What You Need to Know About Luxury Waterfront Real Estate in the Okanagan

Looking for luxury waterfront real estate in the Okanagan? The first step is to hire real estate agents who have experience selling waterfront real estate, as it can be a tricky and complex transaction.

There are many important details when buying luxury waterfront property in the Okanagan. Rules and regulations are constantly changing with regards to waterfront properties, and as a client, you need to know what questions to ask. However, having a professional real estate agent on board helps you know which questions to ask and when to ask them.

Before diving into this large investment, the following factors should be considered and carefully examined. Some of these important factors could drastically change the use of the property or even the value.  As waterfront specialists, Rob and Jason can help protect your investment and bring some clarity when buying a luxury waterfront property in Kelowna.

Things to Consider When Purchasing Luxury Waterfront Real Estate in the Okanagan

Waterfront: When you are buying luxury waterfront real estate in the Okanagan, you are buying the land, but you do not own the waterfront. There are very few properties in the Okanagan where the homeowner owns the foreshore right.  This means you do not own the beach out in front of your home.

Docks

If that waterfront home has a dock, the dock must have specific permission or general permission. You must ensure it is compliant with the rules and regulations set out by the ministry. Different areas of Lake Okanagan have different requirements for dock construction.  This is based on the salmon spawning, depth of the water, protection of the foreshore and indigenous plants to name a few.  You will want to make sure your dock is a legal dock before your purchase.

Building

When buying luxury waterfront real estate in Kelowna and tearing down the current home, there are new setbacks that are now in place for new home construction on the waterfront. Years ago, structures were allowed to be closer to the water but new guidelines are in place once that old cabin or beach house is taken down.

When looking into buying a waterfront property in Kelowna, it is important to hire a real estate agent who is experienced and familiar with property regulations.

Rob and Jason of Kelowna Life and Macdonald Realty are two of the top luxury real estate agents for waterfront sales in the Okanagan.  They have been selling waterfront property for years and their extensive knowledge gives their clients the advantage when buying a waterfront property in the Okanagan.

Featured Listing: 12-3756 Lakeshore Road

Luxury Waterfront Condos | 3756 Lakeshore Rd | Kelowna Life Real Estate

Presented by Rob Nelson of Kelowna Life Real Estate Group & Macdonald Realty Kelowna. Luxury Lakefront Living at its best! Enjoy the Okanagan Lifestyle from one of Kelownas most sought after locations right on the lake with pool and hot tub. Nothing has been overlooked in this home featuring custom finishings throughout with lakeviews from every corner. Enjoy the inside and outdoor lifestyle with beautiful nano doors right onto your private oversized patio featuring outdoor kitchen and hottub. Room for all your guests with 3 oversized bedrooms and 3 full washrooms. Large entertaining area featuring chefs kitchen with high end appliances. Beautiful 2 car garage with loads of extra storage and finished workshop area. Enjoy the resort lifestyle with your own boat slip with upgraded lift and access to all the amenities of Manteo Resort featuring an indoor pool, gym, clubhouse, games room, second outdoor pool with spray park and water slides, playground and tennis courts.

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Need help purchasing the Okanagan waterfront home of your dreams? Contact us today!

The Home Buyer’s Guide for Kirschner Mountain Real Estate

The Home Buyer’s Guide for Kirschner Mountain Real Estate

Part of the reason Kelowna is so attractive to homebuyers is the scenic outlooks of the Okanagan hills and mountains. On the south-eastern side of Kelowna rests the Kirschner Mountain subdivision — a serene suburb defined by the surrounding nature walks and outdoor adventures moments from resident’s doors.

For home buyers looking to enter the Kelowna market, either to settle in with their family or have a picturesque vacation spot ready for the Summer months, Kirschner Mountain brings a lot to the table.

Amenities nearby Kirschner Mountain

  • 15-20 mins to Okanagan Lake
  • 40 mins to Big White Ski Resort (much closer than the majority of Kelowna communities)
  • Less than 10 min to shopping district (groceries, pharmacy, restaurants, services, etc.)
  • Less than 10 min to schools (including secondary)
  • Hiking and walking paths just around the corner

These are some of the top reasons to call Kirschner Mountain home. What it leaves out is the natural beauty that can only be experienced in person. Most homes have lookouts that span across Kelowna, making your backdoor patio an ideal escape at the end of the day.

