Kelowna is a place where people appreciate the finer things in life, like delicious food made with fresh, local ingredients, fine wines produced in the Okanagan Valley, and the region's unblemished natural beauty.
Kelowna has something for everyone, including an excellent arts and culture scene comprising public museums, galleries, theatres, and gardens. Its natural scenery and popular lakefront make it an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Popular activities include boating, hiking, and mountain biking. If rest and relaxation is your priority, you can tour local wineries and taste their award-winning products, or work on your swing at a world-class golf resort in picturesque surrounds. The city's luxury resorts are popular for good reason. Many of them feature refreshing outdoor pools, full-service spas, private suites with a kitchen, and picturesque beach scenery.
Quick Facts About Kelowna
- Kelowna is home to more than 129,500 people.
- 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 1.7 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. The Okanagan campus bolsters the strength of UBC as one of the world’s top public universities.
- Okanagan College offers university and transfer programs, as well as a wide range of adult education and trades courses.
- The Okanagan Sunflower is the official floral emblem of Kelowna. Also known as the Arrowleaf Balsamroot, the indigenous flowering plant is found only in the Okanagan area of B.C. and the Okanagan region of the state of Washington.