A vacation in Kelowna is the perfect summer escape. With access to 135 kilometres of fresh water, a fantastic range of vacation accommodations, and some of the best weather in the country, it’s not wonder tourists flock en masse to Kelowna every summer.
To take your Okanagan vacation to the next level, consider a vacation boat rental, especially if your vacation home rental is lakefront with a dock. Even if your temporary pad is nowhere near the water, renting a boat for the day is kind of a must when you’re on holiday in the Okanagan.
So, how do locals make the most of their time on the water?
Did you know that Okanagan Lake stretches from Vernon to Penticton—a distance of nearly 140 kilometres? With all that lake to explore, you may want to hold onto your vacation boat rental for a couple of days.
Discover Isolated Beaches – Beat the traffic and cruise across the lake to one of nearly 30 beaches dotted along the lakeshore.
Find the Ogopogo – Legend has it that Okanagan Lake is home to a mysterious sea creature more than 25 metres long. It hasn’t been spotted in years, so maybe it’s due for a sighting!
Practice Up – When you load up your vacation boat rental, be sure to include your favourite watersport accessories like wakeboards, skis, and towropes.
Anchor & Float – If the sun is shining and the water is calling your name, drop an anchor and do some floating or swimming. The lake is an endless playground when you’re behind the wheel of a boat.
Take advantage of having a boat for the day by visiting some of the most popular restaurants on the lakeshore. Whether you want to stick close to your vacation home or go for a lengthier cruise in your vacation boat rental, there are dozens of lakeside dining options available. Some of our favourites include:
Oak and Cru Social Kitchen & Wine Bar – Throw on your best flip-flops and cruise on over to this trendy holiday hotspot. Serving up some of the most notorious vinos in the valley, this newly opened restaurant is making serious traction as Kelowna’s most popular gathering spot.
The Hotel Eldorado – To start your day on the water off right, swing into the El’s Sunday Brunch. With a plethora of seafood selections and fresh Okanagan fruit, this brunch will have you returning each time you vacation in Kelowna.
Roses Pub – Known as Kelowna’s original waterfront pub, this pub has been a staple to boat lovers for years. Sit down to a cold drink on the amazing waterfront patio or challenge your buddies to a game of pool. Roses is the place to relax and have fun.
For more ideas, read our Popular Destinations on Okanagan Lake article!
From your Okanagan vacation rental home, pack up the kiddos and some yummy homemade sandwiches and hit the water. There are tons of provincial park picnic spots scattered along Okanagan Lake that are easily accessible by water. Combine a little sightseeing with your boat ride en route to your picnic location, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a sun- and fun-filled afternoon on the lake.
For a few more boating adventure ideas, read our previous post: Kelowna Boats: The Best Way to Experience the Okanagan.
Are you looking for Kelowna boat rentals so you can enjoy a fun-filled day on Okanagan Lake? Call Downtown Marina to learn about our flexible rental options. Our Kelowna marina is conveniently located next to City Park.