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"My Kelowna :)" Top 5 Page for this destination Kelowna by dinhyen

Kelowna Travel Guide: 88 reviews and 188 photos

Kelowna is a picturesque town in the heart of BC's Okanagan Valley. In days of old, the main industry of the region was fruit-growing. Today, orchards and vineyards still dot the landscape, but the region's focus has shifted towards tourism. Lake Okanagan, which forms the western border of Kelowna, is a popular recreational area. The heart of the city, formerly the warehouse district, has also been revitalized and is now home to many cultural attractions and even a casino.

We stayed in Winfield, about 15 minutes north of Kelowna, for a week. The area has very pleasant weather, perfect for relaxation and for retirees, of whom there are many :) By the end of the week we were itching to get back on the road.

Ogopogo is a legendary monster which inhabits Lake Okanagan. It's reminiscent of Nessie in Scotland: it's got a serpentine body and a long neck that cranes out of the water, and it's about as elusive as Elvis. Numerous sightings have been reported over the years but there are no concrete evidence. If you happen to be by the lake, keep an eye out for him.

"On the Beach", a group of 5 bronze sunbathing figures by Geert Maas, has a permanent home on the Waterfront Park. The well-known artist favors abstract shapes fashioned in mixed media. He maintains a gallery in Kelowna, Geert Maas' Sculpture Garden and Gallery, where visitors can explore some of his remarkable works.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Tourist-friendly town; pleasant weather; abundance of fresh fruit and vegetable; many family-oriented recreational activities.
  • Cons:Perhaps just a little too family-oriented :)
  • In a nutshell:Don't expect to be blown away by the nightlife here.
  • Last visit to Kelowna: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jun 17, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    My bestfriend booked there for her wedding, $1500 for 2 hours. Time was almost up the owner or manager Jackie? was tapping her watch at them and the photographer. Wow! Militant, not worth the money.

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    May 29, 2003 at 12:12 AM

    Doesn't look like you had any film problems!! All of your photos are AWESOME as usual!! Those shots of the Flowers really jump out of my monitor!!

  • phil_uk_net's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2003 at 7:20 AM

    I'd never heard of this place until a couple of years ago when I met someone from Kelowna. More great pics, Yen. Perhaps you should give up your day job at the burger joint and take up photography seriously?

  • Apr 5, 2003 at 8:38 AM

    Lovely photographs! (I'm going this summer!)

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2002 at 8:54 PM

    I had a great time here & was actually contemplating retiring in this city one day! Beautiful page!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2002 at 12:05 PM

    Looks like a great place to relax

  • Carmanah's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2002 at 10:58 PM

    Haha... I spent a lot of summers here w/my family. You're right - beautiful, though family-oriented


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