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Communities around Kelowna
Kelowna is a great place to live, rest and play. Situated in the center of British Columbia it has all you could need for you and your family. There are a myriad of communities just a short drive from Kelowna all offering different views and styles. We have picked a few to highlight.
A place to visit in Kelowna Country is the town of Peachland. Peachland is approximately a half-hour's drive south of the city of Kelowna and about a 20-minute drive north of Summerland. The Okanagan Valley is very narrow in this area, and there are few terraces that mark former lake levels and the former lake bottom. As a result, the city is largely located on a steep sidehill. Like many areas in the Okanagan, Peachland is a rapidly growing community, with new residents coming from all across Canada.
Big White Ski Resort, or simply Big White, is a ski resort located 56 km (35 mi) southeast of Kelowna in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Located on Big White Mountain, the highest summit in the Okanagan Highland, an upland area between the Monashee Mountains and the Okanagan Valley, it is the third largest resort in British Columbia, after Whistler-Blackcomb and Sun Peaks.
The mountain summit is at 2,319 m (7,608 ft) with a vertical drop of 777 m (2,549 ft), serviced by 16 lifts. The mountain receives 750 cm of annual snowfall. It has 2,765 acres (11 km2) of overall skiable terrain. With 38 acres (150,000 m2) of night skiing, Big White has western Canada's largest resort night skiing area. It has a central village classified as a designated place by Statistics Canada, which comprises accommodation, eateries, bars and shops. The village is 1,755 m (5,758 ft) above sea level.
Lake Okanagan Resort is another great place to visit in Kelowna. It boasts outstanding views with 125 guest rooms, a 9 hole executive par 3 golf course, 2 lit tennis courts, outdoor pools (seasonal), BBQ areas, Vantage Pointe Restaurant & Lounge, a new marina, resort store, beach weddings, as well as meeting and banquet facilities. Experience 300 acres of mountainside parkland along the west shore of Okanagan Lake, boasting a vacation destination for families, retreats, meetings, weddings, and romantic getaways.
Found in the heart of British Columbia's Okanagan, Big White ski resort carries the name for good reason. You'll find plenty of Champagne powder here, enough to make you feel giddy. Families, friends, and first timers will love Big Whites mountain village, which is packed with a solid array of amenities and adventures.
Big White is located just 45 minutes from Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. If you’re after fantastic snow, don’t look any further than Big White! “It’s the snow” is their motto and they live up to the name with an average 750cm (24.5ft) of powder falling annually.
Big White is the largest totally ski-in, ski-out ski resort in Canada.Big White is the local mountain for Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland. Big White is uniquely blessed with sunny weather, dry powder and a mild average temperature of -5C (23 F). With 118 market runs, 2,565 acres of terrain, and 16 lifts, there‘s a great selection of terrain for everyone.
Casa Loma residents live in the most idyllic, picturesque setting in all of Canada. Approximately 800 residents of this lakeshore community have chosen to live in this quiet, upscale neighbourhood for its quality of life. Casa Loma is located just minutes from the business, financial and retail community of the City of West Kelowna and the City of Kelowna.
Located on the southern slopes in the Upper Mission Crawford Estates is a beautiful neighborhood in one of Kelowna’s best locations. Crawford Estates is a well-established neighbourhood with large homes on large lots, and beautiful views. It’s a favourite family neighbourhood because of it’s great location, beautiful views, and accessibility to the best wineries, golf courses, shopping and schools. Many homes have beautiful views of the valley.
Ellison is an unincorporated community located approximately midway up the Okanagan valley within the local government jurisdiction of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The Ellison community is founded upon a heritage of agriculture, rural acreages and scattered residential neighbourhoods within scenic valley terrain. The settlement name of Ellison was adopted 1 December 1955, and is named after Price Ellison (1852-1932), a stock raiser and wheat grower that settled here in 1876, and at one time owned or controlled 80% of the property in the area. The Ellison Post Office was opened 1 May 1912, with Thomas Clinton as postmaster, and closed 15 May 1920.
