It’s already July in the Okanagan – and as summer speeds past us we have a few things you need to try out on the lake before it ends! Check out our top 8 Okanagan Lake activities below – We’ve also added the Adventure List by Okanagan Lifestyle that runs until August 31st with the goal for locals and tourists alike to experience the vast adventures within the Okanagan Valley!
LOCATION: 1600 Abbott street, Kelowna BC and 1010 Lakeshore drive, Penticton BC | CONTACT: Kelowna Facebook, Penticton Facebook, Website, Kelowna Phone: (250) 462-8770, Penticton Phone: (250) 486-4110
Wibit Waterpark – A playground for (literally) all ages in the middle of the lake. It is an island of fun with a few different paths to get from one point to another. Test your balancing skills along this obstacle course with a water trampoline, swings, monkey bars, action tower or the “Flipper” which will send you flying high into the sky! With two locations, one in the heart of City Park in Downtown Kelowna or Lakeshore drive in Penticton, this activity is a highlight for many locals and tourists to the Okanagan who want to experience the beaches of Kelowna and Penticton! “We are devoted to providing quality service and experiences to local communities and tourists while revolutionizing water play.” – Wibit Water Park
OgoPogo Parasail – Fly sky high above Lake Okanagan for great views of the city and area or hop on a Jet Boat for high speeds and exciting maneuvers! What to Expect in your parasail adventure? Sit into your harness and enjoy the ride as the captain gently unwinds the rope, slowly lifting you into the Okanagan Sky! Get a bird’s eye view of Kelowna as you reach heights of up to 100 meters, and gaze down at the beautiful Lake Okanagan beaches and surrounds. Dip or No Dip? Ogopogo Parasail captains love to give guests a dip in the water, so don’t forget to tell the captain if you wish to stay dry from beginning to end! Parasailing is fun for the whole family with no experience required – An summer activity you have to try!
Kelowna Jet Boat Adventures – See Downtown Kelowna and City Park Beach from the water before heading under the bridge towards Gyro Beach and the Eldorado Hotel. Take in the sights such as the beautiful lower mission and the Summerhill Pyramid Winery, before scooting across the lake to Casa Loma Resort and the Shelter Bay Marina. You will also get great views of William R Bennett Bridge and the Old Ferry Wharfbefore heading over to Bear Creek Provincial Park then back past Knox Mountain and Manhattan Point! You’ll want a camera for this trip! The boat is custom built by Smoky Mountain Jet Boats and can carry up to 11 passengers. It is powered by motor with over 400hp and is capable of doing over 80km/h. It is designed to maneuver like a jet ski….so be ready for a few spins and fish tails!
Sold on trying it out? Make sure to check the GetintheLoop app first before you head down and go on a Thrilling 30 minute Jet boat tour with up to 6 people for only $200 HERE, or a 2 for 1 Parasailing adventure HERE!
Hotel Eldorado Marina – With the Okanagan’s largest exclusive fleet of Mastercraft tournament boats and Waverunner rentals, you can choose how much time you want to spend on the water during your vacation; one hour, one day or a week. For a relaxed tour of the beautiful shoreline, you can enjoy Okanagan Lake in a Kayak or on a Stand Up Paddle Board and receive a complimentary water toy rental with any boat or Waverunner reservation. If you aren’t up for the watersports you can kick back and relax at their award-winning lakeside patio for a night to remember. Stunning views of the marina, mountains, lake and sunset paired with fantastic award-winning wine list, beer selection, cocktail list and a delicious menu will make your stop at Eldorado a highlight of the trip!
Check the GetintheLoop app to see what they have going on for offers like $99 per hour for Waverunner Rentals, and save $40 per hour on boat rentals – Click HERE for the details! If Hotel Eldorado didn’t give it away; it is also a favourite hotel destination for both locals and visitors to Kelowna!
Canadian Jetpack Adventures – Flyboarding is the latest in extreme watersports, but don’t be fooled – it’s much easier than it looks! Whether you’re an avid adventure seeker, a bucket list kicker or beach lover – Canadian Jetpack Adventures have the thrill for you. The Flyboard can soar over 40-feet in the air and more then 8-feet below the water! The amount of thrust at the board is controlled by the throttle of your instructor and they offer serveral different rental options to suite your needs – From a one-on-one 20 minute lesson to group lessons and even private lessons!
They also offer prepaid packages (at huge savings!) and gift vouchers (the perfect gift for the adventurer in your life!). Soar like a Dolphin and fly like Iron Man. Super fun and easy check out their GetintheLoop offers before heading down! Click HERE to read more about Kelowna’s latest offer and HERE for Penticton’s – Book For One Person, The Second Person Goes 50% Off!
Mach Boats – There really is no better way to spend a day in the Okanagan than being out in the middle of the lake. Mach Boats offers a variety of boats that are affordable for families & friends looking to experience the lifestyle on Okanagan Lake! If you want to try wake boarding, tubing, or water skiing, or sea-dooing they also have rentals for those too!
Hoodoo Adventure Company – With Hoodoo Adventures’s Kayak Tours on the Okanagan Lake gently glide along shorelines hugging vineyards, sun drenched hills and tall ponderosa pine forests. Go on your own, or bring a group! You’ll love the tours they have available which include a yoga tour, sunset tour, Vaseux Kayak Tour, Picnic Tour, Stand Up Paddle board rentals, Rattlesnake Island Tour and our favourite…. Kayak Wine Tour, which is one of the most unique way to experience wine country and is why Readers Digest awarded this tour NO#3 Kayak Experience in Canada.
Take in the fantastic landscape of Okanagan Lakes as you learn about the area and the local wine industry and if you want a custom tour, let them know! They will meet you at the launch location and you’ll be on your way. Check the GetintheLoop app to stay up to date with what they have for offers – Click HERE to find out right now and book your tour!
Conveniently located downtown Kelowna and a short walk away from the Lake, Loop Cruisers provides a cost effective (starting at $5 per hour for GetintheLoop members, see HERE) and excellent way to explore the beaches, boardwalks and bike pathways of Kelowna! For a memorable experience on your bike you can cruise to the 10 or so wine and beer tasting venues; visit one of 20 or so beaches and parks; bike from one of the activities highlighted on this blog to another or from one of the 50+ restaurant, patios or pubs within biking distance! Kelowna has hundreds of Kilometres of paths along the water, down the nicest streets, up the mission park Greenway or down the Rails and Trails paths!From Tourists, Locals, adventure seekers and cyclists, It’s been said “Loop Cruising is one of the best ways to explore Kelowna.” Find to for yourself!
Parks Alive – Live music Tuesday to Sunday throughout July and August at some of the best and most unique outdoor venues in Kelowna. Many of the concerts are held in parks across Kelowna with artists ranging from local artists to world class professionals performing a variety of genres and styles. These concerts are world class entertainment in a world class settings – taking in the spectacular views of the beautiful Okanagan.