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City of Kelowna
Kelowna and Okanagan Lake

Coat of arms
Motto: "Fruitful In Unity"
Location of Kelowna within the Central Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Regional District Central Okanagan
Settled 1879
Incorporated 1905
Government
 - Mayor Sharon Shepherd
 - Governing Body Kelowna City Council
 - MP Ron Cannan
 - MLAs Steve Thomson
Norm Letnick
Ben Stewart
Area
 - City 211.69 km2 (81.7 sq mi)
Elevation 344 m (1,129 ft)
Population (2006)
 - City 106,707
 Density 504.1/km2 (1,305.6/sq mi)
 Metro 162,276
 - Metro Density 55.9/km2 (144.8/sq mi)
Time zone Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Postal code span V1P, V1V - V1Z
Area code(s) +1-250 - 778
Website City of Kelowna

Kelowna (May 16, 2006 census population 106,707, metropolitan population of 165,596) is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Its name derives from a native term for "grizzly bear". Kelowna ranks as the 22nd largest metropolitan area in Canada.

Nearby communities include West Kelowna to the west across Okanagan Lake, Lake Country and then Vernon to the north, as well as Peachland to the southwest and, further to the south, Summerland and Penticton.

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History

Father Charles M. Pandosy, a French Roman Catholic Oblate missionary, arriving in 1859 was the first European to settle at Kelowna, a place named "L'anse au sable" (Bay of Sand) in reference to the sandy shoreline.

Kelowna was officially incorporated in 1905.

Economy

The service industry employs the most people in Kelowna, the largest city in the tourist-oriented Okanagan Valley. In summer, boating, golf, hiking and biking are popular, and in winter, both Alpine skiing and Nordic skiing are favourite activities at the nearby Big White and Silver Star ski resorts.

Kelowna produces wines that have received international recognition.[1][2] Vineyards are common around and south of the city where the climate is ideal for the many wineries. Notable vineyards in the area include the Mission Hill Estate Winery, specifically for its unique architectural design. However, at least two major wineries were damaged or destroyed in 2003 due to the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire. Kelowna is also the home of Sun-Rype, a popular manufacturer of fruit juice and snacks.

Okanagan College and University of British Columbia Okanagan are the predominant centres for post-secondary education. With over 5000 full-time students Okanagan College constitutes the largest college in British Columbia outside the Lower Mainland and Victoria. In addition to vocational training and adult basic education, the college offers a highly regarded university transfer program. University of British Columbia Okanagan has a student population exceeding 6000 full-time students, enrolled in diverse undergraduate and graduate programs.

Kelowna is the seat of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, the third-largest metropolitan area in British Columbia (after Vancouver and Victoria), and the largest in the British Columbia Interior. With scenic lake vistas and a dry, mild climate, Kelowna has become one of the fastest growing cities in North America. The appropriate management of such rapid development (and its attendant consequences) is a source of significant debate within the community. Kelowna is the 4th least affordable housing market in Canada, currently maintaining the classification of "Severely Unaffordable".[3] Because of the Okanagan's climate and vineyard-filled scenery, it is often compared to California.[4]

Prominent citizens

Kelowna was home to the late Premier of British Columbia, W.A.C. Bennett and is the birthplace of his son, William R. Bennett, who also served as Premier of the province.

Former Major League Baseball players, Jeff Zimmerman of the Texas Rangers, his brother Jordan Zimmerman, and Paul Spoljaric were born here. The city was home to The Grapes of Wrath, one of Canada's most popular rock bands in the 1980s and early 1990s. The 2007 World Women's Curling Championship winning Kelly Scott rink is based in the city. Actor and model, Taylor Kitsch, was raised in the town and now appears in the hit tv show Friday Night Lights. Many National Hockey League players also reside in Kelowna, including Dany Heatley, Ryan Getzlaf, Wade Redden, Trevor Linden, Jarome Iginla, Josh Gorges, Blake Comeau, Shea Weber, Scott Hannan, and Brett McLean. Canadian hip-hop musician and Juno award winner Mad Child also resides in Kelowna, alongside (in recent times) Dubstep stars Excision and Datsik. Indie rock bands Ladyhawk, Bend Sinister, and Yukon Blonde also hail from the city.

Demographics

Kelowna at night.

