Major City Parks
Major City parks are areas of special significance offering a wide variety of amenities that attract both residents and visitors. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, check out any of the below parks:
Cedar Creek Park
5200 Lakeshore Road
Cedar Creek Beach is a long narrow pebble beach located along Lakeshore road. This dog-friendly park is a popular spot and features picnic tables and portable toilets.
1600 Abbott Street
This beachfront public park on Okanagan Lake has a long sandy beach, lawn bowling, kids' waterpark, aqua park (Wibit), playground, picnic area, skateboard park, running track, sportsfield as well as change room and washroom facilities.
- City Park Concept Plan
- New in 2014, City Council approved a three-year contract for an Aqua Park (Wibit). The inflatable floating play structure includes slides and climbing walls, and is a great way to cool off in the Okanagan heat. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily until early September.
Guisachan Heritage Park
1060 Cameron Avenue
The Guisachan Heritage Park is part of the Kelowna Heritage Driving Tour. Stroll through Edwardian gardens, view 19th century artifacts, shop for gifts or enjoy fine dining at this historical site. Guisachan House was built in Indian colonial bungalow style in 1891 for the Countess and Earl of Aberdeen, Governor-General of Canada from 1893 to 1896. The park is also home to the historical log McDougall House, built in 1886.
1435 Water Street
Located off Queensway Avenue immediately east of City Hall, Kasugai Gardens offers a tranquil environment featuring traditional elements of a Japanese garden such as stone lanterns, pine trees and a waterfall and pond. The gardens comprise 0.31 hectares and were completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, sister cities since 1981. A perfect place for strolling, picture taking and even a small wedding ceremony.
1480 Mill Street
Kerry Park is located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, at the foot of Bernard Avenue. Kerry Park is part of the waterfront walkway that runs from the W.R. Bennett Bridge to Waterfront Park. This park is a tourist destination featuring the Dow Reid ‘Sails’ fountain and if you look closely you may see Ogopogo! The Kerry Park Stage is a popular site on weekends for family musical entertainment throughout July and August.
Knowles Heritage Park
Located at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Ethel Street, Knowles Heritage Park has large grassy areas where you can enjoy a family picnic, or take your dog for a stroll. Benches are also available, some of them under scenic archways that provide some cool shade for those hot summer days.
450 Knox Mountain Road
This dedicated parkland in the heart of the city is a mountain of nature trails and breathtaking viewpoints overlooking the city and Okanagan Lake. Park amenities include a pavilion and washroom facilities, a caretaker’s cabin - a lookout at the top of the mountain, a picnic area, playground, tennis courts and a myriad of hiking and mountain biking trails for all to enjoy!
Mission Creek Greenway (Regional Park)
Mission Creek Greenway is a green corridor and linear trail that runs 16.5 kilometres along Mission Creek connecting park space, interpretive viewing areas and rest spots as well as providing natural areas for wildlife.
The Greenway is a mecca for lovers of the outdoors year round. Each day more than 1,000 people use the trails for walking, running, biking and horseback riding. It is a universal access trail which can also be used by people with wheelchairs.
For the most up-to-date information, see the Regional District of the Central Okanagan website at www.regionaldistrict.com.
1414 Water Street
Home to Kelowna's iconic "bear," Stuart Park is located directly across from City Hall. It connects Waterfront Park to Kerry Park. A boardwalk runs the entire length of the park along Okanagan Lake, and connects many of Kelowna's marinas. The Stuart Park ice rink is a popular feature in the winter months, and the square is home to entertainment throughout the summer.
Plans have been made for the park to be developed and expanded over the next several years.
1200 Water Street
Located in the city centre on Water Street next to the Grand Hotel, Waterfront Park is equipped with a concession stand and washroom facilities. Winding along the lakeshore, this park has a broad boardwalk that meanders along the waters edge all the way to City Park. Perfectly landscaped gardens, public art and plenty of city views await.
Parks Info Line
250 71-PARKS (717-2757)