Kelowna, British Columbia

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Kelowna, British Columbia
An aerial view courtesy of the City of Kelowna

Kelowna, British Columbia, is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley and the first pioneer settlement, established in 1859.

The Okanagan Valley fruit industry began in Kelowna and still flourishes. Orchards, fruit processors and an orchard museum can be toured along with productive BC wineries.

Another important early industry was cattle ranching. While both are still important in the region, industry and tourism have become increasingly important with a growing population.

Kelowna offers all the amenities and conveniences of a larger destination but has all of the charm and warmth of a smaller town. While right on the shores of Okanagan Lake, other lakes, hills and accompanying recreational activities are within a 15 minute drive of downtown.

The community of Westbank is located across Okanagan Lake from Kelowna. Westbank enjoys all the charms of life in the Okanagan Valley, yet at a quieter, more relaxing pace. It has numerous orchards, wineries, golf courses, and is a twenty minute drive away from Crystal Mountain Ski Resort.

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Postill Lake Lodge Fishing Resort: Bring the family for a vacation any time of year. There’s fabulous fly-fishing on a choice of 7 lakes, plus activities including swimming, boating, hiking, and more. In winter slide on that beautiful white stuff with x-country skiing and snowmobiling. more
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Voyager RV Centre: In 25 years, Voyager RV Centre has grown to be the BC Interior's LARGEST RV dealer. We offer hundreds of new & used Motorhomes, diesel pushers, trailers, fifth wheels, campers, van conversions & tent trailers. If you can't see what you're looking for, we'll d... more

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Kelowna Waterfront Lagoon
Waterfront Lagoon - Photo courtesy of Jim Doak

Access: Kelowna, BC, is 60 km (37 mi.) north of Penticton on Highway 97 and 395 km (245 mi.) from Vancouver. The area is also serviced by national and regional airlines at Canada's 11th busiest airport, as well as local and national bus lines.

Population: 100,433

Main Industries: Service Centre, tourism, agriculture, wines, forestry

Elevation: 344 metres (1,129 ft.)

Climate: Kelowna is well known as one of British Columbia's most popular vacation destinations because of its hot summers and temperate winters with an average daytime high during July and August of 27.40 °C. The average daytime high during December and January is -0.30 °C. and the average low is -7.70 °C. Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually and just over 11 inches of rain. Total annual precipitation is 366.4 mm. (280.7 mm. of rain and 105.5 cm. of snow).

Dragon Boat Races, Kelowna
Dragon Boat races - Photo courtesy of Jim Doak

Recreation Facilities & Activities: Skyreach Place multi-purpose facility (home to the WHL Kelowna Rockets), Rotary Centre for the Arts, golf courses, ski areas, Bear Creek Provincial Park, city parks and beaches, boating, swimming, houseboating, hiking, camping, biking, wildlife viewing, fishing, windsurfing, sightseeing

Local Attractions: Kelowna Museum & British Columbia Orchard Industry Museum, Father Pandosy Mission, Fintry Queen Sternwheeler, Rotary Centre for the Arts, forestry tours, industrial tours, winery tours, Okanagan Lake Bridge (built in 1958) is North America's Longest Floating Bridge, waterslide park, Knox Mountain, Woodhaven Nature Conservatory, Kasugai Gardens, Art Gallery, Stuart Park on the Waterfront Promenade

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Kelowna from the air
Waterfront Park and the Grand Hotel
Photo courtesy of the City of Kelowna

Annual Events:
April - Crafter's Gallery, Music Festival
May - Blossom Festival, CPRA Rodeo, Knox Mtn Hill Climb
June - 24 hour Relay, Slo-Pitch games
July - Canada Day Celebrations, Golf Tourney, Cherry Fair, Kelowna Regatta,
   Kelowna Comedy Festival, Parks Alive (Music in the Parks)
August - Kelowna Comedy Festival, Mini Triathlon, Okanagan Family Days,
  Okanagan Mozart Festival, Parks Alive (Music in the Parks)
September - Wine Festival, Fall Fair, Dragon Boat Festival
October - Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

Accommodations: Visitors can choose from first class hotel and motel accommodations to campsites and RV parks. There are private and provincial campsites close to Kelowna as well as resorts by the many close Okanagan lakes.

Visitor Information:
Tourism Kelowna ,
544 Harvey Avenue,
Kelowna, British Columbia, V1T 6C9
Telephone: (250) 861-1515 • Fax: (250) 861-3624

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
2280-D Leckie Road, Kelowna, BC, V1X 6G6
Telephone: (250) 860-5999 • Fax: (250) 860-9993
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Area Maps of the Okanagan Similkameen
Hwy 3 Hope-Princeton:
Hwy 5A (North of Princeton) & Hwy 97C (East of Aspen Grove):
Allison to Pennask
South Okanagan:
Osoyoos to Penticton Kettle Valley
Hwy 3 Boundary:
Greenwood, Grand Forks, Christina Lake
Central Okanagan:
Kelowna Winfield
North Okanagan:
Vernon to Armstrong Falkland Monashees (to Kootenays)

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