City of Kelowna Cracks the Top 100 Travel Destinations in the World

City of Kelowna Cracks the Top 100 Travel Destinations in the World

How in the world did Kelowna crack the top 100 most loved travel destinations in the world?

Simple. Because Kelowna is Awesome.

Recently the Tourism Sentiment Index released their list of the top 100 travel destinations in the world.

There were 4 Canadian cities that made the cut. The top Canadian destination was Fernie. Kelowna came a close second and the list was rounded out by Niagara Falls and Canmore, Alberta.

The TSI explains how the scores are generated this way:

Quote: To calculate the score, we collect all the conversations and content around a destination and, through natural language processing, filter to those that are driven by a destination’s tourism experiences or products. The remaining data is classified as positive, neutral or negative as artificial intelligence deciphers sentiment from human expression.

How Was the Score Calculated?

So basically it sounds like they scour the internet, look for posts of pictures, videos of experiences and dialogued conversation and then feed it through an AI filter which then looks for the positive, neutral and the negative.

Then they give it a score based on an algorithm.

Ok, not sure if that’s right but hey, I gave it a shot at explaining the word salad that I found in an article on KelownaNow.

To give you some context, The Maldives came in at number 1 with a score of 40.26.

You know the Maldives right? Beautiful blue ocean. Resorts built in the ocean waters. A beautiful archipelago that spans across the equator.

Fernie came in with a score of 25.25 and Kelowna scored just behind them at 24.43.

What Was Kelowna’s Top Asset(s)?

So can you guess what the top asset was? 

Well if you’ve visited Kelowna, then you should have a pretty good guess.

Wineries and vineyards were at the top of the list.

That’s certainly a great place to start, but let’s add to the list, shall we?

What Else is Kelowna Known For?

Love to golf? So do I. Kelowna is home to about 2000 hours of sunshine per year with one of the longest and driest golf seasons in the country.

Add to that, 19 golf courses in and around Kelowna and you will never get bored of playing the same course over and over.

Hiking and Mountain Biking come to mind for sure when thinking about Kelowna. I’ve mentioned Knox and Boucherie before, but there is a ton of other spots to hike around Kelowna like Lebanon Creek, Paul’s Tomb, Glen Canyon, Layer Cake and many more spots to explore.

Loving the lake life? 

Lake Okanagan isn’t the only option to bust out the paddle board or ski boat. You’ve got Kalamalka and Wood Lake within minutes of the north end of the city. If you want to just lounge on a beach somewhere, you have about 30 to choose from.

So pack a cooler, take your lunch and head out for an afternoon but get there early to grab a good spot.

What about the winter months though?

Well, if you like to ski and snowboard you have your choice of three ski hills all within 40 to 90 minutes from downtown Kelowna in Apex, Big White and Silver Star.

Ice fishing more your thing? Well there are a ton of lakes all within an hours drive from Kelowna, plus you have the lakes that I mentioned earlier to choose from if you want to stick closer to home.

Ice skating at Stuart Park. Kelowna Rockets Hockey games at Prospera Place. Or snow shoeing at the Myra Canyon Trestles round out some winter activities nicely.

Kelowna is so much more than vineyards and wineries, in my opinion, Kelowna should have fared a lot higher than Fernie BC!

That’s all I have for you today on this video! If you can think of anymore amazing things to do here in Kelowna, then leave them in the comments below.

If you are thinking about selling your current home or looking to relocate to Kelowna, then we should talk. You can give me a call or send me a text to 778-716-7527 or shoot me an email anytime to


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