According to the Statistics Canada 2001 census,[5] the population estimates there were 96,288 people residing in Kelowna and 147,739 people residing in the Greater Kelowna Area. 48.4% of residents were male and 51.6% were female. Children under five accounted for approximately 4.8% of the resident population of Kelowna. This compares with 5.2% in British Columbia, and 5.6% for Canada overall.

In mid-2001, 18.4% of the resident population in Kelowna were of retirement age (65 and over for males and females) compared with 13.2% in Canada, therefore, the average age is 41.1 years of age comparing to 37.6 years of age for all of Canada.

In the five years between 1996 and 2001, the population of Kelowna grew by 8.2%, compared with an increase of 4.9% for British Columbia as a whole. Population density of Kelowna averaged 50.9 people per square kilometre, compared with an average of 4.2, for British Columbia altogether.

Population Growth

1905 600
1959 10,000
1971 19,089
1978 51,955
1981 59,196
1986 61,213
1991 75,950
1993 85,564
1996 89,442
2001 96,288
2006 106,707

Religious groups

Total 94,760 100%
Catholic 18,195 19.2%
Protestant 38,215 40.3%
Christian Orthodox 795 0.8%
Christian, n.i.e. 5,735 6.1%
Muslim 250 0.2%
Jewish 215 0.2%
Buddhist 505 0.5%
Hindu 140 0.1%
Sikh 855 0.9%
Eastern religions 110 0.1%
Latter-day Saint 305 0.3%
No religious affiliation 29,435 31.1%
Source: Statistics Canada 2001 Census[5]

Ethnic origin

English 20,665 48.1%
Scottish 16,275 37.9%
German 13,170 30.7%
Canadian 12,410 28.9%
Irish 12,265 28.5%
French 7,455 17.4%
Ukrainian 4,485 10.4%
Dutch 2,915 6.8%
Polish 2,815 6.6%
Norwegian 2,765 6.4%
Swedish 2,380 5.5%
Russian 2,045 4.8%
Italian 1,865 4.3%
Aboriginal people 1,695 3.9%
Welsh 1,390 3.2%

Travel

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Roads and highways

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For years, only one major highway passed through the city of Kelowna: Highway 97. The road itself is good, but its connections to all points east and west in the province were only managed by using the slow, curving Trans Canada Highway and the Crowsnest Highway.

As the Okanagan Valley is a popular getaway for residents in Vancouver, a new freeway was built into the BC interior in 1986, eliminating over two hours of travel time between the two major destinations. This freeway, starting in Hope, is known as the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5), and terminates in Kamloops. This new freeway system allows one to drive the 425 kilometres from Vancouver to Kelowna in just over four hours.

A spur route, The Okanagan Connector, or Hwy 97C, was later added in 1989; it connects in Merritt, and heads eastward to Peachland, about twenty minutes south of Kelowna.

Kelowna is connected to West Kelowna by the new five lane William R. Bennett Bridge which officially opened May 25, 2008. This new bridge now links Highway 97 to the southern Okanagan and the Coquihalla connector. The old floating bridge is currently being dismantled as it has outlived its usefulness and is incapable of supporting the current traffic levels. The new William R. Bennett bridge has helped to alleviate some traffic congestion but ongoing roadwork on interchanges, the restructuring of traffic lights and other improvements are underway on HWY 97 on both the Kelowna East and West Kelowna West of the bridge. This stretch of Highway 97 continues to be one of the province's busiest traffic arteries and improvements will be necessary to keep up with the ever increasing population and the ever expanding tourist traffic to this area.[citation needed]

Highway 33, which connects with Highway 97 in Rutland, provides an alternate way to enter and exit the city, towards the southeast.

Air travel

Kelowna International Airport, north of the downtown core, has regular flights to and from Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Las Vegas, Honolulu and Seattle, as well as seasonal service to Mexico and Europe. Travelers arriving at the Kelowna Airport can find Ground Transportation services available for travel throughout the Okanagan Valley and British Columbia.

Climate

Kelowna seen from the west side.

Kelowna's climate is a semi-arid, continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfb), although the regions to the south are semi-arid (BSk).[6] Relative to most Canadian cities, Kelowna enjoys a dry climate and mild temperatures (Mean Annual Temperature of 7.7 °C (45.9 °F), January Mean Temperature of −3.8 °C (25.2 °F); Mean July Temperature of 19.1 °C (66.4 °F), Average Maximum of 27.8 °C (82.0 °F). These are recorded at the Kelowna Airport, at a higher altitude than the city core with higher precipitation and cooler temperatures. Okanagan Lake as well as the blocking barriers of the Canadian Rockies and the Columbia Mountains tend to moderate the winter climate, but Arctic air does occasionally penetrate the valley during winter, usually for very short periods (coldest recorded temperature of −36.1 °C (−33.0 °F), 30 December 1968).

