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Top 10 Things to Do in Kelowna, BC

Kelowna is a city experiencing dynamic exponential increase in population. The lakeside community has grown into a fascinating famous resort. The city is unique for its sandy beaches and more than 2000 hours of sunshine a year. Here are top ten thing to do in Kelowna

1. Lake Okanagan

The lake Okanagun extends to the shorelines of most major Okanagan communities including Vernon in the north with Kelowna being in the center, and Penticton to the south. It is the breathtaking recreation playground for inhabitants and tourists alike. It is the perfect place for newlywed couples to have their honeymoon.

2. Big White Ski Resort

The Big White Mountain features an average of about 7.5 meters of the glorious white snow, falling in winter. The family-friendly spot offers tourists a range of ski runs, winter activities. There are also befitting accommodations and dining centers for family to end the day.

3. Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park

Even though the Kettle Valley Railway has stopped working, interesting activities never cease to happen in Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park. The historic trestles and tunnels that have become a renowned trail with bikers and hikers maximizing their fun. Myra Canyon runs through 18 trestles with far-up views and heads through two tunnels. There are bikes for rent at the Myra Station parking lot for visitors to make their coming worthwhile.

4. SS Sicamous Okanagan Heritage Museum

Located on the Penticton waterfront is the S.S. Sicamous Okanagan Heritage Museum. It features fascinating collection of historical objects and artefacts including the 1914 S.S. Naramata Tugboat and a 1907 steamship, the S.S. Okanagan sternwheeler. The museum entertains numerous number of tourists daily and it is certainly a perfect spot for hangout with friends.

5. Silver Star Mountain Resort

Silver Star Mountain Resort is a vertical drop of 760 meters and ski-in, ski-out access. In summer, visitors climb the mountain for peek views, trails, and biking on the mountain. In complement to this nice serene resort are restaurants, hotels, condominiums, and shops where tourists can take a bite and also rest their heads.

6. BC Orchard Industry Museum

One of the places a tourist must not skip on his/her adventure in Kelowna is the BC Orchard Industry Museum. The museum exhibits including artifacts and information packed on processing, home preserving, and fruit picking. The exhibits also tell the story of how Okanagan Valley’s evolved from cattle range to the enthralling manicured orchards existing today.

7. Summerland

Most of the township of Summerland is on a terrace above Lake Okanagan, amid fruit trees. The orchards provide the main industry in the town, with a history that dates back to the 1890s. Visitors can sample from roadside fruit vendors that line the highways in the summer, or head to Summerland Sweets for tastings. There are also a number of walking trails, benches, and picnic sites.

8. Vaseux Lake Provincial Park

Vaseux Lake Provincial Park is situated in the south of Penticton. It is a small campground with four-kilometer-long lake. It is a harbor for birds; the Canada Geese nest and rare Trumpeter Swans that make a stopover during migration. The lake is also an abode to a numerous species of fish turning it to a famous fishing location. Other wildlife in the park includes beaver, deer, muskrat, rabbit, and more.

9. Oliver

Oliver is a small town surrounded by orchards, the small town came into existence after the historic First World War when the Canadian government compensated the soldiers who survived with irrigated land. One of the captivating spot a tourist must visit is the town Oliver and District Heritage Society Museum, which has rotating exhibits exploring the natural history of the Canadian desert, pioneer days, or the old mining town of Fairview (1887 to 1906). The museum is a nice spot for family to begin their adventure in the region.

10. Peachland

Located on the shores of Lake Okanagan, between Kelowna and Penticton is Peachland. The settlement lives from its thriving orchards and is tagged as a popular center of tourist attraction. It offers a walk to the Hardy falls which is a popular excursion and is wheelchair accessible to handicaps. Visitors can engage in activities such as golfing, hiking, horseback riding.

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