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Kelowna is expected to reach a population of 180,000 by 2040, an indicator of an expanding real estate market.

CANADA’S BEST SMALL CITIES REPORT 2022

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Kelowna has always been a great small town; today it’s a great small city that’s rapidly growing and evolving. The new UBCO downtown campus and University District add to Kelowna’s many enviable amenities: a walkable downtown core, hip microbreweries, scenic vineyards and countless wineries, and direct access to key centres in Canada, the U.S. and beyond. And did we mention the deep, dry powder less than an hour’s drive from the city and the lakes, right off a postcard?

Kelowna,
A City in Evolution

Kelowna welcomes an influx of diverse people and opportunities, including international investments in wineries, an evolution to contemporary boutiques and modern towers, and an expanding network of bike and walking paths that meander around picturesque valleys and lakes. The character that made Kelowna a great small town has been enhanced by the development of infrastructure and the migration of people from across the country, turning it into a great small city.

A study done by Resonance Consultancy in 2022 ranked Kelowna second among all Canadian cities of under 1 million population, measured on factors such as restaurants, shopping, safety, air quality, recreation, and more, proving Kelowna to not only be a highly desirable, sought after lifestyle destination, but also one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.

University District: The New Heart of the City

The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) has grown on Kelowna’s outskirts for more than a decade and a half, with over 9,000 students now attending and numbers projected to rise to 20,000 by 2040. Now, UBCO Downtown is rising in the new heart of the city — the University District. This strategic move marks a transformative juncture: the new UBCO campus weaves innovation and education into the diverse fabric of the City of Kelowna, creating an avant-garde haven that draws in ambitious minds and serves as a lifelong learning hub for all.

The New Heart of Downtown

The University District is walkable to everywhere – the eclectic shops and restaurants of Bernard Avenue, the emerging brewery district, and beloved Okanagan Lake, with its beach, parks, and pathways. ONE Varsity puts you at the center of it all in the heart of the city.

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