[vc_row margin_bottom=”30″][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading=”The Okanagan Valley, BC” main_heading_color=”#3d9ed2″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Allura|font_call:Allura” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:72px;tablet:48px;tablet_portrait:48px;mobile_landscape:36px;mobile:36px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:72px;tablet:48px;tablet_portrait:48px;mobile_landscape:36px;mobile:36px;” el_class=”no-bottom-margin” sub_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;tablet:24px;tablet_portrait:24px;mobile_landscape:18px;mobile:18px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;tablet:24px;tablet_portrait:24px;mobile_landscape:18px;mobile:18px;”][/ultimate_heading][ultimate_spacer height=”30″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1466092010447{border-radius: 1px !important;}”]The Okanagan’s gentle climate (hot summers and temperate winters), relaxed lifestyle and abundant recreational and cultural amenities have led to its international reputation as one of the most desirable places to live in Canada.

Did you know?:

1) The Okanagan Valley is one of the warmest regions in Canada and also boasts mild, beautiful winters.

2) Some of the areas stunning amenities and features include its orchards and vineyards, majestic (mountainous) views, crystal clear lakes and substantive all-season activities.

3) Health care (and health care related), agriculture, tourism, hospitality, high-tech and manufacturing are some of the key industries in the local economy.

4) Many Canadians who have seen their recreational properties appreciate in the U.S. are selling and redirecting their investments to this region taking advantage of the low Canadian dollar. This trend is anticipated to continue.

5) The area is showing some of the strongest property appreciation in all of Canada.

6) There are over 100 exceptional wineries in the region.

7) Lake Okanagan reaches a depth of 761ft and is home to the legend of Ogopogo.

8) Vernon is home of Predator Ridge Resort with it’s stunning setting, wildlife, outstanding residences & world class golf course represents only a few of the many attributes of this unique community. It is the Official Summer Home to Hockey Canada. Predator Ridge is also home to Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa, owned by Austria’s world renowned Swarovski family, located at the very top of a mountain. This entire development is truly amazing!

9) Vernon is just a 20 minute scenic drive from the Kelowna airport with direct (vs. “one-stop” connecting), low cost flights from many cities including Seattle and more… with Winnipeg direct flights debuting the summer/fall of 2016. The Okanagan Valley is accessible to all.

10) Many NHL players and coaches live in the area.

11) We’ve opened a second LEDO-house-key (& RE/MAX) office in the Okanagan Valley to coincide with our Manitoba office and licensed team representation.

Looking for an investment property, a family vacation spot, active retirement (or semi-retirement) spot or home setting of your dreams? Its an incredible lifestyle (for all ages) and a great place to live spending quality time with family and friends. It’s not beyond your reach. Consider the fabulous Okanagan Valley… just like WE DID!

Investing in the U.S. (or simply outside of Canada for that matter) has many tax and other implications to consider. It’s not as simple, easy, or cost effective as some people think. Own a piece of Canadian paradise instead… keeping your money in Canada… free to partake and enjoy the many benefits of being Canadian. Enjoy without time limits, restrictions nor exposing yourself to a variety of potential vulnerabilities to your status &/or finances when investing &/or living (even part time) outside the country. All things considered, the Okanagan Valley is a proposition with no downside plus it’s much easier for your family, extended family, friends or relatives to visit.

Want to learn more about the Okanagan Valley and the many opportunities or possibilities it provides? Call us Toll Free at 1-844-291-1953.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”30″]

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His Worship Akbal Mund

His Worship Akbal Mund

Akbal Singh Mund, a prominent Vernon businessman, is Vernon’s mayor.

A long-term proponent of Vernon is also a fresh-thinking political outsider, having never served as a councilor prior to his Mayoral win. Of South Asian decent, he succeeded Rob Sawatzky who decided not to seek reelection in 2014.

He was president of the Greater Vernon 2012 B.C. Winter Games, co-founder of Wendy’s Dreamlift Day, president of the North Okanagan Sports Society and president of the Vernon Soccer Association. He was named Vernon’s Good Citizen of the Year in 2012.

