Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Kelowna | Wicked Tours

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Do you want to keep costs low on your trip to Kelowna without compromising on the fun? Read our tips for the best budget-friendly things to do in Kelowna.

No matter what time of year you plan to visit Kelowna, BC, you don’t need to break the bank to have a fantastic time here. There are plenty of fun and fulfilling things to do in and around the city that are affordable or free.

Our wine tours in Kelowna run year-round and pair perfectly with the many cultural and outdoor activities you can enjoy in town or the wider Okanagan Valley area.

For more information about any tours we operate, please feel free to contact us. We’re more than happy to provide all the answers you need.

In the meantime, let’s look at the best budget-friendly things to do in Kelowna throughout the year.

Cherry Blossoms Trees

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Kelowna Bursts Back into Life in Spring!

As winter ends, spring is the perfect time to get into the great outdoors.

Kelowna and the surrounding areas are home to incredible hiking trails that take you through British Columbia’s famous, awe-inspiring wilderness.

Many standout options exist, but Myra Canyon, with its trestle bridges, tunnels, and Old West aesthetics, is among the most popular.

Located 24 km southeast of downtown, hiking a scenic portion of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail is a fantastic day trip for anyone looking to get active, whether on a hike or a bike. Bike rentals or cycling tours are a great way to explore the city in spring. You can cover more ground quickly, ensuring you see and do everything on your itinerary.

Whether on a bike, on foot, or in a vehicle, we strongly recommend heading east to the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market. It’s bursting with fresh produce, food and drink stands, handmade crafts, and more.

The market is larger, so exploring it in the morning is a great way to start a day. Check the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market website for up-to-date information ahead of your visit.

Our half-day East Kelowna Vineyard Tours are the perfect way to cap spring explorations east of Okanagan Lake.

Woman smiling holding basket of flowers in front of Kelowna Farmer's Market sign.

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Cool Off in the Summer in and Around Okanagan Lake

As the weather heats up into the summer, Okanagan Lake comes alive with activities. You can enjoy anything from SUP to canoeing to kayaking, which you can rent on the lakeside. 

Of course, you can always jump in for a swim too! Our lake has clean, pristine waters, so don’t be shy.

Did you know that Kelowna has multiple sand beaches scattered around the shores of Okanagan Lake?

These are great for lazing and relaxing, especially between swims and water sports, on a summer’s day. Some of the best beaches in and near the city include:

  • Hot Sands Beach in City Park

  • Tugboat Beach in Waterfront Park

  • Boyce-Gyro Beach Park

  • Strathcona Beach Park

  • Rotary Beach Park

As with spring, hiking and mountain biking are healthy activities you can partake in for free. However, in the height of summer, it’s best to hit the trails in the morning or evening to avoid the worst of the heat.

Summer is also when Kelowna’s parks fill with the sound of live entertainment. Parks Alive! is a summer program of free outdoor concerts in parks and public spaces.

And as summer draws people toward the lake, it’s an excellent time for our Okanagan Lake Country Wine Tour. Join us as we head north to some of the finest wineries beside Okanagan Lake.

The nose of a kayak in a lake in front of a rocky shore.

Courtesy of tourismkelowna.com – Karen Miller

Make the Most of Harvest Season in Fall

As temperatures drop after summer, plenty more budget-friendly activities in Kelowna await you!

The Fall Wine Festival is naturally top of our list here. Organized by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society (OWFS), this event draws in locals and visitors alike. Over multiple days, you can enjoy wine-themed events, allowing you to tailor a perfect experience in one of the world’s best regions.

And if the festival doesn’t quite meet all your needs, you can join one of our half-day or full-day wine tours in Kelowna!

Davison Orchards is around a 45-minute drive from downtown Kelowna. This family farm grows all manner of fresh, quality Okanagan produce and comes into its own in the fall.

Some specialties include fresh-pressed apple juice, dreamy baked pies, homemade jams and preserves, and many other treats. This is a great low-cost family day out with farm animals, a children’s play area spanning one acre, and a gift shop!

