The city of Kelowna is located 4,096 km from Parliament Hill, which would take about 43 hours to drive via the Trans-Canada Highway.
The riding has access to public transportation through the Kelowna Regional Transit System.
Kelowna International Airport is located within the riding.
This riding is in south-central B.C. on the east shore of Okanagan Lake. It has a warm climate due to the mountains blocking out the colder prairie winds from the east and the moderating effects of the lake to the west. Okanagan Lake hardly ever freezes, meaning the valley experiences overcast weather during the winter, due to warm air rising from the lake and mixing with the colder mountain air.
About 14% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, Germany, and India.
German and Punjabi are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 6% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $49,208.
There are 10 trails at Knox Mountain Park, just north of Kelowna’s downtown core, that are perfect for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. There are two lookout spots that provide great views of the city and Lake Okanagan.
Want to catch a glimpse of the legendary Ogopogo? Visit the lake monster’s statue on the marina promenade that connects Kelowna City Park to the Waterfront Park.
Ogopogo, or Naitaka, is a legendary lake monster that lives in Okanagan Lake. Accounts of Ogopogo sightings go back to the 19th century, with Indigenous people allegedly spotting the water serpent in the lake.
Knox Mountain Park is home to North America’s longest annually-running paved hill climb, the Knox Mountain Hillclimb car race.
Retail trade, health care and social assistance, and construction are the riding’s top industries.
Tourism is also an important since the riding’s location on Okanagan Lake and in the Okanagan Valley make it a prime spot for visitors. Lake Country and Pixie Beach are home to popular resorts; the region’s vineyards are also big draws.
The University of British Columbia Okanagan campus has a sustainability office. As of 2017 UBC Okanagan has achieved a 17% reduction in carbon emissions which has resulted in $14,000 of savings in carbon offsets. Two of the university’s student residence use solar power to pre-heat water to reduce their natural gas consumption.
The city of Kelowna’s name was chosen from the Okanagan word meaning "grizzly bear". The town site for Kelowna was laid out in 1892 and town planners chose the based on local lore that one of the European settlers coming out of his underground winter quarters reminded the Okanagan First Nations people of a brown bear.