The City of Kelowna is located along the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake, in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. It's part of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, encompassing Lake Country, Peachland, West Kelowna and other unincorporated communities on both sides of Okanagan Lake. Kelowna has a population of 127,500 (2016 census), making it the largest community in the Regional District and BC's Okanagan Valley. Kelowna's metropolitan area has a population of 194,882; the third-largest metro area in BC.
To the north are Lake Country and Vernon. West across Okanagan Lake is the City of West Kelowna; also known as Westside or Westbank. Peachland lies to the southwest, and further to the south, Summerland and Penticton. The city is cradled between mountains; with pristine lakes and sandy beaches, pine forests, orchards and vineyards. Centrally located, it's the transportation, business and service hub of the valley.
Often compared with Napa Valley, California, Kelowna is at the heart of BC's Wine Country and has become a culinary destination, pairing fine local ingredients with great wines. Each year the Okanagan Valley hosts a Spring and Fall wine festival. Kelowna produces wines that have received international acclaim, and vineyards dot the landscape to the south of the city.
The Kelowna area is also deeply committed to the arts and cultural events, with Theatre Kelowna, Sunshine Theatre Company, the Bumbershoot Children's Theatre, Kelowna Actor's Studio, The Okanagan Symphony and Viva Musica. Kelowna's Cultural District spans a six-block downtown area, with a concentration of theatres, artists’ studios, galleries, museums, unique shops and fine dining experiences.
Kelowna is a fantastic place to live for the same reasons it's become such a popular tourist destination. The amazing weather has made the area a four-season playground. Residents enjoy sunny and hot summers, crisp autumns, mild winters and warm springs. The city's location, along the shores of Okanagan Lake, provides year-round water activities, like sunbathing, swimming, boating, wakeboarding, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing.
Kelowna also offers world-class skiing and snowboarding at Big White Ski Resort. The H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre is an aquatic facility with a wide variety of aquatic and fitness programs. Residents also enjoy the area's many parks, walking and hiking, running and mountain biking. The 6,000 seat Prospera Place is a multi-purpose facility, and home to the Kelowna Rockets, Kelowna's Western Hockey League team. Kelowna is also known for its many golf courses, opening in February or March, with long seasons ending in October or November.
Kelowna is the fastest-growing city in BC according to Statistics Canada. It's also the fifth fastest-growing metropolitan area in Canada, following Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Regina, with a growth rate of 1.8%.
29.97% of the homes in Kelowna were built between 1961 and 1980. Two-bedroom homes from that era are the most common. From 1981 to 1990, 8,160 homes were constructed. And development increased between 1991 and 2000, with 10,500 new homes. There's a new growth spurt in Kelowna, with new housing developments springing up. Kelowna offers a wide selection of properties; with mixed residential towers, commercial and retail, to subdivisions of single-family residential building lots.
Kelowna has a relatively young population, with a median age of 43.6. The median household income is $94,629. 24.33% of Kelowna's residents say they have completed a university degree. Kelowna's cost of living is roughly 40% lower than that of Metro Vancouver due to a lower cost of housing, lower car and home insurance and far less time spent commuting. Kelowna residents also believe their quality of life is higher.
Kelowna is made up of many small, family-friendly neighbourhoods. Below are some of the highlights.
Big White is Kelowna's world-class ski resort, known for its great snow conditions. But it's also a 4-season destination with mountain biking and hiking, and the Happy Valley adventure park. Once considered a great place for a second home, Big White's expanding infrastructure now offers a vibrant summer community as well, with a selection of ski chalets and condos.
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Located on the Kelowna's eastern hills, the Black Mountain community is popular with families who like to work hard, play harder. It's located 30 minutes to the slopes of Big White Ski Resort, while just a short 20 minute drive into Downtown Kelowna. Black Mountain is home to the award-winning championship 18 hole Black Mountain Golf Course. It also has 25 acres of protected green space, with hiking and biking trails.
