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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Westbank - West Kelowna

Westbank - West Kelowna
Westbank is located 12 km (8 miles) west of Kelowna and 10 km (6 miles) north of Peachland on Hwy 97.

West Kelowna
Westbank was at one time a small municipality but eventually was merged together within the regional district forming the Westside District Municipality in 2007. The name officially changed to West Kelowna in 2009 after a hard fought plebiscite was voted on.

A Recreational Wonderland
West Kelowna is one of the fastest growing cities in British Columbia and Canada. No wonder if you happen to enjoy a lifestyle that has to offer golf, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, curling, hiking, fishing, boating, swimming and exploring - this is the place. Westbank and Westside are recreational wonderlands with a climate that is one of Canada's best.

Okanagan Lake
Situated on the west side of Okanagan Lake across the William R. Bennett Bridge, West Kelowna lies on various clay mesas, called benches, that give tremendous panoramic views towards the east going north to Knox Mountain and south to Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park.

Hwy 97
Once you enter West Kelowna on Hwy 97 coming from either Kelowna or Peachland is where you can find most of the businesses including banks, restaurants, a Best Western which features a waterslide, a number of large stores including a Wal-Mart, London Drugs, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Starbucks,
some pubs and access to the beach activities on Okanagan Lake including some marinas.

Beach Areas
If you are driving on Hwy 97 and want to visit the West Kelowna beach area on Okanagan Lake, there are a couple of ways to get there. One way is Gellately Road located in Westbank by McDonalds and the A&W. The other way is to take Boucherie Road in Westside as you come close to the William R. Bennett Bridge.

White Sandy Beaches
Both roads eventually meet each other and will take you to beautifully clean and white sandy beaches with a waterfront walkway bordering Okanagan Lake . There are quite a few RV parks and campgrounds along this route especially in Green and West Bay.

Visitor Info Centre and Museum
For a great place to get information, make sure you visit the Visitor Info Centre located at 2372 Dobbin Road in Westbank. This is where you will be able to find free maps, accommodation listings, the locations of the local wineries and visit the local museum. Telephone: 250-768-0110 for more information

Bear FSR
In between
William R. Bennett Bridge and Westbank to the north on the road to Fintry is a recreational area called Bear Creek. Here you can Bear Creek Provincial Park and access to the Bear Creek FSR. Once along the Bear FSR you'll first come to the Bear Creek Motorcycle Trails an area maintained by the Okanagan Trail Riders. Farther along Bear Creek FSR is Bear Lake Recreation Area where there is some trout fishing, rustic campgrounds and the Bear Lake Resort.

Westside Go Karts Ltd
During the summer season Westbank has a large number of attractions for you to visit, a favourite being the Westside Go Karts Ltd. For beginning NASCAR racers, one of the largest of its kind in British Columbia.

Wineries and Vineyard Tours
When you visit Westbank you will notice a landscape that is covered with fruit orchards and vineyards. This land has been blessed with a climate that produces top-quality fruit and wine products to sample. There are quite a few wineries to visit in Westbank and nearby in the Westside area of West Kelowna. If you don't mind a short drive there are wineries close by in Kelowna, Peachland and Summerland.

Great Golfing
If you like golfing, check out 19 Greens Fun and Sports Centre - the family activity centre - for a superb putt and play zone right into the night. There are also Shannon Lake Golf Course and the Two Eagles Golf Course and Academy close by to Westbank. For those who don't mind a short drive, Kelowna is only 30 minutes away for even a greater selection of 18-hole courses.

Okanagan WaterToyz
For adult kids make sure you look at Okanagan WaterToyz down by
William R. Bennett Bridge on Campbell Road. At Okanagan WaterToyz you have the Okanagan's largest selection of jetski and boat rentals available.

Circle Tour
As you take Hwy 97 towards the west side of the
William R. Bennett Bridge, you have a chance to drive north on the west side towards Vernon. Look for the turnoff to Bear Creek Provincial Park and head this way. The road eventually takes you to Fintry and the north end of Okanagan Lake.

O'Keefe Ranch
Eventually you will meet Hwy 97 again at the junction near the historic O'Keefe Ranch. Turn east on Hwy 97 and go to Vernon, then drive south past Kalamalka Lake, Lake Country, and Kelowna, eventually returning to Westbank. This is an excellent drive with fantastic views of the northern Okanagan Valley.

Wildfire of 2009
Unfortunately in July, 2009 a wildfire erupted behind the Gorman Bros. Mill in the Glenrosa area of West Kelowna causing some damage. Eventually the wildfire also created a major disruption throughout the rest of West Kelowna including Bear Creek, Rose Valley and as far north to Terrace Mountain west of Fintry.

Accommodation

Westbank Links

 

 

Map of Westbank
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West Kelowna Map - Google


West Kelowna
West Kelowna

 

Waterfront Playground
Waterfront Playground

 

Westbank Museum
Old Westbank Museum

 

Sandy Beaches
White Sandy Beaches

 

Waterfront Walkway
Waterfront Walkway

 

Bear Lake
Bear Lake

 

Beach area Boucherie Road
Beach area near Boucherie Road

 

Mission Hill Winery
Mission Hill Winery

 

Mission Hill Winery
Mission Hill Winery

 
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