All You Need to Know About Kelowna Resorts

The Shore Kelowna aerial view with Gyro beach and Okanagan lake in foreground, highlighting Kelowna resorts and Kelowna resort alternatives

 

With an impressive 304 days of sunshine per year, Kelowna is a year-round Canadian travel destination. Visitors come for the all-seasons tourist appeal, from summer water sports on Okanagan Lake to bluebird winter days at Big White Ski Resort. People return for fresh summer fruit, world-famous wines, and our vibrant culinary scene.

In the summertime, Kelowna feels more like an all inclusive resort than a city. Water skiers and stand up paddle-boarders brave the cool morning waters, beachgoers flock to the hot sands in the afternoon, and the pubs and restaurants truly come alive at night. Famous vineyards, hopping breweries, and spa services are all a short distance from the city centre.

For anyone wanting a resort stay or a resort-style experience, Kelowna is full of options. Here’s everything you need to know about Kelowna resorts and what makes The Shore Kelowna a popular resort alternative. 

 

Kelowna-Area Holiday Resorts

Sparkling Hills Resort

Sparkling Hill Resort gets its name from the 3.5 million Swarovski crystals that contribute to the architecture of this Okanagan destination. Luxury is provided by their upscale spa and renowned farm-to-table restaurant, PeakFine.

The resort is a peaceful 45 minute drive from Kelowna, making it a stop-over option for many travellers on their way in or out of the city. You can book multiple rooms for group getaways, or whisk your partner away for a romantic retreat.

 

Lake Okanagan Resort

Lake Okanagan Resort is a historic Kelowna beach resort with gorgeous waterfront views, a quiet mountain backdrop, and its own beach on Okanagan Lake.

Rooms at Lake Okanagan Resort include coffee makers, mini fridges, and the right amount of dishes for each guest. Today, many of the rooms are locally-owned residential apartments. Activities at the Okanagan Resort include 9 hole golf, tennis courts, outdoor pools, and forest hiking trails.

Lake Okanagan Resort is a 25 minute drive from Kelowna via Westside Road which has seen major improvements over the last decade and is no longer considered BC’s most dangerous stretch of road. The remote locale may deter some travellers, but it’s perfect for a taste of life amid the Okanagan’s mountains and forest with all the comforts of a resort experience.

 

The Cove Lakeside Resort

The Cove is West Kelowna’s most prominent resort accommodation. In the summer, its beachfront, public pool, and outdoor hot tub complete the holiday experience.

Lakesurf Premium Rentals at the Cove’s marina rents out boats, kayaks, and jet skis for action-packed days on the water. After a long day on the water, relax at Spa At The Cove with massage, hydrotherapy, and body treatments.

The Cove is located at the far end of West Kelowna, 30 minutes drive from Kelowna’s city center, and 5 minutes from notable restaurants in West Kelowna’s town centre. Lost Horn Mediterranean Grill, Everest Indian, and Kind Brewing get top reviews.

 

Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort

Known locally as “The Grand”, The Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort is one of Kelowna’s most well-known accommodations.

Located in the heart of downtown , The Delta overlooks the picturesque Waterfront Promenade and Okanagan Lake. The waterfront locale immerses summer guests into a vivacious scene of party boaters, beachgoers, and casino patrons.

Due to traffic and parking, your feet are the best way to get around the downtown core during the summer. You’ll be walking distance to attractions like the Cactus Club Café, Playtime Casino, and Prospera Place – the home of Kelowna’s own Rockets hockey team.

 

Discovery Bay Resort

Discovery Bay Resort offers apartment style accommodations in Kelowna’s North End neighbourhood, next to the Delta Grand Hotel and Waterfront Park. Discovery Bay features condo and townhouse style units with indoor and outdoor pools & hot tubs, saunas, and a fitness centre.

Rooms are a short stroll to Tugboat Beach, a sandy beach with food vendors, bathrooms, and plenty of spots to relax in the shade. Rent stand up paddle boards, hire a ski boat, or take a gentle walk through the Rotary Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

Kelowna’s North end is well known for its craft breweries like Red Bird and The BNA, and upscale restaurants like Waterfront Wines and Bouchons Bistro.

 

Manteo At Eldorado Resort

Manteo is a family-friendly Kelowna resort with a bit of club-med vibe. You can rent individual rooms, suites, or separate bungalow-style villas inside the resort’s gated property.

The resort borders a private beach, features a heated outdoor pool, and boat rentals for your Lake adventures. 

Each suite has its own well-equipped kitchen to cook your own meal, or you can try the resort’s feature waterfront restaurant, SmackDab, a fine-dining option with a kid-friendly menu. Manteo is a picturesque 20-minute walk to the boutiques and restaurants of Pandosy Village.