You'll find everything from entry-level houses, townhomes, established family neighbourhoods with spacious lots, multi-million dollar estates, large acreages and farms. Black Mountain has seen a lot of new development in recent years, like the Kirshner Mountain and Mine Hill subdivisions, with incredible views of the City, Okanagan Lake and Kelowna's orchards.
Students attend Black Mountain Elementary School, École Belgo Elementary School, Springvalley Middle School and Rutland Senior Secondary School.
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Located on the West Side of Okanagan Lake, Casa Loma is a small neighbourhood you come to just after you cross the bridge heading south from Downtown Kelowna. It's located just minutes from the business, financial and retail communities of the City of Kelowna and City of West Kelowna.
You'll still find many of the older homes, but quite a few have been replaced with large executive style houses. Roughly 800 residents in this lakeshore community have chosen to live in this quiet, upscale neighbourhood for its quality of life. Future development proposals in Casa Loma include the first road link to the Lakeview Heights neighbourhood. A massive development proposal, called Blackmun Bay, is under consideration.
Located in Kelowna’s Upper Mission, Crawford Estates is a well-established neighbourhood with large homes on spacious lots, and excellent views of Okanagan Lake and the community below. It offers easy access to shopping in Downtown and Orchard Park Shopping Centre, Okanagan Lake, the H20 Aquatic Centre, CNC ice rinks and sports fields, golf courses and BC's best wineries. It's a mature, highly sought after neighbourhood.
Students in Crawford Estates neighbourhood attend Anne McClymont Elementary School, Okanagan Mission Middle School, and Okanagan Senior Secondary School in the Lower Mission, a 5-minute drive. Lower Mission also offers great amenities, with shopping, banking, restaurants, and recreational facilities.
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Dilworth Mountain is the most central of Kelowna's neighbourhoods, located between Downtown Kelowna and the orchards of Glenmore Valley highlands. This upscale collection of communities is a short 10-minute commute from Downtown Kelowna. Both sides of the mountain offer outstanding views of the lake and city below. The mountain was developed in the 1990s and has seen ongoing development for over 20 years.
Most of the homes are single-family houses on quiet streets; but there are some condominium developments, townhouses, and gated communities. The neighbourhoods on the mountain are just 5 minutes from Orchard Park Mall. The mountain incorporates several public parks, green spaces, and hiking trails. Young students attend Watson Road Elementary, École Glenmore Elementary School and Bankhead Elementary School. Older students go to École Dr. Knox Middle School and Kelowna Secondary School. Parks include Brandt’s Creek Linear Park and Mill Creek Linear Park. Recreational facilities include Parkinson Recreation Centre and Apple Bowl Stadium, and the Kelowna Golf & Country Club.
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Located alongside Okanagan Lake, Downtown is the heart of the city and its tourist district. A revitalization project has transformed the city core into an urban village with a modern design. Within minutes, residents can be at the lake or enjoying a hiking trail or a peaceful walk in the park. Downtown puts residents within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, art and cultural venues, parks, beaches and recreational facilities.
Downtown offers a variety of single-family homes, townhomes and condos. Students attend Bankhead Elementary School, École Glenmore Elementary School and Kelowna Secondary School. Parks include Knox Mountain Park, City Park, Waterfront Park, Stuart Park and the Kasugai Gardens. It's the home to the Prospera Place, Kelowna Curling Club, Elk's Stadium and Kelowna Yacht Club.
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Ellison is a beautiful rural community, offering a quiet and more peaceful lifestyle, with many hobby farms, small acreages and horse properties. Most of the homes are single-family houses, owned by a mix of retirees, empty nesters, families and working farm businesses. The community is also popular with golfers, with the Shadow Ridge Golf Club, Sunset Ranch & Country Club, Tower Ranch Golf Club, Quail Ridge, and The Bear at Okanagan Golf Club nearby.
