MAPLE LEOPARD: A Quick Travel Guide To Kelowna B.C, Canada

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Quick Travel Guide To Kelowna B.C, Canada


a quick travel guide to kelowna bc



Today I take you on a journey to one of my favorite places : Kelowna B.C.  I lived there for a year when I was seven years old.  My spirit of wanderlust for this city never ends!


Kelowna is the largest of four communities located In the Central Okanagan Valley. It is a beautiful resort city, and is known for California type weather.  I've actually heard it called
 " Little California" over the years . The area is due north on the Coquihalla highway from Hope BC.  The drive through the pass is an experience in itself.  Make sure your camera is ready to go. A scenic haven of wildlife, and wilderness await you.

                                                           This Image: Tourism Kelowna 

a quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada

The Legend of the OGO POGO

The city sits at midway point of the Okanagan Lake. West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank, and Penticton are other lake resorts nearby.

No visit to Kelowna would be complete, without hearing about it's "slinky like" visitor. A sea serpent supposedly shows up at the lake, from time to time!  I remember many fun hours swimming with my cousins. We used to scare each other in and out of the water; with the legend of the Ogo Pogo.

He is a large sea monster that was said to be sighted by First Nations people in the 19th century. Many have reported seeing the long snake in the water, over the years.

a quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada

Kelowna's Main Attractions:

Wineries and Orchards

The Okanagan  hosts thousands of visitors every year. They come to check out the wineries, wine trails, and tours . This area is rich in agriculture and orchards. Some of the juiciest fruit you will ever eat, is picked and processed in Kelowna. There are several orchards where you can have fun picking your own.

The Okanagan Lake

The options for water sports are endless: boating, sailing, chartered cruises,  and water skiing to name a few.  A popular lake sport, is kite boarding.  It takes a lot of skill, and just the perfect wind conditions to kite board.

a quick travel guide to Kelowna B,C Canada

a quick travel guide to Kelowna BC, Canada

a quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada

a quick travel guide to kelowna BC Canada

a quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada

Downtown & City Park

Downtown Kelowna is very charming, and has a lot to see. The waterfront is lined with restaurants, and shops.  Check out the great views of the bridge, lake, and mountains.



A quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada


A quick travel guide to Kelowna BC canada

a quick travel guide to Kelowna Bc, Canada



a quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada

Where to Eat

My favorite place to eat was Cactus Club Café, the food was delicious.  If you make it to Kelowna, you must try it!  There are also several other options for dining.


A quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada

Where to Stay

The  Okanagan valley has many resorts, hotels, and air b n b's. In June, we stayed at an amazing Air b n b! The hosts have done a great job decorating the suite, and making it feel so homey. It has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a full kitchen, living area, and laundry facilities.


This stay  at 1 Beautiful Rest is worth every penny, and is located just a few minutes out of town.  Surrounded by nature, this is a great place to rest for sure. Every morning, you can wake up to  stunning B.C. scenery. I was unable to link to the property when I did a search, which means it must be booked out awhile. 


a quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada

a quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada

a quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada

a Quick travel guide to Kelowna BC  Canada

a quick travel guide to kelowna BC Canada

A quick travel guide to Kelowna BC Canada



What to Wear

Style in Kelowna is very informal and casual. Since there are so many outdoor activities and water sports, pack for those activities.  The summers are quite toasty, and temperatures can soar into the 90's . The heat is dry, there is no humidity to speak of. The winters are cold, but sunny and dry.  Make sure to pack warm outfits , if you want to check out Big White Ski Resort.


Summer Style: Kelowna BC




Winter style for Kelowna BC, Canada

There is many more beautiful places to explore in the Okanagan Valley . I hope this inspired you to check out the area soon.

If you live in the Northwest, Kelowna is a short 6 hour drive from Seattle. It is about  4 hours from downtown Vancouver.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and wherever your travels take you!

Until Next Time,


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34 comments:

  1. Great post! What a fun place to visit! Peace!
    Cheryl
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

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    1. Thank you Cheryl, I hope to go back soon and get better pictures..the weather was not cooperating..ha ha

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  2. My best friend is from Kelowna, it's such a beautiful city. Great roundup of all of the best spots :)
    Taryn
    http://www.peplumsandpushups.com

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    1. HI Taryn...that is so kewl she is from there, I would love to move back.such an amazing city!

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  3. I would love to visit Canada someday. When my girls were small my parents took them on a Canadian adventure that they still talk about to this day. Thank you so much for the great peek at the beautiful experiences tourists can enjoy in Kelowna BC.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, sounds like some wonderful memories were made there....Canada has so much to offer for tourists!

      Valerie

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  4. I remember Kelowna, I traveled there few years ago, but just for a couple of days. I loved so many things about this place, and I was just thinking about visiting again. You now gave me the inspiration that I needed to do so! :)

    Sabina | I've Got Sunshine

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    1. HI Sabrina...ahh I am so glad this inspired you, this is what I love to hear, I do hope you get to go soon. I am hoping to go again before summer is over to get better pics!

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  5. Another reason why I wish I'd had more time in BC. It looks so charming here. I have also heard good things about Cactus Club -they have some locations in Van :).

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    1. Hey Chantell. for sure...BC is amazing.....I am a little biased ;0 ) but it truly has stunning scenery everywhere you go! I was raised in Van, and miss it lots!

      Valerie

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  6. Looks interesting, lovr the winerys 😍

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    1. HI Fran....I want to do a wine tour next time...hope you can check it out !

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  7. Really useful guide as we are planning our trip around Canada and want to put Kelowna on the list as well. I love the way you present the packing option!

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    1. Glad it was helpful Coralia and hope you get to visit Kelowna !

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  8. Awesome photos. Can't help but notice, we share the same name :)

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    1. Thanks Valerie...Ha yes cool name you have!

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  9. Wow! Would love to visit Kelowna someday.

    Your Airbnb stay looks amazing... :-) Thanks for sharing the complete Kelowna guide :-)

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    1. Thanks Lady.....yes it was for sure amazing..so beautiful and quiet!

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  10. There are a bunch of nice places that you showed here, I love your post :)

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    1. THanks Alexi, I sure hope you can go...I hope to go back before summer is over!

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  11. It looks like such a beautiful town with some amazing scenic views! I can definitely see the resemblance to California. WIll have to keep it in mind next time I'm up in BC!

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    1. Thanks Caroline, these pics do not do the place justice..the skies were so grey when I was there! Hope you can go!

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  12. I hadn't heard of this town before, but I love the BC area. Such beautiful nature up there! And I think your pictures show this town isn't lacking for the BC beauty.

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    1. Thank you so much.. Yes BC is incredible and I hope you can visit Kelowna in the near future!

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  13. Wow! I love this complete guide. Really informative and useful. Especially the style tips. Thank you :)

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    1. Thank you Sonika..glad you stopped by!

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  14. I love the darkness of the images. It really added a drama that reminded me of why I'd love to visit!

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    1. Thank you Suzanna, I always think dark means bad..but I guess not..thank you for the nice words, and I hope you can go!

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  15. It looks like a great place for some water sports! Loved the tips what to wear!

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    1. Thank you Ipanema..the lake is sooo much fun!

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  16. Kelownafornia us locals call it ;)

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    1. Ha HA. I love it! I wish I could move there!

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