Kelowna BC, Canada
Kelowna, B.C. is the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Internationally known and recognized as a four-season playground, you will not be at a loss for fun, relaxation, or adventure in Kelowna. Being surrounded by mountains, and with the gift of year-round pleasurable temperatures, is why 150,000 people in the Greater-Kelowna region choose to call Kelowna home.
Kelowna is the major city in the Central Okanagan, about 390 km east of Vancouver, B.C.and 606km west of Calgary, AB. Situated along Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is also close to many smaller lakes and waterways. With summer temperatures averaging around 27.4° C and around 10°C during the evenings. Kelowna winter temperatures are mild, averaging 0°C, with a mix of rain and snow. Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunlight and 14 inches of precipitation annually.
Kelowna has miles of parkland, cycling trails, beautiful beaches, world class golf courses, and other recreational amenities. Golfing, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, boating, fishing, and swimming are just a few of the things you can do here. In the cooler months, downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling make for fun winter activities.
Kelowna is host to a vibrant cultural community. Housed within a 6 block core in the downtown area called "The Cultural District", you will find fine dining, museums, art galleries, theatres, artists' studios, and a casino. As well, we have Prospera Place where you can take in a concert, or WHL hockey game.
Kelowna boasts all the amenities of a major city: fine dining, unique shops and vibrant culture 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.
- Prospera Place, a 6,000-seat multi-purpose facility that’s home to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, attracts major entertainers and events to the heart of our Cultural District.
- The new Rotary Centre for the Arts is a significant feature of the district, which was named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2003.
- Kelowna Community Theatre is a 853 seat theatre located in the heart of Kelowna's cultural district which showcases a wide assortment of live productions from concerts, comedians, dance performances to kids shows. Home of Ballet Kelowna, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and the Kelowna Community Concert Society.
- Waterfront Park is a showcase of the area with lagoons, an outdoor amphitheatre and a wooden boardwalk that links Tugboat Beach and the residential area to the north with the Grand Okanagan Hotel and the downtown.
- Stuart Park, located on the Waterfront Promenade across from City Hall on Water Street, will be developed over the next several years.
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.