16 Facts About Kelowna


Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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The name Kelowna derives from the Okanagan word ki?lawna?, referring to a male grizzly bear.

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Kelowna is the province's third-largest metropolitan area, its seventh-largest city overall, and the largest in the Interior.

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Kelowna is classified as a humid continental climate or an inland oceanic climate per the Koppen climate classification system due to its coldest month having an average temperature slightly above -3.

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The official climate station for Kelowna is at the Kelowna International Airport, which is at a higher elevation than the city core, with slightly higher precipitation and cooler nighttime temperatures.

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Kelowna has the second mildest winter of any non-coastal city in Canada, after neighbouring Penticton.

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Kelowna was the second British Columbia city to declare a red zone.

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Tourism in the Greater Kelowna Area has now become a $1 billion a year industry, as of 2016.

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Kelowna is the home of Sun-Rype, a popular manufacturer of fruit bars and juices.

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Kelowna is the seat of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, the third-largest metropolitan area in British Columbia after Vancouver and Victoria and the largest in the British Columbia Interior.

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Kelowna is the fourth least affordable housing market in Canada, currently maintaining the classification of "Severely Unaffordable".

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Public schools in the Kelowna area are part of School District 23 Central Okanagan.

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Police focused on crime in 2014, and Kelowna moved into the number four position across the country.

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In 2017, the property crime in Kelowna rate went up six percent, the highest rate in Canada, while the drug crime rate fell two percent.

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In 2012, Kelowna had the highest crime rate of any metropolitan area in Canada, mainly because of its property crime.

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Between 2012 and 2016, Kelowna led the country in cannabis, cocaine, and heroin possession.

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