For much the same reason, the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market is worth multiple visits (if possible) for excellent fresh produce at this time of year.

And stop by McMillian Farm’s Pumpkin Patch for apples, pumpkins, and family fun in the corn maze.

Check out our West Kelowna Half-Day Wine Tour to explore what West Kelowna offers. Combined with our other wine-tasting tours, this is the perfect way to get the complete wine-tasting experience while in town.

Laurel Packinghouse filled with people viewing items at a silent auction.
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The Fun Keeps Rolling in Winter!

If you’re visiting Kelowna in winter, it’s time to embrace the snow, ice, and low temperatures! But remember — there’s no bad weather, only bad clothing! Wrap up warm, put on snowshoes, and enjoy a different perspective on a winter hiking trail.

There’s plenty of fun for the holiday season too. Take in the dazzling lights on Candy Cane Lane — where 60 homes in a typical neighbourhood light up for holiday cheer.

You can also head to the Stuart Park Ice Rink for a leisurely skate or hit one of the holiday markets to buy some unique Christmas presents.

Taking in a Kelowna Rockets hockey game is a hit with sports fans of all ages, while the Kelowna Community Theatre offers a warm welcome and multiple seasonal shows.

Many of the local wineries offer holiday experiences for the oenophiles out there!

At Wicked Tours, we run tours through the winter too. We have seasonal offerings alongside year-round favourites like our Scenic Sip Wine Tour in Lake Country, BC.

A Wicked Tours van parked at a lodge at Big White Ski Resort in BC.
Wicked Tours at Big White Resort

Our Wine Tours in Kelowna are Ideal for Visitors on Any Budget!

Kelowna is filled with budget-friendly activities, so even if you want to watch what you spend on your trip here, you don’t need to compromise on fun and memory-making.

And if you’re heading our way to discover the world-famous Okanagan Valley Wine Region, look no further than Wicked Tours. Our half-day and full-day wine tours in Kelowna visit the best wineries in the area.

Do you have any questions about our tours? Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

 

Wicked Wine Tours Kelowna
Duration
3 hours
Group Size
At least 2

West Kelowna Wine Tour

Explore the enchanting vineyards and breathtaking views on a West Kelowna wine tour. With its rolling hills, lush orchards and majestic lake views, the Westside Wine Trail offers a unique mix of sophistication and rural charm that impress even the most discerning travellers. Sample locally-crafted wines, chat with knowledgeable winemakers, and capture stunning landscapes throughout this fascinating tour.

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Duration
5 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
At least 2

Westside Wine Trail Wine Tour

Take a memorable journey through the beautiful Okanagan Valley on one of the wine tours from Kelowna. Enjoy an eclectic mix of farm-style hospitality and upscale elegance as you explore vineyards along the Westside Wine Trail. Marvel at the stunning lake views and rolling vineyards before indulging in some of the finest cuisines the area offers.

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The View Winery
Duration
3 hours
Group Size
At least 2

Kelowna Wine Tour

Kelowna's wine scene is bursting with hidden gems. Explore them all on a guided tour of the city's Southeast area. Discover unique family-run, limited-production wineries with chic bohemian vibes and unforgettable Instagram-worthy posts. Enjoy samples of the area's best-kept secrets, and don't miss out on this off-the-beaten-path adventure!

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District Wine Village BC
Duration
5 hours
Group Size
Up to 14

District Wine Village

At the District Wine Village, you can take a self-guided tour of the wineries, breweries, and distilleries. It's the only place of its kind in Canada and an absolute must-see for wine lovers in any season! For a complete tasting experience, we'll stop by Tickleberry's on our way in and pick up some handmade fudge and homemade ice cream!

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Arrowleaf Cellars
Duration
3 hours
Group Size
At least 2

Lake Country Wine Tour

Tour Okanagan Lake Country and explore some of the region's best wines. Taste world-class Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir and experience their crisp flavor, delicate earthy aroma, and superb quality. Immerse yourself in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere as you savor some of this area's finest wines.

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