Update: March 2022



Quail Ridge Community Garage Sale Is Back!


Save the Date: Saturday May 28th


More details to come…



Kelowna is the Fastest!


Data released by Statistics Canada shows that Kelowna is the fastest growing Census Metropolitan Area in Canada.

See: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/220209/t002a-eng.htm


For more information, the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commissions' Data Portal has done some excellent analysis of this census data. See: https://data.investkelowna.com/



Historic MOU and the Path Forward to Completion of the Okanagan Rail Trail


Last month, the Okanagan Indian Band, the District of Lake Country and the City of Kelowna today announced agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will pave the way toward building important health, safety and infrastructure improvements, including completion of the Okanagan Rail Trail.


Working within the spirit of the agreement, all parties are committed to meeting the following goals:


OKIB Objectives

  • the opportunity for water and sewer services to existing properties and availability of servicing for future developments

  • a road access to a parcel of land on the east side of Duck Lake, and

  • an Addition to Reserve for the Okanagan Rail Trail corridor.


Lake Country Objectives

  • to have Commonwealth Road opened as an arterial access to Jim Bailey Road from Highway 97 to address capacity issues on Beaver Lake Road

  • to complete the Okanagan Rail Trail

  • to secure interim sewer servicing from the City of Kelowna

  • dedication of a road right-of-way north from Beaver Lake Road to the Clearwater/Copperhill subdivision, and

  • a minor boundary adjustment.


City of Kelowna Objectives

  • to complete the development of the Okanagan Rail Trail

  • to protect the City’s main sewer line within the rail trail right-of-way through the IR#7

  • to obtain full access for the industrial lands via Commonwealth Road, and

  • water supply from Lake Country for the entire neighbourhood.


The three jurisdictions agreed to work together to upgrade Beaver Lake Road to an arterial standard from Highway 97 to Jim Bailey Road.


OKIB has agreed to provide access to the Okanagan Rail Trail once the Government of Canada adds the lands to Reserve. This connection will provide the final link to this important recreational corridor.



Cultural Facilities Master Plan adopted by Council


The Cultural Facilities Master Plan was officially adopted by the City of Kelowna in January 2022.


The plan looks at how City-owned cultural facilities are used in Kelowna in support of cultural programming, the opportunities and challenges related to City-owned cultural facilities, and what next steps are needed to enhance Kelowna’s cultural space to meet current and future needs.


To learn more about the Cultural Facilities Master Plan, visit kelowna.ca/culture .



2022 Artist in Residence Program


The City of Kelowna will be funding an artist to work in the community, to help animate Kelowna and broaden the public’s experience and understanding of artistic practices while provoking thoughtful discourse on local topics.


The deadline for submission for the Expression of Interest Form is 11:59 p.m. PST on March 28, 2022.


It is recommended that artists interested in applying should read the full Artist in Residence Program Guidelines. See: https://www.kelowna.ca/sites/files/1/docs/community/culture/2022_city_of_kelowna_artist_in_residence_program_guidelines_1.pdf#msdynttrid=7glNEKb2zJRjOm39zGgeMREQAp6NYL3vg4yViZbglug


As well, those interested could consider attending an information session to provide more detailed information on the program objectives and expectations. Those interested in attending one of the information sessions can RSVP online.


Sessions are being held:


Tuesday, March 2nd and 5th - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 3rd, 11:30 - 1 p.m.



Old Vernon Road Construction


Beginning Tuesday March 1, Old Vernon Road at the Mill Creek Bridge will be under construction and will be closed between Airport Way and Spencer Road. The closure will be in place for approximately 4 weeks. Traffic will be detoured to Bulman Road.



Commercial Pesticide Spraying Notification


Kelowna residents who would like to be notified of commercial pesticide spraying on residential properties neighbouring their own can now sign up for the pesticide notification registry until March 11. Online registration is available at kelowna.ca/pesticidefree or by calling the Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry Hotline at 250-469-8556.



Local Development


Welcome Two Donkeys Bakery! Located in the new complex at Unit 8 2030 Matrix Cresent, they provide sandwiches, light lunches and coffee along with baked goods. As well, a development permit has been issued for Mountain Lake Industrial Park at 2045 Matrix Cresent.





Please, lock up, stay safe and keep an eye on our neighbourhood.


Report any suspicious activity to the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.