Summer Activities in Kelowna
There are so many more outdoor adventure activities in the Okanagan to mention on their own pages, we will start here on this page and then create their own pages as we progress and grow.
ROCK CLIMBING: There are 5 really good climbing locations in the Kelowna area with new routes being discovered every year and a growing climbing community of all different skill levels.
The Boulderfields are located about 14km up the Gillard Forest Service Road just off the KVR rail bed. There is 3 crags with developed walls and climbs.
Lonely Crags are a short drive up Chute Lake FSR just above the Kettle Valley Housing Development.They have 12 routes in 5 crags.
Cedar Park Crags are just up the road from the Lonely Crags in the Cedar Mtn Regional Park off Chute Lake FSR. Cedar Park has 9 routes in 4 crags.
Mt Boucherie is located on the Westside along Boucherie road, sitting below the Mission Hill Estate Winery. There is no known mapped routes we found on this Mountain.
Christie Creek is situated north up Westside road in Fintry Provincial Park. There is a fabulous waterfall creating some great ice climbing for the skilled in the winter months and a few routes for the summer. www.kelownarockbc.com www.rockclimbing.com
Skaha Bluffs in Penticton is one of the original and still very popular climbing destination that is a little over an hours drive from Kelowna.
Beyond the Crux is an indoor climbing facility in Kelowna catering to the local climbers and the community alike. They are open all year long to help hone your climbing skills in the winter months. www.beyondthecrux.info
ZIP LINING & ADVENTURE PARKS: A fairly recent addition to Kelowna's adventure activities is Zip Lining.
There are 3 Zip lining companies near Kelowna, the newest being Wild Play Elements Park located about 20 minutes up Hwy 33 east of Kelowna. They offer an assortment of challenges like the Monkido Aerial Adventure, a tree top skills park, the Dragonfly Zip Lines and the Primal Swing.
Oyama Zipline is located north of Kelowna in Lake Country above Oyama overlooking Wood and Kalamalka Lake. They have over 70 acres with 7 different zip lines offering up to a 3hrs adventure with amazing vistas.
Zipzone is located 25 minutes south of Kelowna in Peachland with views of Okanagan Lake. They boast Canada's highest zip line at 380ft and one of the fastest and longest at 1800ft with 6 zip lines and a total of 6750ft in total length.
The Kelowna Mountain Bridges & Vineyards has a spectacular cliff walk across a 100 foot waterfall, a chairlift and four bridges over vineyards, one of which is the longest in North America. There are magnificent views, cliffs and rock faces making The Kelowna Mountain Bridges & Vineyards really breathtaking and unique.
Myra Canyon Adventure Park has a Ropes and Challenge Course right at the edge of Myra Canyon. Suited for all ages. Combine a trip with other activities available like Frisbee Golf, Slack Lines, hiking /biking the Kettle Valley Railway trail and its famous trestles or just enjoy the beautiful view over the canyon and Okanagan lake.
SKATEBOARDING: Since 2009 Kelowna has hosted the yearly Skylands Downhill skateboard race in mid June. Amazing action for spectators and participents alike await along this challenging course. Kelowna also has two skateparks, one located downtown at City Park and the other off Leathead Rd in Ben Lee Park.
GEOCACHING: Geocaching has become a really popular adventure sport with over 2 million registered users worldwide that will send you on an adventure looking for treasures hidden in the community with some clues and the use of your GPS skills. www.geocaching.com
HORSEBACK RIDING: Horseback is how the early settlers made their way into the Okanagan and is still a popular adventure sport in the Kelowna area. There's quite a few stables offering up lessons or trail rides throughout the valley like the Kelowna Stables @ Myra Canyon Ranch or Mandy And Me on the Westside.
HUNTING: The hunting is terrific around the Kelowna area with lots of white tail and mule deer, elk and moose. The popular areas are east on Hwy 33 out to Beaverdell, northeast by Beaver and Postil Lakes and the Westside. Check with local stores on hunting regulations in the area for open seasons.
FLYING: If you like the rush of heights there are a few adventure sports in Kelowna to discover. There's Ballooning on calm days with fabulous vistas of the valley, taking a tour in a Float Plane or a scenic Helicopter flight, Skydiving out by the Kelowna International Airport or Paragliding off of Blue Grouse Mtn over Okanagan Lake.
BIRD WATCHING: Birding in Kelowna brings locals and tourists from all over the world to check out our variety of different bird species available to see most of the year. Popular areas to check out are the Rotary Marshlands along Kelowna's city boardwalk, Maude-Roxby Bird Sanctuary, Chichester Bird Sanctuary, Carney Pond, Munson's Pond and Robert Lake. Central Okanagan Naturalists Club www.okanagannature.org and www.birding.bc.ca
ADVENTURE TOURISM: Have a professional guide plan your adventure tour through the Okanagan Valley, whether your here to ski, boat, golf, visit our world class wineries or any other adventure sport mentioned on these pages, you should be able to find a company to help you out.