We love the secluded nature of Kirschner Mountain. Homes here are afforded an ample amount of space, meaning less distraction from neighbours and more privacy for you and your family to enjoy.

Friends in Kirschner Mountain home pool

Cost of Homes in the Area

Kirschner Mountain real estate is on the higher end of the average home price in Kelowna ($510,000 as of last year). This is to be expected, given the relative age and quality of homes in the area. There have been multiple PNE prize homes here in Kirschner Mountain. In terms of affordability, Kirschner Mountain homes offer exceptional value for speculators who want to make a sound investment.

Given the position of the mountain, it is unlikely to see any developments nearby that would impede lookouts of Kelowna, one of the major selling features of the area. Further, the City of Kelowna is contributing 1.2 million dollars to ensure the mountain is in good shape for homeowners in the area.

As more people are priced out of the Greater Vancouver Area, the Okanagan Valley is set to continue its climb upwards. Increasing developments of both commercial and residential space in the downtown core are ensuring there is ample space for new residents. As those new residents mature in the market, homes will remain a hot commodity — particularly those that retain their scenic status!

Not sure if Kirschner Mountain is right for you? Get in touch with the team at Kelowna Life to determine what fits your lifestyle best.

 

Luxury Condos in Kelowna: Finding Your Dream Home

Located in the heart of Kelowna, the Bernard downtown area offers beautiful views of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake. Living in the downtown core means convenient access to the city’s best amenities, shopping centers, restaurants and more. The area has a mix of townhomes, single-family homes luxury, and condos in Kelowna. If you’re looking for a home or luxury condo in Kelowna, keep reading!

Experience Downtown Kelowna on Bernard Avenue 

If you’re thinking of moving to downtown Kelowna, you can’t get closer to the heart of the city than Bernard Avenue. Living on Bernard means access to the best the city offers right outside your doorstep. You can experience the artistic culture of Kelowna by checking out local art galleries, the Kelowna Actors Studio and performing art centers; all just a short distance away from your home on Bernard.  

World-class restaurants and other amenities are located down Bernard. Check out restaurants, nightlife and local wineries offering varietals from the Okanagan Valley. Great hiking and outdoor recreation like City Park Beach and Knox Mountain are all close by.  

If you’re looking for the convenience of city life, downtown Kelowna may be the next place you should call home!  

Luxury Condos in Kelowna | Kelowna Life Real Estate Group

Luxury Condos in Kelowna 

If you’re looking to experience all downtown Kelowna has to offer in luxury, there are many luxury Condos in Kelowna that offer luxury living in downtown. One of our current listings, #1701, 1160 Bernard Avenue boasts 4,000 square feet and sweeping views of the city’s lights and Okanagan Lake.  

Located in the Centuria Urban Village, this rare opportunity is located on the 17th floor, meaning sweeping views of the city’s lights, Okanagan Lake and more. Centuria Urban Village offers access to amenities like a hot tub, gym, sauna and more. This particular unit offers 4 parking spots to keep all your vehicles and easy access to the building’s indoor car wash and vacuum. 

Hosting friends and family is a breeze in luxury condos in Kelowna like this one. Inside the unit, you’ll find an oversized chef’s kitchen, making prepping meals and cooking an event you look forward to! The large, spacious dining room, living room, and entertainment room give plenty of options to kick back and relax or host friends and family.  

Imagine opening up one of the region’s finest wines to enjoy with guests on one of your three patios overlooking the beautiful valley. Dinner parties, relaxed evenings and more are yours to enjoy in a luxury Kelowna condo like this one!  

If you’re interested in finding out more about this luxury condo in Kelowna, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Kelowna Life to book a private showing. 

