About West Kelowna

Welcome To West Kelowna

For facts and figures, go to Facts at a Glance.

Location & Attractions


West Kelowna is a visually stunning community and a four seasons playground. The community is located on the western shores and hillsides of Okanagan Lake and boasts:

  • Arenas and attractions
  • Beaches and parks
  • Hiking and mountain biking trails
  • Cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails
  • Shops and restaurants
  • Vineyards, orchards and farms
  • Wineries and resorts
The municipality is located at the junction of Highway 97 and 97C (Okanagan Connector) and is the primary gateway to the Okanagan from B.C.'s most populous regions, the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Capital Region. To find out more about what West Kelowna has to offer:


Population Growth



The City of West Kelowna has a population of 34,930 (BC Statistics estimate, 2016) and an area of 123.5 square kilometres. West Kelowna is the second most populous municipality in the Regional District of Central Okanagan, and third in the Okanagan Valley. West Kelowna is a rapidly growing community, recording the greatest rate increase among all Central Okanagan municipalities in 2016 with growth of 2.7% over 2015 (BC Statistics).

A Diverse Economy



The community has a diverse economy, which includes agriculture, construction, light industry, lumber manufacturing, retail, services, tourism and wineries. The City of West Kelowna has nearly 1,500 businesses and more than 13,000 households.

Services & Community



Incorporation



The City of West Kelowna was officially incorporated on December 6, 2007 as a District Municipality. Before then, the area had been governed as a rural area of the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) and the Province of British Columbia:

West Kelowna was reclassified from a District Municipality to a City on June 26, 2015. West Kelowna is British Columbia's 51st city.

Goals & Priorities



To date Council and staff have accomplished a great number of goals in the strategic plan, moving ahead on many items sooner than expected:

Contact Us



To learn more, please email us or call 778-797-1000.