Destination guide

Waterfront Kelowna—lake it or leave it

On the shore of the scenic Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is a laid-back town that's known for its lakefront beaches, epic natural beauty, and a wealth of year-round outdoor activities. Nature lovers flock to the town for its boating, fishing, and hiking in the summer, and its ample sites for downhill and cross-country skiing during the winter. It's also home to a number of museums, wineries, parks, and independent restaurants and cafes. With a Kelowna vacation rental, you'll feel just like a local British Columbian in this charming, lakeside community.

Things to do

From zins to zen, Kelowna has it going on

Thanks to the mild climate of the Okanagan Valley, you can find a number of vineyards and wineries in the region, and wine tasting is a hit with couples and groups. At the Okanagan Mission museum, a preserved 19th-century building, you can learn about the area's native people and its Catholic settlers. Or you can get all zen at the tranquil Kasugai Garden—here, you can stroll along walking paths, through landscaped gardens featuring Japanese plants, a koi pond, and a number of serene, stone-and-wood buildings.


Getting back to nature in outdoorsy Kelowna

With the lake at your doorstep and plenty of mountains, forests, and parks in the surrounding area, Kelowna is truly a paradise for the outdoorsy. Boating and watersports on Okanagan Lake are popular, and you can find a number of outfitters offering canoe and kayak rentals in town. The lake also boasts a number of beaches, so if sunbathing's your thing, you won't be disappointed. Skiing and snowboarding are major draws during the winter months, and you can find plenty of slopes for all skill levels at the 2 nearby ski resorts.


Heating up—warm weather in seasonal Kelowna

Kelowna has a humid continental climate, with hot, dry summers and cold, overcast winters, as well as distinct intermediate seasons in between. Summer highs peak at 82 degrees in July and August, while average winter highs hover just above freezing in December and January. Spring and fall are relatively short, with temperatures changing fairly quickly from hot to cold (or vice-versa). With plenty to do in both the summer and winter seasons, you'll find that prices on Kelowna vacation rentals tend not to change much from one season to the next.

Natural features

Natural Kelowna—may the forest be with you

On the shore of Okanagan Lake, Kelowna lies in the center of the Okanagan Valley, a low-lying basin that's known for its sunny, mediterranean climate. Just south of town, Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park is home to more than 27,000 acres of forested wilderness on the eastern side of Okanagan Lake. The park's steep, wooded mountainsides and rocky peaks provide a habitat to countless species of local wildlife, including elk, moose, and mountain goats, as well as coyote, deer, and several types of birds. Your Kelowna vacation rental will put some of British Columbia's most pristine wilderness just outside your door.

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.

Where to stay around Kelowna?

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

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

Whether you're traveling 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: 291 vacation rentals
  • South Pandosy: 211 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 279 vacation rentals
  • Glenmore: 20 vacation rentals
  • Rutland: 30 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, 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 traveling to Kelowna?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals 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:

  • UBC-Okanagan: 1,187 vacation rentals
  • Kelowna General Hospital: 1,181 vacation rentals
  • Kelowna Springs Golf Club: 1,187 vacation rentals
  • BC Wine Museum and VQA Wine Shop: 1,184 vacation rentals
  • Kelowna Golf and Country Club: 1,185 vacation 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 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 519 rentals available
  • Cabins: 109 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals 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 679 vacation rentals with pool available in Kelowna. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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