 

The Shore Kelowna – A Popular Resort Alternative

The Shore Kelowna is a great resort alternative, offering flexible short-term and extended stays in a central location. The Shore has 103 fully-furnished apartment-style rooms from studios up to 3 bedroom suites. Rooms include modern kitchens, high-speed internet, and gorgeous lake views.

The Shore Hotel is located in Kelowna’s vibrant Pandosy Mission neighbourhood, a sought-after neighbourhood for summer travellers seeking a resort-like experience. The Shore is across from Gyro Beach, a 200 meter sand beach with a zipline for kids, clean change-rooms, watersports rentals, and its famous apple-shaped concession stand.

The Shore’s location makes it an excellent base-camp for Okanagan activities. Shop the vintage clothing boutiques, coffee houses, and local art galleries while strolling along Pandosy Avenue. For day trips, hire a car for the 1 hour drive to Big White, 20 minute drive to the Kangaroo Creek Farm, or the 10 minute wine cruise to Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

Head downstairs for a treat at Marble Slab Creamery, a frothy pint at Shore Line Brewing Company, or an on-site bite at KB&Co restaurant. With the Lower Mission at your doorstep and downtown Kelowna 10 minutes away, you can try out a different restaurant every night.

 

A Comparison of Resorts and Resort Alternatives in Kelowna

Kelowna Resorts and Alternatives Satisfaction / Rating

(Google Reviews)

Driving Time to Kelowna Per Night Rate

(2 Adults, 1 Week during Summer*)

Sparkling Hills Resort 4.3/5 45m $449
The Cove Lakeside Resort 4.3/5 20m $551
Lake Okanagan Resort 3.4/5 25m $208
Casa Loma Resort 4.5/5 10m n/a (full)
Delta Grand Kelowna 4.3/5 Downtown Kelowna $416
Discovery Bay 4.4/5 Downtown Kelowna $336
Manteo at Eldorado 4.4/5 Pandosy Mission $399
The Shore Hotel 4.7/5 Pandosy Mission $324

*For a 1 week stay between July 12-19, 2021. Sourced February 2021, from TripAdvisor, Booking.com.

 

Choose Your Own Holiday Adventure

Kelowna’s Pandosy Mission neighbourhood has everything you’d find at a holiday resort: fun activities, spa-like amenities, and memorable culinary experiences. 

There’s nothing quite like taking the reins on your own vacation, living like a local, and experiencing the city on your own terms.

Come stay at The Shore. The holiday of your dreams is just around the corner.

Your Top Pick For A Pet-Friendly Hotel In Kelowna

Kelowna is a city that has gone to the dogs — in the right way. Named as Canada’s pet-friendliest city in 2015 by Canadian Dogs Annual, Kelowna has some of the best veterinary care, trainers, pet sitters, and pet products in the country, as well as pet-friendly restaurants, accommodations, off-leash parks, and beaches.

The top pick for a pet friendly Kelowna hotel, The Shore, is a home away from home for both holidaymakers and their four-legged family members. With air-conditioned and spacious suites, you and your pets are guaranteed a comfortable stay in our pet friendly rentals.

Best of all, we are located a stone’s throw away from several dog-friendly spaces, including parks, beaches, trails, and even wineries! Check out our list of spaces to explore with your pet below!

 

Pet Friendly Kelowna Hotel

 

Fido-Friendly Parks, Beaches and Trails

Kelowna is home to more than 10 off-leash dog parks and more than 50 dog-friendly green spaces and beaches. Those located closest to The Shore include:

  • Cedar Creek Park, 5200 Lakeshore Rd. Cedar Creek is the largest off-leash dog park in Kelowna, located 8km south along Lakeshore Drive from our pet-friendly hotel. The park includes a dog beach, off-leash field, and picnic tables with views of the surrounding mountains and glistening Okanagan Lake.
  • Mission Creek Greenway and Mission Recreation Park, 4105 Gordon Dr. This park is directly accessible by foot from The Shore. Walk your dog on a leash along Lakeshore Road south to the Mission Creek Greenway trailhead. Head east along the tree-lined and user-friendly path along the creek until you reach Gordon Drive. You can release your hound once reaching Mission Recreation Park, located just behind the H20 Adventure and Fitness Centre and Kelowna Capital News Centre.
  • Lake Avenue Dog Beach, 117 Lake Ave. Located in the Pandosy neighbourhood, this new off-leash dog beach is the closest to downtown and is only a 3km walk from our Kelowna pet-friendly space. Watch as boats travel under the William R. Bennett Bridge while your dog splashes and plays to its heart’s content.
  • Rowcliffe Park, 536 Rowcliffe Ave. Just a hop, skip and jump away from Lake Avenue Dog Beach is this newly improved community park at the old Kelowna Secondary School site. Perfect for children and pets, the park features a playground, community garden, and a fully fenced off-leash dog park.
  • Myra Canyon, Kettle Valley Railway, A popular place for both walkers and cyclists, this part of the historic KVR trail, located east along KLO and McCulloch Roads and up Myra Forest Service Road, is on a former railway that traverses over 18 trestle bridges and through two tunnels way above the stunning Myra Canyon. Dogs must be kept on a leash, but the views are worth dodging the occasional cyclist!

