Okenagan Valley

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Okenagan Valley

Postby kayte » Fri 22 Jun 2012 17:33

We are a British family of four ( two boys age 11 and 8) researchng a move to OkenaganValley - can anyone give us feedback and thoughts if they have already made that move and how it turned out. Thanks
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Postby Graeme » Fri 22 Jun 2012 19:42

We've had a few move to the Okanagan (no 'e' in the name) sometimes spelled Okanogan. It's a great area to live with long hot summers and shortish cool winters with close by ski hills, wineries, forests/camping etc etc. The job prospects are okay depending on your skill set, better skills=better job. All the usual systems are good such as schooling, health, government offices etc it's a fairly densely populated area (for Canada) with a lot of retirees (driving in the Okanagan sucks unless you like to go very very slowly) and older folks. The shopping is almost as good as Vancouver. Downsides are it has a drug problem but doesn't everywhere nowadays, it does get a bit socked in, in the winter due to the valley shape and size. It's a long thin valley so travelling one end to the other can be a pain as there is only one good road north to south and that goes right through Kelowna. The people on the board that have moved and commented seem to have had a reasonably good experience, it depends so much on your attitude and willingness to give it your all, if not then perhaps it's not for you. let me know if there are any specific questions I can answer for you.
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