Why Kelowna

It’s no surprise everyone wants to live in the Okanagan! Kelowna is the largest city in BC’s Okanagan Valley, boasting hot summers, temperate winters, fabulous springs, and mild autumns. People from around the globe come to sample all the things that make this city one of Canada’s best places to call home. I love it here and I know you will too.

Upper Mission

Located south of the Lower Mission and Crawford Estates in Kelowna, the Upper Mission follows Okanagan Lake, providing spectacular views. Within this neighbourhood there are wineries such as Summerhill Winery, Cedar Creek Winery, and St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery. There are some restaurants and coffee shops throughout the Upper Mission. The lake, various parks and nearby hiking trails provide a fantastic escape into nature. The only school in the area is Chute Lake Elementary, but other schools in Kelowna are accessible. A vehicle is recommended for this neighbourhood to complete most of your errands while some can be completed on foot or by cycling.

Wilden

Located north of Glenmore along Upper Canyon Road in Kelowna, Wilden has a strong residential population. With access to the Upper Canyon Open Space and other nature areas, there are plenty of opportunities to escape into nature. Knox Mountain Park is just southwest of Wilden. This park gives even more opportunities for hikes and nature adventures. This neighbourhood is located only a few minutes out of the main city of Kelowna. Because of the distance, all errands will require a vehicle to complete them.

MCKINLEY LANDING

This neighbourhood offers beautiful waterfront properties on the eastern side of Okanagan Lake. Located along Bennett Road north of Kelowna and west of the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus, McKinley Landing has a variety of residential properties. Many waterfront properties have docks for boats and, with multiple beach access points, it’s easy to enjoy the Okanagan summers on the lake. There are some hiking trails and parks nearby to explore. McKinley Landing is quite isolated, which means that almost all errands will require a vehicle.

LOWER MISSION

Between K.L.O. and Colette Road, along Gordon Drive, the Lower Mission has a mix of local shops, restaurants and residential properties. With townhomes, condominiums and detached homes available, this area offers something for everyone. The Lower Mission offers a multitude of elementary schools and Okanagan Mission Secondary. Kelowna Secondary School, K.L.O. Middle School and the Okanagan College are all nearby. The Lower Mission is rich with amenities but is also quite large with pockets of suburbs, so depending on where you live, you may need a vehicle. This area is home to several shopping centres, popular beaches like Gyro, Rotary and Sarsons, the Mission Park Greenway, the H20 Centre, sports fields and restaurants.

Kelowna North

Located downtown near the Okanagan Lake, North Kelowna is the city’s cultural centre. The various theatres, artisan stores, restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, library, Innovation Centre and casino make North Kelowna a vibrant community full of opportunity. Nature lovers can enjoy multiple parks, walks, the lake, and hikes all over Knox Mountain. During the winter, Stuart Park offers free, outdoor skating with rentals available. At the multi-purpose arena, there is always an entertaining event happening such as sports games, comedy shows, concerts and various other performances. North Kelowna offers close proximity to nature, a number of amenities, employment opportunities and nightlife. With an excellent walk score and convenient public transit, this neighbourhood is ideal for those who wish to live in the center of it all without having to rely on a vehicle for day-to-day life.

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