“I am delighted to serve the residents of Vernon. We moved here in 1993 and bought into the Wendy’s franchise. I met my wife Tania here and we now have two preteen daughters. Over the past 20 years I have been active in our community, playing soccer and softball, sitting on various boards, and helping and supporting many organizations.”

“During my tenure as the Mayor of the City of Vernon, we will continue to grow the economy and create family-supporting jobs through responsible development that is sustainable and environmentally acceptable by the citizens. We hope to create a legacy for Vernon as the city of choice for business and families to live and prosper in the Okanagan Valley.”[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”30”]

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His Worship Colin Basran

First elected to Kelowna City Council in 2011
Served as a Councillor for one term
Elected Mayor in 2014

Colin Basran called his youth an asset and his ethnicity irrelevant in his successful bid to become the next mayor of Kelowna.

The 37-year-old former journalist-turned-REALTOR became the city’s youngest mayor-elect in convincing fashion to easily defeat former mayor Sharon Shepherd.

“I think that Kelowna, like other cities in our country, is ready to embrace the next generation of leadership,” said Basran, who won 18 of the city’s 19 polling stations.

“As far as being the first person of color (to become mayor), it says a lot about Kelowna that we’re an inclusive city and it doesn’t matter the color of your skin,” he said. “I hope Kelowna voters voted for me because I was the best candidate to move our city forward.”

Basran has a South Asian background and mentioned often during the campaign that his family came to the Kelowna area a century ago. He was on city council for one term before deciding to run for mayor, and his campaign drew some endorsements from some high-profile members of the business and development community.

“This is an honor and a privilege that I will not wear lightly as we build upon the positive momentum and keep Kelowna moving forward. It’s time to tell the world about Kelowna, not just as a place of unlimited appeal for recreational and tourism opportunities, but also an extraordinary place for innovation, socially and economically,” he said.

Some Basran supporters said they were impressed by his focus on trying to promote Kelowna as more of a high-tech center. “He’s trying to create more of a community that supports young professionals,” said Reid Schretlen, a 31-year-old video technology entrepreneur. “He’s an impressive young guy with some new thinking, which we need in Kelowna,” said Avta Lalli, 50.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column]

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[ultimate_spacer height=”30″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row margin_bottom=”30″][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Tourism is a major economic contributor to the Okanagan. Here are some websites providing information, events, activities and more:

The Okanagan Valley has been named by USA Today as the world’s second best wine region to visit amongst a list of the top 10 worldwide wine destinations.

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“By the numbers” – Regional Comparisons:

There are four school districts in the Okanagan Valley serving communities as follows:

North: Vernon School District # 22 and North Okanagan Shuswap School District # 83* (Note: School District #83 includes communities outside of the Okanagan Valley resulting in a higher student head count for this region).

Central: Central Okanagan School District # 23
South: Okanagan Similkameen School District # 53

Vernon and West Kelowna populations growing faster than province.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row margin_bottom=”30″][vc_column]

[ultimate_spacer height=”30″][vc_single_image image=”10800″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”North Okanagan” main_heading_color=”#3d9ed2″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Allura|font_call:Allura” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:48px;tablet:48px;tablet_portrait:48px;mobile_landscape:36px;mobile:36px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:48px;tablet:48px;tablet_portrait:48px;mobile_landscape:36px;mobile:36px;” el_class=”no-bottom-margin” sub_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;tablet:24px;tablet_portrait:24px;mobile_landscape:18px;mobile:18px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;tablet:24px;tablet_portrait:24px;mobile_landscape:18px;mobile:18px;”][/ultimate_heading][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1456700234533{border-radius: 1px !important;}”](Vernon, Coldstream, Oyama, Enderby, Armstrong)[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”5″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1458677898219{border-radius: 1px !important;}”]Vernon BC is home to approximately 38,000 people.

Greater Vernon includes the City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, and surrounding areas.

Located in the heart of BC’s renowned Okanagan Valley, nestled conveniently between Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, BC, Vernon is a veritable four-season playground.

Vernon is the oldest incorporated city in the Okanagan Valley, and lies in the ranch-lands and low rolling hills surrounded by the Monashee mountains.

