Kelowna travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kelowna

With a population of 125,109, Kelowna is a must-see destination in British Columbia, Canada. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Kelowna deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Activities & attractions in Kelowna

Where to Eat in Kelowna

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Italian Kitchen Lake Country (415 Commonwealth Road) and OAK + CRU Social Kitchen & Wine Bar (1310 Water St) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Social 242 Lounge & Grill (242 Lawrence Ave.) and Friends of Dorothy - Kelowna (315 Lawrence Ave) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Kelowna.

When to visit Kelowna

Kelowna in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 144
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kelowna in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 144
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Kelowna in July, when the average temperature is 20 °C, and the highest can go up to 28 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is December, when it can get as cold as -6 °C, with an average temperature of -3 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 46 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Kelowna, with an average rainfall of 19 mm.

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How to Get to Kelowna

Plane

When flying to Kelowna, you’ll arrive at Kelowna (YLW), which is located 7 miles from the city centre Airlines that fly from Canada to Kelowna include Air North, Air Canada and Air France. The shortest domestic flight to Kelowna departs from Vancouver and takes around 50m.

Car

Another option to get to Kelowna is to pick up a car rental from Vancouver, which is about 168 miles from Kelowna. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Routes Car & Truck Rentals, among others, in Vancouver.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Kelowna, including Rider Express, Ebus and Bus. From Abbotsford, the bus ride to Kelowna takes 260 miles and will cost you around C$ 144. From Vancouver, the ticket costs about C$ 144 for a journey of 310 miles. The most popular bus station is Kelowna Downtown, located 0.4 miles from downtown Kelowna. Kelowna West Kelowna is also a commonly used station, and is 4 miles from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Kelowna, you’ll arrive at Kelowna (YLW), which is located 7 miles from the city centre Airlines that fly from Canada to Kelowna include Air North, Air Canada and Air France. The shortest domestic flight to Kelowna departs from Vancouver and takes around 50m.

Car

Another option to get to Kelowna is to pick up a car rental from Vancouver, which is about 168 miles from Kelowna. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Routes Car & Truck Rentals, among others, in Vancouver.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Kelowna, including Rider Express, Ebus and Bus. From Abbotsford, the bus ride to Kelowna takes 260 miles and will cost you around C$ 144. From Vancouver, the ticket costs about C$ 144 for a journey of 310 miles. The most popular bus station is Kelowna Downtown, located 0.4 miles from downtown Kelowna. Kelowna West Kelowna is also a commonly used station, and is 4 miles from the city centre.

Airports near Kelowna

Airlines serving Kelowna

Lufthansa
Good (4,573 reviews)
KLM
Good (850 reviews)
SWISS
Good (919 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,593 reviews)
Air France
Good (971 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,920 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,481 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,655 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (914 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,447 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (481 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (774 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (454 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (955 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (818 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (991 reviews)
Air China
Good (30 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (529 reviews)
Philippine Airlines
Good (669 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,732 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kelowna

Average rates range from around C$ 309 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 190 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kelowna - East and Lake Country Inn.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kelowna

Most booked hotels in Kelowna

TownePlace Suites by Marriott West Kelowna
3 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 159+
The Cove Lakeside Resort
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 247+
Coast Capri Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 177+
Comfort Suites Kelowna
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 156+
Ramada by Wyndham Kelowna Hotel & Conference Center
3 stars
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
C$ 135+
Super 8 by Wyndham Lake Country/Winfield Area
2 stars
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
C$ 106+

Renting a car in Kelowna

Renting a car in Kelowna costs C$ 63 per day, on average, or C$ 126 if you want to rent it for 2 days. Driving Force, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Kelowna is the Hertz branch at 5533 Airport Way, which is 7 miles from the downtown.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Kelowna.

Expect to pay C$ 1.94 per litre in Kelowna (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 23.19 and C$ 30.92. The most frequently booked car type in Kelowna is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Mazda Mazda2 or similar) are, on average, 57% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Kelowna costs C$ 63 per day, on average, or C$ 126 if you want to rent it for 2 days. Driving Force, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Kelowna is the Hertz branch at 5533 Airport Way, which is 7 miles from the downtown.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Kelowna.

Expect to pay C$ 1.94 per litre in Kelowna (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 23.19 and C$ 30.92. The most frequently booked car type in Kelowna is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Mazda Mazda2 or similar) are, on average, 57% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.