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Kelowna Fast Facts

Kelowna Fast Facts

Kelowna “Fast” Facts
·        With a population of 120,000, Kelowna is the hub of the Central Okanagan. The combined population of Kelowna with its surrounding communities of Lake Country, West Kelowna and Peachland, is 165,000.

·        Greater Kelowna surrounds the lake, with 120 kilometres of shoreline on Okanagan, Wood, and Kalamalka Lakes; 30 waterfront parks (plus road-end beaches), and 17 boat launches.

·        The average daytime high temperature for July and August is 27.4 C.  The average daytime high for December and January is right about the freezing point. Kelowna gets an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine a year and 28 cm of rain. We do get winter, but that’s just to keep the skiers happy!

·        Kelowna is serviced by an international airport, with direct flights to Mexico, California and several Canadian cities. One-hour flights to Calgary and Vancouver connect with the world.

·        Kelowna is an active lifestyle destination. At any time in any season, people are out paddling on the lake, walking or running the trails, hiking in the hills, cycling and playing sports. Summer means swimming and fun on the water, and winter means fun on the ski hills and at the rink.

·        Recreational opportunities abound in greater Kelowna. Each section of town has its own recreation centre with pool, gymnasium, exercise gyms and a wealth of community programs for all ages. Within an hour of Kelowna, there are two destination downhill ski resorts (Big White and Silver Star), and many cross country ski, snowmobile and snowshoeing trails.

·        Dry weather, long shoulder seasons and amazing landscapes make Kelowna an ideal golf destination. There are 17 regulation courses 20 minutes from everywhere in town. Several courses include popular fine dining and residential golf communities.

·        Kelowna boasts a thriving arts and cultural scene with many venues featuring the exquisite work of local visual and performance artists. Kelowna Actors Studio, Okanagan Symphony, Ballet Kelowna, Opera Kelowna, and others provide excellence in professional entertainment. Several local theatre, music and dance groups give voice to the talented amateur.  Many big name acts include Kelowna as a midway point between Vancouver and Calgary on their cross-Canada tours.

·        The Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League are the marquee game in town, regularly filling the 6000-seat Prospera Place with enthusiastic fans. The Okanagan Sun Football team are perennial fall favourites.

·        The Okanagan is blessed with an abundance of productive farmland, the bounty of which is showcased all year long at farmers’ markets and in local eateries and stores. Local restaurants increasingly incorporate Okanagan produce into their menus with taste bud popping results!

·        Boutique wineries offer visitors and residents a taste of the region’s burgeoning fine wine industry. Twenty-seven wineries, all within the greater Kelowna area, produce their own succulent varietals. Many offer tours and tasting, and some offer a unique dining experience.