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Moving to Kelowna

Considering Kelowna? We would love to have you! 

There are a few things you will want to know about Kelowna before you make your move. 

  1. Ledge on Lakeshore is in Lower Mission. This area is known for its desirability due to its proximity to the lake, recreational activities, business hubs, and other amenities.
  2. Weather: Kelowna experiences hot summers with temperatures reaching the mid-30s Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit) and cold winters with occasional snowfall.
  3. Outdoor activities: Kelowna offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, skiing, and water sports, due to its stunning natural surroundings.
  4. Wine region: Kelowna and the surrounding Okanagan Valley are renowned for their wineries and vineyards. Wine enthusiasts will have plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy local wines.
  5. Job market: Kelowna's economy is mainly driven by tourism, agriculture, and technology sectors. Research the job market and career prospects before relocating.
  6. Population: Over the peak season, Kelowna hosts over 2.2 million visitors. When the tourist season is over, the population is approximately 144,576.
  7. Healthcare: Kelowna has good healthcare facilities, including the Kelowna General Hospital, the largest and primary hospital in the Okanagan region. When you arrive, apply for Medical Services Plan (MSP). MSP is the provincial government's medical insurance plan that provides basic medical coverage for BC residents. It usually takes about three months for your MSP coverage to become active.
  8. Education: Kelowna has several public and private schools, as well as post-secondary institutions like Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia Okanagan.
  9. Recreation and amenities: Kelowna offers a range of amenities, such as shopping centers, restaurants, parks, cultural attractions, and recreational facilities. Research what's available in the area you plan to live in.
  10. Community and lifestyle: Kelowna has a welcoming and vibrant community. Take the time to get involved and explore local events, clubs, and organizations to meet new people and make connections.
  11. Driver's License: If you plan to live in British Columbia for more than six months, you must get a British Columbia driver's license.