One-day Itinerary for Visiting Kelowna | Wicked Tours

At Wicked Tours, we’re wine experts, but we know Kelowna just as well. Read our one-day itinerary to visit our city and see all it offers.


View of Kelowna from Dilworth Mountain

Courtesy of tourismkelowna.com – Hiking Addiction

One-day Itinerary for Visiting Kelowna, BC: Recommendations from a Local Expert

If you’ve only got one day in Kelowna, you want to make the most of your time here. Wicked Tours is based in the city’s heart, so we know all the must-see spots and must-do activities that go into the ultimate one-day itinerary.

We pride ourselves as the best provider of half-day and full-day wine tours in Kelowna, BC. But there’s more to us and our city than wine. Our range of packages also includes Kelowna Cannabis tours and beer and cider tastings at local breweries.

Our tour packages highlight many trips to Kelowna, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have.

For now, though, we focus on our recommendations for a one-day itinerary that takes in the best of the place we call home.


Start Your Day with an Easy Hike Up Knox Mountain

There’s no better way to start your day in Kelowna than to get your body moving and fill your lungs with fresh air. Hiking up Knox Mountain, to the north of downtown, is the perfect way to do this.

The summit is 300 meters above Okanagan Lake’s high-water level, and the marked trails aren’t overly strenuous.

The gentle route to the top leads to spectacular views across the city, lake, and mountains.


Or Consider a Morning Cycle in Myra Canyon

Does cycling in a beautiful canyon hold more appeal? A morning ride in Myra Canyon makes a great alternative to hiking up Knox Mountain.

The trail is part of the disused Kettle Valley Railway (KVR). Highlights along the path include 18 trestle bridges and two tunnels, all set against the stunning backdrop of a steep-walled canyon.

Myra Station has located 24km from downtown Kelowna. The scenic 40-minute drive there takes you past golf courses, farms, orchards, and vineyards.

Couple walking over trestle bridge.

Courtesy of tourismkelowna.com – Kim Connelly

Take a More Relaxed Approach with a Half-Day Wine Tour

 We get it — jumping out of bed and heading out on a hike or cycling through a canyon first thing in the morning isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. And that’s fine!

If you prefer a slower pace in the AM, why not build up to one of our half-day wine tours? 

Our half-day wine-tasting and tour packages include wine tours in West KelownaEast Kelowna vineyard tours, and Okanagan Lake Country wine tours.

Morning tours start at 10:30 AM and finish at 1:30 PM, while afternoon tours last from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

At Wicked Tours, we can guide you through the unique boutique wineries of Kelowna, many of which are family-owned and operated. Throw in beautiful scenery like scenic lake views and rolling vineyard hills, not to mention relaxed conversations with winemakers themselves, and you’re guaranteed a fun, funky, and enlightening time.

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Fill Up on Lunch at DunnEnzies or Central Kitchen

However, you spend your morning, choosing the right place for lunch is a vital aspect of any one-day itinerary for visiting Kelowna. Luckily, we have two standout recommendations!

If you’re craving cheese and carbs, make a beeline for DunnEnzies. This award-winning pizza place has two restaurants in the city: DunnEnzies Pizza Downtown and DunnEnzies Pizza Mission.

The downtown location is in the heart of the city. It has on-demand slices, takeout, delivery options, and a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.

DunnEnzies Pizza Mission is south of downtown and has a substantial backyard-style patio with a 185-year-old London Plane tree. Visitors can find specialty cocktails, wine, beer, tacos, salads, and their fantastic pizza!

Central Kitchen is another great downtown restaurant to grab lunch at. This spot was officially voted Kelowna’s best burger, specializing in classic bar food. With a patio and full bar, it’s an ideal location to kick back for an hour or two.


Head to Waterfront Park in the Afternoon

It’s easy to overindulge at either of our recommended lunch spots, so walking to and around Waterfront Park is a great way to burn off some of that food.

Located a stone’s throw from Central Kitchen and a short walk from DunnEnzies Pizza Downtown, Waterfront Park has a photogenic lakefront location complete with green expanses, cascading falls, swimming areas, and scenic views.

The Waterfront Boardwalk offers an easy 2km walk beside Okanagan Lake and leads to Tugboat Beach. There aren’t many better places to ease into the afternoon with golden sand, inviting water, paddle boat rentals, and much more.

Are you heading here in the winter? Take a look through our Top 5 Winter Activities in Kelowna.

Kelowna Waterfront Park

Courtesy of tourismkelowna.com

Stroll and Shop on Bernard Avenue

If you’re unfamiliar with Kelowna, Bernard Avenue is the heart of downtown. This part of our city has long been a commercial and cultural hub. Today, it’s an exciting waterfront location lined with heritage brick buildings.

Bernard Avenue is a great place to pick up a thoughtful souvenir and, while away for a few hours, packed full of shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

In the summer, Bernard Avenue becomes entirely pedestrianized from St. Paul Street to Okanagan Lake. The space fills with restaurant patios, programs, performances, art installations, and more.


