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Top 5 Reasons to Spend Your Summer Vacation in the Okanagan

April 08, 2013

Relax and enjoy the Okanagan's Attractions

Take home memories of a warm sun, stunning beaches and boating adventures after your Kelowna family vacation.

(Photo by Tourism Kelowna)

Thinking about spending the family holiday in the Okanagan? Like many families, you’re probably already looking for hotels in Kelowna and things to do.

If you’re not already convinced, here are the top five reasons why you should spend your summer vacation in Kelowna:


1. Lakes

Boating, diving, canoeing, fishing, swimming, sun-bathing—the Okanagan has a lake for you. All Kelowna hotels are just a short a drive or even walk from any one of 30 beaches and the shores of our biggest and most popular waters, Lake Okanagan, stretching all the way from Vernon to Penticton. The nearby Wood Lake is a great spot for fishing in the Okanagan, and the azure waters of Kalamalka Lake, which runs from Vernon to Lake Country, is a popular spot for water sports.   


2. Golf

Golfing in Kelowna is said to be among the best in Canada. With dozens of courses, several world-class and designed by champions, amazing views of lakes and vineyards, heaps of sun and little wind, the Okanagan is a golf-lover’s paradise.

Staying at hotels in Kelowna gives you the chance to golf up and down the valley on an Okanagan golf trip you’ll never forget. Check out Kelowna hotels’ golf packages so you can play all day and pay less.


3. Wine

The Okanagan is the Napa of the North. There are 25 wineries in Kelowna alone, including the renowned Mission Hill Family Estate and Quail’s Gate. Across the entire Okanagan Valley, you can sip your way through 200 vineyards, many offering delectable, locally grown dishes and overlooking incredible lake views.

By staying at hotels in Kelowna, you can easily take in BC’s impressive Okanagan wine trail. There are also some great wine tour packages to help you explore our wine country.


4. Fruit

During the summer in Kelowna, every week another delicious fruit appears at fruit stands, from peaches and plums to cherries and apples.

Your family can enjoy delicious, fresh-picked fruit by visiting area orchards or by visiting the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, BC’s biggest market. The Best Western in Kelowna is close enough you could walk to the market and carry back your bag of wonderful fruit finds.


5. Festivals

Yes, there are music festivals in Kelowna too. The second annual Keloha Music and Arts Festival, July 5-7, 2013, brings dozens of funk, rock, and pop bands to the Kelowna Waterfront Park. Across the Okanagan, music festivals grace the summer with the renowned Roots & Blues Festival in Salmon Arm to the soulful Komasket Music Festival on the Westside shores of Okanagan Lake.


Spend your family vacation in Kelowna and enjoy all the Okanagan has to offer from the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotels & Suites. Our pet-friendly Kelowna hotel offers a mineral pool, spa, hot tubs, courtyards, free breakfast and parking, and more. Book your room today!

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