About the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada

The Okanagan Valley is located 375 kilometers (240 miles) east of Vancouver. With a population of 115,000, Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Often referred to as the Hawaii of Canada,Kelowna is a four-season playground and attracts visitors from around the world. Its thriving economy consists of industries such as Tourism, Forestry, Fruit Growing, and Wineries. Kelowna also has a growing technology sector that includes aerospace development and service. The Okanagan region is well known for its hot summers and temperate winters, and offers a wide variety of cultural and sporting events.

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 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 wines of our numerous internationally-acclaimed wineries, while several championship golf courses draw enthusiasts from all around the world.

Quick Facts 
• Kelowna is home to 115,000 people.
• The Central Okanagan Regional District has a population of 167,000.
• Kelowna encompasses 214 km2 of land and 48 km2 of water area
• Kelowna is 344 metres (1,129 feet) above sea level.
• Okanagan Lake is 110 km long.
• The average daytime high during July and August is 27.4 C.
• The average daytime high during December and January is -0.3 C. The average low is -7.7 C
• Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually and 28 cm of rain.
• Total annual precipitation is 366.4 mm. (280.7 mm. of rain and 105.5 cm. of snow).
• Kelowna General Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive in the southern interior with a full treatment cancer clinic.
• Kelowna is home to several local theatre groups, a symphony orchestra, museums and numerous art galleries.
• UBC Okanagan opened in September 2005.
• Okanagan College offers university and transfer programs, as well as a wide range of adult education and trades courses.