The Changing Seasons of Kelowna: What Newcomers Should Expect

A scenic view of a vineyard in Okanagan with yellow autumn leaves covering the vines.


Kelowna is a place that truly reveals a new kind of beauty with each transitioning season.

Winter: A Snow-Covered Location

While winters in Kelowna can be a bit chilly, with temperatures ranging from -4°C to -8°C, the season turns the already stunning city into a magical, snow-covered wonderland. The city, surrounded by mountains and vast forests, provides countless opportunities for outdoor winter activities. The nearby Big White Ski Resort, known for its champagne powder snow, offers exceptional skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling adventures.

Apart from outdoor activities, winters in Kelowna are also perfect for exploring its downtown. Shop for unique, locally made products, or warm up with a cup of French-pressed coffee in one of the many cozy cafe shops dotted across the city. Furthermore, Kelowna's thriving arts scene doesn't hibernate for winter. Theatres, art galleries, and craft workshops continue to bustle, offering a wealth of cultural experiences.

Spring: A Blossoming Orchestra

As winter relinquishes its grip, the city of Kelowna undergoes a splendid transformation. Spring, which typically begins in late March, offers milder temperatures (ranging from 6°C to 18°C) and welcomes a period of renewal and regrowth. The city begins to bloom in a vivid display of cherry blossoms, daffodils, and tulips, creating an incredibly picturesque, postcard-worthy landscape.

It's also a noteworthy season for wildlife watching. Birds begin their northern migration back to the area while other animals emerge from winter hibernation. This colourful season also ushers the opening of the many vineyards Kelowna is famous for, with wine-tasting tours becoming available throughout the region.

Summer: A Sunswept Paradise

Kelowna's summers are a thing of legend; warm and long, they offer the perfect conditions for a host of outdoor recreational activities. With temperatures reaching up to 30°C, locals and visitors alike can enjoy sun-soaked days by Lake Okanagan.

Water enthusiasts celebrate in activities such as sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming. The lake's renowned Ogopogo, a creature of local folklore, may remain hidden, but the lake's beauty and peacefulness are indisputable.

This is also the peak season for wine tours as the vineyards are lush and the grape harvest approaches. The various local festivals, like the Rock the Lake Festival and Kelowna Pride, offer an immersive taste of the region's culture.

Fall: A Variety of Transient Colours

As the scorching summer heat mellows, the transformation of Kelowna's flora begins, marking the onset of fall. The city is set alight with bright hues of red, orange, and gold, creating a breathtaking autumnal landscape.

During the fall season, temperatures range from 5°C to 18°C, providing ample comfort to explore outdoors. The Harvest season is underway in local farms and vineyards, offering cider tastings, hayrides, and pumpkin patches on their grounds.

Fall in Kelowna also showcases an annual Salmon Run—an incredible natural event where thousands of salmon navigate upstream to spawn in the same area where they were born. A stroll along Mission Creek Greenway will present you with this spectacular wildlife display.


Irrespective of the season, Kelowna offers diverse experiences and natural beauty that consistently charm those who choose to make it their home. So, as a newcomer, be ready to fall in love with the ever-evolving charm of this city, no matter the season. It truly is a slice of Canadian paradise.