Kelowna Mountain Overlooking Okanagan Lake, Photo Destination BC Andrew Strain

Kelowna

The international gateway to British Columbia’s sunny Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is an extraordinarily scenic destination surrounded by rolling, pine-covered mountains. It is characterized by award-winning wineries, a thriving agricultural and orchard community, and an array of leisure activities. A short drive from downtown Kelowna will take you from a chic gallery to orchards, vineyards and grassy hillsides, all accented by the sparkling backdrop of Okanagan Lake offering an abundance of water sports to suit everyone. This recreation enthusiast’s paradise is popular for its biking and hiking trails including the Kettle Valley Railway trail, plus, in the winter, alpine and Nordic skiing. Sun-drenched plateaux, fresh seasonal harvest, memorable wines, powder snow, lake views and astonishing golf are signatures of this valley.

Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, Kelowna

Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, Kelowna

Location

Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and boasts all the amenities of a major city. Located approximately 400 kms (240 miles) from Vancouver via Hwys 1, 5 and 97 and 600 kms (360 miles) from Calgary. Kelowna is 150 km (90 miles) north of the United States border and is also easily accessible by air.

A Step Back in Time

Artifacts suggest that hunters lived in the Kelowna area as far back as 2,000 years ago. However, the first European settlement took place in 1859, when three Oblate missionaries, Father Pandosy, Father Richard and Brother Surel, set up a mission for the area’s natives, traders and new settlers.

In 1893, Lord Aberdeen, Canada’s Governor General, bought huge tracts of land in the valley in recognition of Okanagan’s fruit-growing potential and industry which flourished over the years and today provides an abundance of fruits and vegetables that are shipped all over the world.

Kelowna became a city in 1905 at a time when the population was 600. Its name comes from the story of August Gillard, an early settler who crawled from an underground shelter just as a group of Indians passed by. The Indians called out, “Kim-ach-touch”, meaning Brown Bear. Over time, this became Kelowna (meaning Grizzly Bear).

Today, the Kelowna area has a population close to 195,000  and boasts a rich history which can be seen at the various museums located in the region.

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Kelowna & Nearby Accommodations

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Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre

Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre

Kelowna

If you need quality accommodation hotel in Kelowna, then the newly renovated Ramada Hotel& Conference Centre is the perfect destination to stay. Relax in the comfort of one of our 135 deluxe rooms and suites, while you enjoy the amenities of a first class hotel. All of our rooms include air conditio ... Read more
Apple Valley Orchard & RV Park

Apple Valley Orchard & RV Park

Kelowna

RV Park in and around existing orchard groves of apples, peaches and cherries. Great valley view and close to all amenities. Very private and quiet. Nestled in the beauty of the Glenmore Valley, in the heart of the Okanagan Wine Country. 15 minutes to two lakes and a dozen golf courses. Weekly and m ... Read more
Hiawatha RV Park

Hiawatha RV Park

Kelowna

Quiet family park, Heated Pool and Spa; Full Hookup RV Sites (30 & 15 amp) Separate Tent Areas; Hot Showers included, playground, laundry, small store. Nearby boat ramp, hiking, beach & golf. CP 7 days 1/2 back. ... Read more
Okanagan RV Park

Okanagan RV Park

Kelowna

Fresh fruit grown on site. Large landscaped lots. Close to attractions, golf, wineries and lake. Easy access to Hwy 97. Open year round. Fenced and secure. Big rig friendly. Your host: Mary Mandarino, 2 persons serviced $45.00-$75.00. ... Read more
West Eagle Campground

West Eagle Campground

Kelowna

North of Westbank on old Okanagan Hwy. Treed hook-up sites and grass tenting sites; coin showers, flush toilets, sani-station, coin laundry; firepits, playground; small convenience store; centrally located near the Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy. Small pets allowed, must be on leash. CP 1 week. ... Read more
Holiday Park Resort

Holiday Park Resort

Kelowna

The perfect four season vacation destination is waiting for you at Holiday Park Resort. Surrounded by championship golf courses, award winning wineries, renowned ski hills and numerous lakes, this 67 acre playground features an array of onsite amenities and facilities. With year-round seasonal speci ... Read more
Voyager RV Centre

Voyager RV Centre

Lake Country

BC Interior’s LARGEST RV Dealer since 1984! Proud to be a full-line JAYCO towables and motorized dealer, as well as an award-winning dealer for WINNEBAGO ITASCA and WINNEBAGO TOURING COACH motorhomes. #1 Dealer for NORTHERN LITE truck campers. Plus we’re BC Interior’s exclusive GRAND DESIGN RV ... Read more
Wood Lake RV Park & Marina

Wood Lake RV Park & Marina

Lake Country

Located on beachfront shores, Wood Lake RV Park & Marina is a must visit destination for RVers wanting to enjoy endless water activities. With over 190+ RV sites on 12 parkland acres, this remarkable location has direct beach access for swimming, boating and water sports. Indulge in the abundance of ... Read more
The Orchard RV Retreat

The Orchard RV Retreat

Oyama

The Orchard RV Retreat is on an agricultural land reserve. We grow apples for market and vegetables, herbs and edible flowers for personal use. The RV accommodation includes five fully-serviced sites and we have space for tents. We welcome families and groups for reunions and retreats as well as ind ... Read more
Todd's RV & Camping

Todd's RV & Camping

Peachland

Family camping, alongside Okanagan Lake. Customer comments: Refreshing, great atmosphere, friendly, clean, unique tranquility, within a convenient walk to amenities. WiFi included. Experience Peachland, roller-blading, hiking, tennis, fine restaurants and shops. Central to Okanagan golfing and winer ... Read more
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