Downtown Kelowna is a good place to start your explorations. Check out the Laurel Packinghouse Building, which houses two museums. The British Columbia Wine Museum is part exhibition space and part wine store. The Okanagan has long been British Columbia’s main fruit-growing region, too; learn the history of this enterprise at the British Columbia Orchard Industry Museum.
Kelowna’s wineries surround the city on both sides of Okanagan Lake. Mission Hill and Quails’ Gate are among the largest winemakers on the west side, while Cedar Creek, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, and Tantalus Vineyards draw visitors to the eastern bank. The Kelowna area is home to craft brewers and micro-distilleries that welcome visitors as well; tours allow you to taste many offerings without worrying about driving. There are year-round outdoor pursuits here, too, including exploring Okanagan Lake, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, and skiing at nearby Big White Ski Resort.