10 Interesting Facts About Kelowna

Facts About Kelowna

Facts About Kelowna

  • Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada.
  • The name Kelowna derives from an Okanagan language word for “grizzly bear”.
  • The city proper encompasses 211.82 square kilometres, and the census metropolitan area 2,904.86 square kilometres.
  • The estimated Kelowna population is 217,229 in the metropolitan area and 142,146 in the city proper.
  • The coldest recorded temperature in the city was −36.1 °C recorded on 30 December 1968.
  • Kelowna has “sister city” agreements with the following cities: Kasugai, Japan & Veendam, Netherlands.
  • Kelowna was incorporated as a city in 1905.
  • In 1958, construction of a floating bridge across Lake Okanagan was completed, linking Kelowna to the communities of Westbank to the west and Peachland and Summerland to the south.
  • Kelowna encompasses 214 km² of land and 48 km² of water area.
  • Kelowna’s official floral emblem is the Arrowleaf Balsamroot, often referred to by locals as the Okanagan Sunflower.
Facts About Kelowna
Facts About Kelowna