Kelowna is the largest city in BC's Okanagan Valley. Kelowna boasts hot summers, temperate winters and a variety of things to see and do. People from around the world come to Kelowna to sample wineries, view the spectacular vistas, golf championship golf courses, ski and snowboard, boat, swim, fish and enjoy all the area has to offer. 125,000 people are lucky enough to call Kelowna home. Are you looking to make Kelowna your home? View Kelowna Real Estate Listings.
Those who live in the area can probably name a thousand reasons why this popular tourist city makes for a great place to live year-round.
Here's The Top 10 Reasons To Live In Kelowna...
Kelowna is often described as a four-season playground. With its crisp autumns, mild winters, beautiful springs, and sunny and hot summers there really isn't a bad time to live or visit the Okanagan. Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine each year, only 13 inches of rain yearly, and 41 inches of snow. As for temperatures, in the summer months temperatures are routinely over 30 degrees Celsius. In the winter months, the temperatures average at 0 degrees Celsius.
Kelowna is the heart of BC's Wine Country. With over a dozen wineries located in Kelowna, and over 60 within the Okanagan Region, you can discover new wines and wineries at almost every turn. Each year, the Okanagan Valley is host to two wine festivals: The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival and the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. With the vast numbers of award-winning wineries in the area, you may have a hard-time selecting your favourites. Some local's favourite wineries include: Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Calona Vineyards, Grey Monk Winery, Quail's Gate Estate Winery, and Mission Hill Winery.
Kelowna is nestled alongside the waters of Okanagan Lake. As the lake rarely freezes, boaters and fishing and water enthusiasts play on the lake year-round. Lake activities, including fishing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, house boating, wake boarding and swimming are especially popular from May through September.
Sports and Recreation Opportunities
There are a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation and sporting opportunities available in Kelowna. Big White Ski Resort is a world-class ski and snowboard mountain, and is the local's favourite ski destination in the area. The new H20 Centre is a a full-service aquatic facility offering swim training, a gym, and family fun. Curling, hockey, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, walking, running, and yoga are just a few of the recreation opportunities available in the area.
The Okanagan Symphony, Kelowna Actor's Studio, Bumbershoot Children's Theatre, Theatre Kelowna, Sunshine Theatre Company, and Viva Musica are just a few of the theatre and music companies offering live performances in the Kelowna area. Kelowna is also home to a variety of Art Galleries and artists studios, Dance Companies and studios, and theatre and music classes.
There are so many golf courses in Kelowna. Whether you are looking for the challenge of a world-class championship course such as Gallagher's Canyon, The Kelowna Golf and Country Club, or The Harvest Golf Club or you are simply eager to play, finding a course in the area makes for an easy task. Many golf courses operate from February or March to October or November (weather determined).
Dining & Shopping
Whether you are looking to shop at the big box chain stores, a mall, or boutiques you will find it all in Kelowna. Boutiques line the streets of downtown Kelowna and the South Pandosy Shopping Village. Your favourite larger stores can be found at Orchard Mark Mall or along Harvey Avenue (Hwy 97). As for dining, Kelowna is home to all your favourite franchise restaurants but also houses many unique dining opportunities. The larger wineries such as Summerhill Pyramid Winery, and Mission Hill Winery offer delectable local cuisine paired with their finest wines. Kelowna is also home to a variety of International restaurants ranging from Chinese and Japanese to Indian, Italian, and French.
Downtown Parks and Amenities
Prospera Place, a 6,000-seat multi-purpose facility, is located in Downtown Kelowna and is the home to Kelowna's Western Hockey League Team: The Kelowna Rockets. The facility attracts a variety of music, theatre, and sporting acts as well. The Rotary Centre for the Arts is home to a variety of artists and offers classes, workshops, live entertainment, and touring. One of Kelowna's most photographed parks is also located downtown. Waterfront Park is adjacent to the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel and features lagoons, an outdoor amphitheatre, a beach, waterfalls and a wooden boardwalk.
School District #23 provides public schooling for kids in Kindergarten through grade 12 at a variety of neighbourhood schools. There are also private school options available. UBC-Okanagan provides post-secondary education in a variety of degree programs and is continuing to grow in both its services and programs offered. Kelowna is also home to Okanagan College which provides trades, technical, adult education, and university and transfer programs.
Kelowna is home to a variety of medical offices, specialists, surgeons, family physicians, dentists, holistic practitioners, and chiropractors. Kelowna General Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive medical facility in the southern interior of BC, and includes a full treatment cancer clinic.
Whether you are a first time home buyer, retiree, empty-nester, family, or are looking to make a real estate investment, the city's infrastructure and natural amenities make Kelowna the perfect place to call home.