Photo Credit: Gayvan.com - LUKI Dance Productions at Okanagan Pride Festival in Kelowna BC, Canada
Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley and located a short and scenic 4 hour drive from Vancouver and 1.4 hour drive from the USA/Canada border.
Rural and urban; nature and culture; playtime and downtime: Kelowna isn’t just one destination. It’s a whole bunch of them, located in one uniquely beautiful place.
Panoramic natural beauty surrounds the lakeside city of Kelowna. As the largest metropolitan cluster located in the valley, you’ll find vineyards, orchards, and beaches surrounding a lively city with a soulful urban vibe that offering a variety of arts, entertainment, and festivals as well as a mix of interesting shops ranging from boutique-indie to national faves.
Just 10 minutes from the bustling downtown heart of the city, you can be hiking to a tri-pod worthy vista, challenging yourself on single-track mountain biking trails, standing in an orchard picking fruit right off the trees, enjoying a wine tour and then sipping wine on a stunning vineyard patio while enjoying live music, or teeing off on one of 18 local golf courses. Is chilling on the beach is more your style? If so, then Kelowna’s got you covered with more than 30 in the area. Even main street ends at a beach!
Foodies love Kelowna! This sun-drenched city is dotted with wineries, summertime markets, and fruit stands. Its farmland is so abundant that you’ll find local ingredients celebrated by chefs throughout the city in epic farm-to-table fashion.
It’s a place dreams are made of, where you can truly experience something exceptional every day.
Top 10 list (key attractions, etc)
- Myra Canyon and the historic Kettle Valley Trestles.
- Okanagan Lake, guided & self-guided boat tours, water sports & activities, beaches galore!
- Downtown Kelowna’s 2.2 KM lakeside boardwalk includes Waterfront Park, City Park, Hot Sands Beach, Tugboat Beach, and Rotary Marsh.
- Knox Mountain Park lookout and trails including one that leads to gorgeous Paul’s Tomb Beach.
- 5 distinct Wine Trails to choose from with more than 30 wineries to visit, several with vineyard dining, concerts, and events.
- New downtown includes: Bernard Ave renovations, Downtown Marina Pedestrian areas, and lakeside extended boardwalk - even main street ends at the lake!
- U-pick fruit, fruit stands, road-side markets, and the twice weekly Kelowna Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market.
- Breweries, distilleries, and cideries that offer tastings and tours.
- Farm to Table restaurants for foodies who want fresh, local and regional flavours.
- Outdoor adventure. Ziplining, hikes to waterfalls, bike trails, endurance and adventure parks.
Suggested events you could book a visit around
- Parks Alive! busker program and free daily concerts in local parks & beaches
- Okanagan Pride Festival
- Okanagan Wine Festival
- Centre of Gravity
- Kelowna Actors’ Studio Dinner Theatre
- Great Okanagan Beer Festival
- BC Interior Jazz Festival
- Diner en Blanc
- Apple Triathlon
- Dragon Boat Festival
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Okanagan Pride: 2018 information coming soon
Events info: http://okanaganpride.com/events/
2017 marked the ten year anniversary of Pride celebrations in Kelowna under the Okanagan Pride banner - their Diamond Anniversary!
The theme for Pride 2017 "Shine Bright" took inspiration from diamonds, "because members of the LGBTQ2+ community are just like those shimmering gemstones".
Annual favourites include: the Kings and Queens Drag Competition, the Trans March, the Pride March by the lake, Pride Festival in the Park and the Sugar Plum Fairy Ball (there's a great story here from the Mayor of Kelowna, Colin Basran).
Check back with us for regular updates as they become available. Happy Pride!
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"A trip to Kelowna would not be complete without taking the time to search for Ogopogo, the legendary lake monster that reputedly resides in Okanagan Lake. The myth dates back to the Interior Salish Native people who exchanged stories of a lake creature, or “N’ha-a-itk”, over 100 years ago. The creature later became known as Ogopogo and purported sightings over the years continue to strengthen the legend. To “see” Ogopogo for yourself, be sure to visit the statue of the creature found on Bernard Avenue near Kelowna’s City Park.”
OutLookTV visits Kelowna Pride 2016 & 2013