The Volunteers of the KNC organize more than two dozen types of activities, throughout all four seasons. Browse these lists; you're sure to find something to enjoy!
Golf - Men's 18-Hole
This group plays regular full rounds on Wednesdays and Fridays from the end of March through October. You can play twice a week, or just once a year — whatever you wish. Just come out and enjoy a fine walk and great company — spoiled, of course, only by the golf! An activity for both KNC members and alumni (KNA), we rotate among four local golf courses: Kelowna Springs, Sunset Ranch, Shannon Lake and Shadow Ridge.
Golf - Ladies 9-Hole
The Ladies 9-Hole Golf group plays Thursday mornings from early May to mid-October, alternating between Kelowna Springs and Shannon Lake Golf Courses. This is a relaxed, non-competitive activity. We welcome golfers of all skill levels, but some experience is required and a basic knowledge of golfing etiquette is expect¬ed. Our early-morning rounds are followed by a full breakfast at the clubhouse.
Golf - Mixed 9-Hole
The Mixed 9-Hole Golf group meets at Kelowna Springs Golf Course very early Wednesday mornings from April until the end of the golf season in October. We usually play the back-9, then reward ourselves with a scrumptious breakfast in the clubhouse. This fun, non-competitive activity for golfers of all skill levels is open to couples and singles, women and men, in both the KNC and the KNA (alumni).
We're all new to the area and face a variety of unfamiliar gardening challenges. What plants do well in this arid climate, coupled with frosty winters? How do we deal with deer and other critters destroying our gardens? Join our Gardening Group to learn and share experiences, frustrations and triumphs!
Interested in improving your fitness, meeting new people and having a lot of fun? Join this very popular activity! For the 2020 season, we are hoping to offer Ladies, Men's and Mixed teams. Dragon Boating is open to all Kelowna Newcomers members and Kelowna Newcomers Alumni members..
Grab your camera and join us Thursday mornings, all year round, for an easy to moderate one-hour walk in one of 50 scenic locations ranging from Peachland in the southwest to Lake Country in the northeast. A stop afterwards for coffee and goodies at one of the region's many wonderful cafés gives everyone a chance to socialize some more and to meet new friends. This group offers fresh air, friendship, and a fine way to get to know your new community.
If you've ever wanted to strap on a pair of snowshoes and stomp through forests and fields, this group is for you! We welcome all snowshoe enthusiasts, no matter what your skill level.
For the social type
Many newcomers quickly develop into enthusiastic fans of the Kelowna Rockets major junior hockey team.
In this group, we welcome everyone to game nights with a casual get-together at a local Kelowna watering hole, then join the cheering throngs in the Prospera Place stands.
Come join us for a fun-filled afternoon of cards, socializing and food. We meet every second Friday afternoon, alternating between two local dining establishments.
We play a simple, quick version of Canasta, where we play three games, mixing partners each time. You don't need to know anything about the game to join this group; even if it’s your first time, you'll catch on quickly. Stay for an early dinner afterwards, because we have a lot of fun chatting and getting to know one another over a leisurely meal.
For Kelowna newcomers who are single and looking to meet others like them, our ever-popular KNC Solos group is a great place to start. Our goal is to develop lasting friendships, and to share with those friends the many activities that Kelowna has to offer. Unattached KNC members are always enthusiastically welcomed at all KNC events and activities, but some people prefer to attend with one or more others. The Solos group facilitates the networking and friendship-building that helps that happen.
This fun league, which has been running for more than 25 years, is for all skill levels. No experience is required; in fact, it's best if you forget how you once played!
We play between September and April, and you're welcome to play as a regular team member or a spare. Each year we aim for balanced competition by forming new mixed teams based on previous year averages. There's plenty of socializing and laughter (mostly about bowling!). There's a lunch once a month, as well as a year-end banquet.
Ladies bridge is a social bridge activity focused on developing friendships while participating in an activity we all enjoy.
