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Welcome to Kelowna


About Kelowna

Cradled within a glorious range of mountains, is a sanctuary filled with pristine lakes, pine forests, abundant gardens, orchards and vineyards, sandy beaches, and superb amenities. Stretching from north to south for approximately 110 kms (68 miles) is British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Lake.  The lake sustains several diverse communities along this corridor known as the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan Valley is located at the northern most end of the Sonora Desert and hence has a semi-arid climate, boasting long warm summers and short mild winters. With a population of 106,000 Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley, which is located in the south central region of the province. Easily accessible by car, bus and air, we’re 150 km. (90 miles) north of the United States border and 395 km. (247 miles) east of Vancouver.

Attractions

Kelowna boasts all the amenities of a major city - fine dining, unique shops and a vibrant cultural life - yet orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive of the downtown core. Spectacular vistas await those ready to explore. A delightful day can be spent sampling the award-winning wares of our numerous internationally-acclaimed wineries, while several championship golf courses draw enthusiasts from all parts of the globe.

Situated on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake mid-way between Penticton in the south and Vernon in the north, Kelowna residents and tourists alike find the lake offers wonderful opportunities for boating, swimming, water-skiing, windsurfing or fishing. The nearby mountains attract hikers, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts of all descriptions. Three major ski hills are within a one-hour drive (Big White, Silver Star and Apex).

Industry

Kelowna has become the main marketing and distribution centre of the Okanagan Valley, with a flourishing tree fruit industry and a growing light industrial sector that competes on a world scale. Kelowna also has a growing high technology sector that includes aerospace development and service.

The Kelowna International airport is the 11th busiest in Canada with approximately 35 scheduled flights a day and over 1 million passengers per year; it's also one of the fastest growing in North America. With the expansion of the runways soon to be completed, the airport will begin receiving flights direct from Europe in late 2008.

Quick Facts:

  • The Central Okanagan Regional District has a population of 167,000 (encompassing Peachland, Lake Country, Westbank and Kelowna)
  • Kelowna is well known for its hot summers and temperate winters.
  • The average daytime high during July and August is 27.4 C (81.32 F).
  • The average daytime high during December and January is -0.3 C (31.46 F). The average low is -7.7 C (18.14 F).
  • Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually and 28 cm. (11 inches) of rain.
  • Total annual precipitation is 366.4 mm. (280.7 mm. of rain and 105.5 cm. of snow).
  • The new W.R. Bennett Bridge opened in May 2008 and is 5 lanes in width and almost 1063 meters in length. It remains the only floating bridge in Canada.
  • Kelowna encompasses 262 square km. (101 square miles)
  • Kelowna is 344 m. (1,129 feet) above sea level.
  • 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 & Okanagan College offer university and transfer programs, as well as a wide range of adult education and trades courses.


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