The Regional District of Central Okanagan has become one of the most desirable places in which to live in the Province. We are located in the heart of the scenic Okanagan Valley, just a five-hour drive from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland and about two hours north of the border with Washington State along Highway 97.
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The appeal of Okanagan Lake, the natural beauty of the surrounding hillsides and the fragrant orchards and vineyards continue to draw people to the valley, as they did our predecessors. Our lifestyle is second to none especially those who live to enjoy the out of doors. Summer provides hot, dry and mostly sunny conditions that are perfect for activities on the land (camping, golf, tennis, hiking) or on the water (boating, fishing, water skiing). Winters find residents Nordic or downhill skiing, snowmobiling or even walking along our unique Mission Creek Greenway Trail.
Ranked as the third largest urban area in the Province, more than 195,000 people call the Central Okanagan home. The Regional District places a priority on maintaining the balance between growth and development, while protecting the natural environment and the unique Okanagan lifestyle.
Created in 1967, the Regional District is one of 27 in the Province. ( Detailed Map) It is made up of two unincorporated electoral areas and the four member municipalities of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country. Our office is located at 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna. (Where We Are Located Map) The Regional District provides basic services such as recreation, park facilities, sewer and garbage collection to homes and businesses located within the Electoral Areas. The District is also responsible for a wide range of regional services such as 9-1-1 and recycling for the member municipalities.
For general information about the Regional District form of local government, visit the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Local Government Division webpage.
- In 2006, the Regional Board commissioned former Administrator A. T. Harrison to chronicle a history of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. In early 2007, the Board received the 64-page work titled: 'A Look Into The Past - A Historical Review 1967 - 2006'
- 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the RDCO which is celebrated in a special publication designed to supplement the Historical Review document
For those interested in the ongoing activities of the Regional District, copies of the Annual Review are available to the public at no charge. The Annual Review highlights accomplishments of the past year and initiatives planned for the current year.
Pick up a copy at the Regional District Office at 1450 KLO Road.
The information contained on this website is for convenience purposes only. As conditions may change, the Regional District does not guarantee the accuracy of this electronic version. If we may provide any further clarification on any item, please contact us. Thank you for visiting our site!