Cradled within a glorious range of mountains is a sanctuary filled with pristine lakes, pine forests, abundant gardens, orchards and vineyards, sandy summertime beaches, and superb amenities.
Beautiful Okanagan Lake stretches 110 kilometres (about 70 miles) and sustains several communities—from Vernon in the north to Penticton in the south, along the agricultural corridor known as the Okanagan Valley. Between – Peachland and Summerland, whose very names describe our quality of life.
The Okanagan Valley is located at the northern-most end of the Sonora Desert and enjoys a semi-arid climate, boasting long warm summers and, by Canadian standards at least, short mild winters. The city of Kelowna is the largest community and is located midway in the valley. Kelowna has a population of about 125,000 (that can triple in the summer), and is the transportation, business and service hub of the valley.
And, of course, Kelowna is also the hub of the Okanagan’s burgeoning wine industry. With more than 170 wineries encircling both Okanagan Lake, but stretching as far south as the US border, 90 minutes away, internationally recognized brands such as Mission Hill, CedarCreek, Quails’ Gate and Black Hills draw wine-savvy visitors from around the world.
If you’re thinking about investing in a home, recreational or investment property in the Okanagan, it’s important to know about our easy access. Kelowna International Airport (YLW), the 10th busiest in Canada, connects to all major North American cities, with many daily, year round flights from Vancouver (40 minutes), Calgary (65 minutes), or Seattle (75 minutes). Direct flights to L.A.,Toronto and points east and south are also easily available via WestJet and Air Canada.
A variety of accommodations offer choices ranging from lakeside resorts to cozy bed and breakfasts. According to your needs, we’d be happy to ensure your stay with us is well taken care of, with our preferred rate, of course. Please feel free to contact us.
Kelowna has miles of beautiful parkland, and numerous sandy beaches that provide wonderful opportunities for boating, swimming, water-skiing, windsurfing and fishing. As well, you can hit the links at one of our many golf courses nine months out of the year. In cooler months, four major ski resorts are located within 75 minutes, where our snow-capped mountains and pine filled forests are a haven for skiers, boarders, snowmobilers and outdoor adventurists of all types and levels.
Orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive from the downtown core and provide seasonal delights. You can pluck ripe cherries or juicy peaches from trees, or spend a delightful day sampling the award-winning wares of our internationally acclaimed wineries. The Spring and Fall Wine Festivals offer hundreds of activities focused on wine making, tasting and touring. Enjoy our terroir!
That’s not all. Kelowna’s growing Cultural District covers a six-block downtown area and features a concentration of galleries, museums, theatres, a casino, artists’ studios, fine dining, unique shops and a vibrant cultural life all year long. Prospera Place, a 6,000-seat multi-purpose facility that’s home to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, attracts major entertainers and events, and is also located in the heart of the city.
A trip to Kelowna would not be complete without taking the time to search for Ogopogo, the legendary lake ‘monster’ that reputedly resides in Okanagan Lake. The myth dates back to the Interior Salish Native people who exchanged stories of a lake creature, or “N’ha-a-itk”, more than a century ago. The creature later became known as Ogopogo and purported sightings over the years continue to strengthen the legend. To ‘see’ Ogopogo for yourself, be sure to visit the statue of the creature found on Bernard Avenue near City Park, where locals and visitors alike arrange to meet before a visit to one of our wonderful restaurants, wine bars, or a simple walk on the beach.
Raudz Regional Table
Waterfront Wine Bar
West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar - Prestige Hotel
Smack Dab - Manteo Resort Hotel
Old Vines at Quails’ Gate
May to September Romance
The Terrace at Mission Hill
Old Vines at Quails’ Gate