Kelowna Realtors: Helping You Find Your Dream Home

Many of our clients who choose to move to Kelowna from one of Canada’s larger cities like Vancouver or Calgary are amazed at the real estate market in the Okanagan. Luxury living is more affordable, traffic is more manageable and both these qualities combined with the scenic views of Kelowna make the Okanagan the ideal place to live. 

Our team is here to help you find the home you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re purchasing, selling or just looking for more information on what Kelowna has to offer, give our team a call! Our team is experienced in the Kelowna market and can help you find the right home for your specific needs. We’d be happy to take the time to understand what you’re looking for and help you through every step of the process to find your new property.  

 

Contact our team today if you would like to find out more about how we can help you purchase or sell, or if you’d like to learn more about the Kelowna real estate market. 

Riesling Ridge: New Development in Lakeview Heights

Riesling Ridge is one of the most beautiful and desirable new communities in the Okanagan. Riesling Ridge homes offer residents a private, secluded feel with convenient city amenities. Homes are surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of British Columbia and the breathtaking views of Okanagan Lake. Situated within the prestigious Lakeview Heights area, this vineyard estates community is walking distance to excellent schools, amenities, world-class wineries and golf courses.  

Imagine living with some of BC’s finest lakes, walking trails, golf courses and wineries all at your doorstep. Homeowners will be able to enjoy the beautiful, hot summer days by relaxing on Okanagan Lake or enjoying local wine tours. Boat launches for Okanagan lake are only 5 minutes away from Riesling Ridge homes. Residents also enjoy proximity to Quail’s Gate Winery and Mission Hill Family Estate Winery.  If you’re looking for Lakeview Heights homes for sale, the luxurious neighbourhood of Riesling Ridge could be the next place you’ll want to call home. 

Riesling Ridge Homes: Live in Comfort 

Riesling Ridge boasts some of West Kelowna’s most prestigious homes, starting around 700,000k. But what makes Riesling Ridge such a perfect place to call home? It offers residents an exceptionally high standard of living, an abundance of outdoor activities, recreational activities, leisure opportunities, access to amenities, and best of all: high end, comfortable, luxurious features. 

Homeowners will have the option to pick from three designer colour pallets to customize their dream home to their tastes. Live in comfort with hardwood flooring throughout the living and dining, kitchen entry and powder room. Tile floors cover full bathrooms and laundry rooms. Homes come equipped with air conditioning systems, roughed in vacuums, and high-end appliances.

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Enjoy the beauty of the Okanagan all year round with decks overlooking the valley. You’ll also be able to cook and host guests in style in the beautifully appointed, open-concept kitchens with high-end, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Kitchens are beautifully designed with tasteful lighting and wood shaker cabinetry with soft close doors and drawers. Bathrooms include a private master en-suite with dual contemporary sinks (most models), soaker tub and separate showers. Be sure to ask our team about customizing options for your Riesling Ridge home. 

Alder Projects, the specialty new home builder is now offering this new, luxury subdivision. They provide homeowners with peace of mind by offering a new home warranty including one year of coverage on any defects in materials and labour, two years of coverage on mechanical and electrical materials and labour, five years coverage on building envelope, and ten years on structural coverage.  

Lakeview Heights Homes For Sale: Riesling Ridge Show Home

Experience true Okanagan luxury at Riesling Ridge. With only 25 homes available, we encourage you to get in touch with our Kelowna Life team for more information or to book a private viewing of this incredible community. The show home is open from 12-4, six days a week. The agents on site can provide you with additional information and answer any questions you have. Additionally, you can view the Materport 3D tour here or photos of the show home here. 

Owning a home is a great way to build wealth, equity and ensure future stability. Where you choose to live is one of the most important factors in buying a home. Our Kelowna real estate agents know choosing the right home means finding a house that has the right features, offers the right lifestyle and amenities, and gives you a sense of community. If you’re looking for Lakeview homes for Sale, our team of real estate experts would be happy to help. Our team knows Kelowna real estate and would love to help you find the perfect home to suit your needs.  

For more information on Riesling Ridge, contact our team today. 

Rattlesnake Island:

Cover Image: Rattlesnake Island from above (Credit: Across The Lake Swim)

A tiny speck on the map, Rattlesnake Island is located close to the shore of Okanagan Lake, just east of Peachland.

