Kelowna is a dynamic, lake-front city that offers unsurpassed opportunity for young medical professionals. With a metro population of 200,000, Kelowna offers the perks of a big city but the laid back lifestyle of the Okanagan.
Our backyard offers a four-season playground with long, hot summers, mild winters, and more than 2,000 hours of sunshine per year.
Kelowna is home to UBC Okanagan, which is a thriving campus of well over 8,000 students including the medical and graduate schools. Okanagan College and BCIT add to the post-secondary landscape. There are an abundance of elementary schools and secondary schools, both private and public, many of which rank in the top 10% in the province.
Kelowna continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in BC with technology, manufacturing, health care, tourism and post-secondary education sectors in particular attracting new business and residents to the area. The city’s vibrant retail and commercial base accesses a trading area of at least 550,000 consumers within a two-hour drive or less, making it the largest centre for urban development, business, commercial, retail, and health care services between the Lower Mainland and Calgary (investkelowna.com).
The Kelowna International Airport is among the busiest 10 airports in Canada, serving 1.6 million passengers annually. From an employment standpoint Kelowna has much to offer young families. The Okanagan Young Professional collective offers a wealth of information - oypcollective.com.
Kelowna has nearly 300 km of on-street bicycle lanes and 40 kms of separated, paved, multi-use pathways. Off the road there are many mountains in the surrounding area offering world-class mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and bouldering just minutes from your doorstep. Check out Active by Nature by The City of Kelowna highlighting just a few of the outdoor attractions our region offers. Check out this link for things to do in Kelowna.
Big White Ski Resort is 56 km away from the city and is the third largest resort in BC, receiving an average annual snowfall of 750 cm. Revelstoke, Sun Peaks and Silver Star are all within a short drive and backcountry skiing is readily accessible.
Wine and dining
The Okanagan Valley is home to more than 130 licensed wineries and more than 30 are located in the Kelowna area alone. Kelowna also has a rich and thriving culinary scene. The downtown core has seen a surge of new restaurants and microbreweries and is home to the Canadian Culinary Championships.
Arts & Culture
The city is home to Ballet Kelowna, Opera Kelowna, and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Kelowna also has a strong theatre scene. The Kelowna Art Gallery offers a unique blend of local and world-renowned works.