Craving an out-of-city adventure? We’ve got you covered! This article will highlight some epic day trips from Kelowna that deserve a spot on any bucket list. While the city itself and the surrounding area boast of some remarkable things to do: rolling vineyards backed by bright blue lakes, hikes that unveil a bird’s eye perspective of Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley, and beach-friendly spots that invite anyone and everyone to chill, read a book, and get a tan all while relaxing to the soft hum of the waves flirting with the shore. Still, it doesn’t hurt to get out of the city and try out some brand new adventures and activities, right?

If you want to soak in the best the Okanagan Valley has to offer, consider checking out one, two, or all of the following activities and destinations around two hours from Kelowna.

Shuswap lake sunset near Kelowna British Columbia Canada
Shuswap lake sunset near Kelowna British Columbia Canada

Explore Myra Canyon Trestles

Gather the entire family, your friends, or head out on your own to the phenomenal Myra Canyon Trail, which stretches across 15.5mi, winding past 18 trestles and under two rock-formed tunnels. As you walk (or bike), you’ll catch an unveiling of the rolling Okanagan Valley etched across the horizon!

The best part is that no one expects you to finish this lengthy out-and-back trail, especially if you have kids. There’s also the option for families and those seeking a short but incredibly scenic hike to walk the first 1.9mi before turning around and heading back the way they came. You’ll still get to check out six trestle bridges and one tunnel.

On average, most hikers turn around between the six and eight-km mark!

How to get to the Myra Canyon Trestles from Kelowna

The Myra Canyon Trestles are only a 30-minute drive from Kelowna! You’ll want to head to the Myra Station Entrance. To get here, drive towards McCulloch Road. Eventually, you’ll take a right to continue on McCulloch Road until turning right onto Myra Forest Service Road. Follow this road until you reach the parking area. Continue past the first parking lot, which is for overflow parking, and park in the second parking area.

Watch a play at the Caravan Farm Theatre

The Caravan Farm Theatre has been an Okanagan Valley staple for a few decades now! Nothing beats professionals putting on entertaining, high-quality outdoor plays that use the surrounding natural materials as their props and the rural setting as their stage, making this a must-do day trip from Kelowna!

You can find the Caravan Farm Theatre situated near Armstrong, located just outside of Vernon. Before you view a show, why not check out the Farmstrong Cidery. The natural backdrop, lively but relaxing atmosphere, delicious ciders (and pizzas), and a play make for the perfect outing!

How to get to the Caravan Farm Theatre from Kelowna

To get to the Caravan Farm Theatre from Kelowna, head towards Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 N to Spallumcheen before taking a left onto Rosedale Avenue in Armstrong. Take a right onto Okanagan Street and stay on this street until taking a left onto Wood Avenue, which veers right, becoming Salmon River Road. Stay on Salmon River Road. Just after the Carmel of St. Joseph, you’ll turn right, and you’ll see your destination.

It takes just over an hour to get to the Caravan Farm Theatre from Kelowna.

Okanagan wine country vineyards near Kelowna British Columbia Canada
Okanagan wine country vineyards near Kelowna British Columbia Canada

Discover Davison Orchards Country Village

Welcome to the epitome of family-friendly fun! Located in Vernon, Davison Orchards has been an Okanagan family favourite for quite some time. Going to Davison Orchards mirrors the feelings you get when you go to grandma’s house: warm, welcoming, wholesome. The cinnamon-fused smells swirling off of delicious freshly baked apple pies and the natural scents drifting from the orchard and pumpkin patch propel the type of relaxation that you can’t buy at the spa. Of course, there are also screaming, happy children running around, but just think of their happy yells as another layer to this fun, family-centric atmosphere.

You’ll find a range of activities to do when you’re here—some of which depend on the season: explore the corn maze, admire the farm animals, take a tractor ride, pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, wander the orchard, go apple picking, hit up the cozy Farmhouse Cafe, and eat a lot of delicious samples in the main building. Please don’t leave here without buying the most incredible apple juice in the world (seriously, it’s so good)!

