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Must-do Activities When Tying the Knot at Hotels in Kelowna

May 22, 2015

dragon boat on Okanagan Lake in Kelowna

Transform your wedding party into a paddling crew as you enjoy a dragonboating excursion during your stay at one of the hotels in Kelowna.

Photo by Tourism Kelowna

You’ve come to the Okanagan to say the two most meaningful, heart-felt words to the one you love—I do. Many engaged couples choose to stay at hotels in Kelowna for their nuptials, and for good reason. The valley offers a variety of stunning wedding backdrops, and there’s also plenty for couples, wedding parties and guests to do before the big day.

It goes without saying that you’ll want to do a few wine tastings at the local vineyards—and they’re easy enough to find—but for something a little different, try some of these activities:


Team Building at its Best

If you’re looking for an outing that will provide some bonding for you and your wedding group, the Kelowna Dragon Boat Club hosts a series of ‘Try It Day’ outings for would-be paddlers.

For couples with a competitive edge, the club is hosting the eighth annual Kelowna International Dragon Boat Festival, Aug. 28-30, 2015. This event, held at Tugboat Bay in Waterfront Park, attracts hundreds of families, groups and individuals looking for an exhilarating paddle out on Okanagan Lake.


For Wine-Loving Athletes

Every year, fun-loving runners descend on the city for the Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon. Instead of slurping back a post-race energy gel, you get to sip varietals from some of the regions best wineries. This year’s event goes Sunday, Sept. 6.

If you don’t want to wait to cross the finish line to get your drink on, then the Half-Corked Marathon, held every May in Oliver, features a plethora of wine tasting stations along the route.


A Code-Cracking Good Time

For those who prefer a more cerebral experience, one of Kelowna’s newest entertainment opportunities—EXIT Kelowna—is a must-do activity. You and your party are placed in a room filled with clues and codes you must solve to escape the room (don't worry, they'll let you out after the 45 minutes of gameplay is up if you can't solve it). You’re on the clock, so you and your wedding guests will have to think fast. There are four game themes, including:

  • Ninja House
  • Black Ops
  • Mystic Jungle
  • Mannequins

It’s conveniently located on Highway 97, about a block away from BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites.


Kettle Valley Steam Railway

Wedding goers who would rather enjoy a leisurely day trip will love the Kettle Valley Steam Railway in Summerland. Less than an hour’s drive from most hotels in Kelowna, this sightseeing treasure allows you to experience firsthand a unique part of the Okanagan’s history.

For more romantic activities to do during your stay, read A Romantic Weekend at Kelowna Hotels: Why Not?.


Are you looking for entertaining ways to spend your wedding holiday while you stay at hotels in Kelowna? The friendly staff at BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites can help you organize a variety of day trips that’ll impress you and your group. Best of all, once the day is done, you can reminisce about your adventures over a hearty meal at The Italian Table restaurant next door.

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