- City Guide - Kelowna
Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley, in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. With a population of 96,288 - 147,739 including people residing in the Greater Kelowna Area – it is the 22nd largest metropolitan area in Canada. Kelowna derives from an Okanagan language term for "grizzly bear", and was founded by Father Charles M. Pandosy who arrived in 1859 was the first European to settle at Kelowna.
Most people in Kelowna are employed by the service industry, as Kelowna is the largest city in the tourist-oriented Okanagan Valley. Kelowna produces wines that have received international recognition. Kelowna has an ideal climate for vineyards, and you can find several in the South of the city.
In summer, boating, golf, hiking and biking are popular - and in winter both Alpine skiing and Nordic skiing are favourite activities at the nearby Big White and Silver Star ski resorts. In addition, Kelowna has many waterfront boardwalks and over 10 beaches, with access points along the waterfront - not to mention three water parks for families to enjoy. Kelowna is also littered with over 100 parks and playgrounds, some are smoke free, others for biking, family activities, dog parks, etc.
If you are looking for a different place to go for a walk then you should try one of the linear pathways offering year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
Every year, thousands of visitors enjoy the Okanagan Heritage Museum’s unique regional collections and exhibitions. The Temporary and Special Exhibition gallery bring in award-winning traveling exhibitions from around the world, and provide a home for new exhibitions curated by the Kelowna Museums.
If you need some culture in your life visit Kelowna’s Cultural District - which is located downtown, and was once the centre of the Okanagan Fruit Packing industry. It is now home to artists and performers, and offers a variety of activities and experiences for residents and visitors alike.