Endless opportunities for outdoor adventure make Kelowna fun for all ages.
Start by checking into a kid-friendly hotel like The Cove Lakeside Resort. It features beautifully appointed rooms, a secluded beach, a build-your-own-pizza night at The Cove’s restaurant and an on-site spa, which means the adults can relax while the kids careen down the waterslide.
For a classic Okanagan experience, head to a roadside fruit stand and a U-pick orchard. The family-run Paynter’s Fruit Market in West Kelowna has had a roadside fruit stand in the area since 1951. Let the kids run through the five acres of orchards, then grab an ice cream and other local treats in the renovated market store.
Young ones can’t groan about a winery stop or two now that many tasting rooms include kid-friendly activities. The Vibrant Vine in scenic southeast Kelowna has live music, picnic spots, eye-popping 3-D artwork and disc golf (a.k.a. Frisbee golf) in the vineyard.
Head about 15 minutes further southeast and you’ll be snapping family selfies against the jaw-dropping scenery of Myra Canyon’s century-old trestle bridges. Nearby, you can spend part of the day on the rope and challenge courses at Myra Canyon Adventure Park. Check out Mindventure, which combines physical obstacles with solving mental puzzles to complete the course.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Kelowna 17 times a day from five Canadian cities.
British Columbia’s Best Wine Regions (and Where to Sip)
The Okanagan Valley is emerging as one of the world’s most exciting wine regions, thanks to its range of climates and terroirs. Meanwhile, the Thompson Valley’s Kamloops area is on the rise. Sip aromatic whites at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival (Sept. 28 to Oct. 8) or Pinot Noir at Privato Vineyard & Winery in Kamloops.