Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. It serves as the head office of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. Kelowna is the province's third-largest metropolitan area, its seventh-largest city overall, and the largest in the Interior. Nearby communities include the City of West Kelowna (also referred to as Westbank and Westside) to the west, across Okanagan Lake; Lake Country and Vernon to the north; Peachland to the south-west; and Summerland and Penticton to the south.
The service industry employs the most people in Kelowna, the largest city in the tourist-oriented Okanagan Valley. In summer, boating, golf, hiking and biking are popular, and in winter, both skiing and snow-boarding are favourite activities at the nearby Big White and Silver Star ski resorts. Tourism in the Greater Kelowna Area has now become a $1 billion a year industry, as of 2016.
Kelowna produces wines that have received international recognition. Vineyards are common around and south of the city where the climate is ideal for the many wineries. Kelowna is also the home of Sun-Rype, a popular manufacturer of fruit bars and juices. Okanagan College and University of British Columbia are the predominant centres for post-secondary education. Over 8,745 students attend Okanagan College and 8,718 students attend the University of British Columbia. In addition to vocational training and adult basic education, the college offers a highly regarded university transfer program. University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus has a student population of over 8,000 full-time students enrolled in diverse undergraduate and graduate programs.
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. With scenic lake vistas and a dry, mild climate, Kelowna has become one of the fastest growing cities in North America. Because of the Okanagan's climate and vineyard-filled scenery, it is often compared to Napa Valley, California.
Kelowna is often used as a film local and has a state of the art soundstage and film studio. Due to its population, Kelowna is often used as a market trial area where national businesses and organisations can test a new product.
Kelowna was ranked #1141 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Kelowna has a population of over 127,380 people. Kelowna also forms part of the wider Kelowna metropolitan area which has a population of over 217,229 people. Kelowna is the #114 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 4.2845 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.