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VANCOUVER / KELOWNA
Places to Visit
CURRENCY - Canadian dollar (C$)
HISTORY - Vancouver is Canada’s Gateway to the Pacific Rim. Located beside the Pacific Ocean and bordered by mountains, it is a city of picturesque beauty. It is also on of the most populated urban areas in Canada – a city of new immigrants blending old and new Canadians, urban and rural values, land and sea.
The unique charm and advantage of Vancouver is the range of things for visitors to do and see. There aren’t too many cities in the world that can combine a big city lifestyle and outdoor recreation in such close proximity. You can ski in the morning, sail in the afternoon and take in some dinner & dancing; all in one day.
Vancouver enjoys an active yet laid-back lifestyle. It’s clean, colorful and friendly, with an open cosmopolitan flair. And it has some of the best shopping anywhere in North America!
POPULATION - 2,000,000
Land Area: 41 sq miles
LANGUAGE: English, French
WEATHER - Vancouver has one of the mildest climates in the country. June to early October is when there's less rain and temperatures are warm and daylight hours, long. It rarely snows in the city over winter, but when it does, it tends to melt quickly or get washed away by the rain. Vancouver is guaranteed to get wet. When the clouds settle in and the rain pours down, it can do so for days on end.
Average Summer High – 20 - 25°C
Average Winter Low – 0 - 5°C
ELECTRICITY - 110-120V 60HzHz , American-style plug with two parallel flat blades above a circular grounding pin, Japanese-style plug with two parallel flat blades.
KELOWNA - Located approximately 240 miles (400 kms) from Vancouver, in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Kelowna the largest and liveliest of the central Okanagan communities. It is one of the fastest emerging tourist destinations in the world and a sought after address for year-round recreation and entertainment. And it’s easy to see why.
Kelowna is nestled among mountains, fresh water lakes and a majestic backdrop, in what is best described as Canada’s four-season playground. It boasts long warm summers and short mild winters. Although it hosts visitors from around the world, Kelowna is still relatively undiscovered and never too crowded. With miles of parkland, sandy beaches, wineries, orchards and a thriving cultural district, there is never a shortage of things to do or see in Kelowna.
POPULATION - 107,000
WEATHER - Warm summers are characterized by low humidity, along with relatively mild winters.
Average Summer High: 24°C – 28°C
Winter Temperature Range: -7°C – 3°C