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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!


For the outdoorsy type

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 Michaelbrook 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 expected.

Golf - Mixed 9-Hole

The Mixed 9-Hole Golf group meets at Kelowna Springs Golf Course very early Tuesday 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 KNC members.

Gardening

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!

Dragon Boating

The 2022 season starts in May and runs for 16 weeks! Kelowna Dragon Boat Club supplies the boat, life jacket, paddle, coach and steerer for each paddling session. Currently all teams are full but if you are interested in sparing (subject to availability), email the managers for the day you are interested in.

For 2022, we are offering:

1. LADIES, MONDAY 4:30 PM, starts May 9th. For info email the Manager DragonRAssetsKelowna@gmail.com.

2. LADIES, WEDNESDAY 4:30 PM starts May 4th. For info email the Manager at KNCdb2@gmail.com.

3. MIXED, THURSDAY 4:30 PM starts May 19th. For info email the Manager at KNCdb3@gmail.com.


Walking

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.  This group offers fresh air, friendship, and a fine way to get to know your new community.

Snowshoeing

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.

Hiking

We are happy to introduce Hiking as a KNC activity in response to member feedback.  Our coordinators are planning on 'taking a hike' every other Friday morning weather permitting.   The level of effort will vary from hike to hike as will the length of the hike.  Hiking is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy our beautiful surroundings.  


For the social type

Hockey night

Many newcomers quickly develop into rabid fans of the Kelowna Rockets major junior hockey team.

You can join fellow hockey enthusiasts in the centrally located  Prospera Place in downtown Kelowna.

Canasta

Join in for a fun-filled afternoon of cards, socializing and food. This group meets every Friday afternoon. 

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. Folks often stay afterward for an early dinner,  to continue the fun.  

Solos

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.

Five-Pin Bowling

This fun league, which has been running for more than 30 years, is for all skill levels. No experience is required; in fact, it's best if you forget how you once played!

The group plays between September and April, and members can join as a  a regular team member or a spare.  Each year new teams are developed  to ensure a good mix of skill levels.    There's plenty of socializing and laughter (mostly about bowling!). There's a lunch once a month, as well as a year-end banquet.

Social Bridge

Social Bridge is exactly that – a social activity: here’s a chance for rookies at the game to learn from seasoned players. You could join this group if you see Bridge as a social activity that connects people over a card table and some nibblies. You don’t have to be a card shark to participate in this group; beginners are welcome to try their hand at this fun, classic activity.

Ladies Book Clubs

This is fun activity has grown so much in recent years that we now have a number of 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  is starting up in the evening. Each group starts by discussing its chosen book, followed by socializing and light refreshments. In general, 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.

Tour Kelowna

Come and discover some of the hidden gems of the Central Okanagan.  We regularly 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.

Photography

KNC shutterbugs meet regularly  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!

Out on the town

Men's Coffee

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.

Ladies Lunch

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month. We discover a new restaurant each time, while engaging in friendly conversation over delicious food.   It is a great way to meet new friends and try out some of Kelowna's wonderful dining venues.


Dining Out

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.

Wine Tasting

The Wine Tasting group meets to explore wines from the Okanagan and around the world. Various formats have been followed, from visiting wineries, and meeting at Members' homes, to enjoying tastings led by certified wine connoisseurs.

Pub Night Kelowna

Regularly once a week, KNC members who enjoy pub atmosphere, food and drink, gather at a local establishment for sustenance in the form of fare and friendship. It’s a great opportunity to keep in touch with others new to Kelowna and make new friends.

Beer Tasting

This activity is aimed at people interested in exploring the many flavours of beer from the Okanagan and elsewhere. Members meet at a variety of establishments and occasionally in the home of a KNC member. 

 

Gathering together

Ladies Coffee

Member of this group meet biweekly at a local Coffee shop.  Member take a seat at a table with up to 6 other women.  Half way through people rotate and more conversations ensue.  You can order a beverage or a snack on your way in.  It is a relaxing and fun way to meet other new arrivals to the Kelowna area.  community.    

Ladies Potluck Lunch

This is a fun and very social group that meets for potluck luncheons generally at the home of a group member . 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.

Dining In

The KNC is a great way to meet other members in the Club.   Members of the group take turns hosting 4 to 6 people (including hosts) in their homes for dinner.  Hosts are responsible for the main course with guests contributing other parts of the meal.    No special cooking skills are required - it is just a fun evening with new friends. 

Social Forum

KNC offers an online 'bulletin board' to enable members to reach out to others to arrange activities and outings beyond the KNC sponsored activities. Members have organized ski outings, cycling adventures, golf foursomes and more. Find it all at the Social Forum

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