How to get to Davison Orchards Country Village from Kelowna

To get to Davison Orchards from Kelowna, head to BC-97 N before turning left on 25th Avenue once you arrive in Vernon. 787ft later, turn right onto 34th Avenue and take a quick left onto 27th Avenue and continue for 0.7mi. Next, take a right onto 41st Street, followed by a quick left onto Bella Vista Road. Continue, and you’ll see a sign directing you to the parking lot for Davison Orchards! The drive from Kelowna to Davison Orchards takes about 45 minutes.

Hike in Monashee Provincial Park

Kelowna and the surrounding Okanagan Valley boast of never-ending year-round activities; however, there’s another scenic gem, a more intimidating, dramatic one, rich with outdoor adventures worth exploring: Monashee Provincial Park.

Monashee Provincial Park sits just over two hours from Kelowna. Still, avid hikers and backpackers will see the drive as worthwhile after immersing in the carved-out trails leading to unbelievable mountainous views, where lakes sit nestled in peaks and soaring vistas stretch across the horizon. Some hikes we recommend are Monashee Lake Trail, Spectrum Lake Hike, and Twin Lakes.

How to get to Monashee Provincial Park from Kelowna

The hikes above all lead to different spots, so we will choose the route we highly recommend: Spectrum Lake Hike (also a great backpacking destination). To get to the start of the Spectrum Lake Hike from Kelowna, head out towards Vernon, where you’ll meet up with BC-6. Follow this highway to Sugar Lake Road and keep driving past Cherryville after you veer slightly right to remain on Sugar Lake Road. Continue until you reach the turn-off for Monashee Provincial Park. Follow this dusty, dirt road for around 6.8mi, which takes you to the parking lot, where the trailhead awaits.

Okanagan Bc Lake Kelowna British Columbia Canada
Okanagan Bc Lake Kelowna British Columbia Canada

Go floating in Penticton

Talk about the perfect activity to do when the weather is hot (just make sure to pile on the sunscreen)! A popular spot for floating near Kelowna is the Penticton River Channel, a human-made channel that bridges the Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. It stretches across 4.3mi, and you’re definitely guaranteed a good time. Just come prepared, know your water safety, blow up your floaties, and you’re good to go. This activity sits high on the best day trips from Kelowna list.

How to get to Penticton from Kelowna

To get to the starting point for floating the Penticton River Channel, you’ll want to head to the launch site at Riverside Drive and park another car near Skaha Lake as the float ends near the Highway 97 bridge near Skaha Lake. It’s dangerous to float in Skaha Lake from the river, so avoid this! You can also ring a taxi and get a ride back to your car this way.

From Kelowna, drive on BC-97 S before taking a left onto Riverside Drive. It takes between 45-50 minutes to get to the launch site from Kelowna.

Cycle to wineries in Lake Country

While Kelowna boasts of an explosion of world-class wineries, there are a couple of classy, scenic wineries dotting Lake Country, the incredibly stunning area nestled between Vernon and Kelowna, worth visiting. A handful of locals like to hop from winery to winery via bicycle!

One way you can do this is to drop one vehicle at Predator Ridge and another in the Kekuli Bay parking lot along the Okanagan Rail Trail. From Predator Ridge, bike to 50th Parallel before continuing to Gray Monk Winery. This is a great place to stop for a snack as the patio overlooks Okanagan Lake. You’ll be happy to know that the next two wineries are right beside each other: Ex Nihilo (another great place to eat) and Arrowleaf Cellars, where you can enjoy a picnic, one of their tasty bottles of wine, while you bask in one of the best views in the Okanagan! From here, head towards the Okanagan Rail Trail and bike along a flat path towards your vehicle at the Kekuli Bay parking lot.

This self-guided cycle wine tour boasts of a lot of undulations, propelling a high heart rate. If you’re expecting a flat, comfortable journey, this isn’t it!