Summers are hot and sunny, with daytime temperatures often exceeding 35 °C (95.0 °F) (hottest recorded temperature = 39.5 °C (103.1 °F), 24 July 1994). Clear, dry summer air allows nighttime temperatures to fall rapidly. The city averages about 300 millimetres (12 in) of precipitation per year, with about 1/3 of the precipitation falling as snow, the bulk in December and January. The inherent dryness of Kelowna's climate can be a factor in the forest fire risk as, for example, during the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire of 2003, when evacuation of large residential populations was ordered.

Although Kelowna averages 300.5 hours of bright sunshine in July (61% of daylight hours), the winter months are mostly overcast; thus, Kelowna averages only 40.3 hours of bright sunshine in January (for comparison, consider 120 hours at Winnipeg, Manitoba and Miramichi, New Brunswick; 44 hours at Prince Rupert, British Columbia; 45 hours at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories).

(All data are derived from Environment Canada statistics for the Kelowna airport)

Kelowna has the greatest percentage of "calm" wind observations in Canada (39%).[7][8][9][10][11] The city averages 363 days/yr recording winds less than 5 km/hr.[12]

Climate data for Kelowna
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.8
(59)
14.7
(58)
20.8
(69)
28.1
(83)
34.4
(94)
38
(100)
39.5
(103)
39.3
(103)
34.8
(95)
26.8
(80)
20.6
(69)
15
(59)
39.5
(103)
Average high °C (°F) -0.2
(32)
3.3
(38)
9.6
(49)
15.4
(60)
20
(68)
23.9
(75)
27.6
(82)
27.3
(81)
21.5
(71)
13.4
(56)
5.4
(42)
0.6
(33)
14
(57)
Daily mean °C (°F) -3.8
(25)
-1.1
(30)
-3.6
(26)
8.2
(47)
12.6
(55)
16.3
(61)
19.1
(66)
18.7
(66)
13.6
(56)
7.2
(45)
1.4
(35)
-2.9
(27)
7.7
(46)
Average low °C (°F) -7.4
(19)
-5.5
(22)
-2.4
(28)
0.8
(33)
5
(41)
8.6
(47)
10.5
(51)
10.2
(50)
5.7
(42)
0.9
(34)
-2.7
(27)
-6.4
(20)
1.5
(35)
Record low °C (°F) -31.7
(-25)
-25.3
(-14)
-19.4
(-3)
-8.9
(16)
-3.7
(25)
-0.6
(31)
2.6
(37)
0.6
(33)
-6.1
(21)
-15.7
(4)
-28.4
(-19)
-36.1
(-33)
-36.1
(-33)
Precipitation mm (inches) 30.8
(1.21)
22.6
(0.89)
21.8
(0.86)
26.2
(1.03)
39
(1.54)
40.7
(1.6)
36.9
(1.45)
33.6
(1.32)
32.7
(1.29)
25.5
(1)
34.5
(1.36)
36.2
(1.43)
380.5
(14.98)
Sunshine hours 40.3 77 144.9 194.2 236.4 253.2 300.5 272.2 213.1 132.3 52.8 37.6 1,954.4
Source: Environment Canada[13] 2009-07-09
Kelowna at night
Kelowna from Knox mountain 360 Degree
UBC Okanagan, Kelowna 360 Degree
UBC Okanagan, Kelowna 360 Degree

Venues and attractions

  • Prospera Place, a 6,800-seat arena
  • Apple Bowl, a 5,700 seat outdoor stadium
  • SOPA Gallery of Fine Arts[14]
  • Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art[15]
  • Rotary Centre for the Arts, a 326-seat theatre[16]
  • Kelowna Art Gallery[17]
  • Kelowna Community Theatre, a 853-seat theatre[18]
  • Kelowna Museum[19]
  • Kelowna Marina on Okanagan Lake
  • Kelowna Hydrofest on Okanagan Lake
  • Capital News Centre
  • H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre, largest publicly owned water park in Canada, and features Canada's first FlowRider
  • Kelowna Farmers Market - April to October Outdoors
  • Kasugai Gardens, an outdoor Garden beside City Hall built to celebrate friendship with its sister city; Kasugai, Japan.[20]
  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery
  • Kettle Valley Railway (Myra Canyon Trestles)
  • Knox Mountain Hillclimb - One of the worlds longest uphill point to point car races still running. The event runs May long weekend of each year.
  • Waterfront Park
  • Mission Creek Greenway

