Why to Visit Kelowna in the Summer

Head to the beach, hit the hiking trails, visit an orchard or attend a festival in this Okanagan city.
 

Tugboat Beach, photo by Michael Whatley/Getty

Sunny skies, lush orchards, U-pick farms, vineyards and restaurant patios paint Kelownas summer canvas. But its outdoor recreation scene cinches its appealtake to the water, trails and beaches for maximum enjoyment.

Kelowna is located on the sparkling eastern shore of Okanagan Lake. With the water reaching 23°C by July, it’s the city’s aquatic playground. Activities include stand-up paddleboarding, pedal boating and canoeing, and many rental operators are located right on the beach. There are more than 30 beaches along Okanagan Lake’s shores for sunbathing, swimming, Frisbee or beach volleyball, including Tugboat Bay Beach, located minutes from downtown.

Two active festivals to attend: 

Center of Gravity, July 28 to 30

Dubbed “Canada’s Hottest Beach Festival,” Center of Gravity takes place at City Park and features bands, beach volleyball, skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross.

The Fresh Air Midsummer 8K, July 2

For three decades, this race has been a favourite of local runners. Its relatively flat route follows beautiful Okanagan Lake. There’s a Strong Kids Race, too, for kids under 12.

Getting there: WestJet flies to Kelowna 23 times a day from six Canadian cities and to Penticton once a day from Calgary.

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