Kelowna, located in British Columbia, Canada, is home to a diverse range of animal species, including:

  1. Bears: Bears are common in the forests and mountains surrounding Kelowna. They are omnivorous and feed on berries, nuts, insects, and occasionally small mammals. It’s important to be aware of bear safety when hiking in the area, as bears can be dangerous if surprised or threatened.
  2. Coyotes: Coyotes are found throughout Kelowna, especially in urban areas. They are opportunistic feeders and will eat anything from small mammals to fruit and garbage. Coyotes are generally not aggressive towards humans but can become habituated to people if they are fed or encouraged to approach.
  3. Deer: White-tailed deer are common in Kelowna, especially in suburban and rural areas. They are herbivores and feed on plants and shrubs.
  4. Raccoons: Raccoons are found in urban and suburban areas of Kelowna. They are omnivores and will eat almost anything, including garbage and pet food left outside. Raccoons can carry diseases, so it’s important to avoid contact with them and to secure any potential food sources.
  5. Skunks: Skunks are common in Kelowna and can be found in both urban and rural areas. They are omnivorous and will eat insects, plants, and small mammals. Skunks can spray a strong-smelling liquid as a defense mechanism, so it’s important to avoid getting too close.
  6. Bighorn sheep: Bighorn sheep are found in the mountains surrounding Kelowna. They are herbivores and feed on grasses and shrubs.
  7. Ospreys: Ospreys are a type of bird of prey found in the Kelowna area. They feed primarily on fish and can be seen fishing in lakes and rivers.
  8. Snakes: The are a variety of snakes located in the Okanagan since they love the warm weather like we do Night Snake, Rubber Boa. Racer, Western Rattlesnake, Great Basin Gopher Snake, Common Garter, Terrestrial Garter most snakes other then the Rattlesnake are harmless to humans but we want to be cautious when stepping over logs – a simple way to make sure there is no snake getting a shaded nap is to just run your stick under the log before stepping over. Making sure we warn the snake that we are about to come near before we abruptly wake them from their nap. Please be sure to do your reading about snakes and the rattle snake safety.
  9. Geese: Kelowna is home to several species of geese, including the Canada goose. Canada geese are a common sight in the area, particularly in parks and near bodies of water like Okanagan Lake. These geese are migratory and breed in the northern parts of Canada, returning to Kelowna and other parts of southern Canada during the fall and winter months. Canada geese are known for their distinctive honking calls and their V-shaped flying formation during migration. In Kelowna, Canada geese can often be seen grazing on grassy areas, swimming in the lake, or flying overhead.

These are just a few examples of the many animal species that can be found in Kelowna. The area is home to a diverse range of wildlife, and it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and to respect the animals and their habitats.

Hoof Prints Barnyard

Spend the day at Hoof Prints Barnyard

It is a proven fact that interacting with animals can boost a humans mood. What better way to spend the day than to spend it at a petting zoo!

Hoof Prints Barnyard is Kelowna’s only petting zoo and an ethical farm animal rescue facility. This petting zoo is located on 8 acres of land and has lots of fun family things to do!
Whether you go on an open public day, have a private event or go for a birthday party there is always something going on. There is over 70 farm animals on the property that you can view and interact with. Hoof Prints Barnyard uses all the entrance donations and anything else they make at the farm for the animals on the farm whether it is food or their medical needs. Host your kids birthday party here with pony rides, the petting zoo, roasting marshmallows on the fire when the fire ban isn’t in affect and indoor western themed party room.

Have you heard of Goga?

This is a very popular event that must be pre booked. Come spend an hour doing yoga with the goats. The goats are babies still and will be wearing their yoga outfits with their diapers. They will jump on you and go under you while you are doing yoga like you are their own personal jungle gym. This is something that should be on everyone’s bucket lists – Yoga with goats! $20 for adults, $10 for kids 8-15, or $50 for 2 adults and two children.

On Public days the farm is open to everyone to come enjoy.

Admission is a minimum $5 donation for anyone over the age of 3. Attend the bonfire and roast some marshmallows after enjoying a hot dog from the concession stand. Spend some time with the family in the petting zoo area or play in the play area with your loved ones making some memories.  If being on the farm and spending time outdoors is your thing, spend some more time here hosting your family reunion or having a wedding. Be sure to bring cash as this is the only type of payment Hoof Prints Barnyard accepts.




Planning a family vacation in Kelowna? Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email to find your perfect cottage.


Written by Megan Harder

Deer Okanagan

Wildlife to watch out for whilst hiking in the Okanagan


Spring in the Okanagan brings out more wildlife.  Bears come out from hibernation, rattle snakes bask in the sun and birds become more adventurous.  Though unlikely, it is possible to come face to face with several animals.  Here are the top six to watch out for when hiking in Kelowna and surrounding areas:

  • Bears –

    Black Bear

    The most likely bear that you would encounter near Kelowna is a Black Bear. Black bears can come in all shapes, colours and sizes.  Though the bears feast mainly on berries, insects, fish and grasses, they can develop an appetite for human food. Because of this, it is important to not leave food scraps or trash on any hiking trails or campsites!  If you encounter a bear, you should never try to run away.  Instead raise your hands above your head, act big and talk to the bear whilst you begin to back away.

  • Deer –

    Deer Okanagan

    There are plenty of deer in and around Kelowna, so this would be the most likely animal that you would spot on a local hike. There are three types of deer that are prevalent in the Okanagan areas: Mule Deer, White-Tailed Deer and Black-Tailed Deer. Though Deer are not dangerous animals, it is still best to leave them alone (especially their young), give them space and keep dogs close.

  • Big Horn Sheep –

    Big Horn Sheep

    Keep your eyes peeled for Big Horn Sheep. These sheep are spread out in small flocks across the Okanagan regions.  They are rarely spotted in well populated trails and urban areas, but they are great animals to see if you get a chance! The males have large, curled horns which distinguish them from other types of sheep – and these horns act as a sign of the ram’s status, as well as being used as weapons in battle.

  • Western Rattle Snake –

    Western Rattlesnake

    You won’t usually find a Western Rattle Snake on a well-established hiking trail, but never say never! You could encounter snakes under rocks or logs so be careful. Watch where you are treading or putting your hands – you don’t want to accidentally disturb a sleeping snake!  In Canada, only found in the warmer climates of the Okanagan, and small parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Western Rattle Snake is venomous and carnivorous.

  • Cougars –

    Cougar Okanagan

    Cougars, or Mountain Lions, are the second most powerful predator in Canada (after bears). The Okanagan is prime territory for cougars due to its mountainous, rocky terrain.  Because they are most active between dusk and dawn, it is unlikely that you will see a cougar on a day hike.  However, if you do spot fresh tracks or warning signs that a cougar is in the area, it is best to turn back!

Always be on the watch for wildlife when out on a hike, and always travel in a group.  If you are unsure what to take with you when hiking, please refer to our Okanagan Hiking Packing List.  There are so many trails around Kelowna to enjoy – Do you think you will encounter any of these animals?  Have you seen any interesting wildlife on your adventures?


Written by Hannah Poaros