Kelowna Tourism

Kelowna (/kəˈloʊnə/) is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley, in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. It serves as the head office of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Its name derives from an Okanagan language term for "grizzly bear". Kelowna is the third largest metropolitan area in the province and ranks as the 22nd largest in Canada, with a population of 179,839 in 2011. Nearby communities include the City of West Kelowna (also referred to as Westbank, Westside) to the west across Okanagan Lake, Lake Country and Vernon to the north, as well as Peachland to the southwest and, further to the south, Summerland and Penticton.


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Essential travel information and Kelowna tips for your visit

  • Do visit Kelowna Visitor Info Center for detailed information about the attractions and events in the City. Also, the staff will help you out with maps or if you are having any trouble with the directions in the City.
  • Do carry sunscreen and first aid kit – might come in handy while you are on the go.
  • Carry a good pair shoes for the hike and biking, swim wear for the beach sports and other gear you might require based on the season you are planning to visit Kelowna.
  • Smoking in public places is prohibited.
  • It is not mandatory but is considered polite if you tip the staff of any restaurant, bar or spa. Tips are not part of your bill and you can tip the staff based on your experience and how satisfied you are with the service provided.
  • U.S. citizens need to have a valid U.S. passport and for other International visitors – a valid passport and the required travel visa.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Kelowna

  • Know the pollution level of Kelowna before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 18 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 34.52 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 30 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 20.24 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 22.62 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 15.79 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Kelowna for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kelowna.

    • Burglary and Theft 57.03 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.31 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 49.21 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 30.42 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 46.83 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 62.1 (High)
    • Attacks 41.94 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 76.21 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.78 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 33.33 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 49.15 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 29.44 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 69.76 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Kelowna is 167.3 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 47.29 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 59.65 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 23.34 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.09 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 68.43 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 71.3 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.36 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 103.9 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kelowna

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.3 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.72 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.32 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.1 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 47.97 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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