VanWest College, established in 1988, is a Canadian college with campuses located in Vancouver and Kelowna, B.C. Each campus offers a welcoming environment where students will experience top quality programs, clean and safe city-life and breath-taking wilderness. We provide a diverse range of programs including: General English, EAP, English for Occupational Purposes, IELTS, BULATS, Family English, and Junior English. Homestay is available for international students who wish to further immerse...
Study English in the sunny and laid back Okanagan Valley in British Columbia
Kelowna is located in the heart of wine country in British Columbia in Canada. It’s a sunny destination that is especially popular in the summer months. It is located on the shores of Okanagan Lakes, a sparkling body of water that is a hotspot for boating, swimming and kite boarding. Kelowna is also popular in the winter, as many ski enthusiasts come from all over the world to ski at Big White Resort.
One of the major draws of this region is the world-class wines that are produced by various wineries throughout the Okanagan Valley. Living in this gorgeous part of Canada, you’ll enjoy the mild weather, the delicious local fruits and wines, the outdoor recreation activities and much more. And as Kelowna is a pretty bike friendly place, so you can use this healthy and eco-friendly mode of transport to get around.
What to do in Kelowna
The people of Kelowna enjoy an active lifestyle. On a sunny day, many flock to the Downtown City Park, where they enjoy a friendly atmosphere and playgrounds for the little ones. Another great place to relax is Bertram Park at the end of Lakeshore Road, which has stunning grassy areas and beaches to explore.
You can bike and hike in the local mountains, including Knox Mountain, Myra Canyon and Kettle Valley. If you don’t feel like hiking all the way up Knox Mountain, you can always drive most of the way to the top, grab a picnic basket and then walk the final five minutes to the viewpoint!
If you like history and culture, explore Guisachan Heritage Park - the main house, log house and expensive grounds make a lovely day out. Or visit Benvoulin Heritage Church, a pretty pioneer church that is now very popular for weddings.
Of course, living in Kelowna wouldn’t be complete without enjoying what the wine region has to offer. You can take a tour to the many wineries, sampling the wines and enjoying their beautiful surroundings. Some of the best wineries in the region include Summerhill Winery, Mission Hill Winery and Quail’s Gate Winery.
If you really want a thrill, why not zoom through the forest canopy on a zipline? There are a couple of options for zipline experiences, including Oyama Ziplines and Zipzone Adventure Park just outside of Kelowna. You will get an adrenaline rush from flying high into the forest canopy and seeing the forest stretched out below you.
Don’t miss the chance to get out on Okanagan Lake! You can rent a boat for an hour or a day and visit the quiet beaches, or head out on a sailing or fishing experience. And if you play or would like to try golf, there are some excellent golf courses in the area. Paddle boarding, kayaking and horseback riding are some of the other outdoor activities on offer if you study English in beautiful Kelowna.