Local legend has it that Ogopogo calls the island home, living in an underwater cave. Today, the island is part of the Okanagan Mountain Park.

Despite its small size, Rattlesnake Island has a very interesting history to tell and is a popular destination for locals and visitors.

The Creature and the Grass

Legend of the mysterious and dangerous water creature N’ha-a-itk (Snake of the Water) dates back as early as the 1700s, when the Okanagan First Nations offered ritual sacrifices to the Ogopogo in return for safe entry into the water.

Photo credit: ogopogoquest.com

Throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries, numerous reports came in of Ogopogo sightings in the lake.

Locals, captivated by the creature, went from simply calling it The Island, to referring to it as Ogopogo Island.

In 1951, the island was purchased by Peter Spackman and he tried to rename it to Sunset Island. By then, the name Rattlesnake Island had been frequently used by locals, named so after the Rattlesnake Grass that covers the island. The name stayed, and in the 1950s Kelowna Chamber of Commerce confirmed the name.

A Tourist Attraction That Never Happened

Visitors to Rattlesnake Island will notice remains of a mini-golf course, among several other remnants of construction. An even though they island is owned by the government, five decades ago it was a unique piece of real estate with its own drama and mystery.

In the 1970s, Rattlesnake Island was a place of a visionary and controversial attempt to build an Arab-themed tourist attraction. The initial plan of Eddy Heymour was to build a replica of the Great Pyramid at Giza, a giant camel ice-cream parlour, a mini-golf course, pony rides, gardens, a swimming pool and restaurants. To add to the experience, a ferry from Peachland would bring guests to the island.

The plans were shut down by the BC Government. What followed was a story like not other of law suits, hostages taken, and the construction of the Peachland Castle.

Rattlesnake Island these days: what’s left of the mini golf course (Credit: Across The Lake Swim)

Beautiful Spot on the Lake

These days, both locals and visitors often stop at the island while boating, canoeing, or paddleboarding. Rattlesnake Island is a popular picnic spot, featuring a stunning view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Local history buffs can hike the island in search of the tourist attraction remains. Those seeking a bit more adrenaline, can either take part in the annual Across the Lake Swim, or head to Squally Point near the island to enjoy cliff jumping.

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Beautiful Real Estate in Lake Country

Above: View from 1690 Travertine Drive in Lake Country

Stunning lakefront properties, breathtaking mountain vistas, and a modern community are but a few of the unique features of Lake Country real estate.

With a population of approximately 12,000 residents, Lake Country is one of the most beautiful, desirable, and fast-growing communities in British Columbia. True to its name, there are several lakes in the vicinity of the community. You’ll find the Okanagan Lake to the west, several smaller lakes in the hills to the east, Kalamalka Lake to the north, and Wood Lake encompassed by the municipality of Lake Country.

The high quality of life and proximity to outstanding amenities within and near Lake Country have made it a popular choice among home buyers. To add to the appeal, to the south lies the City of Kelowna, and to the north, a short and picturesque drive away, lies the City of Vernon.

Many of the older and newer properties in Lake Country overlook the Okanagan Lake and mountains, and are surrounded by award-winning wineries, excellent golf courses, scenic orchards and beautiful farms.

Some other the perks of living in Lake Country include:

  • Great opportunities to start a business
  • Excellent outdoor recreation opportunities
  • Proximity to UBC Okanagan, one of the world’s top ranked universities
  • Access to Okanagan College campuses in Kelowna and Vernon
  • Short drive to Kelowna International Airport
  • Proximity to Big White Ski Resort (Kelowna) and Silver Star Mountain Resort (Vernon)
  • Outstanding local restaurants and cafes
  • And much more

Whether you are looking for a single-family home, luxury homes, a property with an acreage, or a condo, Lake Country encompasses four communities for you to choose your perfect home in: Winfield, Oyama, Okanagan Centre, and Carr’s Landing.

