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Locals could argue that the Spring and Summer seasons belong to the Okanagan. With no end in sight to the golfing, wine tours, hiking, endless mountain and lake views, water sports, music, and art that the Okanagan has to offer, it’s difficult to decide what to do and where to go first!
After outfitting many outdoor initiatives and activities over the years, we have gathered some of our favourite pop-ups around the Okanagan that you need to visit, whether you’re a long-time local or a visitor passing through.
Here are the seven pop-ups you need to add to your summer itinerary in the Okanagan:
Fun Fact: E-Kruise is the only retailer in Kelowna selling electric longboards!
E-Kruise believes in combining old school values with innovative and engaging technology, and providing a more accessible way for everyone to experience the Okanagan. With several locations across Western Canada, E-Kruise partners with hotels and provides a rental fleet of e-scooters, e-longboards, paddle boards, wake boards, bikes, and more! If you are planning to visit Kelowna or Penticton this summer, you’ll want to make a stop at their vibrant pop-up to rent one of their eletric fun-mobiles and tour around some of their recommended routes.
Fun Fact: You can expect to see lively activations such as Ukelele on Bernard for kids, Dancing on Bernard, Noon Hour Yoga, Music Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and impactful art pieces by local creatives.
Thanks to the Downtown Kelowna Association, Tourism Kelowna, City of Kelowna, Rogers, Secure-Rite Mobile Storage, NOW Canada, and many other local partners, Bernard Avenue is going to be a ‘Good Vibes Only’ pedestrian thru-fare again this summer! In an effort to liven up the atmosphere with cheerful colours and signage, Meet Me On Bernard is a 10-week patio-extension and street animation project that encourages pedestrians to peruse the nearby shops, enjoy the fun animation blocks, relax in the parklets, and grab a bite on one of Downtown Kelowna’s many patios.
Fun Fact: This is the only Earl’s-associated street taco shipping container in Canada!
Nestled in a colourful and inviting laneway between Earl’s/The Hot Box Yoga and Fresh Slice in vibrant Downtown Kelowna, passersby can make a pitstop at the Laneway Canteen e-Taco Stand for some delicious fresh eats and beverages. The fire truck red e-Taco stand is run by Earl’s Kelowna staff and is handy to some beloved local shops, gelato spots, and waterfront viewpoints. Be sure to mark ‘Taco Tuesday’ in your Kelowna itinerary!
Where: 16576 Fosbery Rd, Summerland
Fun Fact: This vegan-friendly container winery is dog-friendly!
You can’t visit the Okanagan without visiting and sampling at some of the most talked-about wineries! Okanagan Crush Pad Winery is housed in a unique shipping container structure, complete with a tasting lounge, patio, and state-of-the-art winemaking facility in the cozy Town of Summerland. Offering exclusive wines under the labels Haywire, Narrative, Free Form, and Bizou + Yukon, visitors are sure to enjoy a taste of the Okanagan within a high mountain, northern desert setting, while learning about organic farming principles that shape some world-renowned wines. Cin Cin!
Where: 3887 Brown Rd, West Kelowna
Fun Fact: The name of the cidery is a nod to owner Russ Johnson’s firefighter memorabilia, which he has been collecting as a hobby for about six years. The Johnson’s 1959 Chevy fire truck, a pumper out of Squamish, sits on-site!
Truck ’59 Ciderhouse is a young, hip, and family-friendly local favourite in West Kelowna. The marriage of quality cider, the appetizing and southern-inspired Smokeshow BBQ Food Truck, nearby trails, and the ambience that the surrounding mountains and lake views provide make Truck ’59 Ciderhouse a no-brainer hangout spot.
Where: 5932 Old Vernon Rd, Kelowna
Fun Fact: This wood-clad farm saloon is made from shipping containers!
Known for its unique, western vibe, Kangaroo Creek Farm offers visitors a warm introduction to a variety of exotic and domestic animals and birds in natural surroundings. Visitors can wander, meet, and often feed treats to adorable kangaroos, wallaby’s, goats, capybara, parrots, peacocks, and more! There are several other activities on-site for the kids to enjoy, such as face-painting, visiting reptiles, and of course, endless photo-taking opportunities.
Where: 7248 Tronson Rd, Vernon
Fun Fact: Salmon and shellfish are among the most popular species in the waters around Kin Beach!
If you are looking to partake in a day of swimming, volleyball, fishing, and beachy picnics, then Kin Beach should be on your itinerary for a fun day in the Okanagan sun. Situated at the head of Okanagan Lake on the outskirts of Vernon, Kin Beach is a long stretch of both rocky and white sandy beach areas offering a playground for the kids, washroom facilities, all the fun in the sun you can imagine, and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!
With so much to see and do in this glorious range of mountains and pristine lakes, we hope you have an exciting and safe visit to all that Okanagan tourism has to offer, and we hope to see you at our favourite pop-ups this summer! If you’re feeling tempted to move to the Okanagan after an exciting summer of ticking off the items on your itinerary, we invite you to come by and talk to us about your upcoming move.