Kelowna is the largest urban community in the interior of British Columbia situated 50 km south of Vernon and 65 km north of Pentiction. The regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO), the centre of business activity in the Okanagan Valley, is located 400 km north east of Vancouver, a 4 hour drive via the Coquihalla Highway and Okanangan Connector.
With an increase of 13.5%, British Columbia (BC) had the fastest growing population of any province or territory in Canada between 1991 and 1996. 2001 Census data indicated that the province has grown 4.9% since 1996. By comparison, Canada's population has increased by 4.0%, one of hte smallest census-to-census growth rates to date. British Columbia is among the three provinces and one territory with growth rates above the national average:
% of Population Growth 1996-2001:
Alberta = 10.3%
Nunavut = 8.1%
Ontario = 6.1%
Bristish Columbia = 4.9%