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Okanagan Lake public foreshore in Kelowna Rising Water Rising Costs

If Floods Are a Constant – Are Temporary Measures Enough?

Okanagan Lake and all of its creeks and streams have always flooded. Dams have been built but water levels continue to dramatically rise and fall. That fluctuation is natural and is not a problem. The very expensive problem for us all is that, in the recent past, houses and other structures were foolishly built on known flood plains….

Kelowna gets serious about homelessness and maybe housing needs overall.
Kelowna gets serious about homelessness and maybe housing needs overall.
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The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week May 7 – 13

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Herman Noordermeer's "Me and ?", part of the Okanagan Print Triennial exhibition at the KAG.
Herman Noordermeer's "Me and ?", part of the Okanagan Print Triennial exhibition at the KAG.
The Week That Was

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week April 30 – May 6

In case you’ve been out having a groovy life in the sunny Okanagan (which…


Westcorp Wusses Out Because Of Course They Do.
Westcorp Wusses Out Because Of Course They Do.
The Week That Was

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week April 23-29

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


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First-past-the-post masks the true political diversity of BC.

November is Coming: Proportional Representation Referendum

Guest Contributor Kelly Hutchinson | April 30, 2018

Electoral reform has been a major issue in Canada and BC since the early…


Luppolo picks up Best in Show and more at the Okanagan Fest of Ale. BNA, Bad Tattoo and BC Tree Fruits scored wins too.

Who Picked up the Hardware at the Fest of Ale? Okanagan Brewers Represent

Hello Kelowna Staff | April 18, 2018

Local brewers BNA and BC Tree Fruits garnered some ‘best in class’ accolades at…


The Scrap the Speculation Tax website's developers have quite the infamous client list.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week April 9-15

Jason Stewart | April 14, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Um, someone tell Mission Group that this is Kelowna.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week April 2-8

Jason Stewart | April 8, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


There will be more public consultation on busking before the bylaws introduced earlier in the week are finally amended.

The Long Weekend Recap – Local News from the Week March 25-April 2

Jason Stewart | April 1, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Feel Left Out of Kelowna's Housing Discussion? Have Your Say Here!

Feel Left Out of Kelowna’s Housing Discussion? Have Your Say Here!

Hello Kelowna Staff | March 27, 2018

We have certainly heard from Kelowna and West Kelowna’s councils about where they stand…


The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week March 18-25

Jason Stewart | March 25, 2018

Every Sunday we’ll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Kelowna late winter 2016. Photo: Hello Kelowna.

Healthy Housing, Kelowna and the Speculation Tax

Jason Stewart | March 19, 2018

The Real Estate Services Manager for the City of Kelowna recently submitted a report…


A photo from Aliki Salmas' new coffee table book called Vineyard Dogs of the Okanagan.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week March 12-18

Hello Kelowna Staff | March 18, 2018

Every Sunday we’ll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


My morning coffee ritual this week was greeted with tweets, links, and posts from local media claiming that Kelowna is against the new spec tax.

Opinion: Is Kelowna Media Manufacturing Consent Against the Spec Tax?

Chantal Weill | March 11, 2018

As this week progressed, our local media continually updated us on the city’s position…


Barrel tastings, winemaker's dinners, parties, learning opportunities and more at the Spring Okanagan WIne Festival.

The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival is About to Wrap Up – Our Round Up of Events

Hello Kelowna Staff | March 9, 2018

It’s that time of year again. The wineries may be working hard all year…


New Town Services is proposing this 15 storey tower to fit into the South Pandosy neighbourhood. Note the couple catching a moment in the foreground by the Suzuki during this magic hour.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week March 5-11

Hello Kelowna Staff | March 9, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news from the past week. This…


The outdoor lights are programmed to come on, but nobody's been home since September.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week Feb 26-March 4

Chantal Weill | March 4, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news from the past week. This…


The new hotel rendering incorporated into the existing Queensway area. Photo collage by Hello Kelowna.

The Sunday Recap – The Westcorp Hotel City Council Approval Edition Feb 19-25

Jason Stewart | February 24, 2018

Following an extremely long city council meeting that ended well past midnight this past…


Poplar Grove at the entrance to the Naramata Bench.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week Feb 12-18

Jason Stewart | February 18, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news from the past week. This…


Kelowna West By-election Part 3: What to Watch For

Chantal Weill | February 13, 2018

Hey-ho Kelowna West! Tomorrow’s the big day to finally send someone to Victoria to…


La Lupita opens at 1570 Water St.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week Feb 5-11

Hello Kelowna Staff | February 11, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


All Candidates Forum Downtown – What they Said

Kelowna West By-election Part 2: All Candidates Forum Downtown – What they Said

Hello Kelowna Staff | February 4, 2018

Friday’s lunchtime brown bag All Candidates Forum for the upcoming Kelowna West by-election was…


Chef Alex Chen's parfait of wild BC shellfish, northern divine caviar & bulls kelp "brioche".

The Canadian Culinary Championships in Pictures

Jason Stewart | February 4, 2018

The Canadian culinary scene descended on Kelowna these past two days for The Canadian…


There's tons of ways to get snuggly with your SO in the Okanagan this Valentine's Day.

Va-Va-Va Valentine! Hot Dates in the Okanagan

Hello Kelowna Staff | February 3, 2018

For Valentines and Galentines, Tinder dates and soul mates, this February 14th (along with…


Clement Business Park will feature 24 units, each with approximately 160 square metres of first-floor space.

