Summer in the Okanagan is known for its beaches and bountiful wineries. However, there’s certainly no shortage of other great activities to get you outdoors and active. Whether you’re looking for a unique vacation experience or a new sport to try in your own backyard, Kelowna has something for everyone at every skill level.
With beautiful backdrops, refreshing lakes, and unbeatable weather, who wouldn’t want to be outdoors? If you’re looking for some ideas on staying active, here are our favourite summer sports in Kelowna.
Reminder: The Okanagan Valley can get incredibly hot! Be sure to be sun smart, travel safe, and always pack extra water when getting active.
Fun on The Lake
The Shore Kelowna is just steps from the water and Boyce-Gyro, one of Kelowna’s most popular beaches. If swimming or lazing on the beach isn’t floating your boat, one of these water sports just might!
Paddleboarding offers a unique way to get out on the water and see the city from a different perspective. While some skill is required, people of all ages and skill levels can pick it up and master the basics in just an hour. Okanagan Beach Rentals, located right on Gyro Beach, offers reasonable rates on rentals and lessons.
If you’re up for an adventure, take your paddleboard out on Kelowna’s new Paddle Trail. This 27 kilometre trail on Okanagan Lake stretches from McKinley Beach to Bertram Creek Regional Park, passing by over 20 beaches and parks along the way.
If you’re really looking for a challenge, OKGN Lifestyle offers a Yoga Paddle Class. It’s a perfect chance to test your paddling and yoga skills. If you’re more of a land lover and still looking for ways to connect with your breath, stretch, and enjoy nature – fear not, we have some options for you, too.
Another fun way to experience some of the best parts of the Okanagan is out on a boat with some water toys.
The Shore is just a 15 minute walk to the nearest boat launch, where Sunwave Boat Rentals or Okanagan Lake boat rentals will meet you with your boat and gear. You can take a boat for a full or half day on the water and rent whatever equipment you want to go with it. From waterskis to wakeboards, tubes, and more, there will be no shortage of activities to choose from.
Staying Active on Land
After all that time by the lake, you might be looking to spend some time out of the water. If so, consider these other popular summer sports in Kelowna.
If paddleboard yoga isn’t right for you, outdoor yoga is a relaxing alternative to get active in Okanagan scenery.
Outdoor Yoga at Off the Grid Organic Winery is hosted in their vineyard every Sunday morning from 10am – 11am and is open to all skill levels.
Yoga with Buddha Beats at the Vibrant Vine is hosted outdoors every Sunday morning from 10am – 11am. The class is focused on relaxing and letting go, while meditating with the breath. It is also accompanied by soothing live music.
While you’re there, consider grabbing a glass of wine or completing a wine tour. You earned it!
Cycling & Mountain Biking
Cycling is another popular activity here in the Okanagan. Whether you’re looking for a nice scenic ride to enjoy the Okanagan sun or to challenge yourself in a bike park, here are a few great options.
- Velo Volt Mobile E-Bike Rentals has high quality E-Bikes so you can go further and experience more of the Okanagan. Consider this option if you’re looking to take a self-guided tour of the city.
- If you’re feeling more adventurous, Myra Canyon Bike Rentals is located on the Historical Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) trail, a scenic 24 km circuit across 18 trestles and through two tunnels.
- For those looking to push themselves and test their bike skills, Silver Star Resorts bike park is worth a visit. They have an excellent selection of bike rentals, as well as a wide variety of trails from downhill to cross country.
Stay and Play with Kelowna Summer Sports
No matter your fitness level or interest, there’s a sport here for you. Make the most of your visit at The Shore Kelowna by scheduling these activities during your stay.