Back to School

It’s that time of year again where days start to get shorter, the air gets cooler, and the leaves change colours. Summer is nearing its end once again, which can only mean one thing–school is just around the corner. Hopefully, you’ve had a great, relaxing summer with your friends and family. I hope you got to spend as much time as possible lying on a beach taking in the sun.

Summer or fall, those that live in The Ponds of the Upper Mission get to live a relaxing and fun life no matter the season. The residents enjoy the pleasures of the lake, mountains, and the beautiful views of the Okanagan Valley. There’s an abundance of hiking trails, parks, and natural ponds to spend your days. Add untamed access to mountain biking trails and it’s a great spot to enjoy your time off.

Another reason that makes The Ponds a great place to live is the proximity to some of the best schools Kelowna has to offer. Established in 1994, Anne McClymont Elementary is a fantastic school for kids to grow up at. Hosting students from kindergarten until grade six, it offers a great learning environment as kids go through the early stages of their education and development.

Chute Lake Elementary is another great school. Opened back in 2009 and built to high, environmentally sustainable standards, it had significant additions done in 2011. The school grounds connect to Chute Lake Park which is available for students for special field events. With a mission statement, “to develop inquiring, respectful and industrious young people who help create a better world by being critical, creative and compassionate thinkers,” Chute Lake Elementary is a great place to start your kids’ education.

Not only do The Ponds already have two top-end schools, the community is currently developing a new school to be opened in September of 2019. This will be a junior middle school that gives kids a chance to continue their education without needing a difficult commute.

When figuring out where you want to set up your family, the quality of schools has to be one of the most important things to consider. The Ponds of the Upper Mission are not just a beautiful and fun location, but also an area filled with new, quality schools for kids of all ages. You can live here too. Check Kelowna Life to learn how.

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.

Canada Day Weekend Fun

I don’t know about you but Canada Dayis one my favourite holidays to celebrate with friends and family.  It reminds me how blessed and lucky we are to live in a country with such great history and culture. Over the years of living in Kelowna, I’ve experienced the plethora of things that one can do to enjoy the day. This city is filled with beautiful scenery, convenient trails, not to mention the delicious food and amazing wineries.  There are activities for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you’re new to Kelowna or have lived here your entire life, everyone can appreciate the beauty of the Okanagan. With so much to be seen, there couldn’t be a better way to experience the nature and wildlife of Kelowna than the Okanagan Cycling Tour. Taking place on the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the event starts at the famous Myra Canyon and makes its way to Penticton. Despite being an 80km event it’s a ride that the whole family can enjoy.

For those worried about the distance (aka don’t have the cardio like me), there are five rest stops along the way. Additionally, there are two shorter distances at 40km and 20km that start at Chute Lake Resort and Glenfir respectively.

For those who are looking for a more relaxing way to spend the day (now you’re talking my language) but still want to get into nature, there are still plenty of options. Kirschner Mountain is a very popular spot for geocaching. Geocaching is an outdoor activity where you use GPS to search for hidden containers or caches all over the world. It’s a fun way for a family to get out of the house and into nature for a good old fashion scavenger hunt.Elderly couple that have hiked to the top of a mountain in Kelowna

Another fantastic spot to check out if you’re interested in wildlife is the community of Wilden. From predators in the sky like the Red-tailed Hawk to critters on the ground like the Muskrat, Wilden is filled with all kinds of animals. It’s a great place to explore and the best place in Kelowna to see wildlife.

If nature isn’t your style and you just want to relax with your family with some good food and cold drinks than don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Kelowna is filled with a huge variety of restaurants and a plethora of local wineries. Lower Mission is a community with many local restaurants and authentic cuisine. With a wide variety of options including Mexica, Italian, Thai, and Local food, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s appetite.  Don’t forget about our downtown area – with multiple festivities for you to check out.

 At the end of the day,  when everyone needs some time to relax you can enjoy one of the many Vineyards in Upper Mission such as Summerhill, St Hubertus and Cedar Creek. I can’t think of a better way to finish celebrating Canada Day than with a glass of wine shared amongst friends and family. You can live here too. Check out Kelowna Life to learn how.