Elementary schools are Belgo, Black Mountain, Ellison, Pearson Rd., Quigley, Rutland, South Rutland, Quigley and Spring Valley. There are two middle schools: Rutland Middle School and Springvalley Middle School. The older students attend Rutland Senior Secondary School.
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The neighbourhood of Gellatly Bay follows the shores of Okanagan Lake, just south of Westbank. It's a retirement style neighbourhood on the lake, with beautiful beaches. The Cove Lakeside Resort is a large condo development with great amenities. Luxury waterfront homes now line the shoreline, replacing the older waterfront cottages and summer homes. Residents drive about 15 minutes for the amenities of Westbank and West Kelowna. Students attend Chief Tomat Elementary School, Constable Neil Bruce Middle School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School.
Located in Glenmore Valley, a subsection of the Okanagan Valley, Glenmore is a fairly affluent suburb that has experienced rapid growth over the past twenty years. The neighbourhoods of Glenmore are a 10-minute commute from Downtown Kelowna, Orchard Park Shopping Centre and the shopping district along Highway 97 and Harvey Ave. Glenmore is made up of older, established neighbourhoods, with mature landscaping and spacious lots, wide streets and cul-de-sacs.
Glenmore schools are Bankhead Elementary School, École Glenmore Elementary School, Watson Road Elementary School and École Dr. Knox Middle School. Recreational facilities include the Apple Bowl Stadium, Parkinson Recreation Centre and the Kelowna Golf & Country Club.
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The family community of Glenrosa is made up of over 2,200 homes, and it's one of the larger residential areas in West Kelowna. Most are single-family detached homes, and there are no condo buildings over 4 stories or large townhome developments. Up the hill, there are several small acreages and executive style homes. The Nordic Ski and Trail System is located 15 minutes further up the hillside.
Glenrosa is located 15 minutes from Westbank and the new retail and commercial sections along Hwy 97. There are two elementary schools: Glenrosa and Helen Gorman. The older students attend Glenrosa Middle School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School.
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The community of Kelowna South is located close to Downtown Kelowna and its amenities. It offers a mix of heritage homes, condos and townhomes, and lakefront properties. Level paths connect the residential areas with neighbourhood amenities. There's easy access to the shops and restaurants along Pandosy Street, beaches and green space.
Parks include Boyce-Gyro Beach, Kinsman Park, Millbridge Park, Munson Pond Park, the Fascieux Creek Wetlands and Maude Roxby Wetlands Boardwalk Trail. Elementary schools are A.S. Matheson Elementary School, Casorso Elementary School (French Immersion) and Raymer Elementary School. Older students attend K.L.O. Middle School and Kelowna Secondary School.
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Kettle Valley is a planned community in Upper Mission. Homes are built around a central commercial and recreational hub that includes parks, children’s playgrounds and an elementary school. The 'village centre' includes a coffee shop, daycare centre, art studios, health and fitness studios, day spa and convenience store. The neighbourhood parks – including Quilchena Park – offer a children’s playground, splash park, tennis courts and sledding hill.
Hiking and biking trails are right at the doorstep. The beach, Kelowna's best wineries, shopping and restaurants are 10 minutes away. Kettle Valley is known for its natural surroundings, spectacular views of Okanagan Lake and the valley, and custom-built luxury homes. Students attend Chute Lake Elementary School, École Dorothea Walker Elementary School, Future Canyon Falls Middle School and Okanagan Mission Secondary School.
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Located just north of Kelowna, Lake Country is a rural area made up of four communities Winfield, Carr’s Landing, Okanagan Centre, and Oyama. It's BC’s fastest-growing community, situated between Kelowna and Vernon. Lake Country is so named because it is surrounded by four lakes: Kalamalka Lake, Okanagan Lake, Duck Lake, and Wood Lake. The area offers a mix of single-family homes, condos, townhomes and rural properties.
