Are you moving to Kelowna this year? This beautiful city in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia is becoming an increasingly popular place to be, judging by its growth rate – it's reported that between 2011-2016 the population grew by 10 000. Kelowna is known for its breathtaking vineyards, beautiful weather, stunning views, and booming tourism industry.
There are endless activities that will appeal to people from all walks of life. Whether you love basking in the calm of nature, getting highly physical with hikes, skiing, and water activities, or prefer a weekend of wine-tasting, Kelowna has it all.
If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re interested in learning more about Kelowna – and we’re here to help you virtually explore this Canadian city! Keep reading to discover things about moving to Kelowna you may not have known.
SMALL CITY CHARM, BIG CITY AMENITIES
With a population of 132 084 (as of 2017), Kelowna currently ranks as Canada’s 22nd largest city – but don’t let that fool you. Kelowna has no shortage of amenities and a ton of family friendly activities to fill your weekends with. Stuart Park, for example, boasts winter ice rinks and summer dance classes, while the H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre boasts an indoor water park with water slides, a wave pool, and a full-service gym.
A CITY OF CULTURE
Kelowna has a spectacular Cultural District downtown. As you walk along the district, you’ll find the Kelowna Community Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, the beautiful Laurel Packinghouse, the Kelowna Art Gallery, and much more! We’re big fans of community involvement, and we’re sure you will be too, once you’ve settled into Kelowna and are welcomed by the friendly people and all that there is to do.
Kelowna is absolutely known for all the fun activities there are to do. If you’re adventurous at heart, this is the city for you. You can hike or mountain bike the Okanagan’s sprawling, extensive trail system which boasts over 300 trails for every level of athlete. Just over 50km southeast of the city, you’ll land at Big White Ski Resort where you can enjoy over 2700 acres of skiable terrain. There’s so much more to do, but if we must choose one last feature to recommend it has to be Okanagan Lake! You can have all kinds of fun here, and there’s even an annual “Across the Lake Swim” each July!
WINE DOWN FOR THE EVENING
We know wine puns are thought to be in “pour” taste, but we just couldn’t resist! Kelowna is known for its top-shelf, award winning wine. There are over 40 wineries within a 20km radius, so you can make a day, weekend, or week of discovering the tastes of Kelowna’s wine! If you’re not sure which places to visit, you can always reach out to the lovely folks at Tourism Kelowna to help build a customized winery tour just for you. We highly recommend utilizing that resource if you’re nervous or unsure – after all, it’s never good to keep things … bottled up!
There is so much more to see and experience in Kelowna, but we don’t want to spoil the fun of exploring the city on your own. If you’re interested in moving to Kelowna – and who could blame you? - keep Two Small Men with Big Hearts in mind as your moving company. Reach out to us for your quote today!