Nestled in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is an incredible mid-size Canadian city and a place that we are proud to call home. Kelowna has the fastest growing population in BC and grew 26.7% from 96,288 in 2001 to 122,000 in 2014. Clearly we’re not the only ones who think Kelowna is the best place to live!
Tourism in Kelowna forms a large component of the business base and lifestyle of the residents.
It’s impossible to talk about Kelowna without talking about the weather. While this summer has been particularly hot, the average high in July and August is 27.8°C and we get a whole lot of sunshine too. Chances are if you are one of the many who have made the move to Kelowna, you did so at least in part because of the weather.
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The very popular Pianos in Parks program is the latest offering from Festivals Kelowna. Thanks to Disney Interactive, Keystone Music and the City of Kelowna, there are 5 pianos in public parks and locations throughout downtown Kelowna and it has been great to see and hear them being played this summer.
Kelowna has a long history in agriculture and it’s easy to eat great food and get to know your local farmers when you call this place home. Whether you’re headed to the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, stopping by a fruit stand or popping into the local grocery store, there are amazing food options around every bend.
There’s nothing better than seeing a community come together and each year we look forward to taking our families to see some of the great live music shows at parks throughout the city. Showcasing music acts of all genres, the Parks Alive! concerts take place nearly every day of the week through July and August.
Sure, we all love a bike ride every now and then, but Todd Martin (one of our Realtors) takes it to the extreme - so you could say he knows a thing or two about Kelowna’s amazing opportunities for cycling. Kelowna offers nearly 300 km of on-street cycling lanes and another 40 kilometres of separated, paved multi-use paths. A 2014 report from the City of Kelowna stated that 11.1% of citizens bike or walk as their primary form of transportation!
There are more than 30 wineries located in the Kelowna area, many of which are award-winning and building a name within the international community. But even if wine isn’t your thing, the views of the valleys, lake, and vineyards make your winery visit worthwhile.
Whether you’re heading to the beach on a hot summer’s day or enjoying an afternoon on the boat, Okanagan Lake is one of the highlights of Kelowna summers. Canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding and kitesurfing are also popular activities on the lake.
If you love getting out into the woods and soaking in breathtaking views, there’s no better place to be than Kelowna. There are tons of great mountains, hiking trails and waterfalls nearby, whether you want to take on Knox Mountain or explore the incredible Crawford Falls. Check out some of KelownaNow's Nature Jane columns to find amazing hikes.