My Partner and I are thinking of moving in 2-3 years to the Okanagan Valley to retire/semi-retire (I'm Canadian from Toronto and my Partner is English from Guildford,Surrey and we're currently living in Guildford area. I'm 57 and my Partner is 54)
Neither of us has been to the Okanagan but are planning on a 3 week trip next August to visit Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Whistler for holiday and Penticton and Kelowna for holiday + fact-finding for the purpose of eventually relocating. We have 3 questions:
1/ Is the Okanagan a good place to retire to? What are the good points and disadvanages to living there?
2/ Where is the 'best' location in the Okanagan to retire to? Vernon, Penticton, Kelowna or where? What makes the preferred location the 'best'?
3/ As we're both pretty young, fit and active are there part time jobs available and if so in what areas? We're both marketing consultants in the UK and certainly don't expect to be able to replicate our work in this area but I've heard there's a burgeoning wine industry in the Okanagan and of course the tourist/hospitality industry; are there potential part time jobs in these areas that would serve to keep us busy, offer an opportunity to meet people and put some 'beer' money on the table!!
Many thanks for your advice.