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Holidays to Kelowna

Kelowna is surrounded by beautiful countryside including orchards and vineyards – in fact, there are many wineries in the area and Kelowna has a growing international reputation for its wines. It also hosts spring, summer and fall wine festivals. Several beaches provide excellent opportunities for swimming, boating, water-skiing, windsurfing and fishing, while golf enthusiasts are well catered for with several championship level courses in the area. When winter approaches, it is time to head to the mountains where skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and the other outdoor pursuits available make holidays in Kelowna attractive all year round. The slopes of the Big White and Silver Star ski resorts on the edge of the Monashee Mountains are about an hour’s drive from the city.

The Cultural District downtown covers a six-block area and plays a major part in making Kelowna holidays so appealing. This vibrant area has become a hub for artists, and there are a wealth of galleries, museums, theatres, boutique shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants for visitors to check out. The city has invested in a collection of public art which has enhanced the area, and there is a regular programme of exhibitions, events, and festivals. The downtown streets have a friendly bustle about them encouraged by the Kelowna Buskers Programme, which provides dedicated Busk Stops for local and travelling musicians and performers.

The name Kelowna comes from the term for grizzly bear used by the Salish Indians, and visitors on Kelowna holidays are invited to search for Ogopogo, a mysterious monster rumoured to inhabit Okanagan Lake. The legend of Ogopogo dates back over 100 years to stories told by the Salish people, and there have been numerous reported sightings of the creature since then. Whatever the truth is, it is an entertaining part of the local folklore, and there is even a statue of the imaginary beast.

Okanagan Lake is a marvellous natural phenomenon over 125 kilometres in length and five kilometres wide in some places. The lake plays a vital role in the life of Kelowna, and numerous beaches and parks can be found along the shoreline. It also provides excellent fishing with rainbow trout and kokanee salmon swimming in its waters. Those taking longer holidays in Kelowna may also want to visit the other cities in Okanagan Valley, including Vernon and Penticton.

Kelowna features all the attractions of a major city despite having a population of just over 100,000, and even has its own international airport – the tenth busiest in Canada. The 6,000-seat Prospera Place Arena is home to Kelowna Rockets ice hockey team, and other places of interest in the city include the Rotary Centre for the Arts in the Cultural District, and Waterfront Park.


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