Winfield

Winfield is the southernmost community in Lake Country, bordering Wood Lake and the Okanagan Lake. Its proximity to Kelowna makes it a desirable place for anyone who wants to enjoy a more quiet way of life, while remaining close to the big city amenities. Winfield is known for its stunning local vineyards and great wines, as well as amazing views of the lakes, mountains, and lush orchards. Some of the favourite local pastimes include water sports, golfing, hiking, and cycling. The smaller lakes in the hills to the east are well known for being excellent fishing spots.

Oyama

Located between Wood Lake in the north and Kalamalka Lake in the south, Oyama offers a more peaceful way of life. The small town has some of the most serene and breathtaking views in Okanagan, and is popular among those who are looking to escape the busy lifestyle. The pristine lakes, small town hospitality, orchards and large acreages add to Oyama’s countryside feel. In the summer, residents can enjoy variety of water activities and an array of locally grown fruit and vegetables.kal lake

Okanagan Centre

Located east on the shores of the Okanagan Lake, the community offers its residents some of the best views and lakeside lifestyle. Okanagan Centre is a small and peaceful community, surrounded by rolling vineyards and rural orchards.

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Carr’s Landing

Situated directly on the Okanagan Lake, Carr’s Landing is a serene lakeside community, known for its spectacular lake and mountain views. The surrounding orchards add to the community’s peaceful countryside feel. With easy access to the boat launch at Coral Beach Park, the residents of Carr’s Landing can truly enjoy the sunny Okanagan summer days on the lake.

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A modern and desirable place to live, Lake Country is a great place to invest in real estate and build your future. If you want to see for yourself what a peaceful lifestyle in one of the Lake Country communities looks like, our Kelowna Life Real Estate Group will be happy to show you around.

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Kettle Valley: The Heart of the Upper Mission

Located in the Upper Mission, the Village of Kettle Valley is like no other place in Kelowna.

Kettle Valley is perfect for homeowners who want to live in a vibrant neighbourhood, have an active lifestyle, enjoy million dollar views, and raise their family in one of Canada’s Best Communities.

For over 20 years, the village has been popular among home buyers who seek more than a home. The village welcomes its residents with a sense of belonging and a lifestyle that is built around strengthening the community.

A Community From Another Time

Everything about Kettle Valley has been designed to bring people together and create a close-knit neighbourhood that so many people are unknowingly looking for. The houses range from single family homes to townhouses, built to represent traditional architecture, but with a modern twist.

The houses are built to bring out the best of the village’s hillside location, and many homes feature great views of the lake and the city. The best part about the community? It’s built around the Village Centre and beautifully incorporates nature and recreational areas into the overall design.

The Village Centre and Amenities

Over dozen businesses call the Village Centre their home. In the idyllic setting, residents can enjoy a local coffee shop and great restaurants, art studios, dental and chiropractic clinics, and exceptional spas and fitness centres.

The community was built with nature in mind and this reflects in the many hiking and biking trails, as well as opportunities for rock climbing in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.

Alongside gorgeous view and nature, residents also enjoy beautiful parks, a sledding hill, great playgrounds for children (including a splash park), and some of the most sought after schools in the area.

Only a short drive away are some of the Okanagan’s most renowned wineries, like Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Cedar Creek Estate Winery.

Golf enthusiasts can enjoy one (or all) of the 18 courses in the city and surrounding areas, including Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club, rated one of Canada’s best courses, which is only a 20-minute drive away.

And for residents who love everything winter, on the days when you’re not enjoying the local hill, head to the Big White Ski Resort an hour away to enjoy the great slopes and champagne powder.

Kettle Valley is also conveniently located to downtown Kelowna and other amenities. If you’d like to enjoy City Park or an event at Prospera Place, the city centre is only a 20-minute drive away. Fifteen minutes from your home you can find several grocery stores like Lakeview Market and Urban Fare, and Kelowna International Airport is just 25 minutes away.  

Enjoy a Lifestyle Like no Other: Featured Home on Quilchena Drive

If you’re ready to be a part of one of the most desirable communities in Canada, you’ll love this beautiful custom walkout rancher on 368 Quilchena Drive in Kettle Valley, listed for $1,299,000.

