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How to Spend 48 Hours in Kelowna

Wineries

The view from Cedar Creek Vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake. Photo: Brian Sprout

And our fans’ number one thing to do on a visit to Kelowna is visit the exquisite local wineries. The Okanagan Valley is increasingly becoming known as a world-class wine region, with local wineries winning a number of prestigious awards. Most offer tastings rooms to sample current vintages, and many take it a step further with on-site fine dining highlighting fresh, local ingredients. Often this comes with a spectacular view out over the lake. Favourite wineries noted by our fans include: Mission Hill, Summerhill, JoieFarm, Quail’s Gate, Tantalus and 8th Generation.

Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Photo: keepitsurreal via Flickr

In the number two spot is the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, a former rail bed that was converted into an unforgettable recreational trail. Probably the best way to see the trail is on two wheels, with bike rentals and tours widely available, but hiking the trail is also an option. The most popular section of this expansive trail system runs through an area outside of Kelowna called Myra Canyon. A wildfire several years ago burned through and destroyed a series of 18 trestle bridges, all of which have since been masterfully restored for your riding and hiking pleasure.

Beaches

Beautiful Bertram Beach in Kelowna. Photo: erwlas via Flickr

The plentiful and beautiful beaches that surround this lakeside city take the number three spot. Long and fairly narrow, Okanagan Lake snakes along the valley from north of Vernon all the way south to Penticton. The lake itself is a perfect spot for every water activity you can think of, from angling to waterskiing and everything in between. And along it’s considerable shoreline, there are beaches, glorious beaches. Kick back in the soft sand with a good book, build a sandcastle, join a game of beach volleyball, or just work on the perfect tan.

Kangaroo Creek Farm

A vibrant coloured peacock at the Kangaroo Farm

Photo: Judi Zienchuck

Number four on the list is the incredibly unique Kangaroo Creek Farm. This family-run farm is home to a host of animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, pot bellied pigs and goats. You can even interact with capybara, the world’s largest rodent. Animals here roam freely and visitors to the farm are asked to adhere to some strict rules about behaviour and etiquette, but otherwise you can spend as long as you like observing and petting these amazing critters. If you’re really lucky, you may even get an opportunity to hold a baby kangaroo.

Kalamalka Lake

The view of from Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Photo: @sndon via Instagram

Coming in at number five is gorgeous Kalamalka Lake, north of Kelowna. The blue-green waters of this popular recreational lake attract beachgoers and water enthusiasts from far and wide. The sparkling lake is a great destination for power boaters, paddlers and swimmers alike. And there are plenty of beaches for those more inclined to take it easy in the sun. Hikers will find plenty of scenic options, and great spots to stop for a lakeside picnic. Campers should check out Kekuli Bay Provincial Park on the lake’s west side.