My 3-Day Kelowna Itinerary in Fall

I have passed through Kelowna before but never have enough time to explore the city. Thus, I brought my family to Kelowna and spent our Thanksgiving long weekend here. It was a laid back trip and I enjoyed it a lot. Below is my 3-day Kelowna Itinerary.

Kelowna Itinerary City and Lake View from Knox Mountain
Kelowna Itinerary City and Lake View from Knox Mountain View of Kelowna and Lake Okanagan from Knox Mountain

Accommodation

I booked the following hotels for our two nights in Kelowna.

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Kelowna – Guest room, 2 Queen – Free night certificate (max 25,000 points per night)
  • Comfort Suites Kelowna – Suite, 2 Queen – 12,000 Choice points

I got a free night certificate after two stays in Seattle. It can be used for a 1-night stay at any category 1-4 (max 25,000 points per night)  property. The rate for a night during the Thanksgiving weekend was about $200 CAD after tax. It is probably not the best place to use my certificate, but I am glad that I saved $200 cash.

I purchased 56,000 Choice points for $285 USD ($??? CAD) during the Daily Getaways promotion in May. Using 12,000 points for a night means that I only paid about $50, which is a spectacular value. The cash price for a night at Comfort Suites Kelowna was also about $200 CAD per night. As a result, I saved another ~$150.

Car Rental

This time, I needed to rent a car because winter tires are required to drive on BC Highways outside of Lower Mainland. I didn’t have winter tires on my car, and it was easier to rent than to buy new tires.

I chose to reserve a car directly with Hertz because of the Marriott promotion. I could earn 2,000 Marriott points on a rental of 2 – 4 days. I also got 10% off by using the Marriott’s discount codes.

I selected the cheapest car available, a Chevrolet Sonic, with a price of $126.59 for 3 days. It was a mistake as my mom and my sister were very dissatisfied with this small car. I learned my lesson and will rent a bigger vehicle next time.

Itinerary

One problem with my Kelowna trip was that there weren’t a lot of interesting places to see. Besides the lake and the wineries, I couldn’t think of a place to go. Fortunately, I discovered Myra Canyon Trestles, and it turned out to be the best place in our trip!

Day 1 (Sat, Oct 6)

Morning

Afternoon

  • Dinner @ Mabui Sushi Izakaya

Day 2 (Sat, Oct 7)

Morning

  • Snack @ Bliss Bakery
  • Myra Canyon Trestles

Afternoon

  • McMillan Farms
  • The View Winery & Vineyard
  • Dinner @ Bai Tong Thai Food

Day 3 (Sat, Oct 8)

Morning

  • Waterfront Park
  • Knox Mountain Park
  • Quails’ Gate Estate Winery
  • Lunch @ Old Vines Restaurant

Comments

I was happy that I finally revisited Kelowna. Although I had to do all the driving, the above itinerary was perfect and not tiring. Unfortunately, many restaurants were closed over the long weekend, so I missed a few highly-rated places. I am definitely going to take more 3-day trips in the coming years!

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