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. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Kelowna has to offer.

Where to Eat in Kelowna

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Italian Kitchen Lake Country (415 Commonwealth Road) and DunnEnzies Pizza (4638 Lakeshore Rd) 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 October
Estimated hotel price
C$ 162
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kelowna in October
Estimated hotel price
C$ 162
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


When flying to Kelowna, you’ll arrive at Kelowna (YLW), which is located 11 km 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.


Another option to get to Kelowna is to pick up a car rental from Vancouver, which is about 270 km from Kelowna. You’ll find branches of Turo and Discount Car & Truck Rentals, among others, in Vancouver.


You can travel by bus to Kelowna using Ebus or Rider Express. From Abbotsford, the bus ride to Kelowna takes 418 km and will cost you around C$ 129. From Vancouver, the ticket costs about C$ 172 for a journey of 523 km. The most popular bus station is Kelowna Downtown, located 0.6 km from downtown Kelowna. Kelowna West Kelowna is also a commonly used station, and is 6 km from the city centre.

Airports near Kelowna

Airlines serving Kelowna

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Air France
Good (628 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,597 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,688 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (2,590 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
Good (3,417 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (210 reviews)
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Korean Air
Excellent (448 reviews)
Japan Airlines
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LATAM Airlines
Good (921 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (273 reviews)
Philippine Airlines
Good (331 reviews)
American Airlines
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Where to stay in Kelowna

Average rates range from around C$ 285 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 228 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

Adela's Bed and Breakfast
Excellent (9.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 225+
Hotel Kelowna & Conference Centre
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 374+
Coast Capri Hotel
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 233+
Comfort Suites Kelowna
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 189+
Super 8 by Wyndham Lake Country/Winfield Area
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
C$ 128+
Ramada by Wyndham Kelowna Hotel & Conference Center
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
C$ 170+

Renting a car in Kelowna

Renting a car in Kelowna costs C$ 62 per day, on average, or C$ 125 if you want to rent it for 2 days. Driving Force, Avis and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Kelowna is the Budget branch at 14-5533 Kelowna Intl Apt, which is 11 km from the downtown.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 8% cheaper than airport locations in Kelowna.

Expect to pay C$ 1.80 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$ 21.57 and C$ 28.76. The most frequently booked car type in Kelowna is Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard rental cars (Mazda Mazda6 or similar) are, on average, 61% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.