I’m always skeptic when I see a list proposing the “most instagrammable” city. Normally these lists feature food too big for any human to consume or specialty drinks that make for pretty pictures but are the size or your head or the price of a lunch. But when these lists are done right you not only reveal the personality of a city but also some of the best and yet off beat things to do within that city. This is what I hope to do with my list of Kelowna’s most Instagrammable spots.
Please note, I’ve omitted West Kelowna because it deserves its own post entirely.
You can find directions by clicking on the Google Maps link below each location.
1. Kelowna Marina
The Kelowna Marina is in the heart of the downtown core at the end of Bernard Ave. Surrounded by some of the best restaurants Kelowna has to offer as well as some of the best scenery it is a place you’re bound to walk past on your first visit to Kelowna. You’ll most likely find plenty of others taking selfies and photos from the dock too.
2. Tantalus Winery
Tantalus winery has one of the best views encapsulating the city, lake, mountains beyond the rows of vineyard all from the tasting room. On certain days you can catch Arlo’s Honey Farms collecting honey from the on site hives within the vineyard.
3. Paul’s Tomb and Knox Mountain
One of the most popular and gorgeous hiking spots located in the city is Knox Mountain. I particularly love the hike to Paul’s Tomb (yes a real gravesite) that cascades down to the lake. Plenty of little areas to tuck away to sit with the views, or cliff dive and swim, it is one of my favourite Kelowna activities during a #MyOkanaganSummer.
4. Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm
Back in 1999, we officially launched Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm…and we’ve all grown up a lot since then! Check out our blog for details about our exciting new product packaging that will be launching this spring 🌿 A new style for a new season on the farm 🌻 (link in bio) . . . #lavenderfield #lavenderfarm #familyfarm #newseason #naturalproducts #plantbased #botanicalskincare #cleanbeauty #powerofplants #sustainablepackaging #handmade #ecofriendly #kelownalavender #explorekelowna #explorebc #route97
I was able to pay a visit during the local foodie event, Farm Folk City Folk’s Feast of Fields. It is held at a different farm each year and in 2014 the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm set the perfect backdrop for a roaming foodie feast. Not far from Tantalus Vineyards, it too has a view of the city, lake and mountains from the lavender fields.
5. Myra Canyon Hike & Bike
You can hike or bike this scenic trail that follows the old Kettle Valley Rail Way route. You’ll be able to walk to at least one or two of the tunnels and enjoy the canyon views with the occasional peakaboo shots to the Okanagan lake.
6. The Kelowna Farmers’ Market
One of my favourite Saturday morning activities during the summer and fall months, the Kelowna Farmers’ Market is a gem for foodies and coffee lovers. Stop by Canoe Coffee’s adorable little travel trailer for a cold brew, grab a sweet or savoury crepe and pick up what’s in season. There’s something for everyone at the market. I just recommend you go prior to 9 am to beat the crazy crowds and ensure your favourite products and produce are in stock.
7. Sandrine’s Pastry & Chocolate
Before you head for your car after the Farmers’ Market, take a quick 5 minute walk to Sandrine’s for Kelowna’s best croissant. Hailing from France, Sandrine’s offers authentic and gorgeous pastries, macarons, chocolates and savoury terrines. It’s a slice of France right here in Kelowna. Check out her culinary classes held throughout the year!
8. Kitsch Winery
The Kitsch Winery is a fresh addition to the wine scene in Kelowna. Catering to the younger crowds who appreciate wine but also a good time, they host a yearly party that look incredibly fun. Their tasting room and vineyards overlooking the valley are popular on Instagram.
9. Karat Chocolate
Right next door to Canoe Coffee’s main location, as opposed to their location on wheels, is Karat Chocolate. They create gorgeous little chocolates in all and any shade of colour throughout the year. The little gems of chocolate and geometric chocolate bars are packaged in unassuming little white boxes and come in flavours like Neopolitain, caremlized white chocolate banana and yuzu, Madagascar vanilla bean, smoked marshmallow s’more, macchiato bars and more. Each season brings new flavours at this little gem!
10. Hotel Eldorado
During the summer months the Hotel Eldorado, or “The El” as it is referred to by locals, is a place to see and be seen. It’s perfect location on the lake makes it a hub for boaters, foodies wanting a view, or those who appreciate a good local glass of wine to be had on a dock with the Okanagan sunsets. Get Sam to make you a classic cocktail if you can’t find anything on the menu, although I doubt that’s possible.