At each game participants are asked to contribute a loonie. All money will be awarded as prizes at the end of each day.
Participants contribute a small snack that can be shared while playing or during our social break.
Ladies bridge will be held every 2nd Thursday from 1 pm to 4 pm at 727 Cassiar Cres. Kelowna. We can accommodate 1 to 3 tables (4 to 12 people). Some previous knowledge of bridge is recommended.
Ladies Book Clubs
This is fun activity has grown so much in recent years that we now have four different groups. Each group meets monthly from September to June to discuss books that are on its agreed-upon reading list. Currently most groups meet in the afternoons, and one in the evening. Each group starts by discussing its chosen book, followed by socializing and light refreshments. Members take turns playing host at their homes.
For the curious mind
Arts and Culture
Kelowna and towns in the surrounding area have so many museums, theatres, art shows and other cultural activities to offer. Sign up with this group to participate in these activities with other like-minded newcomers.
Each month we try to visit a local artist or cultural event. We have seen plays and visited the studios of sculptors and other visual artists working with acrylic, water colours, wood, fibre, stone and other innovative media.
KNC shutterbugs meet on the third Friday of the month to discuss the art of photography and to go on group shoots. Although photography is a solo hobby, our group is about sharing tips and constructive feedback as we visit art and photo exhibits and invite experts to help us hone our skills. Whether you use a phone camera, a compact digital or a professional DSLR, everyone is welcome!
Come and discover some of the hidden gems of the Central Okanagan. On one weekday per month we organize a tour of an area business or tourist attraction. In the past, we have visited sites as diverse as Campion Boats, Global News Okanagan, the Gorman Brothers Lumber Mill, the Okanagan Observatory, the Okanagan Military Museum and the Okanagan Wine & Orchard Museum. We've also enjoyed educational and informative walking tours of the historic downtown area.
Out on the town
The men of the KNC meet on Tuesday mornings at a café on Kelowna's Springfield Road. Coffee, a variety of breakfast treats and good camaraderie are on the menu. It's a casual drop-in affair, and new members are always welcome.
We meet on the second Wednesday of every month. We discover a new restaurant each time, while engaging in friendly conversation over delicious food.
Once a month this group heads out to dine together at an interesting and reasonably-priced restaurant. We try to select a variety of establishments, to accommodate different styles, tastes and food preferences. It’s a great way to meet new friends and discover the high-quality restaurants in Kelowna and surrounding areas.
The Wine Tasting group meets every second Saturday of the month at one of the region's many splendid wineries. We sample their wares, while nibbling on appetizers from the winery's restaurant. We have also met in the past at a wine bar and other non-winery venues, where we have invited experts to share their knowledge about the noble grape.
Join the Beer Tasting group for delicious beverages, great conversation and some hearty pub grub. Pub nights are generally Thursday evenings at a casual and friendly central Kelowna establishment. This group also has special beer tastings, at least twice a year.
Westside Pub Night
Do you want to get to know more newcomers living in West Kelowna? Join us for drinks, pub food and plenty of laughter. We meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month at a terrific establishment in downtown West Kelowna.
Home is our castle
We gather at KNC members' homes on the first Wednesday morning of each month, except during the summer. These are casual get-togethers aimed at meeting new friends and learning about the community. Members of the group are encouraged to host coffee events, or to bring goodies to the homes of others.
Ladies Potluck Lunch
This is a fun and very social group that meets for potluck luncheons at group members' homes on the third Friday of each month. Members of this group sign up to bring an appetizer, a main dish, salad or dessert. We mingle over appetizers, then sit and enjoy a lively lunch together, potluck style. We switch seating for dessert to maximize the opportunity to converse with new friends.
The KNC is a great way to get acquainted with other recent arrivals to the area. Sharing an evening of good food and lively conversation in someone's home helps you get to know people a whole lot better. You may even add some tasty recipes to your repertoire!