Summer officially arrives towards the end of June, bringing with it lots of fun and sun. Things start to pick up as the month progresses, with summer being the busiest season for visitors in Kelowna and the Okanagan—if there are specific accommodations, restaurants, activities, or events you want to visit or take part in, be sure to make reservations or book them as early as possible to guarantee your spot.
Read on to find out more about what you can discover, and what to expect, in and around Kelowna when visiting at this time of year.
The opportunity for outdoor adventure is abundant in June, with all sorts of attractions and activities to get the adrenaline pumping like parasailing, ziplining, flyboarding, and more. Those who prefer their adventure at a slower pace can go paddleboarding, biking, or hiking…or simply enjoy the best of the Okanagan at one of the area's many patios, especially those with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, Okanagan Lake, or local vineyards.
Rentals, activities, and tours can book up quickly during the summer months, so give yourself as much time as possible when making your plans. Our Community Specialists at the Kelowna Visitor Centre can recommend activities and assist with bookings if needed.
Kelowna Pride March. Photo by: Brandon Dodds & Kelowna Pride
After two years of scaled-back events and shifted timing, Kelowna Pride Week is back from June 6 – 12, aligning with Pride Month, which recognizes and furthers the LGBT2Q+ rights movement.
The week-long celebration is Interior BC’s largest Pride festival and this year's theme, Together in Pride, will encourage attendees to celebrate Kelowna's resilience and come together to recognize what can be achieved when communities work together. Details for marquee events like the Kelowna Pride March and Festival and the Trans March and Social have already been announced, with more programming to be announced in the coming weeks.
On June 1, LGBT2Q+ community members and allies can kick off Pride Month by joining Rebellious Unicorns for MX., an evening of networking and socializing at Friends of Dorothy Lounge (FOD), the Okanagan’s first LGBT2Q+ cocktail lounge. Every Sunday during the month, you can also gather at FOD for their weekly Drag Brunch, hosted by local drag queen, Ella Lamoureux.
Guided Tour with Moccasin Trails
June is also National Indigenous History Month, recognizing the “rich history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada.”
The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre will host the Turtle Island Festival again this year on June 21, in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day. The family-friendly day-long event includes goods from Indigenous artists and artisans, live performances, and lots of activities for the kids.
Throughout the month, and beyond, you can also:
Forbidden Spirits Distilling Co. Photo by: Shawn Talboy Photography
Photo by: Nic Collar Film
The average high in June is 24°C / 75°F, with temperatures getting warmer towards the end of the month. The evenings and nights cool down, with average lows of 9°C / 48°F, so make sure you pack a sweatshirt or light jacket, especially if you are going to be on or near the water where the breeze from the lake makes it feel cooler.
May and June are the wettest months of the year in Kelowna, with June having an average rainfall of 36 mm / 1.42 inches for the entire month. While the beginning of the month typically sees some cloudy days, mid-month brings clearer skies, which carry on into July.
Kelowna Visitor Centre. Photo by: Shawn Talbot Photography
Plan a purposeful and rewarding trip to Kelowna by connecting with our team at the Kelowna Visitor Centre or by using the resources available on our website: