Kelowna offers a myriad of water sports including sailing, power boating, canoeing, water skiing, swimming and fishing. There are three Yacht Clubs (Kelowna, Westbank and Peachland) and five Marinas (Kelowna (2), Winfield, Lake Okanagan Resort, Peachland), as well as numerous beaches on the Okanagan Lake, Wood Lake and Kalamalka Lake for swimming. There is an abundance of fishing for Kokanee and Trout in the Okanagan Lake as well as the 13 mountain lakes within a short distance.
Field sports including Soccer, football, baseball, lawn bowling, riding (English and Western) are also popular within the valley.
Since the 1920's, a golf tradition in Kelowna has led to the construction of ten stunning courses in the city, all less than 30 minutes from downtown. The hospitality industry, working with our growing list of courses provides attractively priced packages that make a stay in the city for the purpose of a golf holiday affordable.
Kelowna prides itself in offering a challenge for every level of golf, from par three courses to challenging world class course designs.
The golf season usually begins in March and ends in November. With only about 13 inches of precipitation annually and an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine, Kelowna makes for dynamic golf weather.
Waterslides and Parks
The Central Okanagan has a number of excellent waterslides and parks for the amusement of old and young alike.
There are active community clubs with private and public facilities.
A wide selection throughout the Okanagan allows for enjoyment by all levels of fitness and inclination.
Big White Ski Resort is located 55 kilometers from Kelowna on the edge of the Canadian Monashees. With over 1,200 acres of skiable terrain, Big White offers 57 runs, full resort facilities including ski shops, grocery store, liquor store, restaurants, medical centre, day care centre, hot tubs, fun centre, lounges with live entertainment, horse drawn sleigh rides and more. Accommodation facilities in the village can handle 4,700 guests with ski-in and ski-out available.
Attaining an elevation of 2,319 metres at the summit, there are nine lifts, including three high-speed quads. This years improvements include a new halfpipe, a skating rink and RV park in the village. This resort also offers an excellent international ski school, 25 kilometres of cross-country runs, and night skiing.
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, located on the west side of Lake Okanagan. At an elevation of 4,100 feet, this resort is a family hill offering both day and night time skiing and après ski facilities, including a double chair and two T-bars, cafeteria, lounge, ski shop, and rentals.
Silver Star Mountain Resort, about 60 kilometres north of Kelowna, has been gaining national attention as a year-round resort with the addition of the High Altitude Training Centre and Chilcoot Conference Centre, many kilometres of paved pathways for roller skiing, roller blading and cycling or mountain biking during the summer.
With over 400 hectares of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of 760 metres, this resort offers 61 runs and eight lifts operating during the ski season. Other new additions include added food and beverage outlet for après ski on the North face, a new grooming machine and expansion of the skating pond in the village. There are 25 kilometres of groomed trails for cross-country skiing at the base of the Village.
Apex Alpine Resort, located near Penticton features 45 ski trails that descent 660 metres, one snowboarding halfpipe, 1,120 acres served by five lifts, as well as 12 kilometres plus of groomed and track set Nordic skiing and a 1 kilometre groomed night-lit loop.
Year Round Recreation
Racquet Clubs - (racquet ball, squash & tennis)
Five Pin: Kelowna, Westbank, Winfield, Rutland, Peachland
Roller Rink - The Boardwalk, Kelowna
These are some of the major recreational facilities, but this is not a complete listing.