Kelowna: Economic heart of the Okanagan

Amidst a development boom, Kelowna looks to revitalize its downtown

Western Investor
May 15, 2017



The largest city – 126,380 residents – between the Lower Mainland and Calgary, Kelowna is the dominant trading centre for the Okanagan Valley, B.C.’s third most populous region. Together with neighbouring Vernon, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country, the greater Kelowna area has a population of 256,216, up 7.4 per cent from 2011. With one of the most temperate climates in Canada and a fertile land-base, a rich array of ski resorts, vineyards within city limits and lakeside attractions, Kelowna is a major tourism destination, as well as a beacon for new residents – many from the Vancouver area – drawn by it’s recreational amenities and relatively affordable housing.



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