British Columbia Okanagan Travelling with Kids

Kelowna Itinerary – Six Days in Kelowna, British Columbia

By Yrene – Final up to date on November 28, 2018 – British Columbia, Okanagan, Travelling with Youngsters

Kelowna, the third largest metropole in British Columbia is centrally situated and an excellent house base for exploring the gorgeous Okanagan Valley. The identify Kelowna is adopted from the indigenous individuals and means “grizzly bear”.

The recent Okanagan local weather makes Kelowna best for outside enjoyable, whether or not on the lake or in the encompassing hills. Pack your mountaineering boots and climb some hills, convey your bike alongside or lease one and discover the Kettle Valley Rail Path, lease a jet ski and hit the waves, or select some other exciting choice provided in the world. And naturally, Kelowna is the place for Okanagan wine excursions and wine tasting.

Whenever you arrive in town, go to the Downtown Kelowna Visitor Centre at 238 Queensway to replenish on maps and brochures concerning the area. You also discover an info booth at the Kelowna International Airport.

Kelowna Lake Front - Okanagan Lake

Kelowna’s lovely lakefront with a view of the floating bridge, linking Downtown Kelowna with West Kelowna

Highlights of Kelowna, BC

  • Great local weather, mountains and lakes
  • Kelowna Downtown with a funky choice of outlets and cafes
  • Seashores and water parks
  • Knox Mountain
  • Myra Canyon Trestles
  • Vineyard tours with wine tasting
  • Line dancing and electrical bull driving at the OK Corral on Thursday nights
  • Cool pubs and eating places
  • Beaver Lake Street, Winfield – a drive into Okanagan’s status wilderness

Day 1

Morning: Start your day at the  Pulp Fiction Espresso Home at 1598 Pandosy  Road for the most effective coffee in city.  This groovy place brags to have the quickest web connection of all the espresso outlets in town. As well as, they have a few desktop computers so that you can use should you didn’t deliver your personal. When you’re there, pop into Robbie Rare Books and Britannica Antiques to snoop round. For a leisurely stroll head over to the Metropolis Park along Lakeshore Street. Enjoy the sandy seashore on Okanagan Lake and in the event you’re travelling with youngsters, cease on the water park for some moist enjoyable.

Afternoon:  After a chew to eat in one of the downtown eateries become your climbing boots and head as much as Ellis Road north to succeed in the park entrance for Knox Mountain. Comply with the trail to the top of the mountain the place you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the lake. Enjoy the solitude up there and the feel of being away from the city sprawl. You might need to stick around to take in the sundown earlier than leaving the mountain.

Evening:  Back in the town, head over to Doc Willoughby’s Pub at 353 Bernard Avenue for a tremendous value on tonight’s grub and luxuriate in one in every of their killer drink specials.

Doc Willougby's Pub Kelowna

Day 2

Morning: Seize a coffee and croissant on the Bean Scene Espresso Works downtown Kelowna before heading to the Kasugai Japanese Garden. The peaceful getaway lies inside a walled enclosure subsequent to the City Corridor. The gardens have been created to show the friendship between Kelowna and its sister metropolis in Kasugai, Japan. Closed November 1 – March 1. Have a light-weight lunch on the vegetarian-friendly Bohemian Cafe at 524 Bernard Ave.

Afternoon: For epic household enjoyable head out to Peachland in the afternoon, a 15-minute drive from Kelowna.  Flip off freeway 97 onto Princeton Avenue and comply with the street for about 8 km to Canada’s highest freestyle zipline adventure. Take a look at their web site for hours of operation. As an alternate, guide at Okanagan ATV Tours, also in Peachland for an actual outside experience. Whatever you do, stroll alongside the gorgeous waterfront in Peachland afterwards and stop in at the Bliss Espresso Shop on Seashore Avenue.

Evening: Following a day of zip lining you’re in all probability up for an excellent healthy meal at Raudz on 1560 Water Road, again in Kelowna. The century-old heritage building provides the restaurant a special ambiance.

Ogopogo Kelowna's lake monster

Ogopogo, Kelowna’s lake monster

Day three

Morning: This morning you journey by means of the Okanagan Wine nation heading to Mission Hill Winery. Cross Kelowna’s floating bridge (Highway 97) and switch left at Boucherie Street. Comply with Boucherie Street for 5 km and turn right onto Mission Hill Street. Comply with Mission Hill Street to the very prime of the hill.

In case you are lucky sufficient to return at the proper time of yr you could get to take pleasure in a live performance in addition to a wine tour and wine tasting. You’ll love a tour of the gorgeous grounds with stops for tasting wine and eating grapes right off the vine. (Winetasting is only for non-drivers in fact!) Verify on BCs driving laws. Have lunch on the outside Terrace Restaurant, overlooking rows of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay set towards the Okanagan Lake.

Afternoon: After a leisurely drive again to Kelowna along the wine trail, head out to 2808 Highway 97 North to Scandia Golf and Video games. This can be a place for fun-seekers of all ages providing outside mini golf, go-kart races and plenty of different family enjoyable. Open day by day yr spherical.

Night: Again in the town, cease at one of the downtown eating places and select between local foods, Thai, Indian or no matter else you’re longing for.

Kelowna wineries

Day 4

Morning: Third Area Espresso is the venue for at present’s start, a spot to mirror and plan your day. Head right down to the waterfront after your morning espresso and lease a strong jet ski at MachBoats for an exciting time on the lake. You don’t have to be an skilled captain for this journey, however the thrill of driving your personal Jet ski can be a rewarding expertise. Jet skis are quick, noisy and heaps of enjoyable.

