Kelowna, BC, Canada – 5-day Sample Itinerary
Here is our 5-day itinerary from a family trip we took to Kelowna, British Columbia in the summer of 2019:
- Order all-you-can-eat waffles at the Jammery restaurant in Lake Country.
- Take a wine tour in Lake Country, just North-East of Kelowna.
- We managed to squeeze in lots of tastings that were in close proximity to each other, including:
- Blind Tiger,
- Arrowleaf (this was our favourite one from this day),
- Ex Nihilo,
- Gray Monk, and
- O’Rourke’s Peak.
- Buy local crafts, food, jams, and farm fresh organic fruits and vegetables at Lake Country Farmer’s Market, which is only open on certain days of the week.
- Eat Dinner at the Greek House Restaurant in Lake Country, which looks like a big house from the outside, but which is filled with a large amount of authentic Greek decor.
- Explore and buy local crafts and foods at the huge Kelowna farmer’s market.
- Cool off and shop some more at the Orchard Park Shopping Centre next door to the farmers market.
- Go downtown to explore the stores, shoppes and restaurants near the waterfront & Marina.
Rent a kayak or take a boat tour.
- Take a picture with the staue of Ogopogo, they mythical sea creature that lives in Lake Okanagan (like the Loch Ness Monster).
- Enjoy a tasting at Okanagan Spirits, which sells award winning liquors, whiskey, gin, aquavit (an Icelandic gin with a slight taste of black licorice).
- Have some samples at Sandhill & Wayne Gretzky Estates. All of the wines here were excellent and the tastings were free, which did not occur anywhere else.
- Have dinner at a slightly upscale B.C. version of Manitoba’s Salisbury House called White Spot. They are famous for having good hamburgers and unlimited french fries.
- For those with kids, enjoy a super-fun and engrossing hyper-reality VR experience shooting zombies at VRcadia.
- Take a tour of the West Kelowna wineries on the other side of the lake. We enjoyed it so much that we almost bought too much wine to bring back home. We did tastings at the following Wineries:
- Mt. Boucherie,
- Volcanic Hills,
- Quail’s Gate, and
- Mission Hill (which looks and feels like a grand castle)
- In this region, it cost $15+ pp for tastings. Most of the tastings were both overpriced and overcrowded, but the locations were undeniably beautiful with great views.
- Go on a scenic drive to Peachland and Summerland.
- One the way, stop at Hainle Vinyards (North America’s 1st organic vineyard, definitely resulting in more earthy & vinegary taste that we did not enjoy) and Sumac Ridge.
- Peachland was a cute beach town. Be careful not to go to Summerland on Sunday, because almost everything is closed on Sunday.
- If you have time (and get there before they close), ride the historic train at Kettle Valley railway.
- Go back downtown to walk around the Kelowna marina, harbour, and City Park (with a public beach right downtown).
- Here, you will find lots of good photo ops and selfie spots.
- Enjoy the relaxing beauty at Kasugai Gardens behind city hall. They have unique plant species, a rock garden, and Koi fish in the pond.
- I strongly recommend that you have dinner at Memphis Blues BBQ House in downtown Kelowna. They have delicious meats (tender & juicy beef brisket, beef and pork ribs, pulled pork, barbecue chicken, smoked sausage with several kinds of BBQ sauce) and for side dishes you get beans, coleslaw, and corn bread. We got lucky because they had unlimited pulled pork the night we went They also have great decor/ambiance & blues music. If you are a fan of whiskey & bourbon, you won’t believe their selection, which is the largest I have ever seen at a restaurant.
- If you don’t have kids, spend the rest of the night and test your luck at the Playtime Casino (Lake City Casino), which is located right on the waterfront.
- Go cherry picking (u-pick). There are lots of options, but I recommend that you try Hoffman Orchards on Longhill Road.
