As the third-largest metropolitan area in BC, behind only Vancouver and Victoria, there are always activities and events happening in this vibrant and beautiful city. Regardless of the time of year, there are numerous LGBTQ activities happening, plus hiking, boating, skiing, farm to table dining, or touring the over 40 wineries are all just minutes away.
Explore downtown Kelowna’s cultural district to see colourful galleries, amazing concerts, and shows. Take a walk along the rainbow crosswalks at the hub of Kelowna just one block away from Bernard Avenue, which is a must-visit area for the local shopping and food scene.
One of the best ways to experience the LGBTQ culture of Kelowna is to visit during one of their Pride events. Traditionally in mid-June Kelowna Pride week welcomes over 5000 attendees annually and is a fun and safe way to celebrate the diverse and accepting community of Kelowna. In November, don't miss OUT in the Valley, Kelowna's queerest wine festival. And in April, head to Big White Ski Resort for Peak Pride, an event celebrating the LGBTQ skiing and snowboarding community.
Check out these LGBTQ owned businesses:
There’s no place like Friends of Dorothy, a delicious & delightful lounge where you can find signature cocktails, upscale dishes, and fabulous entertainment. Feel at home in a place that straddles a classy VIP experience and a zany, be-yourself atmosphere. Louis the XIV meets punk chic at our downtown Kelowna lounge. Follow the yellow brick road to #FODlounge.
A chain of pizza restaurants with an outstanding selection of specialty pizzas and local beer. Guests can even make their own pizza. Dunnenzies has 4 locations throughout the city.
Did you know... only 2% of Gelato shops in the world make their gelato from SCRATCH? It's true! Most shops combine pre-made ingredients from manufacturers. Partners Kevin and Victor made the decision early on to offer only the most authentic Gelato experience possible. This brought the couple to Italy, where they learned how to use real, raw, fresh ingredients to create unique flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. The pair opened their shop in the heart of the Okanagan; to take advantage of all the incredible local ingredients – from fresh milk to a plethora of herbs, berries, fruit, nuts and wine.
Small batch hand crafted ice cream in yummy local flavors, opened daily from 11:00am-10:00pm