With a population of more than 117,312, Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley located on stunning Okanagan Lake. It is a recreational lakeside paradise with miles of beautiful parkland and several sandy beaches that provide wonderful opportunities for swimming, boating, waterskiing, windsurfing and fishing. Even Kelowna’s main street ends at a beach! The nearby mountains attract hikers, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts of all descriptions. Three major ski hills are within a one-hour drive.
Kelowna is well known for its consistently great year-round climate making it one of the most desirable repeat destinations in the country. Predictably hot, dry summers with a July average high of 28°C and temperate winters with a January average high of 0°C. There is no doubt that there is year-round appeal for tourists and residents alike.
Kelowna is one of the most livable cities in Canada. In the recent Canada Pulse survey, 90% of residents reported “My city is a great place to live.”
Kelowna boasts all the amenities of a major city while still maintaining its small town charm. From: relaxing on one of many outdoor patios, strolling along the lakefront boardwalk and exploring the local treasures being sold by the artisans, or kicking off your shoes and enjoying a free concert in the park. To: a vibrant culture scene including fine dining, unique shops, theatres, and galleries as well as thriving orchards and vineyards located only a 10-minute drive from the downtown core.
A delightful day can be spent picking cherries, peaches, apples and pears fresh off the tree; sampling the award-winning wines of our numerous internationally-acclaimed wineries; or playing a round of golf at one of the many championship courses which draw enthusiasts from all parts of the globe.
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Not only does Kelowna offer unparalleled scenery and real estate, but it also boasts the convenience of an International Airport. Rated the 11th busiest airport in Canada, Kelowna International Airport (YLW) offers 62 daily non-stop flights to popular destinations such as Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. Planning a vacation? YLW also offers direct flights to out-of-country destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Las Vegas, Seattle, and many more.
Kelowna is home to one of the finest hospitals in the Okanagan. The Kelowna General Hospital offers high-level medical services including 24 hour trauma services, ambulatory and outpatient clinics, diagnostic and paramedical services, and is also a teaching hospital. KGH recently renovated and expanded a new cardiac unit, while also having one of the best cancer clinics around, among many more services.
Kelowna’s amusement facilities are numerous, providing a wide range of activities. Enjoy go-karts, mini golf, lazer-tag, bowling, paintball, parasailing, waterslides, zip lining, and much more, including the only “Flowrider” wave facility in Canada.
One of the unique opportunities people have in the Okanagan is to take part in buying fruit fresh from the tree by visiting “U-Pick” growers. There are also many options to buy fresh cheese and meat, direct from the source. Whether it’s for the fruit or the scenery, the Okanagan is certainly a unique area to buy locally grown food, and to experience a beautiful walk through orchard rows.