Eye on Kettle Valley: Kelowna’s Favourite Neighbourhood

The Village of Kettle Valley is an award-winning community. It features walkable streetscapes, gorgeous parks, extensive nature trails, panoramic Okanagan Valley views, exceptional educational institutes and access to great amenities.

At the heart of Kettle Valley is a strong sense of belonging and community. Since it was founded in 1996, residents have established a welcoming neighbourhood of residents eager to be a part of one of Canada’s best neighbourhoods.

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The people of Kettle Valley truly make it a vibrant and dynamic community. Residents instill a sense of belonging, and community that encourages its residents to enrich their home, enhance their lifestyle, and truly capture what it means to belong to a community.

Kettle Valley residents regularly gather for events hosted in the community including Parks Alive! concerts, soccer games and the annual resident-organized Kettle Valley Garage Sale.

Exceptional Education

Kettle Valley is an ideal place to raise children as it provides a strong sense of support, endless activities for all ages and exceptional education.

Chute Lake Elementary helps serve the growing population of families in Kettle Valley and Kelowna’s Upper Mission from grades K-7. It consistently achieves a high standard of academic success and offers endless courses, clubs, sports and extracurricular activities for students to get involved in.

Okanagan Mission Secondary is an exemplary school for students grade 7 – 12. The school offers a wide array of course options, clubs, sports, and extracurricular activities and has the highest school ranking of all public secondary schools in Kelowna.

Kelowna’s Most Active Community

Kettle Valley offers incredible opportunities to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. There are a multitude of opportunities for all seasons. Hiking, biking, rock climbing and wine tours are popular activities during the warmer months. While snowshoeing and tobogganing are excellent ways to maintain an active lifestyle during the winter season.  

Village Centre Amenities

The Village Centre is located at the heart of Kettle Valley. It embraces the core values of community and traditionalism, and was specifically designed to be a gathering point for friends and family.

The Village Centre also features a number of thriving businesses including a delicious ice cream shop, cafe, pizza parlour, pilates & fitness studios, family-friendly restaurant, preschool, spa, art studio, chiropractic clinic, dental office, playground, grocery mart and more.

In the true spirit of Kettle Valley, hundreds of volunteers and local community members helped build the extraordinary playground located in Quilchena Park, the Kettle Valley Junction. This immaculate play area, has 6 turrets, swing sets, slides, tunnels and bridges for the ultimate playground.

Million Dollar Views

Located at the peak of Kelowna’s Upper Mission, wake up to stunning panoramic views of Okanagan Lake, mountains, vineyards and the city below. Kettle Valley is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, plantlife and wildlife.

Gillard Forest service road is a popular route for locals and visitors that wish to access the Kettle Valley Railway. The KVR trail system is a gorgeous trail for mountain biking, hiking and enjoying the stunning natural beauty the Okanagan Valley is renowned for. Enjoy some of the most dynamic routes in Canada, along this truly impressive scenic and spectacular trail system.

Kettle Valley Properties & Neighbourhoods

There is truly no place like Kettle Valley. Thoughtful design and architecture is at the heart of Kettle Valley’s planning development. Homes in Kettle Valley are surrounded by a diverse natural hillside landscape with flowing creeks and miles of green space to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities.

Feature House Listing in Kettle Valley

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Enjoy the incredible community, natural beauty and amenities that Kettle Valley has to offer from this gorgeous custom walkout rancher on 368 Quilchena Drive in Kettle Valley, BC | $1,499,000.

Take advantage of million dollar views of the lake and city! On the main level, this 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home features a den or office space, master bedroom with a walk in closet, access to the patio, and the beautiful master bath overlooking the lake, a formal dining room, an entertainers dream kitchen attached to the open living room with a beautiful gas fire place.

You will enjoy entertaining your friends and family in the walk out basement which includes a spacious family room, rec room, wet bar, and wine room. Downstairs also features 3 more bedrooms and 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, master bedroom patio, and hot tub.

Looking for a home in Kettle Valley? Contact our hard-working and highly qualified real estate professionals at Kelowna Life today.