Vacay.ca has teamed with Choice Hotels Canada to create a series of articles highlighting the best bargain hotel travel experiences in the country. Today, we check out the bike trails, beaches and wineries that have made Kelowna famous.
Story by Rod Charles
Vacay.ca Deputy Editor
After a beautiful weekend in Kelowna I begin to wonder if maybe – just maybe – I have inadvertently left the country without realizing it. If I didn’t know better, I might think I was in California or some dreamy Caribbean island.
Worry not, no border has been inadvertently crossed. Lying in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley on Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is an entertainment and culinary dream teeming with restaurants, breweries, wineries and a healthy nightlife.
Beaches abound in the area and like the countless wineries in this lush region there is something here for all tastes – even dogs are welcome at some of them. It’s also a healthy city, with a lovely shoreline and bike trails to keep locals and visitors active and happy.
A four hour drive from Vancouver, Kelowna isn’t a city you’re going to visit for a day – nor would you want to. Comfort Suites Kelowna (2656 Hwy 97 North – 1-250-861-1110) is a good place to begin your journey. Kelowna’s only All-Suites Hotel, Comfort Suites Kelowna is a 2014 Choice Gold award winner that’s only minutes away from the airport. This hotel offers an indoor heated pool, 40′ Cyclone Waterslide and hot tub, an on-site 24 hour business centre and free wireless high-speed Internet access. Comfort Suites Kelowna also offers free hot breakfast and a 24 hour exercise room. It’s a hotel with fitting amenities for a region like the Okanagan Valley.
Beaches: More beaches than you will ever visit. My suggestion is to pack some swimming gear and simply check out one of Kelowna’s wine trails. You won’t be on those trails long before running into a beach.
Wine: An awesome thing about Kelowna are all the different wineries in the region. Unless you are spending extended time in Kelowna you probably won’t be able to see them all, but you should try.
These include the Lake Country’s Scenic Sip route, the Kelowna Fab Five and Downtown Grapes and Grains trail, with each route featuring different wineries to be discovered. I opt for the Lakeshore Wine Route, which on top of the wineries also allows me to drive past several beaches and check out a fun and delicious place called Carmelis Goat Cheese.
Bikes: Trails to go for a bike ride in Kelowna are numerous, with trails that offer challenges for experts and beginners. Whether biking is your thing or not, one place you must check out is Myra Canyon.
After renting a bike from Myra Canyon Bike Rentals we head out on portion of the 11 kilometre Kettle Valley Runway (KVR), featuring two tunnels and 18 trestle bridges. With towering, jaw-dropping views I’m blown away by the beauty. This highly-scenic portion of the Kettle Valley Runway (KVR) runs along a steep-walled canyon. Originally built by hand at the turn of the last century, this impressive landmark is highlighted by 2 tunnels and 18 trestle bridges that are too spectacular for words. You can hike it or you can rent a bike through Myra Canyon Bike Rentals and cycle it.
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