While the city of Kelowna might be well known for its bevy of wineries, there’s more to this Okanagan Valley locale than grapes. The Okanagan has a variety of fun day activities and cultural exhibits to enjoy. If you’re visiting or living in the city and looking for a few other options, here are five fun things to do in Kelowna!
Get Into a State of Zen at Kasugai Gardens
Named after Kelowna’s sister city in Japan, the Kasugai Gardens celebrate the friendship between two cities that sit across the world from each other. Located off Queensway Avenue, this garden is a great place to relax amid the tranquility of a traditional Japanese garden. Designed by a Japanese architect and completed in 1987, you can spend a day amongst the pine trees and lanterns that will make you feel like you’re in a different land entirely.
Indulge in Kelowna’s Premier Art Collection
In the center of the city’s cultural district, the Kelowna Art Gallery is one of Canada’s most respected public spaces for art. Featuring a variety of exhibitions that showcase artists who are local and far-flung, this expansive gallery offers more than enough art with four exhibition spaces. If you’ve been meaning to get down to this gallery, you might want to visit on a Thursday, when admission is free for everyone from 3 until 9 PM!
Ski Into the Season at Big White Ski Resort
One of the things the city of Kelowna is most famous for, the Big White Ski Resort is where you’ll want to go if you’re an experienced skier or snowboarder who loves the powder. Located approximately 56 kilometres outside of Kelowna, Big White has more than 118 trails that run the gamut from beginner to advanced, as well as Nordic trails where you can snowshoe or cross country ski. As the second largest skiing resort in British Columbia, Big White has something that will appeal to every snow fanatic.
Food and Crafts Galore at Kelowna’s Favourite Market
Taking place nearly every Saturday throughout the 2013-2014 winter, The Kelowna Farmer’s and Crafter’s Market is great for those who love food and art. With no shortage of local goods, this market features more than 150 stalls where you can purchase everything from baked goods, nuts, vegetables, teas and hot sauce. You may even want to start your Christmas shopping early with available products like jewellery, footwear, children’s handmade toys and soap. As one of the city’s premier markets, there’s no shortage of offerings to suit everyone’s wish list.
Geert Maas and a Garden of Dutch Sculpture
Featuring the work of the Dutch artist Geert Maas, this is a great place to indulge in some public art in a casual atmosphere. With an exhibit that changes on a frequent basis and a variety of bronze sculptures and paintings, take a day to explore the gardens and gallery. Admission is by donation. Located on Reynolds Road, this is a great place to go for a walk and peruse some of the works of one of Kelowna’s most renowned artists.
Beyond the wineries, there are plenty of fun things to do in Kelowna for whatever you happen to be in the mood for. The Okanagan is full of great events and activities all year round. From skiing to local artwork to a market that will appeal to everyone, there’s something fun for everyone in Kelowna!