Visitors and neighbouring residents alike are drawn to the Okanagan for its beautiful scenery and lifestyle. Awarded with the number two most beautiful beaches in all of Canada (only trailing behind Tofino, BC), this region promises a beautiful area to visit and live year round.
The Okanagan enjoys a moderate winter climate in town with champagne powder in the mountains. World-class ski resorts such as Big White, Silver Star and Apex are within a short driving distance of the main cities. Other activities such as Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are also popular. In the summer, beautiful beaches and hot dry summers lure vacationers from around the globe. Boating, hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking, and cycling are all in abundance – just to name a few.
The Central Okanagan is the most populated of Interior Health’s service areas. It has a population of over 313,253, and covers an area over 20,000 square kilometers. There are three major urban centers: Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton. A little more urban than other health service areas, the Okanagan still has rural areas and a strong sense of community.
Health care improvements
The Okanagan has been a major site of acute care renovations, including the major hospital expansion projects underway for Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital. The Polson Tower in Vernon opened its doors in late 2011 with an estimated cost of $81 million. The Kelowna General Hospital expansion is adding a six-storey high 360,000 square feet new Centennial Patient Care Tower that will combine and consolidate outpatient services in to one facility. The expansion projects are building capacity to meet the demands of the Okanagan’s growing population and are estimated to cost over $700 million.
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Our local communities
The following cities and towns make up the Okanagan region.