And Stop Off at Parlour for Incredible Ice Cream!

You’ll find Parlour Ice Cream at the corner of Abbott Street and Bernard Avenue. You can thank us later!

The team at Parlour makes small-batch ice cream flavours by hand using locally-sourced ingredients.

The result is pure creamy goodness and the perfect afternoon snack.


Explore Downtown for Dinner, Cocktails, and Live Music Venues

The saying goes that fine wine and good food go hand-in-hand. Given the Okanagan Valley’s reputation for premium wines, it’s no surprise that our downtown area also has an impressive culinary scene.

So when it comes to dinner, there’s something for all tastes here, from comforting pub-style eats to freshly caught fish served al-fresco at your table.

Check out our Guide to Restaurants in Kelowna for help making your choice.

And there’s as diverse a range of options for evening cocktails — or any other drink you prefer! Whether you want to dress up for some sophisticated sipping or let loose after a long day, there’s a spot for everybody!

Read through Our Favourite Places for Drinks in Kelowna for a taster of what’s on offer.

And round off your Kelowna one-day itinerary with some live music! Like the food and drinks, the place you like best will depend on your taste.

A brief run-through of great places includes Fernando’s, O’Flanigan’s Pub, Doc Willougby’s Public House, Milkcrate Records, Friends of Dorthy Lounge, Blue Gator, The Curious Cafe, and many more!

Crowd of people at busy bar
Courtesy of tourismkelowna.com – BNA Brewing Co.

Unlock the Real Kelowna with Okanagan Valley Tour Specialists

We hope this blog has got you counting the days until you arrive in Kelowna!

At Wicked Tours, we love helping people create unforgettable memories in the heart of Canada’s best wine region.

And don’t think we’re biased when we say that! In 2019, the Matador Network listed the Okanagan Valley in Kelowna as one of the “most exciting places to travel to drink wine.”

Our award-winning range of Kelowna wine tours provides the perfect gateway to experiencing everything Canada’s premier wine country has to offer.

Please get in touch for more information about any of our tours.

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
At least 2

Kelowna Wine Tour

Venture off the beaten path and experience the chic bohemian vibe of South East Kelowna's boutique wineries. Unique, family run and limited production combine to create Instagram-worthy posts and the opportunity to sample some of the local's best-kept secrets.

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Frind Estate Winery
Duration
6 hours
Group Size
At least 2

Westside Wine Trail Wine Tour

As you wander the Westside Wine Trail, enjoy rolling vistas of orchards, vineyards, and stunning lake views. An eclectic mix of sophisticated elegance and farm-style friendliness blended with fabulous culinary experiences will appeal to even the most discriminating guest.

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149 CAD
Quails Gate Estate Winery
Duration
3 hours
Group Size
At least 2

West Kelowna Wine Tour

As you wander the Westside Wine Trail, enjoy rolling vistas of orchards, vineyards, and stunning lake views. An eclectic mix of sophisticated elegance and farm-style friendliness blended with fabulous culinary experiences will appeal to even the most discriminating guest.

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129 CAD
Garnett Valley Ranch
Duration
6 hours
Group Size
At least 2

Summerland Wine Tour

Nestled in the small community of Summerland, this microclimate region will have you tasting your way through diverse, award-winning wineries. The Bottleneck Drive is a warm community environment amongst remarkable vineyard settings. You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur; we want you to have fun.

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179 CAD
Duration
5 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
At least 2

Scenic Sip Wine Tour

Lovers of crisp superb Rieslings and Pinot Gris' as well as the delicate earthy fragrance of spectacular Pinot Noirs, can imbibe to their heart's content as we tour the rustic countryside of the Okanagan Lake Country wine region. Savoir delectable artisanal foods and world-class wines in a relaxed, unpretentious setting.

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149 CAD
Duration
6 hours
Group Size
At least 2

Penticton Wine Tour

The Naramata bench in Penticton will take you on a winding scenic road showcasing perfectly landscaped vineyards overlooking the beautiful Okanagan Lake. Known for big reds and full-bodied patio whites, this area will deliver fabulous culinary opportunities in its varied restaurants and viewpoints.

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179 CAD
Duration
8 hours
Group Size
At least 2

Oliver Wine Tour

Desert landscapes blend with sun-drenched reds and full-bodied whites as we tour the iconic South Okanagan wine region. Explore the Golden Mile and Black Sage terroirs, revel in stunning architectural and artistic designs and relish the culinary delights that highlight this world-renowned wine region. A must for any discerning wine lover.

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229 CAD
Duration
5 hours
Group Size
Up to 14

District Wine Village

As we make our way to the District Wine Village, we will first stop at Tickleberrys. This local treasure, founded in 1987, will have you wanting more than one scoop of ice cream, with over 50 flavours. Not to mention the variety of handmade Fudge that would pair amazingly with some of the wines you’ll be tasting on your self-curated tour at the District Wine Village. This has become a must-do and the only one in Canada; this four-season opportunity has wineries, breweries, and distilleries and will indeed have your palette working overtime.

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99 CAD