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Kelowna Overview

Blog by | June 27th, 2007


Midway between Vancouver and Calgary, nestled between the Cascade and Costal mountain ranges, lies Kelowna, the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Kelowna International Airport is the only international airport in the region. Currently, the airport services more than 30 direct departures a day to Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto, among others.

With a population of over 111,000, Kelowna and the surrounding area border beautiful Okanagan Lake, a 110-kilometre (68-mile) long waterway that joins Kelowna with Vernon to the north and with Penticton to the south. Surrounded by ponderosa pine forested mountains that merge with fruit orchards and vineyards overlooking the lake, the region combines scenic beauty with excellent weather, making it the perfect setting for business and pleasure.

The region is a haven for year-round recreational activities, including world class golf and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, lake-cruises, ice fishing, hiking, biking, orchard tours, art walks and winery excursions. Dry air and bright skies characterize Kelowna’s unique climate in summer, while winters are much milder than areas north and east of the Okanagan Valley. Kelowna receives an amazing average of 2000 hours of sunshine annually with an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius (86 F) in summer, 0 degrees Celsius (32 F) in the winter. This four-season climate translates into warm, sunny days April through September and crisp bright skies that are ideal for skiing in the winter months, November through March.

In Kelowna, food and drink are grown locally and delivered fresh to visitors and residents alike. You can pluck ripe cherries or juicy peaches from trees, order a gourmet meal, or quench your thirst with fresh pressed apple juice or internationally acclaimed wines.