A Tale of Two Communities

West Kelowna and Westbank, commonly referred to as ‘the Westside’ by locals, is a tale of two communities, each quite new, but very unique.

These communities are located on the west side of Okanagan Lake, opposite of the City of Kelowna. The area is a popular tourist destination and is home to well-known attractions such as Mission Hill Family Estate winery, Quails Gate Winery, the Gellatly Nut Farm and Mt. Boucherie. It is located along Highway 97 as is the first community reached when travelling east to the Okanagan via the Coquihalla Connector.

In Westbank one will find modern day shopping in a big box retail environment, along with residential neighbourhoods of all sizes. This community is governed by Westbank First Nation which in 2005, became the first self-governing First Nation community in Canada. Subtle cultural reminders can be seen throughout this bustling community of over 9,000 aboriginal and non-aboriginal residents. The Syilix language of the Okanagan Nation can be seen on many street signs, as well, visual art and symbols have been incorporated into signage throughout the area.

West Kelowna  is the larger of the two communities and it is home to over 32,000 residents. The landscape of West Kelowna is a mix of residential neighbourhoods, rolling hills of orchards and vineyards, small store shopping and services, along with some light industry. Although West Kelowna has a rich history in agriculture and forestry, it is actually a very new community. In 2007 the area incorporated into a District Municipality and ever since then has been making a name for itself.

West Kelowna and Westbank have formed a seamless community to visitors that transcends borders. We know that when visitors are here they will be taken in by our stunning scenic vistas, the beautiful lake views as well as the warm and welcoming hospitality of the two communities.

 

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