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4 local hidden gems that are guaranteed to pique your curiosity

Our city is full of so many fascinating experiences that have a lot to offer, and there are likely some you haven’t heard of or visited before. Whether you’re looking for a fun family outing, a unique date night or just a breath of fresh air, there’s probably something new you can check out. So here are some hidden gems to consider the next time you’re heading out on the town.

When you’re planning, make sure to sign up for Tourism Kelowna’s #exploreKelowna Local Savings Pass, it has you covered when looking for amazing deals at local businesses. When you sign up for the pass, you can access special discounts to all of these four businesses, as well as over 50 other must-visit restaurants, wineries, attractions and more!

Here are four local hidden gems that are guaranteed to pique your curiosity - especially when it comes to our unique culture, both old and new, here in the Okanagan Valley.

Okanagan Heritage Museum

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Founded in 1905, Kelowna has an extensive history that begins when the first settlers and traders arrived in the Okanagan Valley. There is much to learn and uncover about Kelowna at the Okanagan Heritage Museum!

Discover how the Okanagan Valley was formed and why it supports the beautiful biodiversity it is known for by travelling back in time through exhibits. You can take a peek at historical artifacts, multimedia presentations and even go through public archives dating back to the early 1900s!

The museum recently finished up an overhaul of its permanent gallery that was informed by the vision and expertise of Syilx/ Okanagan Elders and knowledge carriers, historians, scientists, as well as members of diverse communities. In addition, they are currently hosting a travelling exhibition Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist until Jan. 15, 2023.

So plan your visit today using the Local Savings Pass for free entry. You’re sure to learn something new and gain a new understanding and appreciation for the beautiful Okanagan Valley and its people, past and present.

Meadow Vista

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It’s no secret that Kelowna is known for orchards, vineyards and delicious wine, but have you ever considered trying honey wine?

Truly one-of-a-kind, Meadow Vista specializes in developing mead, a type of wine that is crafted entirely with the help of their local honey bees. Perfectly balanced between the sweetness of honey and the crispness of fruit, the delectable mead tastes just like Okanagan sunshine.

Plus, you get to learn about the history of mead, how it's made and see the honey bees in action. This will give you a whole new appreciation for nature and all it creates!

Stop by for a visit and use your Local Savings Pass to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and 10% off any in-store purchases. Take home some of Meadow Vista’s incredible products such as a bottle (or two) of delicious honey wine, beeswax candles, bath salts, food items and so much more.

Moccasin Trails

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Have you ever considered immersing yourself in Indigenous culture through an authentic experience of a guided tour from Moccasin Trails?

Having the opportunity to learn and discover all there is to know about Indigenous culture is an experience that many will never forget. The guided tours give you a firsthand look at the history, triumphs and struggles Indigenous people have faced. Participants will learn about the language, food, celebrations, ceremonies, stories, legends and deep-rooted history of Indigenous people in the Okanagan Valley throughout the years.

Hear the stories passed down orally from generations ago, travel down the rivers they canoed and touch, smell, see, hear, and feel their culture. Their journey started hundreds of years ago but your journey will start at Moccasin Trails.

Plus, you can get 10% off your tour when you use the Local Savings Pass and redeem the offer!

Okanagan Foodie Tours

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Do you love finding local spots with inexplicably delicious meals? Trying out new restaurants with your people? Or finding a reason to eat some good grub? This is exactly what Okanagan Foodie Tours is all about!

As the Okanagan’s original walking food tour, this local company provides a unique foodie experience for your group while your upbeat guides share some history and fun facts. And yes, there will be a lot of delicious food at local favourites and hidden gem eateries along the way!

Even if you’ve lived here your entire life, you’re sure to find something new. Plus you might find your new favourite restaurant, too.

For your three-hour tour, you can choose to tour around downtown or the wonderful Pandosy Village. The tours are on foot, so you can enjoy some sightseeing too.

Make sure you redeem the offer on the Local Savings Pass and get 10% off your tour!

For even more hidden gems, date ideas and places to go for your next outing, check out the other offers from Tourism Kelowna on the #exploreKelowna Local Savings Pass!

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