Sport

Kelowna Marina

Media

Local services

Education

Public schools[21]

Public schools in the Kelowna area are part of School District 23 Central Okanagan or School District 93 Conseil scolaire francophone:

  • Secondary (Grades 10-12 or 8-12):
  • Middle (Grades 7-9):
    • KLO Middle (offers French immersion)
    • Dr. Knox Middle
    • Constable Neil Bruce Middle
    • Rutland Middle
    • Springvalley Middle
    • Glenrosa Middle
  • Elementary Schools (Grades K-6 or K-7):
    • About 20 elementary schools spread throughout the city. (See the school directory list for district 23 and district 93.)

Private schools[22]

Post-secondary[23]

Events of significance

  • On August 6, 1969, a sonic boom from a nearby air show produced an expensive broken glass bill while at least 6 people were injured.[24]
  • Winter 1983 was the last time that the Lake completely froze over. (A Royal Canadian Mounted Police helicopter successfully rescued an SUV that had tried to drive across the Lake and cracked through the ice).
  • In both 1986 and 1988, alcohol-fuelled riots erupted during summer Regatta festivities.
  • On May 7, 1992, a forest fire consumed 60 hectares of forest on Mount Boucherie in West Kelowna; no homes were damaged.
  • In August 2003, a nearby wildfire destroyed over 200 homes and forced the temporary evacuation of approximately 30,000 residents.[25]
  • During the 2003 fire, many trestles of the historic Kettle Valley Railway were destroyed. All the trestles have been rebuilt to look like the originals but using smaller dimension beams.
  • In May 2005, Kelowna celebrated its Centennial.
  • In 2005, a new bridge to replace the Okanagan Lake Bridge began construction, being part of a plan to try and alleviate the severe traffic problems experienced during the summer months when people from Kelowna drive to Westbank and vice versa. (the height of tourist season).
  • In July 2007, general rowdiness during the annual "Wakefest" wakeboarding competition and music festival led to the decision by Kelowna City Council to ban the event for the following year. Expected to return for the summer 2009 tour after organizers/promoters agreed to changes in the festival (including renaming it, introducing restricted beer garden hours and moving the date to later in the summer), conflicting dates with the national tour forced the festival to be withheld for another year.[26]
  • In July 2009, wildfires destroyed some hundreds of hectares of land in West Kelowna, including a number of buildings, and 17,000 residents were asked to evacuate.[27]
  • In August 2009, Kelowna hosted the 40th General Council of the United Church of Canada
  • 2000s, Kelowna builds the tallest building in between the lower mainland and Calgary: Skye at Waterscapes, which is a residential tower thats 26 floors high.

Sister cities

Kelowna has "sister city" agreements with the following cities:[28]

Trivia

  • In the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, Jonas Quinn hails from the nation of Kelowna on the planet Langara. Stargate SG-1 and its sister show Stargate Atlantis are produced in Vancouver.
  • Some believe a lake monster named Ogopogo lives in Lake Okanagan. In the past, naysayers have pointed out the similarities between the so-called monster and a beaver, a log, and other less monstrous lake denizens.
  • The Online Virtual World Club Penguin has its headquarters located in Kelowna.
  • In the song "Driving One of Your Cars" by Swedish musician Lisa Miskovsky, she mentions Kelowna in the lyrics "Kelowna is beautiful in summertime they say".
  • Fido, a comedy/horror/thriller movie about zombies, was filmed in Kelowna and debuted on September 7, 2006 at the Toronto Film Festival.
  • Part of the movie Mee Shee: The Water Giant was filmed in Kelowna.
  • The movies Shred, and Shred 2 were partially filmed at Big White, a ski hill in Kelowna.

