If you’ve been following the #ExploreKelownaToday contests we’ve been holding the past few weeks, you’ll know that there is no shortage of incredible experiences to have in our beautiful hometown! From wineries and breweries to resorts and spas to enough local restaurants to make any foodie’s mouth water, there is so much to do that it’s nearly impossible to experience Kelowna in full!

Lucky for you, we’re partnering with Tourism Kelowna to give away a grand prize that will get you and your loved ones out exploring like never before. Get ready for the ultimate Kelowna staycation for you and your friends and family—whether they’re local or from out-of-town!

One lucky winner will get to design the staycation of their dreams by putting their prize money towards the local businesses of their choice. You can enjoy the trip yourself with fellow Kelowna-locals OR invite your out-of-town friends/family for a visit and share the love!

You’ll get:

  • $1000 towards a stay at a local resort or hotel
  • $500 towards a winery or brewery experience
  • $500 towards local dining
  • $500 towards Kelowna experiences and attractions (think everything from museums to hot air balloon adventures!)

Read on to learn about potential experiences and how to enter!

Find somewhere unique to rest your head

Ever wanted to experience some of the stunning first-class accommodations tourists are always raving about? There’s no better excuse to try out a local resort or B&B than winning your stay! In case you feel like there’s too many to choose from, we’ve got some ideas to get you feeling inspired!

If you’ve been craving a traditional resort experience, check out The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna. Stay in a private residence where you can settle in with your friends or family, enjoy stunning views of Okanagan Lake from your own patio, and take advantage of the many on-site amenities the resort has to offer. 

For a cozy retreat, stay at a local bed & breakfast like the Ogopogo B&B. With its central location, delicious breakfast served every morning, and luxurious rooms, you can’t beat the Ogopogo if you’re looking for a classic tourist experience in your town! 

Or, enjoy a more rustic experience at a Beaver Lake Resort cabin! If you love the great outdoors, this is the perfect place to unwind in between your adventures in nature. With easy access to hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and year-round fishing, there’s an excursion waiting for you here—no matter the time of year!

If you win this flexible prize pack, you’ll get to choose from these options or pick somewhere entirely different—whatever will make you or your guests’ dreams come true!

Savour your time away with a unique winery or brewery experience

Whether you like to unwind with a glass of wine, love to sip on quality beer, or just want to admire some of the most beautiful scenery in Kelowna, there’s nothing like a trip to a winery or brewery to make your staycation complete. There are so many around town—and with your prize winnings, the sky will be the limit! You’ll get $500 to spend at whichever wineries or breweries (or cideries or distilleries) you want.

Visit one of many unique vineyards and discover your new favourite bottle. Explore the world of chivalry, magic, romance and adventure at Camelot Vineyards, where you can drink fine wine while gazing upon the great Excalibur. Enjoy a meet and greet with a family of rooftop goats before entering the solar-powered tasting room at Off the Grid Winery in West Kelowna. Or, take the opportunity to sample the mead and honey wine at Meadow Vista Honey Wines—the perfect place for wine-lovers and bee-lovers alike!

If you’d prefer a visit to a brewery, you’ll have no shortage of options! Head to Vice & Virtue Brewing Co. for a taste of specialty craft beer and a bite of something delicious to enhance the flavour. Or visit Freddy’s Brew Pub to get a taste of a Kelowna microbrewery that has been brewing for 19 years—they have great beer plus 30 lanes of bowling! For a beer tasting experience both seasoned beer lovers and newcomers will enjoy, head to BNA Brewery Co. & Eatery’s tasting room where you can sample first-class brews before a friendly game of ski ball or—you guessed it—more bowling!

The list of one-of-a-kind winery and brewery experiences for your staycation is endless—be sure to look into more vineyards and breweries for inspiration!



Fuel your staycation with the best dining in the city


It wouldn’t be a staycation without at least one meal to remember. Revisit an old favourite or try something brand new—with a vast food scene like Kelowna’s, you’ll be sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds. As part of this sweet prize pack, you’ll get $500 to spend at a restaurant of your choice!

