Kelowna, British Columbia is located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia on the shores of Okanagan Lake. Kelowna is surrounded by provincial parks, pine forest, vineyards, orchards and mountains. Kelowna is part of the Regional District of Central Okanagan which encompasses the areas of Peachland, Lake Country, West Kelowna and unincorporated communities on both sides of Okanagan Lake. Kelowna is the largest community in the Regional District and ranks as the 22nd largest city in Canada with a population of 129,500.
The lake offers a plethora of opportunities for boating, swimming or fishing, while nearby mountains attract mountain bikers, hikers, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts. Golfers tee-it-up at our 13 courses and bustling urban centres offer restaurants with delectable food, award-winning wines, craft beers and ciders, local shopping, museums, live entertainment and cultural festivals.
Nearly all citizens rate the quality of life in Kelowna as good or very good thanks to active/recreational opportunities, safety, its accessible location, job opportunities and the great weather.
As a desirable place to live offering an active four-season lifestyle, Kelowna remains one of Canada’s fastest growing cities.
Quick facts about Kelowna
- The Central Okanagan Regional District has a population of 198,344.
- Kelowna encompasses 214 km2 of land and 48 km2 of water area
- Kelowna is 344 metres (1,129 feet) above sea level.
- Okanagan Lake is 110 km long.
- The average daytime high during July and August is 27.4 C.
- The average daytime high during December and January is -0.3 C. The average low is -7.7 C.
- Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually and 28 cm of rain.
- Total annual precipitation is 366.4 mm. (280.7 mm. of rain and 105.5 cm. of snow).
- Serving over 1.6 million passengers and offering 66 daily non-stop flights to eight of the largest North American gateway airports, Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is the 10th busiest airport in Canada.
- Kelowna General Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive in the southern interior of B.C. with a full treatment cancer clinic.
- Kelowna is home to several local theatre groups, a symphony orchestra, museums and numerous art galleries.
- UBC Okanagan opened in September 2005.
- Okanagan College offers university and transfer programs, as well as a wide range of adult education and trades courses.
- The indigenous Arrowleaf Balsamroot is the official floral emblem of Kelowna. It is found only in the Okanagan area of B.C.