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Kelowna vacation rentals – a vine how do you do

Think of Kelowna as British Columbia's answer to California's Napa Valley. It's the largest city sitting on the shores of breathtaking Okanagan Lake, with a cosmopolitan lakeside downtown, charming rural countryside, and numerous opportunities for exploring the great outdoors. It's a golf and hiking destination in summer, and a playground for skiers and snowboarders in winter. Whether you're on a bonding trip with family and friends, a romantic getaway with the sweetie, or a solo journey of self-discovery, Kelowna vacation rentals will let you savour everything the city has to offer.

History

The first Europeans who settled in the area now known as Kelowna were French Roman Catholic Oblate missionaries led by Father Charles Pandosy, who arrived in 1860. The site of his mission was carefully restored, and some of the original buildings still stand today. Connecting the whole of Canada by rail was a challenge in the country's early modern history, and one of the major achievements of the country's railway engineers is the Myra Canyon Trestles. Trains don't run through Myra Canyon anymore, but it forms part of British Columbia's extensive recreational trails network.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Kelowna

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Kelowna a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Mission Creek Golf Club (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Michaelbrook Ranch Golf Club (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Beaumont Family Estate Winery (3.3 mi / 5.4 km)
  • H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Volcanic Hills Estate Winery (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Little Straw Vineyard (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Kelowna

Kelowna is famous for its panoramic lake views, picturesque gardens and wildlife. Whether you're an active traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Kelowna is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Kasugai Gardens (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • City Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Waterfront Park (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Guisachan Heritage Park (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Knox Mountain Park (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Okanagan Lake (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Kelowna

Fly into Kelowna, BC (YLW-Kelowna Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Penticton, BC (YYF-Penticton Regional), which is 29.8 mi (48 km) away.

How to get around

A bike will take you places from Kelowna vacation rentals

Kelowna's neighbourhoods are compact enough that you can easily walk from your vacation rental to your destination. The downtown area is especially pleasant to explore on foot thanks to the abundance of lake and mountain views. But if you want speed and convenience, bike rentals are your best bet. The city does have a public transit system, though; the Kelowna Regional Transit System operates a number of bus routes that run around the city and connect it to neighbouring towns in Okanagan Valley.

Food & drink 

Sample Kelowna's best offerings from your vacation rental

Kelowna is a foodie paradise. With a strong farm-to-table heritage, more than 40 wineries, and numerous restaurants boasting lake or mountain views, it's hard not to get spoilt by the culinary delights Kelowna has to offer. Whether you're craving pizza, steak, sushi, or tapas, you're sure to find a restaurant that serves it here. If you can't decide where to eat, check out the farmers' market. Here, you can buy all the organic produce, grass-fed meats, delectable cheeses, and international ingredients you need to whip up your own culinary delight – just don't forget to pick up cherries for dessert.

Essential info

Get to know Kelowna vacation rentals with these fast facts

Kelowna is in Okanagan Valley, 390.4 kilometres away from Vancouver and 603.2 kilometres away from Calgary. It's a relatively young city, settled in 1879 and incorporated as a city in 1905. It occupies an area of 211.82 square kilometres, and it's home to nearly 130,000 people. English is the primary language in the city, though you're likely to hear other languages spoken there. More than 6% of Kelowna's population belong to minority groups, mostly from Asia. Kelowna enjoys dry summers and mild winters, making it an ideal year-round holiday destination. Make sure to pack layered outfits, as evenings can get chilly.

Where to stay near Kelowna?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,204 house rentals near Kelowna. From 446 Houses to 109 Cottages, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Kelowna for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Kelowna?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kelowna:

  • North End: 290 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 278 vacation rentals
  • South Pandosy: 211 vacation rentals
  • North Glenmore: 76 vacation rentals
  • Black Mountain: 22 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Kelowna?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Kelowna. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kelowna General Hospital: 1,181 home rentals
  • Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm: 1,111 home rentals
  • Tower Ranch Golf Club: 1,157 home rentals
  • UBC-Okanagan: 1,183 home rentals
  • Kelowna Golf and Country Club: 1,185 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kelowna listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kelowna?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 446 Houses in Kelowna. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kelowna include:

  • Cottages: 109 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 519 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 109 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kelowna?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 678 vacation homes with pool available in Kelowna.

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