Okanagan Lake looking north.
The view to the north is in contrast to the view to the south. The land is more rugged, the shore of the lake much steeper and has not been developed as much as the lower shores to the south of Kelowna. Some more expensive resorts have been built on the west shore.
The Okanagan Valley
Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.
Orchards and vineyards surround the city. You can pick juicy peaches from trees, or spend the day sampling from the award-winning wineries. The Spring, Summer, and Fall Wine Festivals are phenomenal and there are hundreds of activities focused on wine making, tasting, and touring. There are 12 wineries in and around the city, and some 65 throughout the Okanagan Valley.
Okanagan Lake is beautiful and the surrounding mountains offer a range of family attractions and outdoor activities including golf, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, water-skiing, waterslides, cycling, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and fishing.
The weather is comfortable year round. Summers are warm with hot days, clear sunny skies and low humidity. Shorts, t-shirts, sundresses, and bathing suits are the best bet during the summer season. Winters are generally much milder than other areas east of the Valley. Although snow is abundant at the surrounding ski resorts, it rarely stays for long on the Valley roadways. Sweaters, vests and fleece clothing are recommended during fall and winter seasons. Dress in layers in the spring and fall seasons, as temperatures can fluctuate between cool mornings and hot daytimes but return to cool evenings.