Kelowna is the largest city in the BC interior region and is home to some 180,000 people within the metro area, offering you all of the amenities of a large city with incredible hiking trails, orchards, and vineyards within the city limits.
Stunning views and landscapes are never more than 5 minutes away and the city has become renowned for its incredible lifestyle for all ages.
Kelowna is a truly vibrant city and it comes alive in the early hours of the morning when people take to the trails, parks, waterfront, and sidewalks to go for a run, hike, bike ride, or walk the dog. An active and healthy lifestyle is encouraged by the City of Kelowna as well and the city now boasts 40 kilometres of paved, multi-use pathways and nearly 300 km of on-street bicycle lanes. Through the Rails with Trails program, Kelowna aims to create an 88 kilometre long, paved multi-use pathway that extends from downtown Kelowna to the UBC Okanagan campus, Kelowna International Airport, and beyond.
Whether you choose to live on the lake or on a hill overlooking it, the fun of the beach and the water is never very far away. Throughout the summer months, residents flock to the numerous beaches for an afternoon swim or to try their hand at standup paddleboarding. If you own a boat, there’s no better place to be; If you don’t, then there are several excellent boat rental companies so that you can waterski, wakeboard, fish, or just enjoy some time on the water.
The Kelowna Yacht Club recently completed construction on a brand new clubhouse in downtown Kelowna and they offer sailing lessons for children and adults for those who want to experience a different kind of life on Okanagan Lake.
Kelowna is a true four-season playground and in the winter, many locals head up the mountain to the slopes of renowned ski resorts like Big White and Silver Star.
Big White Ski Resort is located just 56 km away from Kelowna and is beloved for its champagne powder. The famous resort offers 16 lifts and 118 designated runs over 7,355 acres and receives an average of 750 cm of snowfall each season. If skiing isn’t for you, you can always take a drive up the mountain and explore the village or go tubing at Mega Snow Coaster, one of North America’s largest tubing parks. The resort also features an Olympic-sized outdoor skating rink and a 60-foot ice-climbing wall, so there’s truly something for everyone,
Silver Star Mountain Resort is 74 km north of Kelowna and offers skiers 128 designated trails with 12 lifts and an average annual snowfall of 700 cm. The resort is also popular among cross-country skiers as it has more than 60 kilometres of groomed Nordic trails for all ages and abilities. In the summer months, Silver Star offers lift access for hiking and mountain biking with over 50 km of downhill bike trails and 30 kilometres of XC trail.
Kelowna receives more than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually so the region boasts one of the longest, driest golf seasons in Canada. There are 19 golf courses in the Kelowna area with many more just a short drive away. Popular local golf courses include Gallagher’s Canyon (among the top 50 golf courses in Canada as ranked by SCOREGolf), Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club (a Golf Digest 4+ Star course) and The Harvest Golf Club (a Golf Digest 4+ Star course). Kelowna also offers a variety of golf courses that are suitable for all skill levels and there are several golf courses that are great for kids too!
Located in downtown Kelowna, the Cultural District is home to the Kelowna Community Theatre, Rotary Centre for The Arts, Kelowna Art Gallery, four Kelowna Museums, and the main branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. In addition to the wonderful facilities that are available in Kelowna, the city is also home to the Kelowna Ballet, Opera Kelowna, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and several theatre companies, including Kelowna Actors Studio, Theatre Kelowna, and Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre.
In the summer months, the popular Parks Alive! program brings live music and free concerts to parks throughout the city and there are several free festivals that take places in communities like downtown Kelowna and Rutland.
No matter what type of entertainment or cultural pursuit you are in the mood for, Kelowna has it!
The Okanagan Valley is a hotbed of culinary activity and Kelowna is the home of the annual Canadian Culinary Championships. Thanks in large part to the abundance of delicious, fresh produce and a burgeoning wine industry, chefs are flocking to Kelowna and the city is now home to fine dining and restaurants that cater to every budget, taste, and ethnicity.
Of course, you can’t mention Kelowna without talking about wine. Nearly 82% of BC’s vineyard acreage is located in the Okanagan Valley with more than 130 licensed wineries dotted throughout the 250 km region of the Okanagan. The Central Okanagan region alone is home to more than 30 wineries and the valley is becoming renowned for high quality chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, and pinot gris.
Kelowna is a vibrant, growing city on the shores of Okanagan Lake with an incredible lifestyle and amenities for those who choose to call this place home. It is a city of health and rejuvenation, where every weekend is like being on a holiday. Why would you want to live anywhere else?