THE RISE OF THE OKANAGAN

The Okanagan Valley is the heart of British Columbia and is rising rapidly in the Canadian economy. The region itself is the third largest census metropolitan area in Canada and was recently ranked as the top entrepreneurial region in the country thanks to its reputation as a hub for the tech industry. Kelowna, specifically, tops the list of 2020's best Western Canadian investment towns and the region has become highly desirable because it offers:​ 

  • Kelowna International Airport

    • One of the busiest airport in Canada - processing over 1.5 million visitors annually

    • Direct flights to the USA and many other international destinations

    • 35 minute flight to Vancouver​ and about 1hr to Edmonton and Calgary

  • Great Education  

    • University of British Columbia - A top 30 –in-the-world research university – UBC Okanagan Campus currently is home to 10,000 students and is expecting to double its student population in the coming decade. 

    • Okanagan College - Educating and training more than 20,500 people each year in a diverse array of programs, Okanagan College is the region’s largest higher education institution. Offerings range from bachelor degrees to diplomas, trades, vocational training, professional development, corporate training and adult basic education, giving students a step up in their careers. 

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  • Emerging Center of Technology

    • A center for animation and technology including Disney, Nickleodeon and many others

    • A destination location for many major films with 18% tax credits

  • Major Health Facilities

    • Kelowna General Hospital (one of the largest regional destination hospitals,) a medical school, new centers for cardiology, cancer and others.

  • A New Global Culture

    • The Okanagan is now a global culture of innovation, young professionals, semi-retired experts from all fields, artists – all supported with many public institutions.

  • A Four Season Lifestyle 

    • A haven for golfers, skiers, foodies and wine connoisseurs. A retirement destination for business people, professionals, entertainers and many others from Canada and countries around the world. Lakes, beaches, fishing, outdoor recreation and great education opportunities provide a perfect environment for raising families.

  • Food and Wine

    • Over 200 wineries and growing - The Huffington Post recently named the Okanagan as a Top Wine Destination in the World

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Peachland is a charming small town with the most attractive waterfront in the Okanagan. Its’ waterfront promenade and historical downtown are destinations for thousands every weekend in the summer.

For 100 years, Peachland remained small while other towns and cities in the Okanagan grew and sprawled. Today, Peachland has embraced smart growth and approved a tripling of its population in the next 2 - 3 decades when several large master-planned projects are fully built.

Peachland has started an exciting evolution to become one of the most desirable and highest quality small towns in British Columbia, including:

  • Extensive waterfront amenities

  • Restored historical buildings

  • A new plan for its waterfront downtown

  • A major golf course community 

  • New infrastructure

  • The New Monaco neighbourhood with its economic strength and many new amenities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Okanagan is legendary for its wine, agriculture and range land – making it an oasis of fresh food and wine. With more than 200 wines and growing, the Okanagan wine industry is making big strides and winning top international awards every year. Recently, the Huffington Post named the region the number one wine destination in the world . 

The leadership of the New Monaco neighbourhood development team include highly successful restaurateurs, authors of books on food systems in cities, and more. A food and wine strategy has been completed for the project to ensure it achieves its highest potential.

PEACHLAND - THE JEWEL OF THE OKANAGAN

CELEBRATING OKANAGAN FOOD & WINE

OKANAGAN - A RISING ECONOMY

"I remember my first car ride into the Okanagan Valley vividly. The image of sand colored, rocky hillsides filled with neat rows of grape vines sandwiched between the shimmering blue water of Lake Okanagan and a similarly colored cloudless sky is seared into my brain. Having grown up just a short distance away in Oregon, I asked myself, “How have I never heard of this jewel?!”

 

Having arrived late in the day, we spent the first evening watching the sun set from a vineyard perched on the top of a hill. I turned to my wife and said, “Napa Valley does not have views like this”. And the wine we tasted would have given any from Napa Valley a run for its money.

 

Each day spent in the valley left me wanting more. Rounds of golf, tastings at a multitude of vineyards, visits to fruit orchards and an artisan cheese maker, meals at restaurants with stunning views and strolls through the lakefront area of Kelowna made time fly by. And we did not even have time to experience many of the other available activities such as biking, hiking and spending time on the lake. My one regret after having visited is not discovering the area sooner.

 

When traveling I always find myself asking if I could retire in that place, and when it comes to the Okanagan Valley the answer is a
definitive “yes”.

Matt Clemons

Director of Admissions at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government 

First Impressions: The Okanagan Valley

By Matt Clemons

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