Travel To Kelowna

 Travel to Kelowna

There are many options for travel to Kelowna! Please visit the Tourism Kelowna website: Getting to Kelowna for more information.

International flights to and from YLW:

For more information regarding flights to Kelowna, including airline reservations phone numbers, please visit Kelowna International Airport (YLW). 

Visas and Entry into Canada

Visitors from many countries do not require a visa to visit Canada (for example, the United States, Japan, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, among others). For a full listing of “Visa exempt travellers”, see

However, citizens from some countries require a visa to visit Canada. For a listing of countries whose citizens require a visa, see

Other important information for all visitors to Canada may be found at

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

Getting to the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus

The conference venue and accommodations are located at UBC’s Okanagan campus, approximately 5 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport.  You can get to campus by taxi, public transport, or car (rental), please see our website for more information on getting to UBCO.

Conference Check-In Centre:
Conferences & Accommodation
1290 International Mews

Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V8
Direct Line: (250) 807-8050
Toll-Free: 1-888-318-8666

Car Rental, Shuttle, Taxi

For full information on transportation, including car rentals, taxi and public transportation at YLW please visit


With close to 2,000 hours of sunshine and only 380 mm of rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year-round.

July weather in Kelowna is warm and comfortable:

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


Kelowna enjoys a reputation as being one of the most accessible cities in the world among travellers with special needs. Whether using wheelchairs, white canes, seeing eye dogs or hearing aids, Kelowna 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. For more information please check out the Accessible Kelowna tab on Tourism Kelowna’s website. 


Canada has two official languages – English and French. English is the predominant language in British Columbia. 

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.


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.


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.


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).


Tipping in Kelowna is normal and is around 12% to 18% of the bill.

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.


Banking hours are generally from 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).

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.