This 5 bedroom and 3 bathroom home features a den/office, formal dining room, and an entertainers dream kitchen attached to the open living room with beautiful gas fireplace. Walkout onto the covered patio to take in the view of the lake, city, and pool. On the main floor is the large master bedroom with access to the patio and the beautiful master bath overlooks the lake. The main level also has a walk in closet, another bedroom, bathroom and laundry room.

You will enjoy entertaining your friends and family in the walk out basement with an oversized family room, rec room, wet bar, and wine room. Downstairs also features 3 more bedrooms and a bathroom, a gym area and lots of storage under the garage which could easily be converted into a theatre room for another 400 square feet. The professionally landscaped tiered back yard features many private areas to unwind.

Take in the amazing views from the covered patio, fire table area, pool, and hot tub.

Live in the Heart of the Okanagan Valley: Featured Home on Mountainside Drive

Take in the lake and valley VIEWS from this beautiful custom home in Kettle Valley. Nothing has been over looked in this first time to market 3300+ square foot home.  5747 Mountainside Drive is listed for 1,098,000. 

This house has 4 bedrooms, 4  bathrooms, vaulted ceilings and high end finishing through out. The main floor features an entertaining kitchen, dining area, living room, laundry, powder room, and stunning master suite. Upstairs you will find a second master bedroom, washroom, walk in closet, and den/office over looking the valley. The fully finished walkout basement with separate entry features two large bedrooms, large washroom with roughed in laundry, wired theatre room, large family room and wet bar entertaining area and READY TO SUITE. Enjoy the stunning lake views from the several patios, gas fire pit over looking the valley, all with a low maintenance yard featuring a stunning waterfall and grid irrigation. The over sized 2 car garage features extra room for some toys and work space with ample extra parking on the driveway. 

If you’re ready to be a part of the beautiful Kettle Valley community, or want to see more beautiful homes around the Okanagan, our Kelowna Life real estate experts are ready to answer your questions.

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Water’s Edge North – Rebuilt.

The Okanagan Valley is renowned for its laid-back lifestyle. With access to a wide variety of activities no matter the time of year, Kelowna is a great city to raise a family. Whether you enjoy water sports in the summer or getting on the slopes in the winter, there’s never a dull moment. If you were like me when I moved here, I didn’t know where in Kelowna to set up. Where was the best place to raise my family? I might be a bit biased, but it’s hard to go wrong no matter where you move as this city is filled with great neighbourhoods. However, there are hidden gems throughout the city. One of which is a community called Water’s Edge North. A small neighbourhood close to Okanagan Lake, Water’s Edge North is a beautiful and scenic location in the Lower Mission area of Kelowna.

Located just steps from the Okanagan Lake, MKS Resources has worked tirelessly to create a unique blend of architecture, and inspiring design with a great location that has fabulous views, serene surroundings, and fantastic amenities. All that hard work has come together to create the Water’s Edge North community. Just a short distance from restaurants, destination resorts such as  Eldorado Hotel & Manteo Resorts. It is also close to water parks, orchards and Mission Creek Greenway. This neighbourhood has everything you could ever want in a community.

Not only is the Water’s Edge a beautiful community with a great location, but it’s also a community that has become stronger in the past year. In July of 2017, there was a massive fire in the neighbourhood that forced 176 homes to evacuate. It was a tragedy that devastated many families, or at least that’s what you would expect. Instead, the community used the fire as a tool to bring them closer together. They rallied together to rebuild their homes and do everything they could to help each other in a difficult time.

Tragedy is something no one ever wants to deal with. However, how one deals with tragedy shows the character of those involved. It can be easy to fall apart when something terrible happens, but when you get back up after a disaster, it shows true strength of character. That’s what the Water’s Edge did after a fire devastated their community, they got up and rebuilt. Now as the community continues to rebuild, the people are stronger than ever. For those reasons alone it is a great community to set up your family. With a strong, inclusive community, and plenty of things to do throughout the year, who wouldn’t want to live in the Water’s Edge? You can live here too. Check out Kelowna Life to learn how.

