First month in Kelowna

Chris and I have lived in Kelowna for five weeks now.  It feels longer because so much happened in September.  I am constantly analyzing this most recent move and comparing Kelowna to Victoria and Manitoba.  Even though I know it’s way too early to make judgments, I still want to share my initial impressions with you:


  • The Okanagan Valley is exceptionally beautiful. Chris and I have really enjoyed going on drives along Okanagan Lake and into the hills where there are many orchards and vineyards.  The leaves are changing colours dramatically, and it’s becoming more beautiful every day.

  • No complaints about the weather: It has been mostly warm and sunny.  There is hardly any wind.
  • The condo we are renting is in a holiday resort, so the amenities are really nice. Our suite is on the sun deck and meters from the pool (now closed) and hot tub.  We are also thrilled to have a barbeque again and have been using it almost daily.  The fitness room is next door and at least Chris is getting a lot of use out of it!

  • We both have jobs in fields we are trained and experienced in. Sometimes I miss how easy my clerical job was back in Victoria, but it feels good to be challenged again and using my professional skills.
  • My position is a really good opportunity for me. I miss being a school counsellor in Manitoba like crazy, but here I get to be a teacher again, albeit in a very alternative environment.  The school just turned an unused classroom into a ‘Zen Den’ dedicated to mindfulness and self-regulation.  Among other things, I get paid to teach yoga to small groups of students with anxiety.  I love it!
  • Since moving to Kelowna, I started taking my first course toward my Master of Counselling Psychology and it’s going really well so far. Unlike massage therapy, this program feels like an excellent fit for me.  I’m very comfortable in it and look forward to opening up my books every day.

  • There seems to be a lot of outdoorsy things to do here. We haven’t scratched the surface yet, and I look forward to more hiking, biking, and eventually snowboarding in the Okanagan Valley.

  • Oh yeah, and there’s a lot of great wine here! We popped into three wineries last Sunday and it made for a fun and tasty afternoon.  It’s not a cheap hobby, so there’s little chance of us becoming winos.  But if you come to visit, we’d love to take you on a winery tour, if that’s your thing!

My cons list is at least as long as the pros list (so far), so stay tuned and I’ll save it for another post.

Thanks for reading!

Author: Prairie Drifter

Chris & Teri are a Canadian couple who are embarking on a move from Morden, Manitoba to Victoria, B.C. Although Chris & Teri had a really good life in Manitoba, they were craving adventure, challenge, a milder climate, and a more active and urban lifestyle. So even though it meant giving up steady jobs and moving far away from dear friends and family, they are making the leap across the country to establish a new life together on Vancouver Island.

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