- Drive up (or walk up if you have LOTS of energy) to Knox Mountain Park for great views of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake from various vantage points and elevations. There is a beautiful, short 1-kilometre hike to the apex (summit).
- Order a flight of cider at Upside Cidery Try the late harvest semi sweet apple, tangled rose plum, raspberry pear & blackberry bourbon flavours. The ciders here were very unique and amazing.
- Buying fruit at a fruit market to bring home. You have to try fresh Rainier cherries when you go.
If you prefer the video medium, here is a short video from our YouTube channel about our wine tours in Kelowna:
We have a few other suggestions of things to do in this post called “Kelowna, BC – Travel Tips and Things to Do“.
If you have been to Kelowna, feel free to suggest some other can’t-miss things in the comments.
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Great photos and a cool agenda. Wish I could go here !
This looks like a super fun place to visit! I would love to spend a couple of weeks there, the place is aweesome.
Thanks. The photos don't do the beauty justice. It's gorgeous.
You should go. 2 weeks is plenty to go to all of the wineries and take several nice hikes.
I've never heard of Kelowna, but it looks beautiful. I went and looked it up on the map and between that and your photos, it looks like my kind of place!! I'm so keen to visit the next time we get to Canada! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks, Matt. I should have indicated that it is located in the interior of BC, about a 5 hour drive north-East of Vancouver.
Kelowna is only about 3 hours away from Vancouver. I have been there once many years ago. I can see Kelowna has changed a lot. It is a much more exciting place with lots to do and lots to see. Your itinerary sample is a good travel guide. ����
This looks like such a fun trip. I've never been to Kelowna but now I really want to go.
Antonia || Sweet Passions
I think you suggest a nice, easy-paced tour through the city.
Thank you. So much to do, but this helps you plan a brief trip.
Yes, you should definitely go.
Thanks for noticing. We tried not to cram too much in each day.
Seems like you had a lot of fun at Kelowna! Aside from Okanagan Lake's breathtaking view there are tons of pubs (and BOURBON!) to check out. Thanks for the detailed post!
Yup. You understand what is important about a travel itinerary for Kelowna 🙂
Wow you left no stone unturned! Looks like it was a great trip.
Thanks. It was great. It was the first real grown-up vacation we took (even though we had our 18-year-old son with us. We didn't have to "entertain" any kids and we got to have some adult beverages.
This is what I want to do when I retire. What lovely pictures!
Such lovely and happy pictures! Amazing
Thank you. If I retire somewhere in Canada, this is at the top of my list.
Thanks. I am an amateur photographer, but I am getting better. Maybe my son will even let me use his new DSLR camera on future trips.
I believe you had a nice trip. Glad to see you living a meaningful and happy life now
Thank you. It was a very nice trip to Kelowna.
Wow great post! We are from seattle and go to Vancouver Canad at least once a year! But this place looks great! We will have to try and make it here one of these times. Thanks for sharing:)
Thank you introducing us to Kelowna! It seems like a relaxing and beautiful place!
I've never heard of Kelowna before but the wine tour that you took on day 1 sounds like my kind of thing! x
Shelley at BeyondPennies
I've never been to Kelowna, or even BC for that matter. It looks like an interesting place to visit. My husband is Canadian, and he's from Alberta. We've talked about visiting BC. Maybe we will get to do that after the pandemic situation has improved.
You should take the 4-5 hour drive from Vancouver to Kelowna, which is scenic in itself and then do some of the things on my sample itinerary
You are welcome. It's not well-known outside of Canada, but Kelowna is a popular place for summer vacations and retiring
Yes, the wine tour was great. They were all relatively close to each other. I was driving, so I couldn't do the full tastings at each place.
That is a great idea. It's a bit of a drive from Alberta to BC, but I have done it a few times and it is gorgeous driving through the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park.
Great photos, I love jam-packed trips like this. Brilliant itinerary too. Kelowna is definitely somewhere that has to go on my list!
