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Kelowna, BC Over-hyped?

Aside from Okanagan Lake and slightly better shopping than the other BC “K” town Kamloops (or as the locals call it “The Loops”) this place is rather overrated. Due to all the time shares, there really isn’t an onus toward new developments. I still have to go to Vancouver to see a specialist, and what constitutes as “bike paths” are just a lane along HWY 97 next to heavy traffic.

Sent by Crystal from Kelowna, British Columbia

3 Responses to “Kelowna, BC Over-hyped?”

  1. Mac Says:

    Are you new to the area or have you been there a long time? Are the things the city is lacking making you consider moving elsewhere?

  2. Stacey Says:

    It’s true, after reading about Creative Cities, I’m not sure Kelowna has what it takes to survive with the gusto it’s shown in the past. Here’s 5 reasons why I think Kamloops is quickly rising to surpass its cherished Okanagan neighbour: Thompson Rivers University is a beautiful campus within walking distance of all amenities; Sun Peaks Resort is a world renoun Ski/Mountain Bike/Golf Resort and is championed by Nancy Greene herself; The Kamloops Art Gallery is housed along with the public library in a amazing architectural building downtown; a stronger demographic mix and a more diverse economy not entirely reliant on tourism.

  3. Crystal Says:

    Mac, I have been here for about 2 years. I was born in “The ‘Loops”, hover lived up around Terrace during highschool. I did graduate TRU, and yes Stacey, it is a beautiful campus, and very walkable, unlike UBCO which is a 20 minute drive out of Kelowna. My main concern with Kelowna is that it primarily caters to the retirement demographic without considering who is going to support that demographic in terms of hospital/emergency staff, food services, infrastructure…in the summer Kelowna is a popular Miami wanna-be amoung those in their early 20’s however for those in the 25-35 age range, there are few activities after visiting the wineries. Don’t even get me started on the mating market. I actually look forward to Richard Florida coming here and giving a talk in a few weeks. Perhaps I might get some more insights on the area.

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