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Kelowna - An Overview
Kelowna BC, Canada

The City of Kelowna sits on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley. It is popular as a destination for wine enthusiasts, skiers, golfers and as a place to settle upon retirement.

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Kelowna is a city in south central British Columbia, about 2 hours north of the Washington, U.S. border. Situated amidst lakes, mountains, beaches, orchards and forests, Kelowna is a gateway to many excursions and adventures.

The City of Kelowna has a population of 115,000 (as of 2011), making it the largest city in BC's Okanagan Valley. Its popularity as a destination for visitors and as a retirement spot has surged since the 1980s and 90s and Kelowna is doing its best to keep up with both visitors and residents.

The urban centre betrays a city that grew too quickly. Wide streets built to accommodate multiple lanes of cars and host big-box stores and parking lots dominate the core. The exception is the pleasant waterside community where you will find a variety of restaurants and shops.

Kelowna nevertheless is a perfect base from which to explore the region. It has a range of hotels, an airport and other services not to mention a beautiful natural backdrop and waterside location to accommodate and please visitors.

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