Welcome to Kelowna!
If you are new to the Kelowna area, eager to learn more about your chosen community, get involved in fun activities and meet new friends, Kelowna Newcomers Club is the place for you!
For more than half a century, the KNC has helped new arrivals to the Central Okanagan settle in to their new homes. From regular indoor and outdoor social activities to special functions, we offer something for every taste. So explore these pages and find out how the KNC can help you fall in love with this sensational place!
KNC members come to us from distant places, including Qatar, Russia, India, and Rio de Janeiro. Within Canada, KNC members have arrived here from as far away as New Brunswick and Quebec, and as close as several other Okanagan communities.
But, as a share of newcomers, one province stands out for sending us a higher share than it did the last time we analyzed these numbers. Which province is it?
To find out, and to learn more where your fellow club members hail from, visit our Fun Facts and Features page under the "What's New" tab.
KNC Moving Forward
Although the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed the usual lineup of KNC events, we are hoping that our creative and inspired co-ordinators will be able to mastermind their respective activities when better days arrive.
Winter sports like snowshoeing have announced ambitious plans to get outdoors while practicing social distancing. In addition, the Photography and Gardening groups continue to be successful through creative methods such as online seminars and weekly blogs.
A reminder to all members that because of Covid-19, most events have limited space, so spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. There is almost always a waiting list, and sometimes a second outing to the same destination is organized. If you are registered to one event, but later find that you have to cancel, please take your name off the registration list so that someone else from the waiting list has a chance to attend in your place. To do this, just go to your personal online Calendar on the KNC website, click on the event on the appropriate date, and follow the instructions for cancelling your registration.
To help focus its vision for the 2020-2021 season, the KNC conducted its first-ever online members poll in August. Nearly 40 percent of members chose to have their voices heard.
Of those, a gratifying two-thirds said they were "cautiously optimistic" about participating in KNC activities again. The survey did reveal a distinct preference for outdoor activities and there was strong support for the wearing of masks when proper social distancing is not possible.
The board is confident that KNC is continuing its 52-year tradition of providing members with the opportunity to meet new friends and participate in activities through the use of smaller groups and online meetings.
The last meeting of the Kelowna Newcomers Club was held via Zoom on Thursday, November 19th. Peter Kaz and David Scarlatescu, the entertaining hosts of "Hello Okanagan" were our keynote speakers.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21st, 2021.
For the Outdoorsy
For the Gourmet
For the Artiste
For the Social Type
For the Bon Vivant
For the Curious
For the Party Lover