Kelowna isn’t anything like Vancouver or Victoria. It is a small city of only 2,904.86 square kilometers and a population of 127,500, after all. But what Kelowna lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in wonders.
Located in the Okanagan Valley in the southern part of British Columbia, Kelowna got its name from the Okanagan language for “grizzly bear.” True to its name, Kelowna has become feistier throughout the years, growing into a city that offers everything you could ever want to live the good life.
It’s more than your typical Canadian city
Perhaps not a lot of people can say that they live in a place surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, pristine lakes, lush gardens, endless vineyards and sandy beaches. With a lake that stretches over 135 kilometers from north to south, most residents in Kelowna get to wake up to stunning views of the Okanagan Lake every morning.
Kelowna is also perfectly located in the middle of the Okanagan Valley where it benefits from a semi-arid climate. Unlike most parts of Canada where summer is short and winter is long, Kelowna enjoys long, sunny summer days and short mild winters that make it the perfect place to settle down in British Columbia.
It is busy yet serene
Being in the middle of the Okanagan Valley means that Kelowna is also the business, service and transportation hub. Although relatively a small city, Kelowna has its own international airport, one of the busiest airports in Canada that has flights to major North American cities. Kelowna is only a 70-minute flight from Seattle and a 60-minute flight from Vancouver, so it’s pretty accessible.
But while the city is booming with progress and hosting tourists from around the world, it has its own amazing way to keep its serenity. This is also why the Okanagan lifestyle is one of the best in the world. It’s where people get good jobs but still enjoy simple activities like fishing, trekking, walking by the lake or simply enjoying good wine in their homes.
It has good harvest all year round
Kelowna is called “Orchard City” for a reason. A 10-minute drive from downtown Kelowna takes you to miles of orchards and vineyards that produce good harvest all year round. From the juiciest peaches to the sweetest grapes, living in the city means having access to good produce whenever you want to.
Of course, Kelowna is British Columbia’s wine country, which means that you’ll never run out of good bottles to offer guests or sample yourself. The city even celebrates Spring, Summer and Fall Wine Festivals where you get to tour wineries, take on wine-making classes or just enjoy a glass or two of the world-famous Kelowna wine.
Kelowna is worth it!
The list can go on and on when it comes to the benefits of living in Kelowna. Aside from its natural beauty and excellent produce, the city is also thriving with culture and good food. From fine dining restaurants to art galleries, you’ll never run out of things to discover in this beautiful city.