Anika | chaptersofmay.com
Thanks, Anika. There is lots to do in our Kelowna travel itinerary, but its not overwhelming. I hope you get to go there someday.
This looks like such a great trip! I love all the photos! Thanks so much for sharing all about it!
Thank you, Charity. I love travelling to Kelowna, BC. I have been there around 10 times, but the most recent time was the first time with my wife and son, so I shared our Kelowna travel itinerary.
Feelings of a Fake Adult
Great post and lovely photos!
Thank you for reading. I hope you had an escape from the daily routine and maybe got some travel ideas.
I am not a fan of wines so I'd probably skip that and spend time more on the beach! HAHA Thank you for this post! An add-on to my bucketlist! 😁❤️
You should add Kelowna to your bucketlist for sure. The downtown beach is fairly small, but popular in the summer.
This looks like such a great trip. Love your pictures too!
Thanks. Kelowna has everything. Beauty, Physical outdoor activities, good restaurants, and fun. The culture there seems more laid back and people seem to be more healthy.
Nice place! Looks like you've enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Will definitely gonna share this.
Thanks for the comment and for sharing. We really enjoyed travelling to Kelowna.
So in love with the pictures
Thank you very much. This place is naturally beautiful, so it is easy to take good pictures. I like to say it is photographable with lots of photo opportunities and great selfie-spots.
That is an amazing place. This will be on by bucket list
Thank you Elizabeth. Kelowna is an amazing place and there are lots of things to do in Kelowna from this 5-day sample Kelowna itinerary. I hope you get a chance to go to Kelowna soon.
It has been YEARS since I was last in the Kelowna area. That being said, I have been talking with my husband about taking a road trip out to BC and back as he has never seen the west coast of the country. You have some great suggestions here of things to see and places to visit. I'm going to save this page so that I can refer back to it.
Iwan R. Kusnardi
For me, it's a complete guide to Kelowna, and i have put it in my list.
Can't wait to go after seeing your beautiful photos.
Thanks for saving it. I hope it helps you plan this trip to Kelowna, that I know will be amazing.
Yes, we tried to give some great suggestions with this sample itinerary for Kelowna. I hope you get to visit Kelowna soon (after it is safe).
Paul (Paul Explores the World)
Nice wrap-up of your time in Kelowna. It sounds like a lovely corner of Canada!
Thanks. This sample itinerary might inspire people to visit Kelowna and save people time in planning their trip to Kelowna.
I didn’t know they had vineyards in BC. I just assumed it would be too cold but stand corrected. I viisted vineyrads near Niagara/Toronto and was delighted at them. Some extensive lists om what to do in the area and I’ll be sure to look ip anything recommended here. There are clearly lots of good eateries in the areas as your lists suggest.
They only grow a limited variety of grapes (a lot of Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio), but the wine from the Okanagan Valley is delicious and award winning. Definitely worth a wine tour if you love wine, wineries and beautiful scenery.
Wow looks like an awesome place to visit someday.
You would love Kelowna. I hope the sample Kelowna travel itinerary gave you some ideas about things to do in Kelowna.
Colin and Mitch - Very Tasty World
This looks like a great place to visit. The winery tours sound fab and we’d love to try the cider flight. And cherry picking looks like lots of fun too!
I really enjoyed the cider flight, but it was not close to anything else. Many of the wineries are near to each other so you can visit 4 or 5 in an afternoon. There are so many more things to do in Kelowna besides wine tours.
Stepen & Andie
You had me at all-you-can-eat waffles. Plus a wine tour? Count me in!
Can’t beat the combination. Wine & Waffles ha ha. I guess you would love a trip to Kelowna as much as we did.
This was such a lovely and busy itinerary but it looks like it was worth it. With things to see and do, beautiful scenic drives, I’d totally do something similar if I’m visiting Canada.
If you are visiting British Columbia, it is worth taking a trip to Kelowna. We hope this sample itinerary will help you decide what to do.