There are commercial centres in Winfield and Oyama. Lake Country is 20 minutes from Downtown Kelowna and 15 minutes from Kelowna International Airport. Residents enjoy 5 golf courses: Aspen Grove Golf Course, Kelowna Springs Golf Club, Okanagan Golf Club (Bear and Quail), Predator Ridge Golf Resort and Shadow Ridge Golf Club. Students attend Davidson Road Elementary School, Peter Greer Elementary School, Oyama Traditional School and George Elliot Secondary School.
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Lakeview Heights is a well-established neighbourhood in West Kelowna. The community offers incredible views of Okanagan Lake and Kelowna's wineries. There are many older homes, as well as newly renovated, on spacious lots. There also new subdivisions being built on a high bench along the south-east-facing slopes of Mt Boucherie. The Westside Wine Trail runs through Lakeview Heights. The trail stops at many of the area's world-famous and boutique wineries, including the iconic Mission Hill Winery, Quails’ Gate, Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery, Beaumont Winery, The Hatch and Volcanic Hills.
There's a small shopping plaza on Anders Road, but most of the shopping and amenities are 15 minutes away, on Hwy 97. Parks include Kalamoir Regional Park and Pritchard Park beach. Recreational facilities include the Johnson Bentley Aquatic Centre, Jim Lind Ice Arena and Two Eagles Golf Course. Students attend Hudson Road Elementary School, École George Pringle Elementary School, Constable Neil Bruce Middle School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School.
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Lower Mission, located on the south side of Kelowna, has emerged as a secondary commercial centre, with shopping malls, boutiques, grocery stores and coffee shops. Mission Recreation Park offers 6 softball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds and trails. The H20 Aquatic Centre offers a 50m pool, waterslides and surfing wave. Two of Kelowna's most popular beaches — Gyro Beach and Rotary Beach — are located in the Lower Mission. Lower Mission offers a wide selection of homes, including single-family homes, character homes, condos and townhomes, and lakefront properties.
Lower Mission is located just 10 minutes from Downtown Kelowna. Students attend the Anne McClymont Elementary School, École Dorothea Walker Elementary School, École Casorso Elementary School, École KLO Middle School, Okanagan Mission Secondary School, École Kelowna Secondary School and École De L'Anse-Au-Sable.
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McKinley Landing is a bedroom community located on the east slopes of Okanagan Lake. Waterfront Homes in McKinley are north of the main yacht club and Downtown. Homes in the McKinley Beach neighbourhood include a common beach and a boat slip for every property. It's the perfect place to own a home with a dock for a boat and water toys. Students attend Watson Road Elementary School, École Glenmore Elementary, École Dr. Knox Middle School and Kelowna Secondary School.
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Mission Hill is a neighbourhood in West Kelowna, on the south slopes of Mt Boucherie. It's home to executive homes and estates that are located near the world-famous Mission Hill Winery. The area has become known as 'Kelowna's Tuscany'; a hillside community with panoramic views of the lake and wineries. Mission Hill is known for its older homes on large lots, its many custom homes, new homes and lots for sale. It's a few minutes from all the amenities of West Kelowna, and 10 minutes from Downtown Kelowna.
There are three parks in this community: Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park, Kalamoir Regional Park and beach, and Pritchard Park and beach. Recreational facilities include Jim Lind Arena and the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre. Students attend Chief Tomat Elementary School, École George Pringle Elementary School, Constable Neil Bruce Middle School and Mt. Boucherie Secondary School.
North Glenmore is a family-oriented neighbourhood with great schools and amenities, with a more rural feel; adjacent to green space and hiking trails, farmland and orchards. The community offers a mix of single-family homes, lakeshore estates, condos and townhomes, with a wide range of prices.
The UBC Okanagan campus and the Kelowna International Airport are readily accessible. This area offers excellent views, established neighbourhoods with mature landscaping and spacious lots, new master-planned communities, shopping and dining; minutes from Downtown Kelowna. Recreational areas include Glenmore Recreation Park, Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park, Wilden's lakes and winding hiking paths, Diamond Mountain's developing hiking trails and The Okanagan Golf Club (Bear and Quail). Schools in the area are École Glenmore Elementary School, North Glenmore Elementary School, Watson Road Elementary School, École Dr. Knox Middle School and Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School.
