Travel and Hotel
Travel to Kelowna
The Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is Canada’s 10th busiest airport. With over 60 daily flights arriving with non-stop service from many major Canadian cities, Kelowna, British Columbia is an easily accessible city. For many travelers to ISSOTL, whether traveling with the SkyTeam partners (Delta, Westjet, Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, etc) or the Star Alliance network (United, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Air China, Lufthansa, etc), direct flights to Kelowna are currently available via Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal. Prior to COVID, there were direct flights to some US cities as well (though they are currently suspended as a result of the global pandemic).
COVID-19 travel updates
We will continue to provide information about any changes to travel requirements as a result of the global COVID pandemic. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 travel requirements into and within Canada, please visit travel.gc.ca.
International travel and quarantine update
Many countries (including travelers from the US) are exempt from requiring visitor visas when coming to Canada. If you do require a visitor visa to enter Canada, you are encouraged to apply early for your visa to avoid any potential delays that you might experience with the visa process. For more information on visa exemptions, and other travel requirements to enter Canada, please visit:https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/entry-requirements-country.html
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 travel, testing, quarantine and borders including planning your entry to Canada, please visit travel.gc.ca/travel-covid
About the Venue
Set on Okanagan Lake and surrounded by picturesque mountains, our urban resort offers stylish hotel rooms and suites with deluxe amenities. Dine at our popular hotel restaurant and sip cocktails or wine on our lakefront patio. Stay fit in our fitness centre or take a dip in our sparkling indoor and outdoor pools. 20 Minutes from Kelowna’s International Airport, the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort is next door to activities such as kayaking, water skiing on Okanagan Lake, biking, hiking or exploring local wineries in BC’s premier grape-growing region. Our resort is located in the heart of Kelowna and is walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment. Those coming to ISSOTL will experience the Grand Okanagan Resort Conference Centre’s elegant event space, including outdoor terraces and a grand ballroom, superb catering and event planning services. An exciting four-season, lakeside getaway awaits you in Kelowna.
Please visit here, to book at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort.
Prestige Beach House
Attendees can book at the Prestige Beach House in the event that the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort is sold out during the time of your intended stay in Kelowna.
To book at the Prestige Beach House, please call 1-250-860-7900 and mention ISSOTL. Please see the rates below.
Situated directly across from Kelowna’s famous Hot Sands Beach and just two blocks from the main downtown hub, the Prestige Beach House is an ideal hotel for both leisure and business needs.
The property was completely renovated in 2017 and all guestrooms received new beachy-themed decor, linens, drapery, and furniture.
With 67 rooms, a swimming pool and hot tub, fitness centre, a restaurant, and meeting space, the Beach House offers everything you need. Guests are also encouraged to borrow our recreational items which vary by location and include sporting equipment, board games, and beach toys for added enjoyment.
Conveniently located downtown near the base of the W.R. Bennett Bridge, we’re close to tourist attractions, business, shopping and recreational areas.
Take a short walk along the waterfront to Prospera Place, Lake City Casino, Kelowna’s cultural district and many other attractions and shopping boutiques. World-class golf and ski resorts are also located nearby. Enjoy activities such as boating, hiking, swimming and wine tours. You’ll discover that every member of our staff possesses a refreshing combination of friendliness and professionalism.
Kelowna Airport Shuttle Information
To book a shuttle between the airport and the Delta Grand, please consult the Kelowna Concierge website (www.kelownaconcierge.ca). Schedules and rates are provided as well. Note, the Delta is a Zone 2 hotel
Adapted From TourismKelowna.com
Welcome to Kelowna. Urban and rural; nature and culture; playtime and downtime: Kelowna isn’t just one destination. It’s a whole bunch of them, located in one uniquely beautiful place.
Located in the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the Syilx Okanagan peoples, the city’s name originates from the Nsyilxcen word for grizzly bear. Cradled within a glorious range of mountains, is a sanctuary filled with pristine lakes, pine forests, abundant gardens, orchards and vineyards, sandy beaches and superb amenities. Stretching from north to south for approximately 135 km (84 miles) is beautiful Okanagan Lake. The lake sustains several diverse communities along this corridor known as the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan Valley is a semi-arid climate, boasting long warm summers and short mild winters. The city of Kelowna is the largest community and is located midway through the valley. It has a metro population of over 200,000 and is the transportation, business and service hub of the valley.
Clear days and pleasant temperatures make autumn an ideal season for outdoor adventure. Okanagan Lake is still alluring for a sail or leisurely paddle, but as the leaves change from green to yellow, orange and red, their dramatic colours call hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders to the hills.
When the highlands above the city turn yellow in mid-October, head up to Myra Canyon to hike or cycle a scenic portion of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. The needles of larch trees turn a glorious gold and make a picturesque backdrop on the 12-km (one-way) path that crosses 18 trestles and passes through two tunnels. Closer to town, walk or cycle along the Mission Creek Greenway and look for orange Kokanee salmon laying their eggs in the shallow spawning channel at Mission Creek Park. Trail ride in Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park to enjoy the leaf colours and lake views from the back of a horse.
Fall is also harvest season in the valley and agri-tourism is a major draw to the region. Visit a fruit stand or farmers market to load up on fresh produce, or go right to the source at McMillan Farm for apples, pumpkins and family fun in the corn maze and petting zoo. Also in southeast Kelowna, Arlo’s Honey Farm and Forbidden Spirits educate visitors about the delicious products produced on site.
There’s a buzz in the air at Kelowna’s more than 40 wineries, too. Join a guided tour along one of five regional wine trails. Pair local, seasonal food with valley wine at a winery restaurant.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC embraces innovation and transforms ideas into action. Since 1915, UBC has been opening doors of opportunity for people with the curiosity, drive and vision to shape a better world.
With more than 70,000 students across its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and more than 6,300 faculty and 11,500 staff, UBC is one of North America’s largest universities. With a consolidated budget of approximately $3.1 billion—including annual sponsored research of more than $750 million—UBC is a national and global leader for learning and scholarship.
UBC’s Okanagan Campus
UBC Okanagan is a vibrant campus community with nearly 12,000 students and more than 1,500 faculty and staff. Located on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the Syilx Okanagan peoples, the campus has the unique distinction of being founded in partnership with the Syilx Okanagan Nation Alliance. The university’s warm welcome in Syilx Okanagan territory was reciprocated with a pledge to build long-term, collaborative relations.
UBC Okanagan is a state-of-the-art centre for research and learning and a supportive space where students and faculty are empowered to thrive. The Okanagan campus bolsters the strength of UBC as one of the world’s top public universities. Because of its tight-knit academic community, UBC Okanagan offers the chance for students to get to know their award-winning professors personally, explore innovative interdisciplinary programs, and forge their own path with flexible opportunities for hands-on learning.
The campus’ host city, Kelowna, is located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, is known for its growing tech industry and outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, biking, swimming, and skiing.