Which City is Better to Live in? West Kelowna or Kelowna?

Which City is Better to Live in? West Kelowna or Kelowna?

If you are looking at making a move to the Central Okanagan and are stuck on a community to live in then you should check out some of our blogs as we cover areas like Vernon, Kamloops as well as the differences between Calgary and Kelowna.

In today’s blog and video below, I discuss the similarities and the differences between Kelowna and West Kelowna.

What are the Similarities between Kelowna and West Kelowna?

As you have probably guessed, both Kelowna and West Kelowna are located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes. They both offer a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. 

Both cities have neighbourhoods with a great focus on families, as well as easy access to all three levels of schools. Not only are there some amazing parks, ball diamonds and soccer and football fields but you also have access to whatever sport our kids want to play through various sports leagues.

In fact, I did a video on those Kelowna sports leagues in the link right above my head!

They both obviously enjoy a thriving wine industry, with numerous wineries and vineyards in the area. Visitors can enjoy wine tasting tours and explore the local cuisine.

Both Kelowna and West Kelowna have stunning beaches that are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. Some of the most popular beaches in the area include Gyro Beach and the Downtown Park in Kelowna and Gellatly Bay Beach in West Kelowna.

I would say that’s pretty much where the similarities end so now, let's take a look at the differences between Kelowna and West Kelowna.

What are the Main Differences Between Kelowna and West Kelowna?

West Kelowna is much smaller compared to Kelowna. It has a more laid-back atmosphere and is known for its stunning natural scenery and peaceful lifestyle. The population of West Kelowna sits at just over 38,000 people and makes it the third largest city in the Okanagan.

Kelowna, on the other hand, is a much larger city with a population sitting around 142,000 people. The city has a bustling downtown core and a vibrant nightlife and is also home to universities and colleges, making it a popular destination for students.

As we have already established, both cities have some amazing wineries to choose from, if we are looking specifically at spirits, wine and beer, I would say this is where the similarities end as Kelowna has a burgeoning craft beer scene that is currently not even close to be being rivaled by West Kelowna.

Kelowna has a more diverse economy, with industries such as technology, healthcare, and tourism driving its growth, while West Kelowna is more focused on agriculture and tourism."

So there you have it, the top similarities and differences between Kelowna and West Kelowna. 

If you are thinking of relocating or selling your current home and making a move to Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna or Lake Country, then we should talk.

You can always shoot me an email to or give me a call at 778-716-7527.


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