Kelowna’s craft beer scene dates back more than 20 years. A recent surge of new breweries and its own annual beer festival has given it fresh energy.
Kelowna, the largest city in the Okanagan Valley and the third largest in British Columbia, rewards every type of traveller. This lakeside city is well known for its many beaches, golf courses and restaurants, and of course wine is a big deal here with more than 40 wineries within a 20-minute drive.
Craft beer lovers have lots of reasons to be excited, too. A recent surge in new breweries has resulted in a fresh and unique brewery scene in the city along with a popular annual beer festival, The Great Okanagan Beer Festival, a waterfront celebration that brings together more than 3,000 beer lovers each May.
The Kelowna Beer Institute‘s ideal waterfront location gives beer lovers a place to enjoy special, small-batch creations with a delicious snack or full meal, and maybe learn a bit about brewing at the same time.
Like to bowl while sipping craft beer? Then Freddy’s Brewpub is the place for you. It serves a wide range of standard beer styles, all brewed on site, alongside a range of delicious pub fare. The connected bowling alley has both ten-pin and five-pin lanes.
More recently, the arrival of BNA Brewing initiated a new era in Kelowna’s craft beer scene. Based in a historic downtown building, its gorgeously renovated interior will wow you the first time you see it, but the excellent beer and gourmet food will entice you to return again and again. Since BNA opened, several more small breweries have joined the scene, with more on the way. All the local breweries cooperate regularly on special events and collaborative brews. The taps are really flowing now!
Many new breweries have opened since we launched this Ale Trail. Stay tuned while we update the itinerary and extend the ale-venture. In the meantime, explore more.
Before visiting, we recommend that you check directly with the businesses you are hoping to visit to get the latest on-the-ground information. Some businesses are seasonal, and some may have experienced closures due to COVID-19.
A rugged layout with quick true greens and immaculate conditions. A favourite, award-winning destination for golfers from around the world.
We're passionate about hand-crafted local beer, wine, and spirits. You'll find a curated selection of artisan spirits, Okanagan wines, and BC craft beers in addition to all of the classics. Our superstar team of liquor-enthusiasts will always help you find an old favourite or a new favourite!
Family outdoor fun for the whole family only a 20 min drive from downtown Kelowna. Outdoor activities in one of the largest Aerial Tree Top Courses in Canada.
More than just a pretty space, BNA serves delicious beer and gourmet food, and is a big part of the local community.
Looking for another tee time? Kelowna offers one of the longest, driest golf seasons in Canada. Vineyards, orchards, semi-desert terrain, rolling hills, and expansive lakes make the golf courses in the area some of the most picturesque in the country. Find a course that suits you at golfkelowna.com.
If you’re more of a night owl, explore Kelowna’s nightlife and events that are sure to make any visitor feel like a local. Live music, DJs. comedy, theatre, dance clubs & karaoke – the night scene in Kelowna is a thriving mix of ultra-hip discos, laid-back lounges, friendly neighbourhood pubs, sports bars and energetic live theatre and music venues.
Groovy, retro coffee house attached to a rare book and antique shop! Lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and americanos and an assortment of heavenly local baked goods.
Take in unparalleled views of the city, lake and surrounding mountains. A variety of hikes available, ranging from easy to difficult.
This creative brewery is making a name for itself through experimentation and innovation.
Explore Okanagan Lake with a speedy rip roaring water taxi ride or a leisurely cruise to take in the spectacular scenery.
This waterfront brewery and tasting room is the ideal place to learn more about craft beer right at the source.
A beautiful location to go for a short walk and enjoy the scenery of Okanagan Lake. The trail connects to the Rotary Marshes wildlife park where it is not uncommon to see a heron, beavers, or eagles flying overhead.
100% BC owned and operated liquor company specializing in hard-to-find wine, beer & spirits.
If you are looking for another outdoor activity to fill your day, visit Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional park where you’ll find several hiking trails and vast wetlands. It is largely untouched by weeds and is a pristine habitat for wildlife – including coyotes – so use caution!
For an urban dining experience, visit The Xchange Tapas Bar & Lounge – Spanish-style tapas, entrees and local craft beer on tap!
Pioneers of third wave coffee in Kelowna dedicated to selecting, roasting and preparing coffee that is exceptional. Enjoy goods from the in-house bakery, made from scratch everyday.
There are hundreds of places to shop, sit and eat or grab a coffee, all set against the beauty of Okanagan Lake.
On-site bike rentals. Experience a part of the historical Kettle Valley Railway route built between 1912-1914. This well-established, interactive trail is over 18 trestles and through 2 tunnels, offering spectacular views of Myra Canyon and Okanagan Lake.
Copper Brewing has one goal - making genuinely good beer. Their taplist is always changing, offering both approachable and creative beers.
Kelowna cafe by day, gastropub with 18 rotating craft beer taps by night. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner from a wood fired forno.
What craft beer would you pair with a strike, spare or split? Freddy’s offers a unique craft beer experience combined with bowling.
Are you a breakfast person? Visit Okanagan Street Food for some fresh and flavourful options using seasonal ingredients.
If you’re visiting on a Wednesday or Saturday between April-October, be sure to stop by the Kelowna Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market on the corner of Dilworth and Springfield.
In Kelowna, it’s easy to cycle between the breweries in the burgeoning Downtown North-End Brewery District, which is home to Kettle River Brewing, Jackknife Brewing, Red Bird Brewing and Vice & Virtue Brewing (with a couple more in the works). BNA Brewing and the Kelowna Beer Institute are not too far, and if you’re more ambitious, try the new Okanagan Rail Trail which runs all the way from Kelowna to Vernon and passes close to Freddy’s Brewpub, Welton Brewery and Wild Ambition Brewing. You can even ride all the way to Vernon and visit Marten Brewing there, cycling past orchards, wineries, golf courses and lakes along the way. Penticton’s breweries are also easily accessible by bike, with the Kettle Valley Rail Trail as a great option for a longer ride.
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Situated at the center of the picturesque Okanagan Valley is Kelowna, BC. Known for its rolling vineyards, sprawling orchards, abundant agriculture properties, and stretches of lakefront, all hugged by valley mountains. To call Kelowna idyllic is an understatement.
Beyond the scenic landscape to explore, Kelowna offers a diverse urban landscape as well. Kelowna has a vibrant and expanding downtown core set along the water, an up and coming industrial district, where you’ll find many of Kelowna’s craft brewers, and a number of growing urban villages offering boutique charm and local fare.
The Okanagan Valley’s largest city is surrounded by natural wilderness, and offers the best in outdoor adventures, wine and culinary experiences and active, urban getaways. With extensive cycling and hiking offerings, 19 golf courses, more than 40 wineries, a food and drink scene built on the locally sourced principal, and beautiful Okanagan Lake to kayak, paddleboard, sail, or simply float the day away, make your days amazing as you check out Kelowna’s Ale Trail.