Industrial Chic? Proposals are in for the Clement Corridor

Jason Stewart | February 1, 2018

With five buildings to be developed on the wide swath of vacant land along…


Summerland's TH Wines opens their doors Easter weekend.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week, Jan 22-28

Jason Stewart | January 28, 2018

Every Sunday we’ll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Candidates right to left: Robert Stupka (Green), Shelley Cook (NDP), MLA Ben Stewart (BC Liberals), and Kyle Geronazzo (Libertarian).

Kelowna West By-election Part 1: Meet the Candidates

Hello Kelowna Staff | January 25, 2018

The by-election for the dropout Christy Clark’s Kelowna West seat in the BC legislature…


Towne Centre Mall is set to become The District.

The Towne Centre Mall Set to Become “The District”

Jason Stewart | January 24, 2018

On Monday, city council approved the renovation plans for the Towne Centre Mall on…


The new 32 storey hotel from Westcorp.

Downtown Kelowna Hotel Proposal Goes Before Council February 20th

Hello Kelowna Staff | January 22, 2018

In advance of Westcorp’s meeting with city council next month regarding their ambitious and…


Bike sharing in Kelowna? (photo by Christina Moro)

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week, Jan 15-21

Hello Kelowna Staff | January 21, 2018

Every Sunday we’ll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Aqua features approximately 350 homes in three residential buildings.

Mission Group’s Aqua is Approved by the City

Jason Stewart | January 16, 2018

On Tuesday night, Kelowna city council in an 8-1 vote, approved plans for the…


Local News from the week.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week, Jan 8-14

Hello Kelowna Staff | January 13, 2018

Every Sunday we’ll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Anagram Properties / MQN Architects proposal for Clement Ave.

Rental Housing Project Proposed for Clement Ave.

Jason Stewart | January 11, 2018

You’ve probably seen the row of houses with sold signs across from the new…


Jonathan Nimerfroh captured this slurpee wave.

Five Web Dives for January 8

Jason Stewart | January 8, 2018

Welcome back to Five Dives. Occasionally, we’ll emerge from the internet depths and bring…


BC Bubbly 101: Frizzante, Pét Nat and Traditional

BC Bubbly 101: Frizzante, Pét Nat and Traditional Method Sparklers

Chantal Weill | December 29, 2017

Lucky us! Not only do we live in the heart of wine country, but…


The Ultimate Okanagan Mountain Round Up

The Ultimate Okanagan Mountain Round Up

Chantal Weill | December 25, 2017

Snow is piling up in BC, and the Okanagan mountains and resorts are gearing…


Top 10 Movies, TV Series and Songs – Mega List of 2017

Top 10 Movies, TV Series and Songs – Mega List of 2017

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 17, 2017

It’s that picky time of year again, and honestly we’re grateful. As we begin…


Tis the Season for Live Concert Announcements

Tis the Season for Live Concert Announcements

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 16, 2017

A flurry of live concert events have been announced over the last few weeks…


Five Web Dives for December 18

Five Web Dives for December 18

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 12, 2017

Welcome back to Five Dives. Every Monday, we’ll emerge from the internet depths and…


Five Web Dives for December 11

Five Web Dives for December 11

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 11, 2017

Welcome to the fourth installment of our new feature, Five Dives. Every Monday, we’ll…


The Naramata Packing House Land Has A Buyer

The Naramata Packing House Land Has A Buyer

Jason Stewart | December 6, 2017

The small quiet waterfront village of Naramata, known for its seat in the heart…


Five Web Dives for November 27

Five Web Dives for December 4

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 4, 2017

Welcome to the third installment of our new feature, Five Dives. Every Monday, we’ll…


The New Tourism Centre Broke Ground - Why Do Some People Still Have a Problem With It?

The New Tourism Centre Broke Ground – Why Do Some People Still Have a Problem With It?

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 1, 2017

Tourism Kelowna recently broke ground on their new location by Kerry Park, and the…


Five Web Dives for December 4

Five Web Dives for November 27

Hello Kelowna Staff | November 27, 2017

Welcome to our new feature, Five Dives. Every Monday, we’ll emerge from the internet…


Have You Seen the Latest Proposal for Capri Mall?

Have You Seen the Latest Proposal for Capri Mall?

Jason Stewart | November 27, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, the final public forum for the year discussing the…


Five Web Dives for November 20

Five Web Dives for November 20

Hello Kelowna Staff | November 20, 2017

Welcome to our new feature, Five Dives. Every Monday, we’ll emerge from the internet…


Sigh.

Imagine This: Downtown Kelowna has a New Movie Theatre

Jason Stewart | November 10, 2017

New theatre brings the movies back to downtown Kelowna!” Sounds cool sure, but would…


BC Craft Beer and the Power of Design

BC Craft Beer and the Power of Design

Chantal Weill | October 28, 2017

Recently the British Columbia Beer Awards bestowed the hardware and accolades on the best…


Does Downtown Kelowna Have a Parking Problem?

Does Downtown Kelowna Have a Parking Problem?

Jason Stewart | October 23, 2017

The nice thing about our charming downtown is that you don’t need a car…


Scary Monsters, Super Freaks. Art on the Dark Side.

Scary Monsters, Super Freaks. Art on the Dark Side.

Hello Kelowna Staff | October 18, 2017

All Hallows Eve may have worshipped the saints and other departed souls, or had…


Kelowna Can Haz Cat Café?

Kelowna Can Haz Cat Café?

Hello Kelowna Staff | September 21, 2017

Following the success of a number of cat café launches across the country, Kelowna…


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