July 17, 2013 | by Christina Van
It would take weeks to explore all corners of Kelowna on your summer vacation, and months to see just some of the best of the Okanagan. If you feel like heading out from your hotels in Kelowna and hitting the highway to see what else the valley has to offer, here are two great day trips in either direction.
North to Enderby
Located at the very tip of the Okanagan and about an hour drive from your Kelowna hotel, Enderby is a great tourism destination for everyone in the family (including Rufus), and for several reasons.
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The Enderby Cliffs make for a great day-trip activity because they offer breakthtaking city and valley views as well as the chance to check out volcanic sediment and fossils.
(Photo by Enderby Chamber)
Tubing along the Shuswap River. Enderby is the launch pad for a handful of tubing adventures where you can relax and soak in the wildlife. The Shuswap River, a salmon spawning ground, can be calm as well as wild depending on the weather and time of year, so be sure to read up on how to prepare for your Enderby tube floating trip.
Hiking the Enderby Cliffs. Breathtaking views, volcanic rock, rare birds and fossils are just some of the highlights of this outdoor adventure. Towering above the city, the Enderby Cliffs and its provincial park are a summer hotspot for tourists and locals alike.
Watching movies at the drive-in. The Starlight Drive-in is one of the few remaining drive-in theatres in BC and in the country. Showing new releases as well as classics under the stars as if it were the ‘60s, this is one Okanagan attraction you won’t want to miss. Plus, your furry friends are welcome, so bring them along while staying at a Kelowna pet-friendly hotel!
South to Summerland
Summerland is a mere 35-minute drive from most Kelowna hotels, and it’s time well spent. This scenic and historic community offers tourists a taste of the Okanagan they won’t find anywhere else in the valley. Here are three of Summerland’s must-see attractions, after the jump.
Complete your experience while visiting the Kettle Valley Steam Railway by participating in the "Great Train Robbery". This frightening part of pioneer life, now made fun, is followed by a BBQ dinner and live music.
(Photo by Kettle Valley Steam Railway)
Riding the Kettle Valley Steam Railway. A 10-mile section of this historic railway has been preserved so you can take in views of vineyards and orchards as well as the stunning Okanagan Lake. Take a trip back in time during your ride on a restored 1912 steam locomotive traveling on tracks that brought the valley’s fruit to the rest of North America.
Walking through the Summerland Ornamental Gardens. You’ll see more than roses, rocks, butterflies and hummingbirds during your tour of the Ornamental Gardens. This impressive and incredibly well-tended 15-acre garden allows visitors the chance to walk above Trout Creek Canyon and take in views of Okanagan Lake as well as Giant’s Head Mountain.
If you’re the outdoors type, check out our post on three must-do adventure activities close to Kelowna.