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Peachland is a hillside community of single-family homes, with incredible lake views, a master-planned Ponderosa Golf Club, orchards, vineyards, and farms. The lakefront homes and condos are walking distance from village amenities. Restaurants, cafés, and shops line Beach Avenue. You're also minutes from downtown West Kelowna.
Peachland's waterfront promenade is ideal for walking and cycling, and residents enjoy Lambly Park's fitness trail and skate park. Students attend École George Pringle Elementary, Peachland Elementary School, Glenrosa Middle School and Mt. Boucherie Secondary School.
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Rose Valley is an established Kelowna neighbourhood with excellent schools and amenities. The majority of the homes are single-family residences in traditional style neighbourhoods, but there are new subdivisions that offer quality homes at affordable prices and custom-build lakeview properties. The award-winning Lakeview Terrace Townhome development is located in Rose Valley. Students attend Mar Jok Elementary School, Rose Valley Elementary School, Constable Neil Bruce Middle School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School.
Rutland is Kelowna's largest neighbourhood, with some of the most affordable housing in the area. It's popular with families and first-time home buyers. Rutland has its own central core, with shopping, several grocery stores, restaurants, medical facilities, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and more. It's an established community but is still growing, with new housing developments, condos, townhomes and strata properties. There are also several low-rise apartment buildings, increasing the population density relative to most other parts of town.
Rutland offers many parks, playgrounds, sports fields and hiking paths. It's also home to the YMCA-YWCA, Rutland Arena, BMX Track and the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre. Elementary Schools in Rutland are Belgo, Black Mountain, Ellison, Pearson Rd., Quigley, Rutland, South Rutland and Spring Valley. Middle Schools are Rutland and Spring Valley. And the older students
attend Rutland Senior Secondary School.
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Shannon Lake is a popular community that features the lake and the neighbouring Shannon Lake Golf Course. The laid back West Kelowna lifestyle has made this area a favourite with young couples and families, and retirees. It's close to all the amenities of West Kelowna; a 5-minute drive from the retail corridor of Highway 97.
Most of the homes are single-family residences, but there are several townhome developments, secure gated communities and new subdivisions. Shannon Lake offers homes along its shoreline on three sides. Students attend Shannon Lake Elementary School, Constable Neil Bruce Middle School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School.
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Smith Creek is a small neighbourhood located just west of downtown Westbank, between Shannon Lake and Glenrosa. This community has traditionally been made up of two primary subdivisions, but expansion is now planned westward, up the slopes. Located on the hillside of West Kelowna makes this an ideal mountain biking area, with trails like the Smith Creek Gruel. Smith Creek students attend George Pringle Elementary and Glenrosa Elementary School, Glenrosa Middle School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School.
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South East Kelowna is a subdivision made up primarily of single-family homes on large lots, with great views of the City, wineries, orchards, horse pastures, golf courses and beautiful Lake Okanagan. It's close to two full-length championship golf courses: The Harvest and Gallagher’s Canyon. The community has the feel of a small rural town. While just 8 minutes from Downtown Kelowna, residents can stop at roadside fruit stands or visit Okanagan’s best wineries on the way home from work.
South East Kelowna has several parks, hiking and biking trails and the Historic Kettle Valley trestles (rebuilt in 2008). Schools in the community are South Kelowna Elementary School and
Okanagan Mission High School.
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South Pandosy is an established community, and older homes along the lakefront have steadily been converted to luxury waterfront properties. New townhome and condominium developments are also being built. Kelowna General Hospital has attracted many doctors, nurses and other professionals to the area. One of the community's primary attractions is the Pandosy Shopping District along Pandosy Street, with trendy stores, cafes, restaurants, grocery stores and banking.
