WELCOME TO KELOWNA BC, CANADA
Kelowna, BC is the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Internationally known and recognized as a four-season playground, you will not be at a loss for fun, relaxation or adventure in Kelowna. Situated on Okanagan Lake, surrounded by mountains, and with the gift of year-round pleasurable temperatures, is why close to 200,000 people in the Greater-Kelowna region choose to call Kelowna home.
Kelowna is the major city in the Central Okanagan. By highway, the city is 471 km east of Vancouver, BC, 78 km north of Penticton BC, and 606 km west of Calgary, AB. Situated along Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is also close to many smaller lakes and waterways.
In a typical year, Kelowna enjoys around 2,000 hours of sunshine, with summertime peak temperatures in the mid range of 30° C and moderate winters that seldom get colder than 5° C to 10° C below. In this semiarid climate you will find Ponderosa Pine, Sagebrush, and even cactus plants growing naturally around the region.
Kelowna has kilometers of parkland, beautiful beaches, world class golf courses, and other recreational amenities. Golfing, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, boating, fishing, and freshwater swimming are just a few of the things you can do here. In the cooler months, downhill skiing and snowboarding (Big White Resort, Crystal Mountain, and Silver Star are all nearby), cross country skiing, and snowmobiling make for fun winter activities.
Kelowna is host to a vibrant cultural community. Housed within a 6 block sector in the downtown area, you will find fine dining, museums, art galleries, theatres, artists' studios, and a casino. As well, Prospera Place where you can take in a concert, or WHL hockey game. Perfectly centred in the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is within reach of nearly 200 wineries, micro-breweries and distilleries.
DINING AND SHOPPING
Regardless of where in Kelowna you choose to settle, you will be close to an abundance of restaurants and shopping locations. There is a wide array of culturally diverse franchised and locally owned and operated restaurants to suit your dining-out needs. As well, Kelowna has the best shopping between Vancouver and Calgary. Be it large stores, or boutique shops, Kelowna has an excellent array of shopping options.
Orchards and vineyards are situated merely a 10 minute drive from the downtown core. Kelowna is home to world class, innovative and large and small orchards and vineyards that are thriving. The Spring, Summer, and Fall Wine festivals offer wine enthusiasts an opportunity to taste, appreciate, honor and tour. Most wineries are open for year-round tours as well.
Kelowna is the economic powerhouse of the Okanagan, home to more than 9,200 licensed businesses of various types, about 95% of which have 20 or fewer employees, illustrating the entrepreneurial character of the local economy and business environment.
Kelowna General Hospital (KGH), one of the most modern healthcare facilities of its kind, serves residents of Kelowna, the Central Okanagan Regional District and even further afield. It is undergoing significant expansion program that extends to 2017.
Kelowna International Airport (YLW), ranked tenth in Canada by passenger traffic, serves 1.6 million passengers per annum, as the flight hub of the Okanagan Valley.