Kelowna: Winsome and Warm

By Tourism Kelowna  

Step off the plane in Kelowna in the springtime, and your face is immediately caressed with the soft Chinook breeze and the smells of wood and peaches in the air. Peaches in April? Don’t ask me why – the fruit industry is so fully embraced in this area that the aromas of tree-fruit linger on the breeze year-round, and are enhanced with the spring melt.

A drive into town along the back-roads will take you through rolling orchards budding into life. Depending on your timing, you may see the trees laden with pink and white blossoms. The Okanagan sun beams with a vengeance in the spring, and the way those blossoms reflect the sunlight is enough to stir any heart.

In the spring, summer, and fall the City is full of colour. Visitors savour the sunset over Okanagan Lake, and then enjoy the evening activities at one of Kelowna’s festivals. Kelowna in the summer is a city of festivals. For example, this year will feature the first annual Life & Arts Festival from May 6 – 9. With the City developing its former industrial district into one filled with galleries, performance venues, studios, and boutiques, this festival is designed to highlight and showcase Kelowna’s Cultural District. It will feature a wide variety of activities including an Artisan Marketplace comprised of juried artists and crafters from across the province. The Festival Village will showcase street performances and a wide range of visual arts displays. The IlluminArts Lantern Celebration on Saturday, May 8 will celebrate creativity with an exquisite lantern display.

Winery and agriculture tours are perhaps among the most memorable and distinct experiences that you will encounter. In addition to Kelowna’s predisposition to championship golf courses and water sports, let’s not forget that the long and hot summers and the fertile growing conditions have accounted for Kelowna’s oldest and strongest industry: agriculture. Now with tourism growing as an industry in Kelowna, many producers have turned to agri-tourism, offering tours of their businesses, taste-tests, and quickly are becoming leaders in this new hybrid field. Within Kelowna you can explore a Lavender Farm; a 100-year-old orchard that pioneered the region’s iced apple cider; an "All Organic" winery where a vintner carefully "riddles" bottles by hand and then stores it in a 1/14-scale recreation of the Great Pyramid; or another that ages its wine in underground caverns. One Okanagan Winery’s wine was served as the exclusive wine of the 2003 and 2004 Academy Awards.

Kelowna is warm in summer and mild in winter. During springtime you can ski the slopes in the morning and golf in the afternoon, then dine and be entertained throughout the evening. It is no wonder that many Kelowna residents refer to their decision to live in Kelowna for a “lifestyle” of combining an unusual mix of life’s pleasures.

Hot summers make you want to water ski, cruise the lake, sun bathe, ride the water slides, go cycling, hiking, camping, fishing, or just read a good book in the shade. There are 12 golf courses in Kelowna, five of which are ranked as championship courses all within a short drive from the City, and over 50 courses in the region to explore. Kelowna and surrounding areas are tough competition for the further-off leisure destinations to the south of us! The time is right for a visit to Kelowna. It’s an affordable and quick escape from the day-to-day. Whether you come with your family, your sweetheart, or your group of friends, this City can warm the winter chill from your core.

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