There are many things to do in Kelowna during the fall season and it’s still an excellent time to enjoy the numerous outdoor family adventures while staying active. The 7 experiences I have complied below are ideal for families of all ages and are a great way to enjoy the beautiful Okangan colours during the fall season.
7 Outdoor Activities in Kelowna This Fall
McMillan Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
A signature Kelowna fall experience, the McMillan Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is a great way to spend an afternoon with the family. Enjoy a tour of the 110-acre family farm on a tractor pulled hayride or have a picnic in their covered seating area. Other activities and things to do include a corn maze, hay maze, Pumpkin sling shot, corn pit, mini-train ride, pumpkin life cycle display, beehive and spooky graveyard.
Admission to the farm is free and a small admission fee applies to the activities. Hot chocolate and snacks are available for purchase at the concession stand. The corn maze and pumpkin patch are open from September 28th until October 31st. For more information, click here to visit their website.
Kelowna’s Moon Festival
Families can enjoy an evening of family, fun and culture at the annual Kelowna Moon Festival. The second most important holiday in China, this festival celebrates family, friendship and good fortune, similar to Thanksgiving. Hosted by the Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association, this unique thing to do in Kelowna is free and offers moon gazing, games, art performances, storytelling, ethnic food and Moon cakes available for purchase or to sample. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 21st from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Rutland Centennial Hall in Kelowna. Click here for more information.
Knox Mountain Park
Families can enjoy viewing wildlife and the spectacular fall colors while out for a hike or bike ride in Kelowna’s Knox Mountain Park. This 235 hectare (580 acre) park includes a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails that vary in difficulty, making it ideal for all ages and fitness levels. Located just north of downtown Kelowna, the park features covered shelters, picnic area, playground, public washrooms and Off-Leash Dog Park. More information about the park can be found by contacting the City of Kelowna or click here to visit their website.
Safari Ridge Adventure Paintball & Outdoor Laser Tag
For a little excitement, families can take advantage of the cooler weather and enjoy some fun with paintball or laser tag at Safari Ridge. After an afternoon of fun, grab a bite at their concession or bring your own food to enjoy in their covered eating area and rent a BBQ. While paintball is generally more suited to families with children 10 and older, laser tag is great for kids as young as six. Safari Ridge is open regular hours until November 15th and then by pre-booking only until spring. Click here to learn more about their hours and admission.
Kasugai Japanese Garden
Enjoy a tranquil fall walk with your family through the enclosed Kasugai Gardens, a favourite thing to do in Kelowna. These gardens were created as a symbol of friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Kelowna’s sister city in Japan. This serene garden incorporates a number of traditional Japanese garden elements including stone lanterns, a waterfall and koi pond. The garden is located off Queensway Avenue immediately east of City Hall and is open until the end of October. Contact the City of Kelowna for more information.
Kelowna Waterfront Park
A great place for families to enjoy the last warm days of the year, Kelowna’s Waterfront Park is located in downtown Kelowna along Okanagan Lake. Kids can take pleasure in making their last sand castle of the season on the beach or dip their toes in Okanagan Lake. Also an excellent place for a stroll, the park features gorgeous gardens, fascinating lagoons and a waterfall. Contact the City of Kelowna to learn more about the park.
Kokanee Exhibit: ‘Something’s Fishy’
Old and young alike can learn about land locked Kokanee salmon while visiting the Kokanee Exhibit, ‘Something’s Fishy’. Families can take part in this interpretive program that features information and activities related to the Kokanee. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday until mid-October and is located in the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) in Mission Creek Park. For more information contact the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
What Else Is Happening In Kelowna?
Stay posted as we share more events and things to do over in Kelowna over the fall and winter months. Share your favorite activities in Kelowna that you enjoy over the fall and winter months in the comments below.