Either Napa North, or Canada’s Jersey Shore
While Kelowna isn’t all about wine, that is what it’s best known for, earning it the nickname “Napa North”. That’s why one of the biggest events in the area is The Annual Okanagan Wine Festival. The wineries in the area have drawn in tourists with deep pockets, leading to the opening of numerous resorts. Locals spend their time away from work savouring the outdoors, as Kelowna sits on the shore of Okanagan Lake and has several beaches and a quaint downtown. In the summer, and during the ski season to a lesser degree, the city is flooded with part-time residents and tourists, many of whom hail from Alberta and bring their “oil money” to spend in is lakeside city, enjoying their power boats and chalets. The result? Critics liken Kelowna to the Jersey Shore, and have nicknamed the region the Cokanagan...
With such a seasonal influx of part-time residents, it can be tough to find the perfect rental in Kelowna, as many property owners list their homes on short-term rental sites for the summer. Give yourself lots of time to find the perfect home. But definitely stick to renting, as buying a home in Kelowna has become virtually unaffordable over the past 10-15 years.
Typical housing type:
Detached homes and low-rises.
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian towns and regions
Kelowna is 59% higher than the Canadian average.
When searching for rentals in Kelowna, it’s easy to find short-term rentals, while long-term rentals are more challenging. Why, you ask…
Kelowna is BC’s cottage country – and most people own their homes. These owners often rent their places out in the short-term when they’re not using them, but don’t want to have multi-month leases. So what long-term rentals are there?
You can find some whole houses, most of which at 2-bedrooms, 3-bedrooms, or more… and that’s about it. If you’re hunting for a family home or a summer vacay-house with a yard and a pool though, you’re going to have a blast looking for rentals in Kelowna! Oh, and don’t worry about your pup, you can easily find places that are pet-friendly.
Kelowna locals tend to be on the older side, with the biggest population group between 50-60. Most residents are married, but there’s enough of a singles’ scene to make dating easy. Kelowna is a party city, especially in the summer when tourist season means the population explodes. There is a notable population of families with younger kids, as well. So, there’s a community for everyone here.
Perfect for: Seniors and singles.
Not-so-perfect for: Long-term rentals. It can be hard to find a rental in Kelowna.
Life & Style
There’s a sophistication and a groundness to like in Kelowna. How is that possible? Locals balance their time between fine dining and farmers’ markets, high-end shopping and arts and crafts markets. Ultimately, though, in both their high-end living and engagement with small-city charms, locals have the time and money to kick back and enjoy life.
In terms of schools, you’ll find plenty of options in and around Kelowna. Orchard Park Shopping Centre is the area’s main mall. Downtown is your best bet for unique little shops. The waterfront is a favourite place to grab a meal – and enjoy a beautiful view. There are a number of farms in the area, many of which you can visit and purchase from. For family getaways, pop over to Big White Ski Resort or Bear Creek Provincial Park. If you want a trip for adults, look at the area’s winery tours and resorts.
Big White Ski Resort
Quails’ Gate Winery
Bear Creek Provincial Park
Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm
Father Pandosy Mission
Hoof Prints Barnyard