See also

References

  1. ^ Example: Calona Vineyards - Awards - Artist Series Reserve VQA
  2. ^ Example: Calona Vineyards - Awards - Private Reserve
  3. ^ 6th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey: 2010
  4. ^ The Okanagan, a Napa of the North
  5. ^ a b Kelowna Community Profile - Statistics Canada. 2002. 2001 Community Profiles. Released June 27, 2002. Last modified: 2005-11-30. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 93F0053XIE.
  6. ^ http://koeppen-geiger.vu-wien.ac.at/pdf/metz_15_3_0259_0263_kottek_wm.pdf
  7. ^ Phillips, D. 1990. The Climate of Canada. Catalogue No. En56-1/1990E. Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services of Canada
  8. ^ Atlas of Canada http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/learningresources/facts/superweather.html
  9. ^ Canada - A peoples' history, http://www.omnitv.ca/ontario/tv/history/interactive/climatefacts.shtml
  10. ^ US Green Building Council, Kelowna, British Columbia Competition Program Detailed Summary, https://www.usgbc.org/FileHandling/show_general_file.asp?DocumentID=1264
  11. ^ Weather - CanadianStudy.ca
  12. ^ Weather Winners http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/weather/winners/winners-e.html
  13. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000. Retrieved 09 July 2009.
  14. ^ SOPA Gallery of Fine Arts
  15. ^ Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art
  16. ^ Rotary Centre for the Arts
  17. ^ Kelowna Art Gallery
  18. ^ Kelowna Community Theatre
  19. ^ Kelowna Museum
  20. ^ JGarden - Gardens
  21. ^ Public Schools in Kelowna: Kelowna Senior Secondary, Rutland Senior Secondary, Mount Boucherie SecondaryOkanagan Mission Secondary, KLO Middle, Dr. Knox Middle, Constable Neil Bruce Middle, Rutland Middle, Springvalley Middle
  22. ^ Private Schools in Kelowna: Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School,Kelowna Christian School, Heritage Christian School, Vedanta Academy, Okanagan Adventist Academy, Immaculata Regional High School, St. Joseph Elementary, Kelowna Waldorf School, Okanagan Montessori School, Okanagan Montessori
  23. ^ Post-secondary Schools in Kelowna: UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College, Sprott-Shaw Community College
  24. ^ Archival news footage after the sonic boom
  25. ^ Okanagan Mountain Park Fire 2003
  26. ^ Wakefest 2009 not happening - Kelowna News - Castanet.net
  27. ^ Canadian wildfires force thousands to flee homes
  28. ^ "Sister Cities". City of Kelowna. http://www.kelowna.ca/CM/Page133.aspx. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 

External links

Coordinates: 49°53′56″N 119°24′35″W / 49.898836°N 119.409714°W / 49.898836; -119.409714


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Kelowna is a city in the Okanagan region of British Columbia.

Understand

Kelowna is the largest inland city in British Columbia, located in the heart of BC's wine country. It has a metropolitan population of about 165,000. Okanagan Lake is the main draw in the summer. This 135 km long jewel is a big draw for boaters (power and sail), swimmers and kite-boarders. In winter thousands of tourists come from all parts of the world to ski at Big White resort, located 55 km from the city. Tourists also come in the fall (mostly) to experience and taste the Okanagan's world class wines from various wineries throughout the valley.

Get in

By plane

Kelowna has one international airport, with daily service to several cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Prince George, and Seattle. Kelowna International Airport also offers flights to Puerto Vallarta,Victoria and Toronto.

Some of the Airlines utilizing Kelowna International Airport are:

  • Westjet
  • Air Canada
  • Jazz
  • Horizon Air
  • Skyservice Airlines

By train

There is currently no train service available to Kelowna however you can utilize the nearest train terminal in Kamloops (about 90 minutes north-west of Kelowna by car).

By car

Highway 97 is the major highway through Kelowna, with Vernon and Highway 1 to the north, Penticton and Highway 3 to the south, and (via Highway 97C) Merritt to the west. Highway 33 provides secondary access to points south and east.

By bus

Greyhound services Kelowna from Vancouver and Calgary and points in between.

Get around

Lorenzo and Jayden

Traffic can be quite heavy on major roads in Kelowna during the summer months, especially at the approaches to the floating bridge. A lack of advance left turn traffic lights contributes to accidents at major intersections.

