Kelowna’s sunny summers make any outdoor activity possible, from early tee times or morning hikes to single-track bike rides on cooler mountain trails. But those hot, lazy days are synonymous with lake pursuits. Okanagan Lake stretches 135 km (84 miles) from Vernon to Penticton, with downtown Kelowna smack dab in the middle offering a watersport for everyone.
Visit one of more than 30 beaches to swim and soak in the summer sun. Explore the lake on a kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard or pedal boat and check out part of the new 27-km Kelowna Paddle Trail. Okanagan Beach Rentals hires out watercraft at four locations including Tugboat Bay Beach downtown, Rotary Beach and Gyro Beach in Pandosy/Mission, and Bear Creek Provincial Park in West Kelowna. The Downtown Marina is adjacent to the Kelowna Yacht Club and it’s possible to book a private sailing charter or join a boat or yacht tour just steps from downtown hotels and the bustling Cultural District. Those seeking an adrenalin rush can try flyboarding, parasailing or jet skiing.
By summer, the fruit blossoms of spring have turned into ripe cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and, of course, grapes. Visit a u-pick to pluck whatever’s in season right from the tree, or join a wine tour to sample and learn about grape varietals from chardonnay to cabernet franc.
Summer is also the season to soak in the city’s culture. Parks Alive! brings music acts of all genres and styles to city parks and public spaces all summer long. Catch an outdoor concert or play at a winery, or attend a long table dinner.