The City of Kelowna has recently rezoned many single-family homes to an RU6 or RU7 designation which allows for a carriage home or secondary homes to be built on a property. This has sparked a trend towards infill building, to increase the city's density; as many of the large inner-city properties are being bought and converted to accommodate 2 to 4 family homes. Schools include Raymer Elementary School, Casorso Elementary School, École KLO Middle School, Kelowna Secondary School.
The Springfield/Spall community is conveniently located close to Orchard Park Shopping Centre, Orchard Plaza, Home Depot, and Dilworth Centre. It's a flat, very walkable family-friendly neighbourhood that's close to shopping, restaurants, pharmacies, medical clinics, Mission Creek Park & Greenway and more.
This area offers a great mix of single-family homes, condos and townhomes. Recent zoning permits properties with secondary suites and carriage homes, which provide an excellent opportunity for rental income. Students attend Bankhead Elementary School, Dr. Knox Middle School and Kelowna Senior Secondary School.
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Kelowna's University District is growing; with more shops, restaurants, amenities and condominiums developing near the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) Campus. The university is one of the greatest economic drivers of the City. There are 4 excellent golf courses in the area: Sunset Ranch, Shadow Springs, and Okanagan Golf Club's Bear and Quail courses.
The university is just minutes from Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and 15 minutes from Downtown Kelowna's shopping, restaurants and amenities. Elementary schools include Belgo, Black Mountain, Ellison, Pearson Rd., Quigley, Rutland, South Rutland and Spring Valley. Older students attend Rutland Middle School, Spring Valley Middle School and Rutland Senior Secondary School.
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Upper Mission extends above Lower Mission into the foothills and higher terrain. It offers great views of Kelowna and West Kelowna, the surrounding mountains and Okanagan Lake. While only 15 minutes from Downtown, the expansive vineyards, green space and hiking trails can make it feel like you're many kilometres from anywhere. Upper Mission is one of the city’s most sought after residential areas, with many luxury properties.
Upper Mission is home to the Village of Kettle Valley, and new subdivisions like The Ponds, Trestle Ridge, The Highlands and Southridge continue to be added, as Upper Mission grows up the hillside and northward, towards Crawford Estates. Schools include Anne McClymont Elementary School, Chute Lake Elementary School, Canyon Falls Middle School and Okanagan Mission Secondary School.
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Also known as Downtown Westbank, Westbank Centre is midway between Kelowna and Peachland. The community is close to the beach, shopping and restaurants, and the Highway 97 shopping district. Westbank Centre offers a good mix of single-family homes, condos and townhomes.
Many of the single-family homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s. More recently, the community is seeing the development of retirement communities and condos. Students attend George Pringle Elementary School, Glenrosa Elementary School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School.
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West Kelowna Estates is located just west of the bridge, 5 minutes from Downtown West Kelowna and 10 minutes from Downtown Kelowna. The community is located in the foothills of Rose Valley Regional Park. The neighbourhood is known for its quiet, family-oriented subdivisions and sweeping views of Lake Okanagan. Large pine trees line many of the older streets, and public green spaces and hiking trails are within walking distance.
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Kelowna's weather is incredible, with more than 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, only 13 inches of rain, and 41 inches of snow. During the summer months, temperates are often above 30 degrees Celsius, and in the winter months they average around 0 degrees. Kelowna residents enjoy four distinct seasons. Kelowna receives just over 100 centimetres of snow each year on average, and about 350 millimetres of precipitation in total.
Kelowna has an unemployment rate of 7.4% (2016 census). Key business sectors are energy, environmental products and services, architecture, engineering and construction, life sciences and financial services. The service industry currently employs more people than any other sector. Tourism in the Greater Kelowna Area reached a $1 billion a year industry in 2016.
Kelowna's economy depends heavily upon Sun-Rype, the marketing and distribution of its thriving fruit tree industry. Sun-Rype is a large manufacturing company of fruit juice and fruit bars, headquartered in Kelowna. Forestry, manufacturing, high tech and tourism are also significant contributors to the area's economy.