Vernon is the largest city and the commercial center of the North Okanagan. It is large enough to offer the amenities most people want, and yet small enough to retain small-town charm and low living costs. Its central location makes it easy for people to travel in and out, and there is so much to see and do in the area. The lifestyle offers active and healthy living at a relaxed pace.

Tourism, hospitality, health care, high-tech, agriculture and manufacturing are some of the top sectors of the economy.

The city of Kelowna is a very short scenic drive as is the Kelowna International Airport which is located just prior to entering the city.

Vernon has the best of all worlds. Embraced by three lakes – Okanagan, Kalamalka and Swan Lake and surrounded by forested and snow-capped mountain peaks, it has beaches, world class golf resorts, fabulous wineries and some of the best skiing and boarding in North America at Silver Star Mountain. All of this is just 30 minutes from an international airport. The four season climate of the Okanagan is also exceptional – warm winters and sunny summers. What more could anyone want!

Vernon is a great option for those looking for the Okanagan Valley lifestyle. It’s all about location. Vernon is full of opportunities, great value and choices.

Downtown Vernon is a perfect starting or stopping point to all adventure in the North Okanagan, offering something for everyone. While strolling through our quaint city streets, you will find unique boutiques and specialty shops, eclectic restaurants, exciting nightlife, cultural attractions, and more. Vernon’s Downtown is at the center of it all — a scenic 20 minute drive to the world-class skiing of Silver Star Mountain Resort , and just five minutes away from two beautiful Okanagan lakes – Kalamalka and Lake Okanagan.

Real Estate in Vernon is diverse and offers a wide variety of opportunities; from lake-shore developments with gorgeous views, to acreage’s, to family neighborhoods, and all with varying price points. As in every other location in British Columbia, local real estate is subject to market trends, as well as supply and demand in the larger regional economy.

With the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and Okanagan, Kalamalka and Swan Lakes, Vernon has become both a major year-round vacation spot and an attractive place for those searching for the perfect balance of small-town charm and modern conveniences of urban living

Recreational real estate in the North Okanagan is in high demand. Predator Ridge & Silver Star are unique and active “all-season” resorts. These are communities offering year activities for its residents ongoing throughout each season. There is always great interest in Predator Ridge & Silver Star properties. As each season approaches, there is regular and strong interest in recreational real estate located near golf courses such as Predator Ridge Resort, ski hills such as Silver Star, and locations near or adjacent to our beautiful lakes. With such a variety of recreational opportunities each and every season, recreational property buyers can enjoy their purchase and unique communities every day, week and month of the year.

We currently live within Predator Ridge Resort and operate our BC real estate licenses full-time out of the RE/MAX Vernon offices focusing on the Central and North Okanagan Regions and beyond.

predator-ridgePredator Ridge offers you a way of life other people only dream about and a truly unique ownership opportunity in the Okanagan Valley. A special community defined by some of the most beautiful geography in the world, brought to life by invigorating activities and the great people who live here. Predator Ridge offers a truly unique approach to resort living and was established over 20 years ago. With a strong infrastructure in place, it is home to a thriving year round community. Predator Ridge is also a very pet friendly place to live.

All Okanagan real estate comes complete with 2000-plus hours of sunshine, easy access by ground or air, world class wineries, locally grown food and the best golfing climate in Canada. Add to that the diverse amenity package at Predator Ridge, and you will see why resort living in our Okanagan community is absolutely unparalleled.

Everything is on your doorstep: from golf, tennis, cycling, fitness, hiking plus two culturally rich urban centers (Vernon & Kelowna) each just a short drive away. The community boasts some of the region’s most stunning scenery which has been complemented by thoughtfully designed architecture expression to create a resort community like no other. There is a home for you at Predator Ridge that fits your life and style.

