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A Water-Lovers Guide Kelowna’s Pools & Splash Parks

Posted on June 15th, 2023 in Things to Do in Kelowna

Kelowna is a welcoming, all-seasons playground that offers plenty of outdoor activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. As the heat rolls in, locals and tourists alike seek refuge in our city’s refreshing pools and splash parks. While you may find yourself searching for “Kelowna hotels with a pool”, there are plenty of fantastic public options to explore outside of your accommodations.

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through Kelowna’s coolest places for you and the family to escape the heat.

H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre

Located in the heart of the Kelowna Mission, H2O is Kelowna’s newest aquatic facility. It offers an array of water activities for all ages. With its large indoor wave pool, water slides, lazy river, and hot tubs, H2O is a popular choice for families and thrill-seekers alike. Moreover, the facility boasts a full-service fitness centre, making it an ideal destination for those looking to stay active while enjoying the water.

1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, BC
3.1km / 7 min drive from the Shore

Ben Lee Splash Park

Ben Lee Park has an accessible playground, a skateboard park, basketball courts, pathways, and lots of open space for a picnic with the family. But the real reason to head there is their splash park. Even your youngest littles will enjoy playing under the flowers spraying water every which way.

Fun fact: it’s named for former teacher and City Councillor Ben Lee, who served on Council for 23 years and was given the Freedom of the City Award in 2001. 

900 Houghton Rd, Kelowna, BC
9.1km / 14 min drive from the Shore

Parkinson Recreation Centre

For visitors looking for an indoor water experience or to get in some exercise while on vacation, the Parkinson Recreation Centre is a fantastic option. This multi-purpose facility offers an indoor pool with a lap pool, leisure pool, and hot tubs. Outdoor activities include soccer fields, pickleball courts, community gardens and playgrounds for the kids.

a swimmer in goggles and a swim cap, swimming laps at Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna

1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, BC
5.5km / 13 min drive from the Shore

City Park Splash Park

Situated downtown along Okanagan Lake, City Park offers a delightful water park experience for visitors of all ages. With its interactive water fountains, sprays, and splash pads, it provides a great way to cool off while enjoying the scenic beauty. The park also features picnic areas, playgrounds, basketball courts, a skatepark, running track, and beach volleyball courts. It also has change-rooms plus washroom facilities, making it an ideal destination for a day of fun and relaxation.

Did we mention it’s within walking distance to Moo-Lix and Parlour Ice Cream?

1600 Abbott St, Kelowna, BC
4.1km / 12 min drive from the Shore

Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre

Located just a short drive from downtown, West Kelowna’s Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre is another great option for cooling down indoors. Their modern facility boasts a 25-meter lap pool, hot tub, steam room, and a warm soaking pool. The multi-use facility offers swimming lessons and fitness classes, making it a perfect spot for visitors looking to combine recreation and skill-building.

3737 Old Okanagan Hwy, West Kelowna, BC
17 km / 32 min drive from the Shore

Quilchena Spray Park

If you’re traveling with young children, the Quilchena Spray Park is a fantastic choice. Situated in Quilchena Park in the Lower Mission neighborhood, this charming splash park features water sprays, sprinklers, and shallow pools, all designed with the little ones in mind. The park also offers shaded areas, picnic tables, and a playground, creating a wonderful environment for families to relax and enjoy quality time together.

347 Quilchena Dr, Kelowna, BC
9km / 15 min drive from The Shore

Beat the Summer Heat with a Kelowna Water Park

When it comes to staying cool, Kelowna’s pools and splash parks are second to none. Whether you’re seeking thrilling water slides, relaxing lazy rivers, or interactive splash pads for the kids, our vibrant city has it all.

So, pack your swimsuit, gather your loved ones, and prepare to dive into some Kelowna fun. While you’re in town, make sure you check out the best breakfast and brunch spots and don’t miss out on the best ice cream and frozen treats either!

Lakeside Accommodations at the Shore

a birds-eye view of The Shore Kelowna, with the lake, Gyro beach and valley mountains in the distance.

Conveniently located within steps of Okanagan Lake, The Shore is a great home base to spend some time near the water at Boyce-Gyro Beach Park. And after a full day of fun in the sun, there’s no better place to come back for some rest and relax than one of our suites. Enjoy the comforts of home with hotel-like amenities, including an in-suite laundry, a full-sized modern kitchen, and high-speed internet. 

Learn more about our suites and start planning your stay today!


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