This post has been a long time coming and I honestly don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write it. Although my parents live in Edmonton, I’m lucky enough that they also own a second home in Lake Country just outside of Kelowna (in British Columbia, Canada) and I’ve spent a lot of time there over the last few years. Kelowna is absolutely stunning, and whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, spend your days boating around Lake Okanagan, hiking the many trails, or visiting some of the hundreds of wineries in that region… Kelowna has something for everyone. Although almost every corner of Kelowna is extremely picturesque, if you’re like me you’re always on the hunt for the most instagrammable spots to up your social media game, so I’ve rounded up some of my favourites in no particular order below!
By the way don’t forget to check out my post on 25 Awesome Things to do in Kelowna here!
1. The Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm
Beautiful beyond belief and located just a 15 minute drive from the heart of Kelowna, the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is an absolute must visit. The garden itself is open May 18th – October 12th and you can take guided tours (at $15 a person) or wander at your own pace ($10 per person). There are so many great photo opportunities here, and beyond that they sell some amazing lavender products in their shop! Grab yourself a bunch of lavender to use for a prop and head out to take some photos in the garden.
2. Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Although Kelowna (and the surrounding areas) has over 40 amazing wineries, one of my favourites to visit is always Summerhill Winery. There’s a reason why this is one of the top wedding venues in Kelowna and it’s not just because it’s beautiful. All the wines at Summerhill are organic & biodynamic, and their bistro boasts an amazing menu of delicious local & organic fare with plenty of vegan options. Summerhill is definitely a must visit – and besides, who doesn’t want a picture with a giant bottle of bubbly?
2. Sweet Dee’s Flower Truck
Possibly one of the cutest and most Instagrammable on the list is Sweet Dee’s Flowers. Sweet Dee’s is owned by entrepreneur and all around girl boss Diane who transformed a 1994 mini Japanese truck into a flower-poppin business. This flower truck (which is the first one ever in Canada) is an absolute must see. She travels around the Kelowna area parking at local wineries and farmers markets and you can check out her website here to see where she is located when you’re in the area!
3. Blind Tiger Vineyards
Up next is another winery (this one located in Lake Country just outside of Kelowna) that brings all of the vintage vibes. Blind Tiger Vineyards is a small family-owned organic vineyard that makes amazing wines and even has pizza, wine and live music nights on Fridays during their on season. Stop by Blind Tiger and take a photo with their cute retro truck before popping into the wine shop for a wine tasting.
4. Okanagan Koi & Water Gardens
Located 20 mins from the heart of Kelowna is the Okanagan Koi & Water Gardens. Okanagan Koi is actually the largest Koi importer in Canada and the largest full service Koi & Pond dealers in Canada. Located on the property is the Koi Water Garden and entry is by donation only. I love these arches in the Koi Garden, it’s like a little slice of Japan in Kelowna and makes for a great photo opportunity!
5. Gray Monk Estate Winery
Are you really surprised to see another winery on the list? Since Kelowna (and area) has so many it was only natural that I had to feature all of my favourites. Gray Monk Estate is located in Lake Country, a 20 minute drive outside of Kelowna and only a couple minutes away from Blind Tiger Vineyards (which I mentioned above). If you’re heading out to this area and visiting one of them I definitely recommend stopping at both! The Gray Monk wine shop is located in the cutest yellow building that makes for the perfect backdrop for a photo. Snap a couple pics outside before popping in to taste the wines and check out their patio!
6. Lake Okanagan
As if I could write a post about Instagrammable places in Kelowna without including Lake Okanagan! The lake itself is over 135km long and between 4-5km wide and spreads . There are so many places to stop for photos along the lake and it makes for the prettiest backdrop. Stop by one of the many beaches, hike along one of the lakeside trails, or head to the downtown Kelowna marina for great photos!
Hope you enjoyed this post of some of my favourite Instagrammable spots in Kelowna! If you’re planning a trip there soon and need some recommendations feel free to reach out and don’t forget to check out my post on 25 Awesome Things to do in Kelowna here! :).