Get to know Kelowna & West Kelowna

 

Are you looking to move to the Kelowna & West Kelowna area? Also known as the Caribbean of Canada. Are you new to the Kelowna & Okanagan area? 

 

We've collected a few details and important links for you as you get to know our beautiful piece of paradise. Learn more about our schools, communities, activities, social life, sports, daycare programs, and tourist attractions. We know you are going to love it here!

 

 


 

Quick & Fun Facts

 

  • Kelowna is home to more than 127,500 people
  • The Okanagan Valley tourism generates approximately $835 million annually
  • The Central Okanagan Regional District has a population of 198,344
  • Kelowna is ranked the #1 entrepreneurial region in Canada
  • Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually and 28 cm of rain
  • Kelowna encompasses 214 km2 of land and 48 km2 of water area
  • Kelowna is 344 metres (1,129 feet) above sea level
  • The Okanagan Lake is 110 km long.
  • The average daytime high during July and August is +27.4 Celsius
  • The average daytime high during December and January is -0.3 Celsius with the average low being -7.7 Celsius
  • Total annual precipitation is 366.4 mm
  • Kelowna boasts being one of the top tech and startup hubs in Canada.  It’s home to 693 tech companies employing 12,500 people and contributing nearly 2 billion in regional economic impact.
  • Kelowna is the 10th busiest airport in Canada serving over 1.6 million passengers and offering 66 daily non-stop flights to eight of the largest North American gateway airports.
  • Kelowna General Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive in the southern interior of B.C.
  • Kelowna is home to several local theatre groups, a symphony orchestra, museums, and numerous art galleries.
  • Kelowna is proud to be home to the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus and the Okanagan College.
  • The Okanagan Sunflower is the official floral emblem of Kelowna. Also known as the Arrowleaf Balsamroot, the indigenous flowering plant is found only in the Okanagan area of B.C. and the Okanogan region of the state of Washington.

 

From Kelowna, within 60 Minutes you can access:

 

  • 20 beautiful lakes
  • 2904 sq km of beaches
  • 15 breweries
  • 120 wineries with over 10,000 acres of vineyards
  • 19 golf courses with extended seasons from March to November
  • Hundreds of kilometers of walking and hiking trails
  • 63 community parks

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Our Schools

 

Kelowna and West Kelowna are home to some amazing schools. You have many options when choosing for your child's education.

 

The Central Okanagan Public School District serves more than 23,000 students alone in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. The COPSD has 31 Elementary Schools, 8 Middle Schools, 5 Secondary Schools, 1 Alternate Education Services, and Online Learning options. 

 

For more information on the schools available please follow the links below: 

 

 

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School:  http://www.aberdeenhall.com/
 

Central Okanagan School District:   http://www.sd23.bc.ca/Schools/schooldirectory/Pages/default.aspx# 

 

Waldorf:  https://www.kelownawaldorf.org/

 

Okanagan College: https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/ 

 

University of British Columbia Okanagan: https://ok.ubc.ca/ 

 

 


 

 

 

Our Popular Beaches

 

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine and paradise views that Kelowna and West Kelowna have to offer by sinking your feet into the warm sand or cooling off in the wonderful Okanagan Lake. Here are a few of our most popular beaches to visit:  

 

Hot Sands Beach – City Park

 

The kids will love the warm sand and nice water at Hot Sands Beach. Right downtown next to the popular City Park and the marina, it’s one of the longest and busiest beaches in Kelowna. It has watersport rentals as well as the ever-popular Aqua Park with over 16 oversized inflatable water activities that are great for kids or the young at heart.

 

 

Gyro Beach

 

You can also check out popular, family friendly Gyro Beach, with its own watersport rentals, snack shop, washrooms, volleyball courts, and playground. Gyro Beach has a very gradual beach incline which makes it great for throwing a frisbee or a ball in the water.

 

 

Cedar Creek Park

 

Cedar Creek Park is Kelowna’s only dog-friendly beach. It’s a long pebble beach with picnic tables and washrooms that make it a great place to let your dog cool off on a hot summer afternoon while you get to relax or throw a ball with the kids.

 

 

Rotary Beach Park

 

Just down the road from Gyro Beach, Rotary Beach Park on Lakeshore Road has all the facilities you need to enjoy a day in the sun including picnic tables, washrooms, and a playground. It’s also the city’s top kite-boarding beach.

 

 

 


 

Kelowna Indoor Adventure Centers

 

If you're not fond of the sunshine and heat, there are a ton of fun indoor activities and adventure centers for the whole family. Here are a few of our favorites:

 

EnergyPlex

 

The EnergyPlex is Kelowna’s largest indoor playground for kids, with four stories of fun, including trampolines, foam pits, rope swings, a huge cube climb, a rock wall, a Ballistix Ball Range (huge foam ball shooting adventure) and a laser tag arena that are sure to tire out any active child. If you have energetic kids, this is definitely the place to bring them.

 

H2O Adventure and Fitness Center

 

H2O is the largest municipal water park in Canada. It includes a wave pool, surf wave simulator, river run, water slides, and a spray park. It’s perfect fun for any age, and you can also enjoy the 12,000 sq ft of fitness and cardio space if you want to let older kids go their way while you go yours.

 

Jump2It

 

Perfect for the little ones (ages two to nine), Kelowna’s Jump2It features plenty of gigantic, inflatable bouncers. Let the kids go wild and burn off some steam on giant slides and an inflatable castle while you grab a coffee and enjoy the free Wifi.