 

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[ultimate_spacer height=”30″][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Central Okanagan” main_heading_color=”#3d9ed2″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Allura|font_call:Allura” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:48px;tablet:48px;tablet_portrait:48px;mobile_landscape:36px;mobile:36px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:48px;tablet:48px;tablet_portrait:48px;mobile_landscape:36px;mobile:36px;” el_class=”no-bottom-margin” sub_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;tablet:24px;tablet_portrait:24px;mobile_landscape:18px;mobile:18px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;tablet:24px;tablet_portrait:24px;mobile_landscape:18px;mobile:18px;”][/ultimate_heading][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1456700300328{border-radius: 1px !important;}”](Kelowna, Peachland, Winfield, Lake Country)[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”5″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1456781562444{border-radius: 1px !important;}”]While the Central Okanagan Regional District has a population of approximately 180,000, Kelowna is home to approximately 118,00 people.

Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley boasting all the amenities of a major city – fine dining, unique shops and a vibrant cultural life – yet orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive of the downtown core. Spectacular vistas await those ready to explore; a delightful day can be spent sampling the award-winning wares of our numerous internationally-acclaimed wineries, or you may wish to visit one of several championship golf courses in the area.

Kelowna’s waterfront is lined with a multitude of beaches, parks and walkways, yet a short trip to the outskirts of the city and you’ll discover mountain trails, hiking and biking and opportunities to explore back country and nature.

The average daytime high during July and August is 27.40 C. The average daytime high during December and January is -0.30 C. The average low is -7.70 C. Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually and just over 11 inches of rain. Total annual precipitation is 366.4 mm. (280.7 mm. of rain and 105.5 cm. of snow).

Okanagan Lake is 145 km. (90 miles) long. Okanagan Lake Bridge (built in 1958) is the longest floating bridge in North America (7/8 mile). Kelowna encompasses 101.2 square miles.

The population of this region is approximately 500,000. The Council and Regional administrative staff have responsibility for the provision of overall planning, water and sanitary sewer services, health and social services, and major arterial roads across the Region.

Kelowna General Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive in the southern B.C. interior maintaining 329 beds. A full treatment cancer clinic opened in April, 1998. Kelowna is home to several local theater groups, a symphony orchestra, a museum and numerous art galleries.

Kelowna is home to Okanagan College and UBC (The University of British Columbia) Okanagan.[/vc_column_text]

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Every resident and tourist alike will agree that one of the jewels of the Okanagan is Kalamalka Lake – but what is it that gives the lake that alluring blue-green colour?

Kal Lake is one of only a handful of very special “marl lakes” that display the colorful reaction of limestone deposits to temperature change.

A marl or marlstone is a calcium carbonate or lime-rich mud or mudstone that contains variable amounts of clay and silt.

“It’s caused by limestone deposits left by receding glaciers. When the lake warms in the summer, dissolved limestone crystallizes, giving the lake a distinctive blue and green hue. When the lake cools, the limestone crystals disappear along with the characteristic color” explains Tourism Vernon.

Kalamalka Lake is reportedly named after an Okanagan First Nation chief. Kalamalka was a form of the word Kenamaska, the name of the chief who lived at the northern head of the lake.

Prior to being given that name, historians report Kalamalka Lake and Wood Lake were known as a single lake referred to by the First Nation as “Chilutsus” (Chil-loot-sus) meaning “long lake cut in the middle.”

It was officially named Kalamalka Lake in the 1950’s.

It is approximately 16 kilometers long, three kilometers wide at its widest point and has a maximum depth of 142 meters (466 feet).

This colorful lake is absolutely amazing to behold, view and enjoy (amongst others) when in the Vernon &/or Predator Ridge regions.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]kal-lake-and-vanessa[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]kal-lake[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]boating-kal-lake2[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1489250422437{border-radius: 1px !important;}”]Lake Okanagan:
It’s said by some to be home to its own lake monster – a giant serpent-like creature named

Cities bordering the lake include Vernon in the north, Penticton in the south, and Kelowna, as well as the municipalities of Lake Country (north of Kelowna), West Kelowna (west of Kelowna), Peachland (south of West Kelowna), and Summerland (north-west of Penticton).

Lake Okanagan, also called Okanagan Lake, is the largest lake in the Okanagan River drainage and is the core of the Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada.

The lake’s maximum depth is 232 meters.

Many parks and beaches are found along the shores of the lake, which make boating and swimming very popular activities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]