  • Kelowna Regional Transit System, 763-6011, [1]. Best times to travel are early mornings and late afternoons, Monday to Friday. High traffic routes (such as Lakeshore #1, University #8, Rutland #10 are the most efficient and numerous routes). Bus drivers are generally courteous and will on request call ahead to your next bus to facilitate a timely transfer. When school is in session, expect to miss a bus (or two) due to over-filled buses. Check the user website for more details and schedules.
  • Kelowna has an extensive network of bike lanes. Cyclists are advised to use bike lanes (when not obstructed by parked vehicles) and intersections with caution. Cycling on local highways is not recommended. See the city of kelowna website for a detailed map. [2]
  • There are several boat launches along the lakeshore with parking facilities. Be prepared to queue in the summer months. As for the lake itself, it can get crowded out there, especially with small watercraft.
  • The downtown area is pedestrian-friendly, especially along the waterfront.
  • Budget Car Rentals
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Avis Car Rentals
  • Discount Car and Truck Rentals
  • Hertz
  • Vespa and Scooter Rentals, [3].

Downtown

The Downtown Core is easily accessible with public transit as well as taxis and bicycles, once downtown you have two major Parkades to choose from if you decide to drive yourself one is of Pandosy Street (The Verve Restaurant is in the first level) or at the Library by the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Station, so parking shouldn't be a chore.

As in any city the Rush Hour (usually 4:30PM-6PM) can be a challenge in the downtown core as well as on the main transportation arteries: Highway 97C, Highway 33, Lakeshore Rd.

  • The Downtown City Park offers a great environment in the summer to sun tan play and enjoy yourself or with your family playgrounds as well as the water and skate board park offer for a great time in the sun.
  • Enjoy the half submerged playground at Gyro Beach; in summer you can let yourself slide along the rope into the lake within which you may come across our lake's resident the Ogopogo (we are not joking, Loch Ness isn't the only body of water with a lake monster [the term monster is used loosely]). If you see Ogopogo make sure to be friendly as it is his home you're swimming in ;).
  • One of the best kept secrets of Kelowna is Bertram Park at the end of Lakeshore Road, with beautiful beaches and grassy areas to picnic on it is one of the most idyllic places in Kelowna, it offers BBQ's as well as change/wash rooms.
  • Another "best kept secret" is a beautiful beach located off Lakeshore in the Mission area. To get to it, turn down Truswell Road and take a left on Martin Road. If you walk keeping on the right to the end of Martin, you will come to a river. Turn right down a narrow bank alongside the river and walk along it for a short distance and you'll find and absolutely gorgeous beach frequented mainly by the younger crowd. If you bring beer or "other things" BC is famous for, be careful, as this beach is certainly not a secret to the police. This beach is referred to by locals as "Hidden Beach", often reduced to "Hidden", or "Skim Beach".
  • Kelowna Rockets hockey [4].
  • Okanagan Sun football [5].
  • Local wineries [6].
  • Mission Creek Greenway [7].
  • Knox Mountain (two viewpoints) - an annual hill climb is one of the highlights of this peak [8].
  • Ski and Snowboard at Big White, [9] and Silver Star Resorts, [10].
  • Swimming - many sand beaches great beaches. Some feature swimming platforms (Gellatly bay aquatic park) and swing lines (Gyro park).
  • Bike and hike the local mountains
  • Golf on any of the many great Golf Courses
  • Play Tennis
  • Enjoy the Athletic Centers (Parkinson Recreation Center, Athens Recreation Center, Capital News Center[11]).
  • Sailing, Seadoo-ing and Boating on Okanagan Lake [12].
  • Windsurfing
  • Vespa and Scooter Rentals, [13].
  • Tour Mission Hill Winery[14], Quail's Gate Winery[15] or Summerhill Winery[16].
  • Skateboarding/longboarding--the skateparks are average but lots of great hills
  • Or the best yet... just be lazy and lay at the beach... or in winter in a jacuzzi surrounded by snow.
  • Walk or Bike the Kettle Valley Railway Trestles, .[17]. Recently rebuilt after being burnt down - They provide a unique and beautiful view of the Kelowna area, as well as the uninhabited areas surrounding it. These are about an hour's drive outside of Kelowna - up a dirt road
  • Hangout in city park and walk along the boardwalk.
  • UBC Okanagan
  • Okanagan College

Work

The main industry in Kelowna is tourism, with its requisite offering of service industry jobs at or slightly above minimum wage. The local ski hill Big White offers winter employment for ski/board instructors, liftees, servers, and so on. With the recent boom in housing, there is a shortage of skilled tradespeople in the construction industry.