Places to Sip in the Shade with Your Pet

Not only does Kelowna have many places to roam with your pet, but you can also imbibe a glass of local wine or a meal at these pet-friendly wineries along the Lakeshore Wine Route.

  • CedarCreek Estate Winery, 5445 Lakeshore Dr. This established winery features a brand new and modern tasting room that you have to see. Your dog is welcome on-leash outside, and there’s even a dog-friendly picnic area to take in those breathtaking views while enjoying a glass of CedarCreek’s famed Pinot Noir or award-winning Riesling.
  • Hubertus and Oak Bay Winery, 5205 Lakeshore Dr. Just steps away from Cedar Creek Dog Beach is this gorgeous winery and vineyard, which has seen a rebirth since it burned to the ground during the devastating 2003 wildfire. Enjoy a glass of their terroir-influenced wine while your pet rests outside the tasting room in a shaded area, with a water bowl available.
  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 4870 Chute Lake Rd. As one of the pet-friendly wineries in Kelowna, Summerhill is a 10-minute drive south along Lakeshore Drive from The Shore. Enjoy biodynamic and organic wines aged inside an actual pyramid. Enjoy a glass of Summerhill’s famed Cipes Brut in the on-leash outdoor picnic area.
  • Tantalus Vineyards, 1670 DeHart Rd. Just a 4km hike or drive up Casorso Road from The Shore, you and your pet can take in the gorgeous views from this long-established and LEED-certified hillside winery that overlooks Okanagan Lake and the City of Kelowna. Feel free to walk your dog on leash through the vineyard. In the summer, you can even bring your leashed pup inside the tasting room — only well-behaved pets (and owners) allowed.J

Meet the locals and enjoy some fun with the family at one of the best beaches in Kelowna.

 


Are you looking for an extended stay pet friendly Kelowna hotel? Call or Contact The Shore to ask about pet-friendly accommodations in our spacious, comfortable, and secure suites. 

Kelowna’s Best Beaches

Known as one of Canada’s sunniest destinations, Kelowna has more than 30 public beaches where you can cool off when temperatures reach higher than 30°C/86°F in the Summer. Situated next to the shining jewel that is Okanagan Lake, you’ll enjoy soft sand and gentle waves when you stay with us. Three of Kelowna’s most beautiful beaches happen to be located a stone’s throw from The Shore, where you can swim, play, paddle-board, kayak, picnic, or just relax with a good book.

Here are 3 of the best beaches in Kelowna. Don’t forget your swimsuit and favourite beach toy!

 

#1. Boyce-Gyro Beach Park

The Shore is Kelowna’s closest accommodation option to Boyce-Gyro Beach Park, “Gyro Beach” as locals call it. A 30-second walk from our front doors takes you to this popular family-friendly beach that features incredible lakeshore amenities.

Visitors to the park can enjoy:

  • An extensive sandy beach
  • Marked swimming area
  • Playground
  • Sand volleyball and table tennis courts
  • External showers
  • Universally accessible washroom for year-round use
  • Small lockers for storing valuables
  • Paved walking path
  • Grassy picnic area
  • Parking with a drop-off area
  • Bike racks and stalls

The parkland was donated by local doctor Benjamin deFurlong Boyce to the Gyro men’s club in 1932 before the City of Kelowna took it over in 1954. The city recently made significant modern upgrades to Boyce-Gyro, including new washrooms/change-rooms.

 

#2. Rotary Beach Park

 

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Lesser known, but just as accessible as Boyce-Gyro is Rotary Beach Park. Located just a short walk south of our hotel in Kelowna, Rotary is popular for families who enjoy all kinds of water sports, such as:

  • Kayaking
  • Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)
  • Pedal-boarding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Windsurfing

Rotary offers a sandy beach, buoyed-off swimming area, shaded and grassed picnic areas, a playground, trails, and a washroom. Want to rent a paddle board or kayak? Okanagan Beach Rentals, located at Gyro, Rotary, and Tugboat Bay Beaches, rents out SUPs and other watercraft.

 

#3. Bertram Creek Regional Park

 

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Worth the short drive along Lakeshore Drive is a Kelowna hidden gem. Bertram Creek Regional Park is an 18-hectare space along the shore of Okanagan Lake that offers a boat launch, dock, pebble beach, various walking trails, picnic tables, playing field, and even an outdoor amphitheatre and pavilion.

Meet the locals and enjoy some fun with the family at one of the best beaches in Kelowna.

 


Are you looking for a Kelowna lakefront hotel? Try staying or living at The Shore. Enjoy the convenience of living alongside the sparkling waters of Okanagan Lake. Contact us about our Okanagan Lakeview suites, just steps away from the water.