Kelowna is a desirable destination for all ages with lots to do, no matter the season. Throughout the valley you can find 45 golf courses, over 160 camping areas, and a total of 65 scenic provincial parks.
Kelowna’s downtown core is located a scenic 15 minute drive from the McKinley Beach community. Bernard Avenue plays host to a variety of local and well-known restaurants and bars offering a variety of great food and beverages. You can also find an arts and cultural district featuring galleries, theatres, and outdoor performances. Shoppers will also delight at the selection of name-brand stores and the unique boutique shopping experience offered by the downtown area.
All four distinct seasons provide opportunity for a host of activities. Summers provide a comfortable dry heat with over 2000 average hours of sunshine per year with average temperatures of above thirty degrees. Spring and Fall are a great time to take a hike and enjoy local events and offer picturesque views of the Valley as the foliage and landscape changes with the seasons.
During the winter months, there are three local mountain resorts within a 75 minute drive for you to enjoy. Big White is the largest and closest located only 50 minutes from McKinley Beach and offers a variety of terrain and a bustling winter village.
On the viticultural side of things, the Okanagan Wine industry is gaining recognition all over the world. In the local valley alone, there are over 9,900 acres of planted vineyards. Thanks to diverse terrain combined with distinct microclimates and soil types, the area is a true winemakers playground with over 90% of wine being produced in BC originating in the Okanagan Valley.
For those looking to attend school or teach, the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus is located only a few minutes from the McKinley Beach community. UBCO is a state-of-the-art centre for research and learning with a thriving on-site campus, and a large health-studies facility at the Kelowna General Hospital.
The Okanagan Valley is additionally becoming well known for its booming technology sector that continues to advance new technological developments and provides job growth, primarily in the Kelowna area. According to a 2016 report from Kelowna’s tech sector incubator, Accelerate Okanagan, 7,600 people are employed by the Okanagan technology sector, with an overall economic impact of $1.3 billion.