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3 Popular Day Trips from Kelowna, BC

Last updated on October 5th, 2022

Kelowna is home to a bountiful of wineries, orchards, and stunning nature, all of which make it a popular destination in the Okanagan Valley filled with plenty of opportunities for day-trip exploring. Kelowna is both the largest city in the Okanagan Valley and British Columbia’s third most-populated city. Whether you are planning a trip to Kelowna or want to experience more of the Okanagan Valley, there are many things to do near Kelowna, perfect for day trips. Besides the various winery and beach options available, I will share with you three fun, popular day trips near Kelowna, in addition, and how to get to each of them. enderby cliffs provincial park hike scenic lookout

Enderby Cliffs

If you enjoy the outdoors, you will want to hike the Enderby Cliffs. Approximately 1000m above Enderby, its views of the Shuswap River and Okanagan Valley will leave you in awe. Located about 1-hour and 20-minutes from Kelowna, this well-liked 13 km hike is not to be skipped and is even pet-friendly. enderby cliffs provincial park british columbia

How To Get To Enderby Cliffs

From Kelowna
  • Take Highway 97 North, drive 61.8 km
  • Continue onto Vernon-Sicamous Hwy/BC-97A N, drive 26.8 km
  • In Downtown Enderby, turn East onto Cliff Avenue, drive 550 m
  • Turn left onto Enderby Grindrod Road, drive 1.8 km
  • Make a right onto Mowat Road, drive 400 m
  • Turn left onto Brash Allen Road, drive 1.6 km
  • The parking lot will be on your left
  • The Tplaquin trail begins from the parking lot
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Salmon Arm Wharf

The Salmon Arm Wharf is the longest in North America, featuring picture-perfect views of Shuswap Lake and the Bastion mountains. You don’t want to miss anything that is the biggest, the best, or the only, and the Salmon Arm Wharf is no different. Now you might be thinking, “what is a wharf?” A wharf is a dock or pier on a river or canal from which boats can load and unload their passengers and cargo. Constructed in 1865, and rebuilt in 1986, the wharf is a significant feature for Salmon Arm for its history. Another iconic pier is the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, known for its sea lions. You won’t find sea lions at the wharf in Salmon Arm, but you will find a bird sanctuary, a great spot to find some quiet time and enjoy nature. The best time to visit Salmon Arm Wharf is in the summertime. During summer, you can find a series of concerts, known as Wednesdays on the wharf, in addition to various water sports. Located about 1-hour and 40-minutes from Kelowna, Salmon Arm makes for a good day trip. While in Salmon Arm, make sure you check out one of the beaches, go canoeing, grab some ice cream, or visit one of the well-known Okanagan Valley wineries. salmon arm wharf british columbia jumping

How To Get To Salmon Arm Wharf

From Kelowna
  • Take Highway 97 North, drive 61.8 km
  • Continue onto Vernon-Sicamous Hwy/BC-97A N, drive 32.7 km
  • Turn left onto Highway 97 B with signs for Salmon Arm, drive 14.4 km
  • Turn left onto Trans-Canada Highway with signs for Salmon Arm, drive 3.9 km
  • Make a right on 4th Street North, drive 220 m
  • Turn right onto Lakeshore Drive NE, drive 46 m
  • Make a left onto Marine Park Drive, drive 400 m
  • Salmon Arm Wharf will be in front of you
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Ainsworth Hot Springs

Since opening to the public in the 1930s, Ainsworth Hot Springs has been a must-do activity in British Columbia. Located in the Kootenay region, Ainsworth may be a tiny town with a population of only 20, but its Hot Springs is a popular destination for tourists from around the world. Upon the discovery of the hot springs, the hot mineral water was used by the Ktunaxa First Nations, for its healing properties at the end of their days filled with hunting or searching for food. Today, Ainsworth Hot Springs is owned by the Lower Kootenay Band, which welcomes visitors to relax and soak in the hot springs pool. During your visit, you can enjoy the beautiful overlooking views of Kootenay Lake. The natural mineral water flows into the resort’s commercial cave and pool from caves nearby, where it is cooled slightly to more pleasant temperatures. Voted the best commercial hot spring in BC, you will want to make sure you don’t miss visiting Ainsworth Hot Springs. The Hot Springs are open daily from 10 am – 9 pm. The entry is $14 per adult. Fun fact: In the 1930s, a swim in the hot springs pool cost only 10 cents! Located about 5-hours from Kelowna, Ainsworth Hot Springs is well worth the long drive, and yes, I visited them as a day trip on my visit to BC. If 5-hours each way is too long for a day trip, plan a quick 2-day or weekend getaway because you won’t want to miss this one. ainsworth hot springs BC cave

How To Get To Ainsworth Hot Springs

From Kelowna
  • Take Highway 97 North, drive 5.6 km
  • Take Highway 33 with signs for Rock Creek, drive 129 km
  • Continue onto Crowsnest Highway – Highway 3 to Nelson, drive 211 km
  • Follow 3A to Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Highway /BC-31 N in Ainsworth, drive 48.6 km
  • Ainsworth Hot Springs will be on your left
Whether you are visiting the Kelowna area or are a local, each of these day trips will help you experience more of the great things that the Okanagan Valley has to offer. Now it’s time to pick which day trip calls to you and get outside to explore beautiful BC. After all, their vehicle license plates don’t say beautiful British Columbia for no reason. Hope this information helps you plan a fun day trip from Kelowna.  Happy traveling!

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Have you been on any of these day trips from Kelowna before? I’d love to hear all about your experience.  Not visited any of these day trips from Kelowna yet? Let me know which one you would pick first in the comments.

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