Seasonal tourism brings employment each year to the accommodation industry, and businesses related to Lake Okanagan, wine tours and Kelowna’s ski resorts. The University of British Columbia and Okanagan College are also important employers in Kelowna’s education sector.
In addition to the public schools mentioned in their respective neighbourhoods, Kelowna has two important post-secondary options. 24.33% of the city's inhabitants say they have completed a university degree. Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia are the two main schools. Over 8,700 students attend Okanagan College and 8,000 full-time students are enrolled in the University of British Columbia's diverse undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition to vocational training and adult basic education, Okanagan College offers a highly regarded university transfer program.
Orchard Park Shopping Centre is the largest shopping mall in the Okanagan, with over 270 retailers and services. Anchor stores include Best Buy, Hudson's Bay, Indigo Books and Music,
Shoppers Drug Mart, Sport Chek and Old Navy. Orchard Plaza Shopping Centre is home to 75 shops and services. Anchor stores include Winners, MEC, Save On Foods and Cineplex. Other shopping centres include Capri Centre Mall, Guisachan Village, Lake Country Town Centre and Mission Park Shopping Centre.
In the heart of wine country, Kelowna has become a culinary destination. A few highlights include Bouchons French Bistro, Hotel Eldorado's award-winning Kelowna Lakeside Restaurant, Old Vines at Quail's Gate, Waterfront Restaurant and the West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar.
The Kelowna Regional Transit System is run by First Transit Canada under contract to BC Transit and provides public bus transportation services in Kelowna and the surrounding areas. A monthly bus pass currently costs $70.
Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is one of the top ten airports in Canada, serving more than 1.5 million passengers per year. With daily flights, Kelowna is just 60 minutes from Calgary or Vancouver and 70 minutes from Seattle.
Downtown is Kelowna's Cultural District is home to studios, galleries, theatres, and museums. Galleries include Gallery 421, Geert Maas Sculpture Gardens and Gallery, Hambleton Galleries, the Kelowna Art Gallery and Tutt Street Gallery. The Kelowna Community Theatre has been filled with some of the biggest acts in the music industry like Randy Bachman and Canadian Pop Singer Carly Rae Jepsen. Ballet Kelowna, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Theatre Kelowna Society, Wentworth Music, Dance City Academy, Robert Fine and many more call the theatre home.
Museums include Lake Country Museum, Okanagan Heritage Museum, Okanagan Military Museum, Okanagan Mission, Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum and Westbank Museum.
One of Kelowna's biggest attractions is Big White Ski Resort. Big White receives 750 cm (24.5 ft) average of annual snowfall. The resort offers 16 lifts, with 119 designated ski runs and a total of 105km (65 miles) of marked runs, and a vertical drop of 777 m (2,550 ft). The longest run — Around the World Route — is 7.2 km (4.5 miles). Big White also offers 25 km (16 miles) of combined Nordic and Wilderness trails, ideal for Canadian cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Kelowna has 17 golf courses. There are 30 beaches and more than 30 well-maintained parks. The 5 most popular beaches are Boyce-Gyro Beach, Hot Sands Beach, Rotary Beach, Sarson's Beach, and Strathcona Park.
The city is a wine-drinkers paradise, with 40 wineries within 20 minutes of the city centre. Okanagan Lake and Kelowna's mild climate provide an outdoor lifestyle second to none, with beaches, water sports, golf courses, local skiing and a wide range of other recreational opportunities. Kelowna's many parks and trails, quiet neighbourhoods and great schools make this a fantastic place to raise a family.
The average home price in Vancouver is currently $1,605,800; while prices in Kelowna are 43% lower, at just $696,000. Kelowna has one of the highest percentages of homeownership in all of Canada. And Kelowna's growing, with many exciting new condo and townhome projects, master-planned communities, and spacious lots in new subdivisions for building your dream home.
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