Your Feedback Needed on the Proposed Visitor Centre in City Park


Many of you will remember back to 2006 when we undertook our first study to determine if Kelowna needed a new Visitor Centre. Traffic analysis, demand models, best practice research and stakeholder workshops were conducted as part of the study which determined that due to several shortfalls with the current site, a new Centre was required. A subsequent study took place in 2008 to identify location options and resulted in City Park rising to the top of the list. 

Through this research it was determined that a new centre, if strategically located, should be accessible to foot traffic and provide a new opportunity to impact on the touring decisions of in-market visitors to go to increased tourism attractions and experiences. Several other positive impacts also surfaced such as having the opportunity to tell the Kelowna story – our heritage and culture –  to our visitors, creating a safe public gathering place and a point of departure for tours and expressing the importance of tourism and pride of place with a building that is consistent with the quality and diversity of experiences offered in our area.  Fast forward to 2013…. The City of Kelowna is now developing a new City Park Concept Plan which to our delight includes a new landmark Visitor Centre. They are requesting public input to the overall park concept plan and the Visitor Centre.  Please become engaged and provide your support for this centre by going to .  Scroll down to the “Visioning Tourism Kelowna” section and enter your thoughts before the April 25 deadline. Thank you!


4 thoughts on “Your Feedback Needed on the Proposed Visitor Centre in City Park

  1. I agree that City Park would be the best location for the most foot traffic!

    Additionally, I just saw the television Golf Kelowna advertisement on TSN during the Masters! Very well done!

  2. Hello friends–Initially I was concerned about the concept & taking away so much area from City Park, however, I’ve grown to appreciate the positives with that location. Visitors will be able to experience the wonderful setting on the lake as well as all that our city centre has to offer–shops–cultural–arts–marina–Parks Alive events, etc. I do have a concern about adequate parking (looking ahead 10-20 yrs.) & with the flow of traffic leaving the VIC & wanting to proceed northbound on Hwy 97. (Leon to Ellis). I assume the structure would provide some commercial leased space to help with the financial burden. As to the topic of total area for this development, I still lean towards the old KSS site which would accommodate a much larger development while still giving excellent access from both directions as well as being far more visible to the traffic flow.

  3. City Park would be a good location. The visitor center needs a more relaxed location rather then being located on a very busy highway. In city park, it would have the lake as a back ground, with the mountains across the water, what a setting to welcome tourists to our city. Good starting point to help them become more aware of what the centre of our city has to offer. Carry on with city park.

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