Chasing the Sun – The Breathtaking Sunrises and Sunsets of Kelowna, BC

By Ryan McKenzie

Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan region of British Columbia.   It is known for it’s wineries, beautiful lakes, outdoor recreation and laid back lifestyle.  With a population just under 200,000 – Kelowna is the third largest metropolitan area in British Columbia as well as the largest BC city located away from the coast.

In Kelowna the summers are hot, and the winters are cold, providing the perfect balance of climates for both summer and winter activities.  The warm weather of Summer makes Kelowna a popular travel destination for people located on the West Coast of Canada.  Wake boarding, golfing and sipping wine at one of the many local wineries are just a few of the popular summer activities in Kelowna.  In the colder months, locals and tourists spend their time enjoying Skiing and Snowboarding at the world famous Big White Ski Resort.

Clearly Kelowna is one of British Columbia‘s most amazing cities, but the activities available are easily overshadowed by the beauty of the area.

As the following photos will illustrate, Kelowna’s natural beauty is unmatched.  You will have a hard time replicating the experience of sitting down with a nice glass of wine and watching the sun set over Okanagan Lake.

For the early birds amongst us, get your camera out and head out early. The experience of watching the Sun come up in the morning is well worth the loss of a few hours of sleep.

Mission Hill Family Estate Epic Sunset

Credit: Clare Koning

The sunset casts an amber glow in the archway entering Mission Hill Family Estate. This winery on the Westside Wine Trail is one of the stunning collection of wineries you can visit when you come to Kelowna.

Photo Credit: Clare Koning

Sunset at Mission Hill Family Estate

Credit: Clare Koning

From the courtyard of Mission Hill Family Estate, you can watch the sun sink behind the rolling mountains that encircle Okanagan Lake and Kelowna.

Photo Credit: Clare Koning

Sunset at Tantalus Vineyards in Kelowna

Credit: Brian Sprout – photo courtesy of Tourism Kelowna

With Kelowna in the distance and Okanagan Lake growing dark in the background, the sun sets casts long shadows from the vines of Tantalus Vineyards in Kelowna.

Photo Credit: Brian Sprout – photo courtesy of Tourism Kelowna

Sunset from Mission Hill Family Estate Winery

Credit: Clare Koning

The spectacular Mission Hill Family Estate winery is a stunning perch from which to watch a Kelowna sunset over Okanagan Lake.

Photo Credit: Clare Koning

Couple Sit for Sunset Over Okanagan Lake

Credit: Dirk Handke

Kelowna’s many lakeside parks offer front row seats to breathtaking sunsets over Okanagan Lake.

Photo Credit: Dirk Handke

Okanagan Lake Paddleboarder Enjoys Sunset

Credit: Dirk Handke

A paddleboarder maneuvers gently on the calm waters of Okanagan Lake during a crimson sunset in Kelowna.

Photo Credit: Dirk Handke

Kelowna’s Okanagan Lake Tide and Sunset

Credit: Dirk Handke

The last rays of sun reach out in fingers through the cloud cover over Okanagan Lake in Kelowna.

Photo Credit: Dirk Handke

Willow Tree Sunset over Okanagan Lake

Credit: Dirk Handke

Kelowna’s waterfront parks with their willow trees, benches, and grassy knolls are the perfect complement to a stunning Okanagan Lake sunset.

Photo Credit: Dirk Handke

Kelowna – Summerhill- Pyramid – Winery Sunset

Credit: Tourism Kelowna

From the restaurant deck at Kelowna’s Summerhill Pyramid Winery, you can linger over a glass of wine and a delicious meal as the sun slowly sinks behind the rolling mountains across the lake. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this.

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Knox Mountain

Credit: Lucas Tomazela Prado

Hike up the trails on Knox Mountain in Kelowna for epic vistas of the sunset over Okanagan Lake. The W.R. Bennett bridge is dramatically backlit as the sun goes down.

Photo Credit: Lucas Tomazela Prado

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Knox Mountain view of Kelowna

Credit: Lucas Tomazela Prado

The ponderosa pines on Knox Mountain catch the amber glow of the sun as you soak in the commanding view of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake below you on your evening hike. A surreal view of Kelowna.

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Sunset over Okanagan Lake

Credit: Lucas Tomazela Prado

Okanagan Lake can be calm as glass as the sunset is reflected back in a perfect mirror to the sky. On your next visit to Kelowna, be sure to take in a sunset from the first look-out on Knox Mountain.

Photo Credit: Lucas Tomazela Prado

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Sunrise at Quails’ Gate in West Kelowna

Credit: Shawn Talbot

It’s a moody morning from this perspective at Quails’ Gate Winery as the sun is coaxed up from behind the eastern rolling hills of Kelowna.

Photo Credit: Shawn Talbot courtesy of Tourism Kelowna

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Sunrise at Arrowleaf Cellars

Credit: Shawn Talbot courtesy of Tourism Kelowna

The sunrise casts long shadows from the vines at Arrowleaf Cellars as you enjoy an early morning at this family-owned vineyard looking across Okanagan Lake toward the rolling hills of Kelowna.

Photo Credit: Shawn Talbot courtesy of Tourism Kelowna

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