The history behind this boutique-style hotel goes back to 1926 involving a countess wanting to cater to her visiting European friends.
11. Lakeside Cherry Orchards
I much prefer to pick my own fruit while it’s in season. It is more economical and you get to interact with the environment your food comes from. Cherries are a hot commodity as soon as they are ready here in the Okanagan which is July – depending on the seasonal temperatures and weather. You can end up spending $20-$30 for a bag depending where you go. Make an afternoon to go pick the cherries yourself at Lakeside Cherry Orchards or, when Spring arrives, take some classic cherry orchard shots.
12. BNA Brewing
BNA is one of my favourite spots to grab a beer and a couple of small plates. It’s a fun place to go before a hockey game or concert or hang out and play indoor bocce and shuffle board. An exciting addition, soon they will have their own indoor bowling lanes up stairs! Grab a pint of their My Name is Earl and the steamed pork buns to start your evening.
13. Rotary Beach Park
If you find it to be a windy day the get yourself down to Rotary Beach Park, or at least the outdoor bar at Manteo next door. The kite surfers all flock to this one beach with their colourful kites and acrobats on water. One of the most relaxing afternoons on the beach on a colder or windy day.
14. Summerhill Pyramid Winery
One of Canada’s most visited wineries and for good reason! The views, the iconic bubbly, the pyramid that helps age and intensify the wine (as told by the owners & proprietors) all make for a spectacular place to visit for lunch or dinner. I listed it under one of my top hipster wineries (with some backlash) but under my definition it is an off beat winery you’ll enjoy touring.
15. QB Gelato
A perfect day for Gelato! #fresh #gelato including: Milk Chocolate, Green Goddess, Vanilla, Della Nonna, Bee Sting, Creamy Coconut, Holy Cacao, Pear & Thyme, and Pucker! 📸 @gingeralbrecht #kelowna #kelownaeats #kelownalife #kelownaicecream #kelownasbest #tourismkelowna #localkelowna #kelownarestaurants #kelownacoffee #kelownacafe #okanagan #interiordesign #italiantiles #qbgelato
The latest addition to our flourishing gelato scene here in Kelowna is QB. They have a chic storefront with monthly classes available for a behind the scenes look at how they make their unique flavours.
16. Cedar Creek Winery
A winery that hosts summer concerts and BBQ classes as well as lunch and dinner while overlooking the Okanagan Lake. Gorgeous views, easy drinking and, on most summer weekends, weddings to watch. Summer yoga sessions are also popular and sell out fast!
17. Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm
A more rustic approach to gelato tasting is the Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm. Take a tour of the goat farm before you head in for cheese tasting and a gelato – you can’t leave without trying both! I highly recommend the salted caramel! It’s a ways out of the city but you can make a day of it by stopping at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Cedar Creek and the charming St Hubertus Estate Winery all along the way.
18. Kettle Valley
Normally I’d tell you to visit the Kelowna Mountain but I don’t want to get into any trouble should you choose to trespass. It has foreclosed but that doesn’t keep all those lookey-loos away. But instead I suggest heading up through Kettle Valley, past the charming homes and Public on Main restaurant, into the Johns Family Nature Reserve Regional Park for some amazing hiking and views. Hike to the top of the hill by following the slate steps and you’ll find a bonfire area fitted with seats made of rock. Someone took great pains to create this area. Or you can keep going up the mountain if you’re in for a little 4x4ing to find even greater views.
19. Kettle River Brewing
A lesser known brewery that isn’t too far from BNA in downtown Kelowna is Kettle River Brewing Company. Surrounded by industrial buildings it is harder to find but well worth your time. Get a flight of beers and order something from the Crasian food truck.
20. Doja Culture Cafe
Doja Culture Cafe is a unique addition to downtown Kelowna. It is a cannabis culture cafe focusing on building a lifestyle brand where recreational use and medicinal use meet. At the cafe you can stop by to grab a coffee and peruse clothing and accessories. The cafe design is very chic and you can also reserve a work space if you need a moment to yourself. I think this might be my go to location for NaNoWriMo!
Please note: I have no affiliation with any business mentioned. I simply love all these places and truly believe that together they make a great representation of Kelowna’s lifestyle and unique food scene.