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Living in Kelowna

Living In Kelowna

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Living in Kelowna is all about quality of life. Enjoying the incredible natural surroundings, ideal climate, and all the major urban conveniences is what the Okanagan lifestyle is all about.

Life in the Okanagan

The Okanagan Valley is home to magnificent views, countless outdoor activities, art, culture, and, of course, British Columbia’s wine country. All the major amenities are close at hand, alongside world-class adventure opportunities and entertainment.

Kelowna boasts a thriving arts and culture scene and a vibrant downtown. Boutique shopping, museums, theatres and award-winning restaurants can all be found in Kelowna, not to mention the 200+ local wineries that make this the capital of wine country.

4 Season Lifestyle

There is no offseason in Kelowna. The Okanagan Valley climate is incredible all year round thanks to sizzling summers, temperate champaign-powder covered winters, stunning springs, and mild autumns.

When it comes to recreation, living in Kelowna puts you on the doorstep to world-class adventure 365 days a year. Hiking, biking, skiing, hockey, horseback riding, watersports, and rock climbing are just a few of the recreation options that define the adventurous Okanagan lifestyle.

Moving to Kelowna Guide

If you’re ready to start considering a move to Kelowna you’re in the right place. Below we’ve put together details on everything from essential costs-of-living, to moving services, schools, and local amenities so you can find the perfect place in Kelowna to call home.

Travel & Transport

Kelowna is located on Highway 97, only 3.5 hours from Vancouver, BC along the Okanagan Connector and Coquihalla Hwy. Calgary, AB is 6.5 hours away along HWY 97 and TransCanada Hwy #1.

Kelowna Airport (YLW) offers 70 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Air North, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Flair Airlines, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Swoop & Westjet with daily service to most major Canadian cities and many seasonal international destinations.


The Central Okanagan School District (SD No. 23) governs the district's public schools. Additionally there is a wide selection of private schools (Christian, French Immersion, Montessori, and Arts) along with several post-secondary institutions (UBC-Okanagan, Okanagan College, CFAT)

  • 31 elementary schools
  • 8 middle schools
  • 6 high schools
  • 14 post-secondary institutions


Interior Health is the regional authority responsible for the Interior of British Columbia including the Central Okanagan. Kelowna General Hospital boasts the state-of-the-art Interior Heart and Surgical Centre. Additionally, there are many clinics, pharmacies, dentists and alternative healthcare options to serve everyone’s healthcare needs.

Out-of-town Movers & Storage

There are over two dozen moving and storage companies within Kelowna itself, so you’ll be able to easily find somewhere close to your new property in case you need some extra space. Many local moving companies also facilitate out-of-town moves and you find the complete list of options right here.

At-A-Glance Stats

  • Average Residential Sales Price: $553,1755
  • Average Condominium Sales Price: $364,555
  • Average Luxury Market Starting Price: $1.2 Million
  • Population: 142,146 (city), 217,214 (metro)
  • Average Yearly Sunshine: 1,949 hours
  • Average Yearly Snowfall: 64 cm
  • Average Yearly Rainfall: 240 mm
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