Kelowna Yacht Club – More Than Just Boats

In 1945 when Kelowna was still just a small town, there wasn’t much of a boating community. A surprising fact considering Kelowna is home to the beautiful Okanagan Lake. With nothing in place, a group of boat owners began to develop the Kelowna Yacht Club. It started small, with the founders initially focusing on building launching facilities and a clubhouse. However, this only provided the base for the club, and since then has blossomed into the beautiful community that it is today.

Yacht club When you think of a yacht club, you may form a quick opinion or expectations. However, the Kelowna Yacht Club is different from your average boating club. It’s a non-profit organization with a heavy focus on community. Thousands of children and young adults over the years have learned to sail through lessons that are open to the public. Accessibility to these lessons is as inclusive as possible in order to give everyone the opportunity to learn. Each year roughly 30 adults complete the learn-to-sail course where boat owners donate their boats and time to help develop the next generation of boaters.

In addition to teaching youth about the world of boating, the Kelowna Yacht Club prides itself on giving opportunities to people who might not get them elsewhere. They host the Blind Fishing Derby which offers 30 people with blindness or sight impairment the opportunity to fish with the assistance of crew members. Additionally, they host the Boat for Hope event which gives kids with physical and developmental challenges a fun day on the water.

It was the emphasis on family and community that originally drew me to the Kelowna Yacht Club. Not just the fast boats – I know hard to believe. The core values that always guide me in what I do both personally and professionally are family and community. It has served me well over the years in building my business and is the foundation upon which I view my relationships and friendships with my clients.

While I may not get out on the water as much as I would like, I joined the Kelowna Yacht Club for a reason. In addition to being part of a supporting community, I can’t think of a better way to spend time with family and friends than being on the water surrounded by the beauty and splendor that is the Okanagan. You can live here too. Check out Kelowna Life to learn how.

World Population Day

World Population Day is a day that takes place annually to raise awareness of global population issues. Established in 1989, it was inspired by the massive public interest in Five Billion Day, July 11th, 1987. In celebration of World Population Day, let’s take a look at Kelowna and how it has grown over the years as well as how it’s expected to grow in the future.

Father Pandosy MissionKelowna was first established in 1859 by Father Charles Pandosy. Setting up just one school and church, it was a very small community for the next half-century. In the 1901 census, Kelowna had a population of just 261. However, over the next 10 years the city began to see growth and by 1911 had grown to a respectable size of 1661. Ever since that point, Kelowna has been one of the fastest growing cities in all of Canada. By 1940 the population had grown to 5000 and then in less than 20 years, the population hit 10,000.

By 1970, Kelowna saw the biggest population spike in Kelowna’s history. The population went from 19,000 to 51,000 in 1976. This significant increase firmly planted Kelowna on the map. It was during this time it was discovered that Kelowna had uniquely fertile soil. This discovery lead to the production of amazing wines (lucky for me) and fruit which in turn contributed to the population spike in the 70s. Contributing to Kelowna being a more desirable location to live were the addition of two post-secondary institutions – Okanagan College and University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. Since then, Kelowna has steadily been increasing to the point where it now has a population of 127,000.

I am proud to say that I live in the 3rd largest city in British Columbia (22nd largest city in Canada). Growing faster on average than the rest of Canada, Kelowna is expected to continue to move up the Canadian population list. With Kelowna recently being ranked as the number one city to start and grow a business in Canada by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, this growth can only be expected to continue. Over the next 20 years the growth of Kelowna has been projected by BC Statistics to increase by roughly 50,000 residents.

To anticipate this growth, the City of Kelowna launched an initiative called Imagine Kelowna. Imagine Kelowna – a vision for the community, created by the community will help guide the community and the City on planning priorities of future projects. The main focuses of Imagine Kelowna will be to build healthy neighborhoods that support people from all walks of life, embrace a more diverse transportation options, grow more vibrant urban centres.

Kelowna is a thriving city and an incredible place to call home. I look forward to a future where we build a community that is inclusive, sustainable, welcoming of lifestyles and economic opportunities for not only my family but for all. You can live here too. Check out Kelowna Life to learn how.