West Kelowna prides itself on strong neighbourhoods and a vibrant community presence. Come see for yourself why our city is the best place to work, live and play.
The City of West Kelowna is a visually stunning community in all seasons; its physical landscape is still dotted with evidence of its rich agricultural history. West Kelowna is nestled on gently sloping mountains on the central western shores of Okanagan Lake and is adjacent to the equally bustling Westbank First Nation.
West Kelowna is the fourth most populous municipality in the Okanagan Valley with an estimated population of 32,655 (2016 Census, Statistics Canada) and a total land area of 123.53 square kilometres. The city's population grew an estimated 5.7% percent from the time of the previous census in 2011 to 2016.
West Kelowna’s many neighbourhoods include Casa Loma, Gellatly Bay, Glenrosa, Lakeview Heights, Mission Hill/Sunnyside, Rose Valley/West Kelowna Estates, Shannon Lake, Smith Creek and Westbank Centre. Each of the neighbourhoods is unique and offers advantages such as lake views, close access to recreation and amenities, and vineyards only steps away.
You can click on neighbourhood icon below to read a short description of each area's characteristics and attributes. For 2011 Census data on each neighbourhood, please choose from the list of document links (PDFs) to the left. 2016 Census data by neighbourhood is not currently available.
Gellatly Bay is an emerging community with an approximate growth rate for the neighbourhood of 14.7% from 2006 to 2011. It captures the small town feel along Okanagan Lake while offering an abundance of commercial and retail services less than two kilometres away at Westbank Centre. Gellatly Bay is ideal for mature families, or individuals who enjoy being close to the water and a short distance away from amenities. The neighbourhood features a gorgeous waterfront path, as well as several other parks and beaches to make a splash in the summer including CNR Wharf, Willow Beach and the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. The neighbourhood has a high proportion of senior residents with 45% of the neighbourhood population over the age of sixty-five.
Lakeview Heights is ideal for those who appreciate balance; it offers rural living with large acreages in addition to numerous nearby retail locations and restaurants. Framed by views of Okanagan Lake, mountains, an extinct volcano and orchards, Lakeview Heights offers picturesque living. This quiet neighbourhood is complimented by urban amenities including a quaint shopping centre. In particular, Mount Boucherie Community Centre offers a variety of recreational activities and serves as a focal point for the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood features five of the wineries along the Westside Wine Trail, home to some of the most accomplished winemakers in the valley. Hudson Road Elementary School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School, which serves all of West Kelowna, are located in the neighbourhood.
The Mission Hill neighbourhood, which includes the Sunnyside neighbourhood, is ideal for mature families who desire spacious living outside the town centre. Offering scenic views of mountains, Okanagan Lake and vineyards, the area is home to the award winning wineries of Mission Hill Family Estate Winery and Quails’ Gate Estate Winery. The neighbourhood features rolling hills and panoramic vistas. The Mission Hill area is an intermediate neighbourhood in size with close to 2,800 residents, representing less than 10% of the district’s population. Nearly 90% of the neighbourhood population is of fifteen years of age or older. Chief Tomat Elementary School is located in the neighbourhood.
Rose Valley, also commonly referred to as West Kelowna Estates, is a developing neighbourhood ideal for young families. It is the second most populated neighbourhood in the city after the Glenrosa neighbourhood. Rose Valley has contains several hectares of park space. Featuring a variety of trails, particularly those in Rose Valley Regional Park, the neighbourhood has recreational activities suitable for the entire family. The neighbourhood offers urban amenities including the nearby conveniences of Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre. With plentiful outdoor space and a friendly community, the neighbourhood offers an attractive quality of life for families. Two elementary schools are located in the neighbourhood, namely Rose Valley Elementary School and the newly developed Mar Jok Elementary School.
Shannon Lake is a developing and popular neighbourhood situated with mountain views overlooking West Kelowna and Okanagan Lake. It is the third most populated neighbourhood in the city, following Glenrosa and Rose Valley. Shannon Lake is ideal for young active families who enjoy outdoor activities and being part of a strong community. It offers a range of amenities from golfing and fishing to hiking and biking. Centred around the shores of Shannon Lake, the neighbourhood features the greens of Shannon Lake Golf Course and the trails and fishing opportunities of Shannon Lake Regional Park. About 90% of census families are married or common law couples. Shannon Lake Elementary School and Constable Neil Bruce Middle School are located in the neighbourhood.
Smith Creek is ideal for families who desire spacious living and enjoy recreational activities such as hiking and biking. An assortment of trails and varied terrain make Smith Creek the perfect playground for the avid adventurist. A rural landscape and numerous working farms offer residents opportune access to local produce and give the area an agricultural feel. However, with the close proximity of Westbank Centre, residents can still access urban amenities for shopping and dining convenience. Several family homes, small acreages and active farms exist in the region.
Westbank Centre is ideal for families and mature residents who value the convenience of urban amenities. The neighbourhood offers shopping, restaurants, and parks all in extremely close proximity. Community events such as Westside Daze, the Westbank Farmers Market, and Music in the Park take place in Westbank Centre. The neighbourhood features recreational facilities including the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre and Kids Care Spray Park as well as amenities such as the public library. 66% of households in the neighbourhood are single-detached homes while the remaining structures are mostly apartment buildings, row housing and retirement residences. Ecole George Pringle Elementary School, West Kelowna's only French Immersion School, serves the neighbourhood.
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