The Beautiful Okanagna....
With a population of 106,000 Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, which is located in the south central region of the province. Easily accessible by car, bus and air, we’re 150 km. (90 miles) north of the United States border and 395 km. (247 miles) east of Vancouver.
It's a place where, regardless of season there are world class amenities to enjoy. It's a place where the climate is mild and sunshine is something to be expected. Kelowna boasts all the amenities of a major city - fine dining, unique shops and a vibrant cultural life - yet orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive of the downtown core. Spectacular vistas await those ready to explore. A delightful day can be spent sampling the award-winning wares of our numerous internationally-acclaimed wineries, while several championship golf courses draw enthusiasts from all parts of the globe.
Situated on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake mid-way between Penticton in the south and Vernon in the north, Kelowna residents and tourists alike find the lake offers wonderful opportunities for boating, swimming or fishing. The nearby mountains attract hikers, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts of all descriptions. Three major ski hills are within a one-hour drive.
Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually and 28 cm. (11 inches) of rain.
Total annual precipitation is 366.4 mm. (280.7 mm. of rain and 105.5 cm. of snow).
Okanagan Lake is 110 km. (68 miles) long.
Okanagan Lake Bridge (built in 1958) is the only floating bridge in Canada, with a floating section of 640 m. (2100 feet)
A new five-lane bridge is to be in operation in 2008.
Kelowna encompasses 262 square km. (101 square miles)
Kelowna is 344 m. (1,129 feet) above sea level.
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.
Okanagan College offers university and transfer programs, as well as a wide range of adult education and trades courses.
UBC Okanagan opened September 2005.
- Kelowna is home to 106,000 people.
- The Central Okanagan Regional District has a population of 167,000.
- Kelowna is well known for its hot summers and temperate winters.
- The average daytime high during July and August is 27.4 C (81.32 F).
The average daytime high during December and January is -0.3 C (31.46 F). The average low is -7.7 C (18.14 F).