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Three Great Rainy Day Activities Near Kelowna Hotels

September 05, 2013

Even Kelowna, one of Canada’s sunniest cities, has rainy days. If you’re visiting the Okanagan in the fall and you’re looking for indoor activities near Kelowna hotels, the city has some great sites and attractions.

Here are three fun and unique things to do on a rainy day in Kelowna.

The Geert Maas Sculpture Gardens and Gallery

Bronze snakes, sun bathers and giant goddesses are just some of the sights you’ll see at the Geert Maas Sculpture Gardens and Gallery. Here you’ll find one of Canada’s largest collections of bronze sculptures, housed in the indoor gallery and outdoors in an idyllic garden.

Both self-guided tours feature the two and three-dimension work of internationally acclaimed artist Geert Maas. His works, which also include paintings, reliefs and medallic art, have been shown around the world, including in London and Paris.  The Gardens Gallery and Studio are located on Reynolds Road, just off Highway 97 where many Kelowna hotels are located.

Geert Maas Sculpture Gardens and Gallery
Photo from Tourism Kelowna


Okanagan Spirits

Warm up and take in another side of the valley’s fruit and beverage industry with a tour of the Okanagan Spirits distillery. Both Vernon and Kelowna locations feature working, copper-pot Stills that create 25 varieties of award-winning spirits.

See how this world class distillery uses 100 per cent BC fruit to create a unique selection of spirits, including brandies, liquers, grappa, aquavit, gin, vodka, whisky and their signature Taboo Genuine Absynthe. During your tour, you’ll also find the newly released bottles of the Laird of Fintry, a highly anticipated small batch of six-year single malt whiskey. Bottoms up!

Okanagan Spirits
Photo from Okanagan Spirits


The Historic Laurel Packinghouse

This must-see tourist stop is home to three amazing places: the BC Orchard Industry Museum, the BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop, and the Laurel Packinghouse building itself, a nationally designated heritage landmark.

Learn more about the Okanagan’s agricultural heritage at the Laurel’s two museums. The BC Orchard Industry Museum showcases how the valley’s farmers shifted from raising cattle to apples. The BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop tells the story of growing grapes and making wine in the Okanagan, and sells some of BC’s best wines.

Kelowna Laurel Packinghouse
Photo from Kelowna Museums


Looking for things to do in the spring or summer? Check out our post on three must-do adventure activities close to your Kelowna hotel.


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