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Fall in Love with Autumn in the Okanagan When Staying at Hotels in Kelowna

October 22, 2014

Elysium Gardens visit while at Kelowna hotel

The flora and fauna of the Okanagan Valley truly comes to life in the Fall season, making it an ideal time of year to stay at hotels in Kelowna.

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There’s a whole lot more to the Okanagan than the watersports of summer and the skiing of winter. In fact, some say autumn is the best time of year to book a hotel in Kelowna to enjoy the mild days, stunning landscapes filled with reds and yellows of the season, and all the wonderful ways you can enjoy both in nature.

Check out some of these destinations locals visit and see for yourself why everyone falls in love with the Okanagan in autumn.


Elysium Gardens

Carved out of an old apple orchard, Elysium Gardens spreads across three acres of meticulously kept land. This is one destination you’ll want to spend hours exploring. After meandering through the designer displays and the Zen-like Japanese garden, sit and relax in a handcrafted gazebo.

Spend some time gazing out at the burnt orange, flaming red, and yellowing shrubbery and trees. Although awe-inspiring year round, the Elysium Gardens are truly something to see in the Fall season.


Mission Creek Greenway

Mission Creek, the biggest contributor to Okanagan Lake, is home to one of the most-visited parks in Kelowna. If you're staying at a pet-friendly Kelowna hotel, bring your pooch to Mission Creek, home to some of the most scenic hiking trails in the valley. Stretching from the shores of Okanagan Lake to the Mission Creek Falls, you’ll find 26 kilometres’ worth of stunning views, activities, and wildlife. Grab your hiking shoes and hit the trails!    

  • Flora & Fauna Photo Submission – While traipsing through the trails, put your passion for photography to work. Click a couple pics of trees, autumn leaves, or chirpy birds and submit your favourites to the Greenway. You may even see your crafty pictures featured on their webpage.
  • Kokanee Salmon Festival – Located close to many hotels in Kelowna, stop by Mission Creek to learn about the importance of the land-locked Salmon, their life cycles, and how they spawn. Watch as they spawn upstream, attend the information sessions, or chat with members of the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team to learn more. Face painting booths and story-telling sittings make this event fun for every member of the family.
  • Kokanee Fun Run – Take part in a 3, 6, 12 or 16-km course by either walking or running. This valuable experience is a great way to get some exercise, learn more about the Okanagan ecosystem and help support the Mission Creek Greenway.
  • The Environmental Educational Centre for the Okanagan – Drop by the EECO (pronounced ee-COH) to eye up informational displays, experience ecosystems first hand, and brush up on your environmental knowledge.


For more incentives to visit Kelowna this fall, watch our "Best of the Best Fall at Best Western Kelowna Hotel to see why the Okanagan is becoming an increasingly popular fall vacation destination.


When you’re looking for hotels in Kelowna just steps from all the Okanagan’s fun Fall activities, consider the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites, offering golf and wine tour packages, free hot breakfast, mineral pool and a hot tub for warming up on crisp Fall evenings.

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