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Kelowna is a beautiful and diverse city located in the southern interior of British Columbia. The city is blessed with residents from different ethnic backgrounds, thereby making it a culturally diverse place with happy and welcoming people.
The city is the headquarter of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, and with a population that is just shy of 150,000, it is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley. The city got its name from an Okanagan word, which translates to a male grizzly bear.
The city is the third-largest metropolitan area in British Columbia and the seventh-largest city in the province. Over the years, massive developments have been taking place in the area, and people from other parts of Canada are seeing reasons to live in the Okanagan region.
Everything you need to live a happy and accomplished life is available in this peaceful and quiet city – there are job opportunities for working-class adults, an international airport to connect you with the rest of the world, real estate is booming in the region, healthcare facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
Whether you are planning to relocate to the city or want to come for vacation, there are several things to do in Kelowna. No matter where your accommodation is, you should find yourself in some of the most exciting places in the city in less than 15 minutes drive.
Some of the nearby communities include West Kelowna (also called Westside or Westbank) to the west, Penticton and Summerland to the south, Peachland to the southwest, and Vernon to the north. These are nice communities you may want to visit to enjoy other regions in the valley.
The warm summer of Okanagan makes it a perfect place to be during summer. Since Okanagan Lake cuts across the city and most communities in the region, there are dozens of sand beaches and other water sports to enjoy with your family and friends. During winter, you can enjoy skiing at the Big White Resort. The region is known for its agricultural activities such as fruit farming, thereby, having several vineyards and wineries for wine lovers. You can take a tour of these wineries to enjoy vintage wines.
For young adults looking for a vibrant city, downtown Kelowna has everything you need to live your life to the fullest. The nightlife is superb, and there are many pubs and clubs to visit. For retirees looking for a quiet and peaceful place to call home, there are several residential communities just a few minutes drive from the city centre.
Other points of attractions in the city include Prospera Place – a 6,800-seat indoor arena; Kelowna Art Gallery; Elks Stadium – a 1,250-seat baseball stadium, Kettle Valley Railway, Center of Gravity Festival in City Park, Big White Resort, etc.
There are both public and private schools in the city. School District 23 Central Okanagan is in charge of public schools in the area. Some of the primary schools include Glenmore Elementary School, Chute Lake Elementary School, Anne McClymont Elementary & Primary School, A S Matheson Elementary School, Casorso Elementary School, etc.
For secondary schools, there is Kelowna Secondary School, George Elliot Secondary School, Okanagan Mission Secondary School, Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary School, Rutland Senior Secondary School, etc. For parents who prefer private schools for their kids, Kelowna Christian School, Heritage Christian School, St. Joseph Elementary, and Immaculata Regional High School are a few of the private schools in the area.
For post-secondary education, the two popular institutions are the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus and the Okanagan College. There are other privately owned institutions including VanWest College, Sprott Shaw College, and the Center for Arts and Technology.
The Okanagan Regional Library has three branches in the city – Kelowna Branch (downtown), Mission Branch, and Rutland Branch.