business pop-ups took place including Maple Roch on August 1, Green Bean Reloved on August 15, and You are Collective on September 18. The pop-ups provided these local businesses with the opportunity to showcase their products and the items that are available on consignment in the KVC.



Kelowna Pride Week took place from September 18 - 27, 2020, and we supported a number of events at the KVC, in addition to displaying our 'Love for Kelowna' Pride banner for the entire month of September. On Saturday, September 19, Miss Freida Whales was onsite to give the public the chance to ask her how to #exploreKelowna like a Queen

Freida Whales

Later in the week, our Kelowna Explorer Vehicle (KEV) was part of the Pride Vehicle Parade, one of the three physically-distanced parades arranged throughout Pride.

2020 Vehicle Pride Parade


Event Venue Support

Here in Canada, Tuesday, September 22 was The Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community. The KVC donned red lighting for the evening in support of event venues across the nation who need support from their communities and governments due to the COVID-19 crisis. On Wednesday, September 30, we will again turn the lights red to support the Global Action Day and #LightItInRed campaign.

Visitor Centre #LightitRed Campaign


Culture Days

From September 25 to October 25, Culture Days is taking place across Canada; Kelowna's official kick-off event, The Bird Who Forgot How to Sing, took place this past Friday. At the KVC, on September 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Leanne Spanza will be doing a live painting demonstration and then on October 3 and 17, Cynthia Gunsinger will be doing live painting events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The staff are busy confirming a number of other initiatives and events throughout the month. For a full list of events taking place in Kelowna during Culture Days, click here.


World Tourism Day

United Nations World Tourism Day celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sunday, September 27. The day was celebrated around the globe with events and the sharing of the importance of tourism by communities and destination organizations. Tourism Kelowna celebrated the theme of Tourism and Rural Development by posting a consumer blog post highlighting day trips to rural communities from Kelowna. A 15% discount on all Love for Kelowna and Kelowna Vibes items was also offered online and in-person for the day.

For more information on these and any upcoming community activations in the Kelowna Visitor Centre, please contact me at chris@tourismkelowna.com or (250) 861-1515 ext. 207.