Afternoon: Huge White Ski Resort is called winter playground but additionally it is a scorching spot throughout summer time. Take freeway 33 and travel 56 km south-east to the Massive White Mountain resort; it’s a 45 minutes drive. Plan on mountaineering in the alpine or lease a motorcycle and use the network of world-class mountain bike trails.

Evening: Back in Kelowna, head right down to the O’Flannigan’s Pub, the downtown Kelowna Irish Pub with stay music and bands, open Mic and dance parties. Exhibit your skills at an evening of karaoke enjoyable and check out our Canadian Pub Cuisine.

Day 5

Morning: Take pleasure in an espresso and the superior environment at the Third Area Coffee Shop at 1708 Dolphin Ave. Take it straightforward this morning and cease in on the Kelowna Art Gallery. Spend the remainder of the morning alongside the waterfront and benefit from the grand views of Okanagan Lake. Decide up a sandwich for lunch and end up a bench along the lake.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on an inspiring trip to Myra Canyon, situated solely 24 km from downtown Kelowna (40 min drive to Myra Station). You possibly can hike it or better nonetheless lease a motorcycle at the Myra Station parking zone and cycle throughout the various trestle bridges and through the tunnels, having fun with spectacular surroundings on the best way.

Night: It’s never too late to rediscover an previous favorite like the Previous Spaghetti Manufacturing unit on 1755 Capri Road. Aside from the spaghetti choice, you’ve got many other dishes to select from and costs are affordable. After the Italian Culinary expertise head out to the OK Corral on 1978 Kirschner Ave for an incredible night time of dancing and western fun. That is the place with the perfect and largest country dance flooring in the whole Okanagan. Be a part of in for a Line Dance Lesson, Two Step lesson or experience a Mechanical Bull to get it off your bucket listing. Don’t anticipate to be again at the lodge till lengthy after midnight.

DAY 6

Backcountry drive to Beaver Lake and Dee Lake

From Kelowna, you don’t need to go far to expertise the Okanagan wilderness. After a number of days of city fun, sandy beaches, wineries and top-notch restaurant, chances are you’ll be able to enterprise to a spot the place native outside lovers go for his or her camping and fishing trips. Please anticipate to drive a tough gravel street with deep potholes when heading out on this trip.

Beaver Lake Road Winfield

Rough drive to Beaver Lake from Winfield, BC

Beaver Lake

From highway 97 N in the group of Winfield turn east onto Beaver Lake Street. Proceed down the gravel street for 16 kilometres till you get to Beaver Lake Mountain Resort, a hidden gem in the wilderness.

In case you are travelling off-season there may be considered one of their rustic cabins obtainable for lease or you’ll be able to camp in a forested area. Individuals come from all over BC and the remainder of the world to fish at Beaver Lake Resort. Cease in at the excellent Espresso Store and enjoy the superb view of the lake.

The resort additionally has unbelievable mountain biking, climbing, canoe circuit in addition to a playground and boat, kayak and canoe leases.

Beaver Lake, BC early morning

Beaver Lake, BC early morning

Beaver Lake Recreation Website

Before you get to the Beaver Lake Mountain Resort look out for a slender, steep gravel street to the left that takes you throughout a bridge to the Beaver Lake Recreation campsite on the shore of Beaver Lake. No giant automobiles are beneficial on this street.

Beaver Lake Recreation Website is a small, distant summer time destination used primarily by locals for boating, fishing, birding, and canoeing. It is a first come first serve campground. The campsites are personal, small with picnic tables and hearth pits and some pit bogs nearby. Beaver Lake is one among many lakes in the world, and all could be reached on a network of gravel forest service roads. The gravel street to Beaver Lake continues to different lakes like Misplaced Lake, Island Lake, Doreen Lake and Loon Lake.

Dee Lake

To get to Dee Lake you comply with the street previous Beaver Lake Mountain Resort for about another 9 km. Dee Lake is probably the most northern lake in the chain of four lakes.

Beaver Lake Road Winfield

Beaver Lake Street and gravel journey

Dee Lake Wilderness Resort has cottages and heritage log cabins for lease in addition to personal treed campsites and all the essential amenities. Boats/canoe rental, retailer deal with, licenses all can be found on the resort. This gem of a place is really helpful both as a day trip or in a single day go to. Through the summer time season, reservations are essential.

Wet Day Choice

Morning: Don’t miss out on a purchasing spree at the Orchard Park Purchasing Centre, the most important Purchasing Centre between Calgary and Vancouver. Here you find exclusive outlets, a big meals courtroom and Starbucks on your coffee break.

Afternoon: In the event you’re travelling with youngsters, spend the afternoon on the Energyplex, Kelowna’s largest enjoyable place for all ages at 948 McCurdy Street. Instead, attempt the Beyond the Crux Climbing Health club at 5-685 Finns Street for an indoor climbing expertise.

Night: Head over to the Lake Metropolis Casino to observe a stay show and check out your luck at the slot machines or at a recreation of Poker. Order your favourite cocktail and check out their menu choices.

Provincial Parks close to Kelowna

Before heading out to any Provincial Park, please take a look at BC Parks web site for circumstances and details.

Other things so as to add to your Kelowna Itinerary

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

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Yrene Dee

Yrene lives in Lumby British Columbia, Canada, and is the founding father of BackcountryCanadaTravel.com. She was born in Switzerland, lived and worked on totally different continents and has travelled the world. Sure, that’s me, an Entrepreneur, wilderness nut and animal lover. I write about issues I really like. Mostely.