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10 Activities To Stay Cool on the Hottest Summer Days in Kelowna, BC

Kiri Sandana

Kiri is a Sales Consultant and Partner with Vantage West Realty...

Kiri is a Sales Consultant and Partner with Vantage West Realty...

Jul 6 6 minutes read

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.

What to Do in Kelowna on Hot Summer Days | 2023 Guide

Kids, moms, and dads playing at Quilchena Waterpark in Kettle Valley

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 you've moved to Kelowna with kids need to blow off some steam, try one of the air conditioned activity and game centres in Kelowna:

The Kelowna Art Gallery entryway

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.

An empty theatre at Xtreme West Kelowna Theatre

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 to see what’s playing now.

View from Quails’ Gate Winery on Boucherie Rd in West Kelowna, BC

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

People eating pizza and drinking beer at Vice & Virtue Brewing

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 guides on Kelowna Nightlife and fine dining 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. You can hike the flat trails of Mission Creek all year round - even during the winter, but mind your footing.

Two people bouldering at Gneiss Climbing in Kelowna, BC

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:

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