This article was published on May 26th, 2022
One of the most gorgeous destinations in Canada, it’s an incredible opportunity to combine a summer vacation with a Pride celebration. Kelowna offers adventure, recreation, and relaxation. You’ll find a playground filled with activities to compliment the Kelowna Pride experience.
A destination playground for those seeking an urban or outdoor adventure, Kelowna is located in the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia. Surrounded by provincial parks and filled with lakes, forests, vineyards, golf courses and orchards, Kelowna offers plenty of opportunities for fun throughout the year.
The city’s downtown core is surrounded by sandy beaches, parks and boardwalks, craft breweries and distilleries, fine dining, shopping, and a cultural district. Kelowna is just a one-hour flight from Vancouver and Calgary, or a 4-hour drive from Vancouver.
Kelowna Pride Events
Kelowna Trans March and Social
Kicking off the weekend in true Kelowna fashion, the Trans March will see folks of all genders and orientations gathering for a walk down the lakefront to the Kelowna Art Gallery with a reception to follow. The family-friendly event is also open to allies, who are encouraged to come down and participate.
Kelowna Pride March and Pride Festival
On Saturday, June 11, join the gathering of the LGBTQ+ community at Stuart Park, on the traditional, unceded territory of the syilx/Okanagan people, at 11:00am where local dignitaries will welcome the community to celebrate Kelowna Pride. Wear your festive Pride outfits for the Kelowna Pride March to City Park.
Celebrating community, love, equality, and inclusivity, this event is open to everyone from 11:30am – 3:00pm at Kelowna City Park in downtown Kelowna. Local businesses will be set up showcasing their products and services along with a bouncy castle and games for kids.
Drag Wine Tour
A wine tour, hosted by a drag queen?! Incredible! Staycation In The Nation is offering a drag wine tour on Saturday, June 11, hosted by local celebrity drag queen, Freida Whales.
“Join me and Staycation in the Nation / SITNTOURS for the most unique and inclusive wine tours Kelowna has to offer,” said Freida Whales. “These tours are going to be a whale of a time! We will be making a splash.”
Freida Whales will take guests on an entertaining tour of 5 LGBTQ+ friendly winery tastings and photo opportunities. Freida isn’t just the drag queen host of the tour: she also drives the bus! Along the journey she’ll tell stories, jokes, and pose for photos with guests.
The tour is $159 per person and includes visits and tastings at five prominent Kelowna area wineries. It also includes a water bottle for each guest and pick-up and drop-off at local accommodations. Optional upgrades include snack box, SITN t-shirts and hoodies, and SITN wine bags.
Book your Drag Wine Tour with Freida Whales now.
Stay at Hotel Zed
Make the most of your stay in Kelowna by staying at Hotel Zed and have a totally unique experience.
At Hotel Zed, you’ll find rooms that are funky, cool, playful, and completely extraordinary. Brace yourself for some of the most unordinary rooms anywhere. The property includes an outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, sun deck and rooftop patio. Book your stay at Hotel Zed Kelowna today.
Hotel Zed is located directly across the street from where the Kelowna Pride festival will be held and is a pick-up point for the Drag Wine Tour with Freida Whales. It’s also just blocks from Kelowna’s bustling downtown core featuring restaurants and nightlife—right in your own backyard.
More Fun in Kelowna
It’s time to get your glam on and head to Kelowna, BC for a weekend of fun! Kelowna Pride is more than just a celebration of pride, diversity, love, and equality; it’s an opportunity for you to relax in a beautiful destination with plenty of nightlife options.
If you’re looking for ideas on where to go and what to do while you’re there, Tourism Kelowna is a fantastic resource. They know everything about the city and its attractions—and they can help you plan your trip so that it’s exactly what you want it to be.