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The Best Place on Earth: 4 Reasons Why People are Moving to Kelowna

Posted on February 27, 2019

Many people are looking at moving to Kelowna due to the city’s location on Okanagan Lake.

Many people are looking at moving to Kelowna due to the city’s location on Okanagan Lake.

Set amongst mountains, lakes, orchards and vineyards, Kelowna has maintained its popularity as being among of the top destinations in Canada to visit. However, the city is also becoming one of the best places in Canada to live in. Many across Canada and from around the world are moving to Kelowna due to its burgeoning industries, better affordability (housing is still cheaper here than other metropolises such as Victoria and Vancouver), family and retirement friendly neighbourhoods, recreational lifestyle and amenities. Here we list why people are choosing to make their home in Kelowna.


1. Everything a Big City Offers and More

Kelowna has everything that a big city such as Vancouver or Victoria has, but there is so much more than that which makes it attractive for those to hire packers and movers and relocate here. This includes: 

  • Waterfront living and lifestyle
  • Burgeoning high-tech work opportunities
  • Large selection of art, culture and recreational amenities and attractions (skiing included)
  • Post-secondary institutions such as UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College
  • Multicultural and LGTBQ friendly communities and associations
  • Eco and agricultural opportunities
  • The international airport, accessible public transportation and bike-friendly commuter trails


2. Friendly is its Middle Name

While Kelowna actually means grizzly bear in the Syilx native Okanagan language, the city actually has a friendly vibe that is reflected amongst its citizens and with the many welcoming opportunities offered within its limits.

Not only has Kelowna been named the most pet-friendly city in Canada by Canadian Dogs magazine, but it was also recently named one of the most romantic cities in the country by It is also deemed a safe city for its size and was ranked lower than Kamloops. Saskatoon, and Chilliwack and other similar-sized cities in Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2018 in Maclean’s Magazine.


3. Better Bang for Your Buck

Right now is a good time to hire house movers and relocate to Kelowna. According to recent news reports, the housing market in Kelowna is starting to stabilize, with housing prices not expected to increase drastically in the foreseeable future. While new housing starts are expected to decrease, there is still a healthy market for single-family detached, townhouse, condominium and apartments in Kelowna. Rental vacancies, which were quite difficult to find in the past, are also expected to open up.


4. Age Does Not Matter

According to recent population demographics, Kelowna has a population of approximately 180,000 people. While there is a fairly older population living in Kelowna, with the average age being at 41.1 years, there are also many young families who live in the city. This is reflected in the number of schools, parks and other child-friendly attractions that can found here. The city is also popular with retirees and empty nesters, which is reflective in its housing, health care facilities, and attractions such as golf courses and senior activity centres.


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