 

YMCA

 

The Kelowna YMCA in Rutland is a huge facility with an aquatic area, gymnasium, youth zone, a 100 m walking track as well as a large fitness area. The aquatic area includes a diving pool, an eight-lane lap pool, and a warm lazy river complete with spray jets and a large hot tub. You can do a drop-in anytime.

 

Fun Bugs Indoor Playground

 

Kelowna’s newest indoor attraction, Fun Bugs is designed for children aged six and under. With a large play center for the bigger kids and a smaller one for toddlers, it even has a dedicated crawling area and an interactive dance floor.

 

Bowling – Capri Lanes or McCurdy Bowl Center

 

Fun for the young or old, Kelowna has a few great bowling lanes complete with black light, glow-in-the-dark neon bowling for those times when you want escape a world of pastels. We love that all the places offer bumper guides that cover the gutters as well as roll assists to make it more fun for the smaller kids. We like Capri Lanes and McCurdy Bowling.

 

Planet Lazer

 

Planet Lazer boasts fun for all ages with extreme Lazer Tag and an indoor arcade. 

 

Exit Kelowna Escape Room

 

Gather your team, put on your thinking caps, and get ready for an incredible adventure! Work strategically with your team to escape the themed escape rooms at Exit Kelowna, while working against the clock! 

 

Air House 

 

The Air House is a one-stop indoor playground for everyone! They feature trampoline rooms, gymnastics, parkour, skateboarding, biking and more for those who are beginners up to competitive athletes. 

 

Scandia Golf & Games

 

Scandia Golf and Games has something for everyone of every age. Their activities include outdoor mini golf, indoor jungle golf, an arcade, batting cages, and Go-karts. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Kelowna Outdoor Activity Centers

 

Are you feeling the urge to soak up the sunshine while having some fun? Here are a few of our favorite outdoor activity centers:

 

Myra Canyon Adventure Park

 

At Myra Canyon Adventure Park high above Kelowna and below the Myra Canyon Trestles you can hike or bike the trestles, jump in the saddle and go for a horse ride or test your Tarzan abilities on their well-rated treetop course high above the valley.

 

WildPlay Kelowna

 

From ziplining to free falling, WildPlay, just outside of Kelowna on Highway 33, WildPlay is an adventure playground. With 10 ziplines and a giant, 110-foot pendulum swing, you’re sure to get the blood rushing while you’re there. For everyone aged five and up, there’s the Monkido course (as in monkey see, monkey do). This climbing, ziplining, jumping, and swinging obstacle course will test your mettle at heights ranging from 6 to 60 feet and is a lot of fun for everyone.

 

Kangaroo Creek Farm

 

Kangaroo Creek Farm is just outside of Kelowna but well worth the short drive! Here you can get a fully inclusive experience - you can pet kangaroos, wallabies and even have adorable sugar gliders climbing into your pocket. Price is $5 per person, and it all goes towards the animals. Guaranteed to leave everyone in your group with a smile.

 

Kelowna Lavender Farm

 

The Kelowna Lavender and Herb Farm is a little more sedate fun than many outdoor activities, but it’s perfect for a leisurely afternoon walk along with the flower gardens. With row upon row of beautiful colored lavender flowers, the only thing that will wow you more is their amazing scent. Our daughter still carries the bag of lavender she got there around the house and it’s always one of the first things she shows to people when they walk in our door.

 

Hoof Prints Barnyard Petting Zoo & Pony Rides

 

Hoof Prints in Kelowna has a great traditional petting zoo complete with miniature horses, cows, regular horses, ponies, and goats that you can pet and feed. They also offer pony rides for the younger kids and horse lessons for those a little older.

 

Scandia Golf & Games

 

Scandia Golf and Games has something for everyone of every age. Their activities include outdoor mini-golf, indoor jungle golf, an arcade, batting cages, and Go-karts. 

 

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

 

There are far too many outdoor centers to list! Not to mention the fantastic and numerous Farmers Markets, Organic Farms, Events, Wineries, Concerts, & Entertainment!

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Other Kelowna Information Sites

 

If you just can't seem to soak up enough about our piece of paradise, you can follow the links below to explore our area even more! 

 

 

City of Kelowna:  https://www.kelowna.ca/

 

City of West Kelowna:  http://www.districtofwestkelowna.ca/

 

Central Okanagan Ed. Dev. Commission:  http://www.investkelowna.com/

 

Westbank First Nation:  http://www.wfn.ca/

 

Top 30 Best Wineries in BC:  http://www.spotlight360vr.com/30-best-okanagan-wineries/

 

Kelowna Top 10 Restaurants You Need To Try:  https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/canada/articles/kelowna-s-top-10-restaurants-you-need-to-try/

 

Kettle Valley:  https://www.kettlevalley.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

See What Our Clients  Have to Say

 

 

 

    

   

  

Moving our family from Toronto to West Kelowna was a huge undertaking and could have been a nightmare had it not been for [the] Carmichaels. We've worked with alot of agents both in buying and selling for many years, and have never seen any other agents work as hard and with an honest commitment to his clients as James Carmichael. 

 

His experience, straight-forward approach, and 24/7 availability was key... he found us the perfect place in our price range with a view of the lake. If you seriously want one of the best agents we've ever dealt with, we would recommend James in a heartbeat.

 

      
   

  - Greg & Manisa, Westbank