The geography of Ellison contains many small and rare dryland ecosystems of open, arid grasslands and pine forest savannahs. Streams that support a diversity of animals and plants cross these dry ecosystems. Water is a precious resource and a focus for biodiversity and wildlife corridors.
There are three main streams that cross the Ellison area; Scotty Creek, Whelan Creek and Mill Creek. These streams and their tributaries are an important habitat in their own right and drain into spawning streams for kokanee, trout and other fish. Ellison also has aspen and cottonwood ecosystems that are wet islands in a dry landscape. These wetlands act as a sponge and a filter that maintain water quality and help maintain the quantity of water in aquifers and streams.
Fintry is a small community in British Columbia, Canada. It lies on the west shore of Okanagan Lake, 24 kilometres (15 mi) north of the city of Kelowna, and 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of Vernon. It has about 50 homes and is at the bottom of a three kilometre steep windy road off West Side Road. There are a few public beaches as well as a provincial campground.
Fintry is a small community on the west side of Okanagan Lake half way between Kelowna and Vernon home to a 360 hectare provincial park, Fintry is known to be one of, if not the single most nature engulfed area in West Kelowna. Fintry is the ideal West Kelowna neighbourhood for those looking to truly escape. That’s why it is so popular as a second-home location for Okanagan residents, alongside visitors from Alberta and the rest of British Columbia.
Fintry is home to a beautiful provincial park on the west shores of Okanagan Lake. Perfect for campers, bird watchers, hikers, boaters, swimmers - and with its very special heritage buildings, a future to enthrall history buffs! Easy walking through the park will bring you to the waterfalls and deep pools of Shorts Creek. Shorts Creek, once known as the Elk River and Riviere a la Biche, is a medium sized stream that runs through the middle of the community. The creek is named after Captain Thomas Dolman Shorts, a ship captain for the Canadian Pacific Railway Lake and River Service steamboats on Okanagan Lake who was the first non-native to land at the creek and the surrounding area. Fintry Falls, accessed via a steep stairway, is located in a small canyon where Shorts Creek drops into the town toward the lake.
At the edge of Westbank, before the highway divides and dips up into the mountains, and down towards Peachland, lies the majestic Glenrosa area. Glenrosa is one of the larger residential areas in West Kelowna, and is situated just past downtown Westbank as you south toward Peachland. Glenrosa is one of the larger residential areas in West Kelowna.
This picturesque community features holder homes on nice-sized lots along with brand new homes in new developments. Residents who live here, love it for its location, family-friendly streets and recreation activities. In the winter, you’re close to fun sledding, and the area’s best snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails. In the summer, you have great hiking and biking and you are very close to the best beaches.
Glenrosa is a rich, unique and diverse community with its 6,000 residents in 2,200 homes over a geographical area of 8 square kilometers that includes farmland, agricultural, industrial, rural and urban settings surrounded by a watershed. Hosting 4 schools, 5 churches, 1 comunity center, 1 fire hall, several parks and trails, Glenrosa is an great place to live.
McKinley Landing is a quaint, lakeside community nestled on the North side of Kelowna, BC. This semi-rural community is home to both permanent year-round residents and a large spattering of seasonal residents flocking to their lakeside retreats during the famous Okanagan summer months. Located a short and picturesque fifteen minute drive from downtown Kelowna, McKinley Landing is quickly becoming a sought after refuge for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of suburbia. An eclectic mix of architecture from sprawling farmsteads in the McKinley highlands to multimillion dollar modern estates perched high over Okanagan Lake can be found in McKinley Landing.
McKinley Landing is a beautiful neighbourhood and a hidden gem that is growing in popularity. It's a lakeside community comprised of spectacular homes and townhomes, and is only minutes from Kelowna. The tiered streets in the community ensure every home has the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views the Okanagan is known for.
