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Important Tips for Renting a Boat Near Kelowna Hotels

September 01, 2014

Boat rentals near Kelowna hotels give your family a fun way to explore and make memories on Okanagan Lake.

Source: Kelowna Downtown Marina


There is no better way to spend the hot Okanagan summers than to cruise along the lakeshore in your very own boat rental while vacationing at one of the many centrally located Kelowna hotels. With 135 kilometres of clear, blue water reaching from Kelowna to Penticton, Okanagan Lake is the perfect place to spend the day soaking up the sun while playing in the water.    

When preparing for a day trip on the water, follow these helpful tips to get the most out of your boat rental experience.


Remember the essentials

Items like sunscreen, towels, bottles of water, snacks, and clothing are often forgotten when rushing to spend the day on the lake. Many Kelowna hotels can provide you with these items; just ask at the front desk before leaving. Taking just a few minutes before you leave to round up these things can keep you out on the water and enjoying the sun longer.


Understand the rules of the water

Before hitting the open water, make sure the driver has proof of competency for driving a boat. People operating a boat they own in BC need to show their Pleasure Craft Operator Card when asked. If you’re renting a boat, however, a guide will walk you through provincial boating regulations and how to safely operate a boat.


Wear life jackets

Ensure every adult and little adventurer onboard has a properly fitted lifejacket. It’s important to make sure children wear their lifejackets at all times while riding in the boat or being towed behind it.


Towropes and water toys

A lot of boat rental companies will provide towropes, wakeboards, tubes, and other fun boat-towing toys for little to no extra cost. The best part of boating is having fun behind the boat, so take advantage of these rentals when choosing a boat for rent.


Boat rental sizes

If you’ve got a large crew ready to jump aboard your boat rental, consider renting a party barge or a larger speedboat with enough seats to accommodate everyone. If your family is really into wakesurfing, make sure you choose a boat built to create large wakes. If you’re alone on the hunt for the perfect boat, a Sea-Doo may be your best bet for zipping along the lakeshore and crashing around in the waves.


If you’re looking for the perfect the boat rental near Kelowna hotels, check out our post Kelowna Boat Rentals at Downtown Marina.    


When looking for a hotel located close to the Downtown Marina, consider the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelown Hotel & Suites, offering a fully-equipped fitness facility, mineral pool, spa, courtyard, free breakfast, and more. 

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