10 Activities To Stay Cool on the Hottest Summer Days in Kelowna, BC
Kelowna summers are known for bright blue skies, relaxing beach days, and very hot weather.
Between June and August, the daytime temperature in Kelowna averages from 24 to 28 degrees (75.2 to 82.4F), while daytime lows average from 11 to 13 degrees (51.8 to 55.4F).
On June 28th, 2021, Kelowna, BC experienced a new record high temperature when temperatures reached 45.7 degrees celsius (114.26F).
If it’s too hot in Kelowna, here are 10 summer activities to help you stay cool.
Quilchena Waterpark in Kettle Valley
1. Visit a Pool or Water Park
Kelowna has 5 public indoor pools and 4 outdoor waterparks.
Water Parks in Kelowna, BC:
City Park Water and Skate Park, Kelowna City Park
Splash BC Water Park, Kelowna City Park
Quilchena Park, Kettle Valley
Ben Lee Park Water Park, Rutland
Kids Care Spray Park, West Kelowna
Kelowna Public Swimming Pools:
H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre
Johnson Bentley Aquatic Centre
Parkinson Recreation Centre
YMCA of Okanagan
YMCA of Central Okanagan
You can find a list of public pools in Kelowna and West Kelowna here.
2. Go Play at Indoor Activity & Game Centres
If your kids need to blow off some steam, try one of the air conditioned activity and game centres in Kelowna:
Energyplex Entertainment Centre: An indoor activity centre with a 4-level playground, rock climbing wall, Skytrax aerial park, laser tag, and arcade games.
Scandia Golf & Games: A family-friendly activity centre with indoor jungle mini golf, arcade games, outdoor go karts & baseball batting cage.
Arcadia VR Lounge: For the latest in Virtual Reality (VR) video game experiences, check out the VR Arcade in Kelowna.
The Kelowna Art Gallery
3. Tour Kelowna Art Galleries & Museums
For a cultural experience, visit an indoor art gallery or museum to stay cool and learn something along the way.
Kelowna Art Gallery
Okanagan Heritage Museum
Okanagan Military Museum
Check out our Kelowna art galleries guide for more places to find art in town.
Inside the Xtreme West Kelowna Theatre
4. Watch a Film at The Cinema
A dark movie theatre is a perfect place to beat a hot summer day in Kelowna. Here are the theatres open in Kelowna, BC for 2021:
Xtreme West Kelowna (Landmark Cinemas)
Grand 10 Kelowna (Landmark Cinemas)
Orchard Plaza 5 Cinemas (Cineplex) - Kelowna
Check out Cinemaclock.ca to see what’s playing now.
The view from Quails’ Gate Winery
5. Go on a Wine Tour
Visiting Okanagan wineries on a chauffeured, air conditioned bus tour is a fantastic way to stay chilled when Kelowna is too hot. Here are 5 Kelowna wine tour companies that get excellent reviews:
Toast The Okanagan Wine Tours
Wicked Wine Tours
Uncorked Okanagan Wine Tours Kelowna
Okanagan Wine Country Tours
Vines & Views Wine Tours
Inside seating at Vice & Virtue Brewing
6. Sample Kelowna’s Craft Breweries
Kelowna has an amazing craft brewery scene with over 14 different breweries. These are our favorites in Kelowna’s North End:
Vice & Virtue
Red Bird Brewing
Kettle River Brewing Co.
BNA Brewing Co.
The Kelowna Beer Institute
7. Try Your Luck at the Casino
If you need to beat the heat, Kelowna’s Casinos reopened on July 1st, 2021 - and have really good air conditioning.
Playtime Casino Kelowna: Downtown Kelowna casino with slots, table games, poker rooms, and a restaurant. Playtime Casino is located at 1300 Water Street next to the Delta Grand Hotel.
Chances Kelowna: A 42,000 sq ft gaming space with 250 VLT machines, a race book, and 494 bingo seats.
If you’re not into gambling, check out our Kelowna Nightlife Guide for more things to do when the sun goes down.
8. Go Shopping at Orchard Park Mall
Orchard Park Mall is Kelowna’s original cooling centre with over 170 air conditioned stores and plenty of space to walk. While you’re in shopping mode, check out the vintage clothing stores and places to buy menswear in Kelowna.
9. Hike a Forest Trail Near Kelowna
Tall ponderosa pines and douglas fir trees keep Kelowna forests shady and cool through the summer months. Here are three of our favorite places to go walking and hiking near Kelowna:
Angel Springs via June Springs Road: A moderate 7.6km trail with wildflowers, a cooling river, and 385m elevation gain.
Rose Valley Regional Park: A gorgeous network of 12 forest trails for hiking, mountain biking, and dog walking in West Kelowna, BC.
Mission Creek Regional Park: A centrally-located Kelowna park with hiking trails, a children’s fishing pond, playground, and a covered picnic area.
Gneiss Climbing in Kelowna, BC
10. Indoor Fitness Centres in Kelowna, BC
If it’s too hot to exercise outdoors, head to an indoor sports and fitness centre in Kelowna:
H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre: The biggest indoor fitness facility in Kelowna with swimming pools, waterslides, a FlowRider surf machine, and fitness classes.
Gneiss Climbing: Modern indoor climbing and bouldering gym.
Global Fitness & Racquet Centre: Indoor gym, tennis, and racquetball centre.
Orangetheory Fitness: 55 to 6o minute group fitness classes using heart rate-based interval training
Mission Fitness: Gym and indoor running track
Spinco: Indoor spin classes and outdoor rides