Mission Hill is home to executive homes and estates that are located near the world-famous Mission Hill Winery. Mission Hill is definitely a destination and a very popular stop on any wine tour that rolls through West Kelowna.
Most of these homes have spectacular views, stunning architecture and beautiful views over Okanagan lake. Perched on a sunny bench in West Kelowna is the Mission Hill neighbourhood, famous for its namesake winery. Mission Hill is ideally located –surrounded by award-winning wineries, convenient to the beach, and only a short drive to all West Kelowna amenities, and ten minutes from downtown Kelowna. Deep in the heart of Okanagan Valley wine country, Mission Hill, British Columbia offers residents the prestigious honor of living near the Mission Hill Winery. Neighbours and guests of West Kelowna frequently make a visit to the winery and its on-site restaurant called Terrace, which looks out over Lake Okanagan.
Rose Valley is a community centered in the heart of West Kelowna Estates. It offers a rural feeling and lifestyle yet is only minutes away from the expanding commercial centres of West Kelowna and Downtown Kelowna. The development consists of a number of small neighbourhoods within this harmonious community. Each with its own distinctive features and style all designed to preserve the natural settings and major hillside.
Shannon Lake is a beautiful area of West Kelowna with vibrant communities that are favourites among families, retirees and young couples. This community takes its name from the small lake, which is the highlight of the community. This suburban West Kelowna community offers you lakeside living, affordable housing, and nearby shopping. It’s truly close to everything. Living in Shannon Lake puts you close to all the amenities of West Kelowna, and you’re an easy drive to Kelowna & Peachland.
Smith Creek is a wonderful residential neighbourhood on the hills in West Kelowna, situated between Shannon Lake and Glenrosa. The area is neighbouring rural land and farms, so living in Smith Creek allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The community is located just above Shannon Lake, a gorgeous trail-rich natural attraction with an adjoining golf course. Residents of Smith Creek have easy, straightforward access to a variety of convenient amenities, but can also escape to immaculate Okanagan countryside within moments.
The single-family homes that command the landscape here are surrounded by impressive views of tumbling hills, cascading forests, lush meadows, and deep blue water. If you're lucky enough to find your dream property in the sun-soaked hills of Smith Creek, you've truly hit the Kelowna real estate jackpot.
The Springfield/Spall neighbourhood is conveniently located close to Orchard Park Shopping Centre, City Transit and many niche grocery stores. A number of dentists, medical clinics, pharmacies and other necessary amenities exist in abundance.
Westbank offers residents easy access to all the city’s amenities. When you live in Westbank Centre you will find yourself close to the shopping in the downtown core, the big box stores along the highway, and the beaches.
Wilden features a variety of beautiful new and re-sale homes and townhomes. A family-friendly community, you’ll be close to outdoor recreation and all the amenities throughout.
The Wilden subdivision is located in the Glenmore and North Glenmore areas of Kelowna. It is located just a 10 to 15 minute drive from downtown Kelowna, the airport and university, spread throughout the rolling hills alongside Okanagan Lake. This is a great area to raise your growing family or for empty nesters as several lots & homes have spectacular Lake, City or Valley views. Blenk Development Corp., the developer of Wilden, is a Kelowna-based, family-owned company that is growing Wilden slowly and sensitively.
Approximately half of the Wilden land will always be restored to be wildlife habitats. Neighbourhoods are tugged away in small pockets and surrounded by green space.
The 2,000 acre site includes 1,000 acres dedicated to wilderness and nature preservation. In total there will be 2,800 craftsman style homes as well as some townhomes.
All amenities including schools, parks, golf courses, shopping, Okanagan Lake & the Kelowna International Airport are only minutes away.
Wilden is the largest master-planned community in the Okanagan Valley. Wilden is one of these rare places where you can live surrounded by nature and wide open views yet close to a vibrant city. Blenk Development Corp., the developer of Wilden, is a Kelowna-based, family-owned company that is growing Wilden slowly and sensitively.