Kelowna, whose name originated from the Syilx First Nations word for grizzly bear, is full of both rural and urban adventures, and is a perfect place for creativity and discussion to flow. Autumn in the Okanagan is truly a magical time. At any point in the day, one can hike, bike, paddle, or just soak in the scenery at a local farm or vineyard.
The participants of this ISSOTL 2022’s Conference will be excited to know that the Delta Hotel is located in Kelowna’s growing Cultural District, which features a concentration of museums, theatres, galleries, artists’ studios, a casino, unique shops and fine dining, amongst a vibrant cultural life. Want to stretch your legs and get about town? Take Kelowna’s cultural district walking tour that begins just steps outside of the Delta Hotel.
Here are some of the highlights you may come across just outside your conference door:
Kelowna Art Gallery
Holding a permanent collection of over 800 works, as well as hosting stunning rotating exhibitions of both historical and contemporary Canadian art, the Kelowna Art Gallery is sure to engage the art lover in you. Peruse their four Gallery spaces (including an outdoor courtyard area!) and see what catches your eye.
Would you like to take in the crisp autumn air along with your art? Look no further than Kelowna’s own ArtWalk, or step a block down the road to Waterfront Park and take a relaxing stroll along the stunning views of Okanagan Lake. Walk down to the Rotary Marsh, and watch nesting Osprey, turtles, ducks, and fish. Or, saunter in the opposite direction and it will lead you to Kelowna City Park and Beach. During the fall months, It is a lovely time to take hot chocolate, walk the boardwalk, and catch a sunset.
While touring Kelowna’s cultural district, three of Kelowna’s local museums are a few blocks apart. If you are interested in the history of Kelowna’s orchard and wine industry stop over to the Laurel Packing House. Built in 1917 The Laurel Packinghouse was made locally from Knox Mountain clay. If military history is more your speed, pop over the Okanagan Military Museum. The military museum dives deep into the history of local men and women who participated on the world stage. To complete your museum tour, finish your walk at the Okanagan Heritage Museum. Learn how the Okanagan Valley was formed, and step into the world of the Syilx/Okanagan people and learn about the settlers who came to also call Kelowna home.
Looking to step outside of Kelowna and take in the gorgeous mountainside? Look no further than Kettle Valley Railway Trestles at Myra Canyon. Take a scenic walk, a bike ride, or even a sightseeing and wine tour combination. Speaking of wine, autumn is the perfect time to visit Okanagan. Take your Sunday and enjoy all that the vineyards have to offer with a guided wine tour.
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, is excited to welcome you to our beautiful city of Kelowna. We look forward to engaging in conversation and showing you our beautiful sites.