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About Kelowna

Kelowna is a charming city in the British Columbia province of Canada. With over 127 000 residents, it has the third largest metropolitan area of the province. Kelowna offers you the opportunity to discover stunning natural surroundings and numerous exciting outdoor activities. This Canadian city’s top attractions include Okanagan Lake, Mission Hill Winery, and Big White Ski Resort.

Get ready to discover this gorgeous destination in the Okanagan Valley, because cheap flights to Kelowna are now available for a limited time! Kelowna is home to Kelowna International Airport (YLW), which is a 20-minute drive or an efficient 10-minute train ride from the city centre. Kelowna International Airport serves a large number of airlines, including Air Canada, WestJet and Alaska Airlines. Popular connecting flights are available from Johannesburg to Kelowna. The flight duration is approximately 1 day and 1 hour.

Why visit Kelowna

Okanagan Lake Kelowa

Okanagan Lake

One of the major sights around Kelowna is this magnificent lake, which sprawls out across to the opposite shore. This breath-taking backdrop includes access to beaches, parks and camping sites.

Skiing near Kelowna

Outdoor Fun

The natural surroundings around Kelowna invite you for a variety of exciting activities, such as skiing, skating, dog sledding and sailing.

Mission Hill Winery Kelowna

Wine Paradise

With a wine industry that has been operating since the 1850s, discover the top-quality wines at the assortment of wineries around Kelowna.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Canada
Currency Canadian Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.10 CAD
Language English and French
Hub Airport Kelowna International Airport (YLW)
Airline Air Canada / WestJet / Alaska Airlines
Time Zone GMT - 7
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Kelowna

Avoid the summer crowds and higher rates by visiting Kelowna during the shoulder seasons of mid to late spring (April – May) and early to mid-autumn (September – October). You can enjoy milder weather than in other Canadian destinations and take advantage of the dip in hotel room and golfing rates. It rains throughout the year in this Canadian city, with the highest average of 37mm in June.

Weather & Climate in Kelowna

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -7°C -5°C -2°C 1°C 6°C 10°C 11°C 11°C 7°C 2°C -2°C -6°C
High °C 0°C 3°C 10°C 16°C 21°C 25°C 28°C 28°C 22°C 14°C 6°C 1°C
Rainfall (mm) 32 22 379 20 24 34 37 30 32 30 21 28 37

Go on an adventure into the Canadian Rockies with a visit to Kelowna. Situated in the Okanagan Valley and right on the Okanagan Lake, this city offers you a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty with multiple thrilling and charming activities and attractions.

Explore the area around Okanagan Lake that offers beaches, parks as well as ideal settings for camping. If you’re up for exciting activities like skiing, skating and dog sledding, the Big Ski White Resort is the place to be. The wine connoisseur in you can indulge in tours in the various wine estates of the destination, including Mission Hill Winery and Quails’ Gate Winery.

Museums are available throughout Kelowna, focusing on numerous topics, including art, the military, as well as the wine and orchard industry.

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You will need a visa to visit Kelowna and the rest of Canada. For more information on visa requirements, contact the South African Consulate General in Toronto.

Address: 110 Sheppard Street East, Suite 600, Toronto, ON M2N 6Y8, Canada

Phone: +1 416 944 8825 Fax: +1 416 944 0925

Before you leave for Canada, make sure you receive all the routine vaccinations. Your activities in Kelowna may require you to get additional vaccines, for diseases like hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies.

At night, avoid Leon and Lawrence Avenues between the Water and Ellis streets. While the City Park is patrolled during evenings, it is best avoided after hours as well. Furthermore, it would be wise to stay alert and to keep your valuables in a secure place and out of sight.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Kelowna
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R157.69
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R54.21
Cappuccino (regular) R22.33 R22.34 R38.97
Taxi 1km (normal tarriff) R10.00 R10.00 R22.18
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R37.50 R37.50 R118.27
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