  • Orchard Park shopping centre
  • Bernard Avenue between Richter and Water Streets
  • Central Park shopping area, Hwy 97 and Banks Road
  • Pandosy St at/around KLO Road
  • Okanagan fruit tree co-operative, 816 Clement Avenue, Mon-Sat 9-5
  • Lake Tai, 101-3010 Pandosy Street (between Groves and Cedar Ave in the Mission), +1 (250) 860-1588. Awesome little Chinese vegetarian restaurant serving light, healthy meals even carnivores will love. Almost all dishes are also gluten-free. Also serves wide selection of teas, bubble tea. Incredibly nice people, great service. Accepts credit cards. Try the honey crispy bean!  edit
  • Ken's Dim Sum, near Starbucks on Bernard.
  • Sub City Donair on Highway 33, and on Rutland road by McCurdy
  • Mad Mango's' cafe (try the curry and soups most under $7.00) across the street from the bargain shop on Bernard.
  • Siam Orchid Thai Restaurant, 279 Bernard Avenue (between Mill and Water street), +1 (250) 860-5600. A friendly place, with a small menu of delicious mainstream Thai food. All dishes can be prepared vegetarian, and in any spiciness from mild to very hot. Lunch specials include soup and spring rolls. Try the red curry!  edit
  • O-Zeki Japanese
  • Moxies
  • Bai Tong Thai food - On Water at Bernard, upstairs, one of Kelowna's best Thai food places!
  • Memphis Blues, 289 Bernard Avenue, +1 ((250) 868-3699. A fantastic BBQ house, close to the water in downtown Kelowna.  edit
  • The Fixx, [18].
  • Mon Thong
  • Bouchons - High Quality French Bistro with a great kitchen (Near the Grand Hotel by Prospera Place)
  • The Rotten Grape
  • Ric's Grill
  • La Bussola Restaurant

Drink

Pubs close at 1 AM and clubs at 2 AM.

  • The Grateful Fed, Bernard Ave, the main strip downtown, and has live music in the later evenings, with pub/deli style eats and drinks, and a patio in the warmer months.
  • Roses Waterfront pub located by the Grand/Kelowna Yacht Club.
  • 'Flashbacks Nightclub on Ellis Street (Close to Prospera Place)
  • The Blue Gator A Blues Club located on Lawrence Street. Has an outdoor sidewalk patio where you can eat/drink.
  • 97 Street Pub At the intersection of Hwy 97 and Leckie Road (Beside the Best Western Hotel)
  • Doc Willoughby's Downtown Pub, 353 Bernard Ave
  • Sturgeon Hall, 1481 Water Street
  • Tonics Pub, Ellis Street. Good food, and great prices on drinks. Nice atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff.

Sleep

If you will be staying in Kelowna between May and September, book your accommodations well in advance, especially for weekends.

  • Kelowna International Hostel, 2343 Pandosy Street, 250-763-6024, [19]. The recommended of the two hostels in town. Interesting atmosphere, not overcrowded. It has a limited number of beds, however, so it's easiest to book ahead.
  • Samesun Backpacker's Lodge, 245 Harvey Avenue, 250-763-9814, [20]. Clean with good facilities and a very friendly party atmosphere.
  • Best Western Inn Kelowna, 2402 Highway 97 N, (250) 860-1212, [21].
  • Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre 2170 Harvey Avenue, (250) 860-9711, (Fax: (250) 860-3173, Toll Free: 1-800-663-9400), [22].
  • Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort, 1310 Water Street, (250) 763-4500 (Reservation Toll Free 1-800-465-4651), [23].
  • Big White Ski Resort - Half an hour on good road conditions(Take the 97 past the floating bridge into town a little while and turn right at highway 33)
  • Silver Star Ski Resort (located North of Vernon)
  • Crystal Mountain (Last mountain to all you Old Skollers)located on Kelowna's Westside
  • Apex Mountain - Located outside of Penticton (1 hour South of Kelowna on HWY 97)

A new ski hill, Kelowna Mountain Ski Hill, just north of Kelowna's Mission area, has been proposed.

Stay Safe

Kelowna is a growing city and therefore has its growing pains, with these come the following recommendations; avoid Leon & Lawrence Avenues between Water and Ellis during night time. City Park at night is patrolled, however can be somewhat dodgy after hours too.

As long as you keep yourself aware of your surroundings, you will be fine.

Routes through Kelowna
Kamloops / Sicamous (via )Vernon  N noframe S  WestbankOsoyoos
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