Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada, is a city of around 180,000. It is situated on the banks of the Okanagan Lake in the south central part of the province. “K-town,” as it is known to some of its inhabitants, sits in the picturesque Okanagan Valley and benefits from the extensive tourism in the area. The city itself is also attractive, with the pretty Downtown City Park and Bertram Park with its beautiful lakeside beaches. The lake itself is allegedly home to the mythical “Ogopogo” lake monster, which also contributes to the local tourism scene. New expatriates in Kelowna will find an active city with water sports, golf and hiking in the summer and some great skiing opportunities in the winter. The central city is the major business district and the downtown area has great cultural and leisure attractions, including museums, galleries, restaurants and stores, while the midtown area has larger retail outlets. Kelowna is a diverse city and joining InterNations allows expats living in Kelowna to navigate the opportunities presented by that diversity.
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Kelowna is linked by road to the coast and Vancouver by the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5), the Okanagan Connector BC Highway 97C and also the older Highway 97. With the much improved road network it is now possible to drive the 395 kilometers to Vancouver in under four hours. Kelowna International Airport is one of the busiest in the country, with good connections to cities across Canada and North America, so an expatriate moving to Kelowna should not have any problems getting to the city. There are many good schools in Kelowna and the University of British Columbia has a campus in the city and expats in Kelowna will also find a number of arts and technology colleges and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. By visiting the discussion boards and forums on InterNations, expatriates in Kelowna can gain the insight of likeminded global minds in the city and learn more about life in Kelowna or expat life in general.
With its scenic position on the lakeshore, its dry and mild climate as well as its excellent education system, Kelowna is now one of the fastest growing cities in North America. In addition to a large tourism and service sector, there are many notable wineries in the area and the higher education sector is also a major employer. The housing market is renowned as one of the most expensive in Canada, however, and connecting with other expats in Kelowna to find good accommodation tips is an excellent reason to use InterNations. You might very well find new business and social contacts on this international expat community and our Expat Magazine is an invaluable resource for tips on living the expatriate life.