kelowna and the Okanagan Valley

The focal point of the Okanagan Valley is the vibrant, thriving, City of Kelowna.  Just across the lake is the growing City of West Kelowna. Neighbouring communities also include the Municipal District of Peachland, the Municipal District of Lake Country, and the Central Okanagan Regional District which includes smaller communities like Joe Rich and Big White.

Within each of the four major areas there are numerous individual neighbourhoods offering a variety of amenities and and variations on the Okanagan Lifestyle. We've done our best to provide you with as much information as possible and will continue to update.



The City of Kelowna is a thriving place made up of numerous different neighbourhoods. With a population of roughly 127,000 and counting, it is the largest city in the Okanagan and the metropolitan area is the largest between the Greater Vancouver Area and the City of Calgary, Alberta. Kelowna is surrounded by wilderness to the East and South and bordered by Okanagan Lake to the West. To the North and across the lake and to the South are many other communities making up the whole of the beautiful Okanagan Valley.


West Kelowna

The City of West Kelowna is yet another made up of numerous different neighbourhoods and together they have grown to a population of roughly 33,000. It is the second largest city in the Central Okanagan and the gateway to the South Okanagan. West Kelowna is surrounded by wilderness to the North and West and bordered by Okanagan Lake to the East. Bordering it to the South is the District of Peachland.



The District of Peachland is a rapidly growing community about a 30-minute drive South of Kelowna. Much of the community is built into the steep surrounding terrain. The hillside slopes down with just a few terraces before meeting the shores of Okanagan Lake. Peachland has a beautiful lakeshore with shops, restaurants, cafes, and beaches.


Lake Country

The District of Lake Country is a rapidly growing community bordering Kelowna to the South and the North Okanagan's largest city, Vernon, to the North. It is surrounded by wilderness to the East and Okanagan Lake to the West. As the name suggests, there are numerous other lakes in the area including Wood Lake, the dazzling Kalamalka Lake, and nearby Kelowna's Ellison Lake. 


Central Okanagan Regional District

The Central Okanagan Regional District also includes a number of individual communities further from major populations centres including: Fintry on Northwestern shores of Okanagan Lake,  Joe Rich to the West of Kelowna on Highway 33, and Big White a ski resort in the neighbouring Okanagan Highlands.

Kelowna Schools

Kelowna schools fall under The Central Okanagan School District No. 23, along with schools throughout the District Municipalities of West Kelowna, Lake Country, and Peachland. The district is divided into 8 catchment areas. There are more than 40 public schools, 10 private schools, and 1 french only school. There are also a number of private schools including Catholic schools in Kelowna and West Kelowna.


Elementary schools

There are 31 public elementary schools and 10 private schools with elementary grade classes.


middle schools

There are 5 public middle schools, 2 secondary schools and 8 private schools with middle grade classes.


secondary schools

There are 7 public secondary schools and 4 private schools with secondary grade classes in the area.




post secondary




Post Secondary Schools

Kelowna is home to two major post-secondary institutions and various career colleges offering diploma programs from business to nursing, and even a hairstyling and esthetic schools.

Okanagan College

Okanagan College offers a wide range of academic, vocational, trades, apprenticeship and continuing education programs and courses with campuses in Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm, and Vernon. This major post-secondary institution offers degrees, diplomas and certificates, is British Columbia's second-largest trades training school, and also offers supplementary courses, adult education, continuing education and programs specific to many different industries.

Okanagan College - Kelowna Campus 1000 KLO Road


University of British Columbia Okanagan

UBCO is a world-class post-secondary institution that has grown exponentially in the past decade. Purpose-built for the 21st century, the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus opened in Kelowna in 2005. UBC is one of North America’s largest public research and teaching institutions, and one of only two Canadian institutions consistently ranked among the world’s 40 best universities.

The Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community embracing bold new ways of thinking that attract exceptional students and faculty. More than 8,300 students from throughout the Okanagan region, across Canada and 90 other countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in eight faculties and schools. Here, students interact with one another and their professors on a daily basis, while becoming global citizens through interaction with their community and the world.

With $14.5 million in annual research funding, and more than 700 research projects underway, the Okanagan campus is earning a reputation as an important, respected centre of learning and research, enhancing knowledge creation and innovation in our region and internationally.

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1649 Pandosy St



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