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Kelowna, BC Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 36
Total Sleeping Rooms 3,204
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 390
Committable Meeting Rooms* 17
Convention Center Space 34,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 30,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 14,044 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $166
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $148
*Maximum for a single hotel

Kelowna, BC Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Kelowna – a city guide for MICE professionals. The largest city on spectacular Okanagan Lake, Kelowna offers big city comforts and small town charm, with seemingly limitless recreational options from winery tours and golf outings to water activities and theatre shows. This Okanagan Valley destination sits perched amid mountains, pristine lakes, pine forests, sandy beaches, orchards and vineyards, making it a recreational lakeside paradise and an established golf destination with 20 courses. The Kelowna area is also home to over 30 of unique wineries along five wine trails that welcome guests for tours and tastings, as well as a growing Cultural District that spans six downtown blocks.

Situated 90 miles north of the U.S. border, 240 miles from Vancouver and 360 miles from Calgary, Kelowna is easily reached by bus, car or air, and serves as a transportation, business and service hub for the Okanagan Valley. Kelowna International Airport, located about a 20-minute drive from downtown, accommodates 64 daily nonstop commercial flights to Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Seattle, Victoria, Prince George, Edmonton, , and offers seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun. At the airport, visitors can directly access the Kelowna Regional Transit bus system, which runs throughout the region and throughout downtown Kelowna.

Kelowna is home to a variety of lodging options, many of which offering private event space for group gatherings. The lakefront Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre, set on seven park-like acres in the heart of the Cultural District, features event space for up to 1,500 guests and 390 rooms, suites, condos, and luxury waterfront villas. Groups can gather in 17 meeting spaces, including the 14,044-square-foot Grand Ballroom and 5,060-square-foot Grand Foyer, which opens to the 6,800-square-foot Grand Terrace overlooking Okanagan Lake, and the resort's pool and courtyard. Resort amenities include a relaxing day spa, onsite dining options, indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, and a seasonal cabana bar.

In addition to its Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre, Kelowna is home to a variety of unique venues perfectly positioned for group outings and gatherings. Many of Kelowna's 17 golf courses accommodate private outings as well as après golf events in their clubhouses and other event venues. Groups can also opt for a professional guided winery tour throughout the Kelowna region, or enjoy the splendor of Okanagan Lake, aboard such chartered vessels as the Lake Lounge on Okanagan, which accommodates up to 90 passengers and crew and features a lower deck with vaulted ceilings and dinner seating, as well as an upper deck with a floating bar, raised dance floor, and premium sound system.

About Kelowna, BC / Additional Info

Bursting with arts and culture, rich heritage, year-round outdoor recreation, exceptional wineries and restaurants, Kelowna is a leisure paradise with a variety of accommodation options, including luxury waterfront resorts. Kelowna's Okanagan Valley location at the northern end of the Sonora Desert brings a semi-arid climate with long, warm summers, and short, mild winters, making golf possible nine months out of the year. When the snow does fall, Kelowna is a great place for skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling, as well as boardwalk strolls along Okanagan Lake.

Much of Kelowna life and activities center on the 68-mile Okanagan Lake, which features a number of sandy beaches, marinas, and endless opportunities for boating, fishing, and water sports. City Park and its Hot Sands Beach, set in the centre of the downtown core, are always buzzing with activity thanks to the sports courts, playground, waterpark, skatepark, boardwalk, and more. Visitors to the lake may even catch a glimpse of Ogopopo, a legendary lake monster that dates back more than 100 years and is sighted from time to time today.

Originating as a settlement by the Sylix and Okanagan people more than 6,000 years ago, Kelowna was first settled by Europeans in 1859 when three Oblate missionaries set up a mission for the area's natives, traders, and new settlers. Realizing the area's agricultural potential, Lord Aberdeen, Canada's Governor General, bought tracks of land in the area, and Kelowna became a city in 1905. Much of the city's early development stemmed from its agriculture and ranching, followed by the success of its orchards and vineyards. Today, Kelowna has a population of 117,000 and is the largest city in British Columbia outside of the Vancouver area, and both visitors and residents alike frequent Kelowna's many orchards and farm-fresh markets, including the Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market.

Visitors to Kelowna revel in its beaches and parks that dot Okanagan Lake's shoreline, as well as explore the six-block Cultural District, which features galleries, museums, theatres, artist studios, fine dining, unique shops, and a casino. Five museums are set within a two-block walk in the Cultural District; those museums include the Okanagan Heritage Museum, BC Orchard Industry Museum, Laurel Packinghouse, Okanagan Military Museum, and the BC Wine Museum.

Many of the Kelowna area's fine restaurants craft their selections to highlight the region's wines, as well as celebrate fresh, local ingredients in farm-to-table offerings. Waterfront Wines incorporates such ingredients in its comfort food with a twist, while RauDZ focuses on pure, simple flavors, and fun presentations, utilizing organic, sustainable, and naturally raised ingredients. Even the liquid chefs at RauDZ use fresh, local, seasonal ingredients in their expertly crafted cocktails. Old Vines Restaurant at Quail's Gate Estate Winery serves regionally sourced fare paired with their estate wines at a vineyard-wide location on the slopes of the Boucherie Mountain Bench, while Sunset Organic Bistro at Summerhill Pyramid Winery takes its inspiration from the seasons and organic wines. Last but certainly not least, Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Family Estate serves stylish, seasonal wine country fare, netting it the distinction of one of the top five winery restaurants in the world as named by Travel + Leisure.

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