Kelowna is the largest community in the Central Okanagan Valley District.

Kelowna, with a population of 127,380 (2016 estimate), is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada. In 2017, 94% of Kelowna citizens rated their quality of life as good or very good. Kelowna’s safety, accessible location, great weather, job opportunities, and wealth of recreational activities make it a thriving and happy community.

City of Kelowna
Kelowna Census Information

Kelowna History

Originally, the only people living in Okanagan Valley were hunters and gatherers who migrated from the north. David Stuart of the Pacific Fur Company arrived in 1811, establishing the Brigade Trail through the valley to Kamloops. When the fur trade dwindled, the Gold Rush lured settlers up the trail to seek their fortune. In the 1900s, Kelowna’s climate and soil proved perfect for agriculture. Kelowna was incorporated in 1905, and it progressed rapidly into an advanced, continually growing city with a healthy economy.

Okanagan Historical Society
Kelowna History

Kelowna Weather

Kelowna has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Average temperatures are around -3.0 °C in its coldest month and temperatures often exceed 32 °C in the summer. Summers in Kelowna are dry, hot, and sunny, and winters are cold and cloudy. Unlike the majority of Canada, Kelowna’s average high temperature is above freezing during every month of the year.

Kelowna Climate
Weather Forecast for Kelowna

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Cost of Living in Kelowna

The cost of living in Kelowna is relatively low. Rent is about 34% less expensive in Kelowna than in Vancouver, and Kelowna citizens pay about 2% less than Vancouver residents on consumer goods. However, Kelowna residents pay about 57% more than average for basic utilities. Salaries are comparable, with workers in Kelowna making just over 2% less per year than workers in Vancouver.

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Cost of Living Comparison: Kelowna vs. Vancouver

Kelowna Real Estate

Kelowna real estate is significantly more affordable than housing in larger cities like Vancouver. A three-bedroom apartment in the city’s center would cost around $3,600 per month in Vancouver, but a comparable apartment in Kelowna would be only around $2,300 per month. The median house price in Kelowna is $649,900, compared to nearly $3 million in Vancouver. As the city grows, home values continue to rise.

Kelowna Real Estate Market
Houses for Sale in Kelowna

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Kelowna Hospitals

Kelowna General Hospital is part of the Interior Health system. The facility offers 24-hour emergency care and a range of high-level, specialty care including adult and adolescent psychiatry, cardiac surgery, and outpatient nutrition.

Kelowna General Hospital
Kelowna Hospitals

Kelowna Transportation

The Kelowna Regional Transit System, operated by FirstCanada, provides public bus transportation throughout Central Okanagan, with stops in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Peachland, and the Regional District. Kelowna International Airport serves 1.89 million passengers annually and offers over 70 non-stop daily commercial flights.

Kelowna Regional Transit System
Kelowna International Airport

Kelowna Schools

Kelowna is served by the Central Okanagan Public Schools district, which consists of over 45 elementary, middle, secondary, and alternative education schools. The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus was established in 2004, and has since conferred over 14,000 degrees to undergraduate and graduate students.

Central Okanagan Public Schools
University of British Columbia: Okanagan Campus

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Kelowna Hotels

Lodging in Kelowna ranges from familiar chains, to upscale luxury hotels, to cozy bed and breakfasts. A Touch of English Bed & Breakfast provides some of the luxuries of an upscale resort, like beautifully decorated rooms and a pool, and combines them with the affordability of a chain and the comfort of home.

A Touch of English Bed & Breakfast
Best Hotels in Kelowna

Kelowna Restaurants

Whether you’re craving familiar pub food or something a little more experimental, Kelowna’s vibrant restaurant scene offers dishes to delight every palate. Make a reservation at Raudz for a little of everything, from standard dishes like steaks and poutine to more unusual fare like venison carpaccio and risotto with locally-sourced beet root.

Best Restaurants in Kelowna

Things To Do in Red Deer

With its beautiful weather, Kelowna is a year-round destination for outdoor fun and adventure. Visit Lake Okanagan to enjoy activities ranging from swimming and boating to trying to spot Ogopogo, the lake’s legendary monster.

Okanagan Lake
Kelowna Attractions