In an age when room to breathe is more important than ever, living in a place that offers doorstep entertainment has become an attractive feature of small towns around the world. At the same time, remote working has led companies to reconsider the need for offices in traditional large centers such as Vancouver, Calgary or Toronto, especially when Class A offices are now available in larger centers. small like Kelowna.
The power of video calling has made it possible to work from home, and while some have the luxury of escaping to the vacation home by the lake, many employees wonder why they still have to live in big cities.
Nestled in the interior of British Columbia, on the shores of Okanagan Lake, is a town with small town charm but with big town amenities – a place Canadians have vacationed for decades. However, it is quickly becoming more than just a vacation destination as COVID-19 forces businesses and their employees to seek a healthy work-life balance where they live.
It’s called Kelowna, and these are 10 reasons why top companies are setting up shop here.
Open spaces in the city
From winding trails overlooking the city to the sandy shores of Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is home to more than 200 parks, beaches and green spaces. With so many places to go, there is always enough room to breathe without having to worry about crowded spaces.
Four seasons playground
Kelowna’s climate lends itself to four defined play seasons, from lake days in the summer to powder days in Big White in the winter, and plenty of time for spring and fall activities in between. The people of Kelowna enjoy all kinds of outdoor recreation year-round and are only limited by the number of hours per day.
Kelowna’s resilient, diverse and innovative farming community produces world-class fruits, vegetables and other fresh produce that enable farm-to-table meals. They are an integral part of the healthy food system, economy and culture.
Kelowna also produces wine – lots of wine. With nearly 200 wineries in the Okanagan Valley and 40 considered to be in the city itself, Kelowna serves some of the best wines in the world just steps from the vineyards. Adding to the selection of local drinks is an emerging craft beer scene which has ignited new energy in the city and means that locals can find a unique beer in almost every corner of the city.
Compared to other major centers across the country, Kelowna’s relative affordability and stylishly designed new developments in each of the most popular neighborhoods make housing here a bright spot in crowded markets like Vancouver and Toronto. Not only does the cost of living make sense, but the cost of commercial office space is making pennies on the bottom line for the many businesses that continue to move offices to Kelowna.
Most famous for its only wine-making mecca, Kelowna is now home to a booming tech sector that has overtaken the region’s tourism industry in terms of annual economic impact. Manufacturing, construction, healthcare and agriculture all contribute to a diverse labor market and a thriving local economy.
Connected from near and far
Home to one of Canada’s busiest airports, living in Kelowna means international reach and easy connectivity to all major Canadian metropolitan areas. For business or adventure, Kelowna International Airport is the local link to the world.
Four hours by car to Vancouver, five hours to the Alberta border in the Rocky Mountains, two hours to the US border and four hours in the heart of the pristine Kootenay region, Kelowna is BC Interior’s hub for business travelers and adventurers. .
Kelowna’s future is bright, with thousands of bright minds graduating from major post-secondary centers each year. The University of British Columbia Okanagan and Okanagan College each offer a wide range of certificate, diploma and degree programs that inspire professionals of all ages and fuel the local job market.
Culture and entertainment
Kelowna’s downtown cultural district features international studios, galleries, theaters, museums, and restaurants that locals can enjoy when they’re not attending world-class events. The pinnacle of local sports culture is the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, a successful franchise since 1995, graduating some of the best players in the NHL, and the Okanagan Sun, one of the teams. the most successful in the history of junior football.
High level medical care
Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) is the acute health care facility in the central Okanagan, providing high-level specialist medical care and training the professionals of tomorrow through its medical education unit . As one of Interior Health’s two tertiary referral hospitals, KGH has leading specialists in almost every area of health as well as one of BC Cancer’s six regional care centers.
A booming business district
Located in downtown Kelowna, the Landmark District is currently home to over 200 businesses in many industries. It will soon include over one million square feet of Class A office space with the addition of a seventh tower, which is expected to be completed in spring 2022. The newest addition to the Landmark District is attracting businesses from across the Canada who are looking for innovative office space and the work-life balance value that Kelowna’s All-Season Playground provides.
Now more than ever, companies that typically choose large centers are considering the needs of their employees and realizing the potential of small-town charm and big-city amenities in Kelowna, including Class A office space built. according to the needs and the culture of the company.
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As a family business and based in Kelowna for over 62 years, Stober Group provides exceptional and award-winning design, construction and project development services that have continually pushed the boundaries of community design since day one. The latest addition to the Stober Group portfolio, Landmark 7, will add 225,000 square feet of innovative retail space to the Landmark District, making it the largest Class A office tower between Vancouver and Calgary. For more information on Kelowna’s thriving business district, visit LandmarkCentre.ca.