Breakfast and brunch connoisseurs can choose from tons of different diners and cafes around town. Ever heard of Sunny’s Modern Diner? They were featured on the Food Network Canada series Big Food Bucket List, so they’re basically food famous! Get starstruck while you enjoy sweet or savoury brunch in a cozy diner filled with photos of the restaurant’s namesake—Sunny the golden retriever.

Have a drink and a meal at Central Kitchen & Bar, one of Kelowna’s highly-rated restaurants. Feast on quality burgers, sandwiches and other tasty takes on classic pub food in a bar that prides itself on its fun and creative personality. 

Experience West Kelowna’s ultimate choice for casual dining by heading over to 19 Okanagan Grill & Bar. Indulge in comfort food like burgers and sandwiches or treat yourself to a quality steak or blackened entree.

If you’re looking for an elegant place that will accommodate the many different palates of your friends or family, the West Coast Grill & Oyster Bar has everything from fresh seafood to steaks to sandwiches—all made with high quality ingredients that will make you want to keep coming back to try the whole menu!

Head downtown by “The Sails” and share a delicious selection of share/small plate dishes at Salt & Brick. Offering tasty food paired with a carefully curated list of 101 local wines, Salt & Brick is a unique Kelowna dining experience you won’t want to miss!

Learn, play and explore

With some of the best outdoor recreation in the country, a vibrant arts and culture scene and countless businesses that offer all kinds of fun and games, deciding what to spend your winnings on will be no easy feat! The lucky winner will get $500 to put towards the experiences and attractions of their choosing.

Spend some time learning about the history and culture of Kelowna and the Okanagan at one of many museums, tours and educational experiences. Start your journey of understanding the land you live on with a tour or experience with Moccasin Trails, an Indigenous organization dedicated to bringing people from around the world on the ancestral paths walked by the syilx/Okanagan people. Continue your journey with a guided tour of the Sncewips Heritage Museum, a space where you can learn more about the  Okanagan from a syilx perspective.

Then, take a look inside one of many museums dedicated to answering your burning questions about your hometown. Ever wondered why there are so many vineyards and wineries here? The Okanagan Wine & Orchard Museum might just have the answer! Interested in wartime history? Check out the Okanagan Military Museum!

If you’d rather spend time outdoors, you’re in luck—there are some unforgettable experiences you can choose from. Take your love of the Okanagan Valley to new heights with a hot air balloon tour through Okanagan Ballooning. For something more active, climb, zipline and play in the trees at Oyama Zipline Adventure Park!

Looking for fun and fitness for the whole family? Check out the Olympic length pool, wave pool, river run, water slides, a kid's spray park, surf wave simulator and 12,000 square feet of fitness and cardio space at H2O Adventure & Fitness Centre. Or, bring the gang out to the four-storey playground at the Energyplex, where you’ll obstacle courses, rope swings and Kelowna’s only indoor aerial park!

Enter to win the staycation of your dreams now

Feeling hyped for a Kelowna staycation to remember?

Don’t miss your chance to enter Tourism Kelowna’s #ExploreKelownaToday grand prize contest below!

Also, be sure to check out our weekly #ExploreKelownaToday contests to get a shot at weekly prizes by showing us your favourite places to be and things to do in Kelowna on Instagram!



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Image credits:

  • Image 1: Courtesy of Tourism Kelowna - Shawn Talbot Photography
  • Image 2: Courtesy of Tourism Kelowna - Gord Willie
  • Image 3: Courtesy of Tourism Kelowna - Wines of British Columbia
  • Image 4: Courtesy of Tourism Kelowna - BC Ale Trail
  • Image 5: Courtesy of Tourism Kelowna - Matt Ferguson
  • Image 6: Courtesy of Tourism Kelowna - Westbank First Nation and Sncewips Heritage Museum
  • Image 7: Courtesy of Tourism Kelowna