Travel To Kelowna

Main terminal

International flights to and from YLW:

For more information regarding airlines to Kelowna, including airline reservations phone numbers, please visit Kelowna International Airport at http://www.ylw.kelowna.ca/

Visas and Entry into Canada

Visitors from many countries do not require a visa to visit Canada (for example, United States, Japan, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, among others). For a full listing of “Visa exempt travelers”, see http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visa-exempt.asp

However, citizens from some countries require a visa to visit Canada. For a listing of countries whose citizens require a visa, see http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

Other important information for all visitors to Canada may be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp

Letters of Invitation from the conference are given by request upon full payment for registration fees.

Getting to the University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC

The conference venue and accommodations are located at The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, approximately 5 minutes from the airport. You can get to the hotel by taxi, shuttle, car (rental) or public transportation. 

Conference Check-In Centre:
UBCO Conferences and Accommodation
1290 International Mews
Kelowna, B.C.

Tel: 1-888-318-8666

Car Rental, Taxi, Shuttle, Public Transportation

For full information on transportation, including car rentals, taxi and public transportation please visit https://ylw.kelowna.ca/passengers/transportation

Car rental facilities at the airport are located on the ground floor of the parkade. Companies include:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Enterprise
  • Hertz

Weather

With over 2,100 hours of sunshine, and only 15 inches or rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round.

July weather in Kelowna is warm and comfortable:

  • Average temperature: 28ºC / 82ºF
  • Average high: 28ºC / 82ºF
  • Average low: 11ºC / 52ºF

Accessibility

Kelowna enjoys a reputation as being one of the most accessible cities in the world among travelers with special needs. Whether using wheelchairs, white canes, seeing eye dogs or hearing aids, Victoria leads the way in making the area a more livable place for people with disabilities through its progressive transportation systems, innovative housing and recreational opportunities.

Languages

Canada has two official languages – English and French. English is the predominant language in British Columbia. Kelowna is multicultural and also multilingual. After English, the most common mother tongue languages spoken are Punjabi, German, Italian, French, Tagalog (Filipino) and Spanish.

Time Zone

Kelowna is in the Pacific Time Zone. Daylight savings time is in effect from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.

Metric Measures

Canada follows the International Metric System. Temperatures, rainfall measures, distance, weights, velocity are expressed in metric units. Distance is measured in kilometres.

Electricity

Outlets and voltage (120 volts) are the same as in the United States. Small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc. can be used in Canada. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.

Currency

The currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar (sign: $ or C$; code: CAD).

To avoid exchange problems, visitors are advised to exchange their funds to Canadian dollars at a bank or a foreign currency exchange outlet.

Money

Paper bills: $5 (blue), $10 (purple), $20 (green) and $50 (red) denominations.

Coins include the nickel (5¢), dime (10¢), quarter (25¢), ‘loonie’ ($1) and ‘toonie’ ($2).

Electronic transactions

Credit cards, ATMs, and direct-debit cards are commonly used in Canada.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB cards are widely accepted in most stores and restaurants.

Banks

Banking hours are generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Some banks are open on Saturday.

ATMs (Automated Teller Machines or cash machines) are found at the airport, banks and in retail areas.

Time Zones / Daylight Savings Time

Most of BC is on Pacific Standard Time, which is one hour behind Mountain Standard Time (Alberta and some eastern areas of BC) and three hours behind Eastern Standard Time (Ontario/New York).

Tipping

Tipping in Kelowna is normal and is around 10 to 15% of the bill.

Smoking and Alcohol

Smoking is restricted at many places in Kelowna, including public transportation, restaurants, places of work and enclosed public areas. The current legal drinking age in B.C. is 19 years of age.