How to get to Predator Ridge from Kelowna

We will guide you to Predator Ridge since our suggested self-guided bike tour starts from here! To get to Predator Ridge from Kelowna, you’ll head to BC-97 N. After 12.2mi, take a left onto Bailey Road and follow this for 1.1mi. Next, turn left onto Commonage Road. Follow this until you reach the roundabout, where you’ll take the 3rd exit onto Predator Ridge Drive! It takes around 45 minutes to get to Predator Ridge from Kelowna.

Okanagan wine tasting vineyard winery Kelowna British Columbia Canada
Okanagan wine tasting vineyard winery Kelowna British Columbia Canada

Try houseboating on The Shuswap

Okay. This isn’t a day trip, but houseboating on The Shuswap is something to consider if you plan to head to Kelowna for a summer vacation, especially if you’re coming from the east since you’ll pass by Sicamous, the Houseboat Capital of Canada, en route to Kelowna. Just type ‘Shuswap houseboating’ into Google, and a surplus of rental companies will pop up.

How to get to Sicamous from Kelowna

If you’re heading in from Kelowna, go to BC-97 N and continue onto BC-97 A. In Sicamous, turn left onto Kappel Street before taking a right onto Riverside Avenue. When you reach the roundabout, continue straight. Shortly after, take a left onto Finlayson Street, followed by another left onto Young Crescent. You’ll see your destination on the left! It takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to The Marina in Sicamous from Kelowna.

Escape crowds at Mabel Lake

That’s right—there’s another lake worth exploring in the Okanagan Valley! Most tourists (and locals) head to the glistening Okanagan Lake, the houseboat-centric Shuswap Lake, the bright blue-green Kalamalka Lake in Vernon, and the small but convenient Wood Lake in Lake Country! But you’ll find a splash of lakes tucked into the hills, the Monashees, and all over, basically. If you’re looking for a quieter but incredibly scenic front country lake for top-notch boating, wakeboarding, water skiing, and mid-lake picnics, head to Mabel Lake! And nothing beats the tree-laden high hills flanking Mabel Lake. You can even turn this day trip into an overnight camping adventure and stay at the popular Mabel Lake Provincial Park.

If you dock at the provincial park campground, it’s a must to boat towards Mabel Lake Resort & Marina, where the ultimate picture of summer awaits (and excellent ice cream!).

How to get to Mabel Lake from Kelowna

To get to Mabel Lake from Kelowna, you’ll need to drive towards Mabel Lake Provincial Park. You’ll take BC-97 N towards Vernon, BC, where you’ll connect with BC-6. Continue moving towards Lumby. Shortly after Lumby, take a left onto Rawlings Lake Road and continue for 3.0mi. Turn right onto Lumby-Mabel Lake Road. After 12.3mi, take a left to stay on the same road before taking another left to stay on Lumby-Mabel Lake Road. Continue until you reach the provincial park, where you’ll turn and drive towards the lake, where a parking lot awaits. It takes around two hours to get to Mabel Lake from Kelowna.

Okanagan lake old wooden canoe on the shore Kelowna British Columbia Canada
Okanagan lake old wooden canoe on the shore Kelowna British Columbia Canada

Go on multi-sport adventures at Silver Star Mountain Resort

Just think of Silver Star Mountain Resort as Big White’s underrated, charming sister that deserves to be known! Situated only over 20 minutes from downtown Vernon, Silver Star Mountain Resort boasts of breathtaking scenery, the most lovely mountain village, and an explosion of family-friendly activities, ski runs, and hiking routes. Just before you reach Silver Star Mountain, you’ll wind by the postcard-painted Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, where a wealth of cross-country skiing trails criss-cross through lanes of snow-covered trees.

Go skiing, skating, tubing, snowshoeing at Silver Star in winter, and hiking and mountain biking in the summer!

How to get to Silver Star Mountain Resort from Kelowna

To get to Silver Star Mountain Resort from Kelowna, drive along BC-97 N and head towards Silver Star Road once you reach Vernon. Follow the winding road until you reach Silver Star Mountain!

Which day trip from Kelowna stands out to you?