Discovering Canada: BC’s Interior

For many Canadians, the Southern Interior means three things: award-winning wine, fruit orchards and lakes for cooling off on a hot summer day. But this area, lying a three-hour drive east of Vancouver, offers so much more than just that. We share some of our favourite things about this large, bountiful region of British Columbia.

1. It’s one of the hottest regions of BC, often reaching 30 degrees+

South Okanagan Valley summer temperatures are considered tropical, often reaching more than 30 degrees. North of the valley, residents enjoy balmy summers above 25 degrees, making for perfect outdoor living and a welcome home for those who love warm climates.

2. It’s surprisingly varied—in landscape and community

The region stretches north from the Washington state border to just below Invermere: a charming mountain town nestled near the Alberta border. Within the region, communities range from thriving, small cities ripe for entrepreneurs such as Kamloops and Kelowna, to quaint, historic towns such as Lumby and Enderby and everything in between.

3. Local produce is plentiful and delicious

Drive through the Okanagan and you’ll quickly notice orchards, farms and community grocers on the side of the road. Agriculture is a huge industry in the region, and provides a majority of food for British Columbians. This makes not only for mouth-watering, fresh produce year-round, but a thriving economy: agriculture sales from BC exceed $13 billion per year!

4. Residents care about each other

There are strong support networks for newcomers to the region, including immigrant and community services in many major towns, including South Okanagan Community and Immigrant Services, plus many informal support groups. From receiving help to connect with your local community to classes that improve your English, the Okanagan values newcomers—and helps how it can.

Government employer Interior Health BC regularly posts for a variety of healthcare jobs for internationally-trained professionals, including care aides and community health workers. Employment includes extended healthcare benefits and relocation assistance to support you if you’re finding home in a small or remote community. And, they’re dedicated to your ongoing career growth in Canada. To find out more, and see the jobs currently available, visit jobs.interiorhealth.ca

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