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Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, which is located in the south central region of the province. The city is easily accessible by car, bus and air, and is located only 150 km. (90 miles) north of the United States border and 395 km. (247 miles) east of Vancouver.


Spectacular Okanagan Valley scenery in the cradle of the nearby mountain range, pristine pine-fringed lakes, blossom-filled gardens, abundant orchards and vineyards, sandy beaches, and first-class amenities, all combine in the beautiful city of Kelowna. Although relatively undiscovered, Kelowna is easily accessible and ready to host visitors from throughout the world.  The Kelowna International Airport connects visitors and residents alike to many major North American cities.  Kelowna is a quick 60-minute flight from Calgary or Vancouver and just 70 minutes from Seattle.  Direct flights to Toronto are also available year-round.  With a host of attractions, sites to see, numerous dining options, and events taking place year round; it’s a great choice for the vacationer.


Orchards and vineyards surround the city. Visitors can pick juicy peaches from trees, or spend a delightful day sampling the award-winning wares of the internationally acclaimed wineries. The Spring, Summer, and Fall Wine Festivals offer hundreds of activities focused on wine making, tasting, and touring. There are 12 wineries in and around the city, and some 65 throughout the Okanagan Valley.  Kelowna, located in the center of the Okanagan Valley, is the perfect “base camp” for all Okanagan explorations.


When golfing in Kelowna, visitors find themselves meandering through an orchard, over desert terrain and rolling hills, or past expansive lakes and canyons. There are numerous courses located in the Kelowna area, providing golfers of all ages and abilities premium golf experiences.


Kelowna is a city of 100,000 people where the arts thrive.  The Canadian Heritage Cultural Spaces Program named the Cultural District as the best in Canada. Those who enjoy the arts will feel at home in this vibrant District that covers a six-block area in the city’s centre. A concentration of galleries, museums, theatres, and artist studios co-exist with an eclectic mix of dining opportunities. Lady Luck is said to be found in the Cultural District at Lake City Casino. Kelowna has an outstanding symphony orchestra and blues, jazz, folk, country and rock bands play in a number of festivals and downtown venues.


Kelowna has miles of beautiful parkland, much of which is located along sandy beaches.  Grassy picnic areas, playgrounds, washrooms and concession stands are standard facilities at the many beaches. The Okanagan Lake and surrounding mountains provide the scenic backdrop for a wide range of family attractions and outdoor activities including golf, downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, water-skiing, waterslides, cycling, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and fishing.


The Okanagan Valley also offers a comfortable climate year round. Summers are warm with hot days, boasting clear sunny skies and low humidity. Shorts, t-shirts, sundresses, and bathing suits are the best bet during the summer season. Winters are generally much milder than other areas east of the Valley. Although snow is abundant at the surrounding ski resorts, it rarely stays for long on the Valley roadways. Sweaters, vests and fleece clothing are popular during our fall and winter seasons. Kelowna is sunny, and umbrellas are seldom required. Dressing in layers is recommended for optimum comfort, especially in the spring and fall seasons, as temperatures can fluctuate between cool mornings and hot daytimes but return to cool evenings.


Play paintball, take a boat tour, ride a horse, play golf, relax, or take advantage of a host of activities is this tranquil yet vibrant city:  the choice is yours. 


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