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The Kelowna Yacht Club opens The Galley Lakeside Cafe on the boardwalk downtown

The stunning Kelowna Yacht Club sits majestically on the shores of Okanagan Lake.
The stunning Kelowna Yacht Club sits majestically on the shores of Okanagan Lake.
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Many would agree that Kelowna’s most spectacular asset is its proximity to Okanagan Lake. The magnificent grandeur of this 135-km long body of water runs alongside Kelowna’s shores from tip to tail. Watersports have long been a part of the lifestyle here as well as celebrations around it and the Kelowna Yacht Club (KYC) has been at the core of it all since 1945.

The Galley Lakeside Cafe opens at The Kelowna Yacht Club.'

KYC is a beacon for boating enthusiasts and the majestic clubhouse is anchored lakeside downtown perfectly situated as the hub for boating Okanaganers. The gorgeous architecture of the building has become a landmark on the lake. Shaped like a ship itself, KYC has celebrated over 75 years. The history of the yacht club is woven into the very culture of Kelowna and the core values have stayed the course over the years. KYC remains steadfast as dedicated stewards of the lake as well as encouraging the use and enjoyment of the water world through events and programming. Read more about all of the programs here.

The menu at The Galley Lakeside Cafe has something for everyone and features local  ingredients and products.
The menu at The Galley Lakeside Cafe has something for everyone and features local ingredients and products.

With a large and active membership in place, the KYC currently has a waiting list for those interested in joining the ranks. However, as per their community-minded values, there are many programs in place for the public to enjoy including sailing programs and camps, access to event rental space, kayak and SUP rentals along with joining their paddle programming and now a beautiful cafe on the boardwalk that is open to all.

The charming lakeside cafe is great for takeaway but also has tables to enjoy outside.
The charming lakeside cafe is great for takeaway but also has tables to enjoy outside.

The Galley Lakeside Cafe is set waterfront just off the boardwalk on Okanagan Lake in front of the Yacht Club. With takeaway options available — perfect for picnickers and boaters — guests can also choose one of the outdoor tables to settle into. From coffee drinks to wine and house-made salads to sandwiches, the priority is supporting local. The mouth-watering “Shipwheels” on the menu are gourmet ice-cream sandwiches made by local gelato makers QB Gelato.

The Shipwheels QB Gelato sandwiches are a must to order  at the  Cafe.
The Shipwheels QB Gelato sandwiches are a must to order at the Cafe.

The Cafe is open from 7 a.m. everyday making it a destination for morning walks and coffee fare. Wednesday to Sunday, it remains open until 9 p.m. making this one of the few places in Kelowna to sit lakeside and enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious bite.


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