The Best Senior Living in Kelowna

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Written by PARC Retirement Living

Our newest PARC senior living community is set to open this summer, and it’s already with energy. Named after the first variety of cherry that blossoms at the beginning of the Okanagan’s harvest season, Cristalina PARC is finally here.

Located in the heart of Kelowna’s Mission neighbourhood near Pandosy Village, just a block from Pandosy Waterfront Park and the boardwalk to Lake Okanagan, Cristalina is the epitome of Okanagan living. And the true beauty is that there’s something here for everyone – from recreational fun to urban conveniences. It’s the perfect place for independent seniors who want to live life to the fullest in Kelowna.

A Bustling Neighbourhood on the Shores of Lake Okanagan

Situated just a short walk from the shores of Okanagan Lake, south of downtown Kelowna, and at the heart of the vibrant Pandosy community, Cristalina offers easy access to everything you need: lakefront walking paths, local shops and boutiques, cafes and restaurants and many opportunities to partake in the arts, fitness and physical activities. Not to mention the best views in town. It’s everything you need close at hand for an active, integrated and healthy life.

Here’s what you’ll find within walking distance nearby, and just a little further by car:

Services

  • Banking and post: Royal Bank has a branch kitty corner to Cristalina, while CIBC, TD Bank, BMO and Prospera Credit Union are all located within a few blocks. A Canada Post office is a seven-minute walk away.
  • Medical and health resources: The Pandosy Medical Clinic is just across the street, kitty corner to Cristalina, and several doctors, dentists and other wellness services such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists and others are located within the surrounding blocks. Kelowna General Hospital is just a five-minute drive up Pandosy Street.
  • Personal care: There are dozens of hair and nail studios and spas, barbers and estheticians located within blocks of Cristalina, along Pandosy Street.
  • Transit and transportation: In addition to Cristalina PARC’s car service and scheduled outings, residents can access the local transit system. There’s a BC Transit bus stop right at our doorstep, with buses running along the adjacent major routes throughout Kelowna.

Shopping

  • Mission Park Shopping Centre: (4-minute walk, 2-minute drive) This outdoor mall offers boutique shops alongside major retailers such as Urban Fare, Pharmasave, Starbucks and a BC Liquor Store.
  • Southgate Shopping Centre: (8-minute walk, 1-minute drive) This outdoor mall includes a flower shop, barber, financial services provider, pet store and restaurant.
  • Guisachan Village Centre: (34-minute walk, 5-minute drive) This outdoor mall includes a wide range of grocers and food vendors, health and medical services, salons and beauty boutiques and other professional services.
  • Grocery stores: Within just a few blocks you’ll find Save-On Foods, Urban Fare, M&M Food Market and Lakeview Market.

Learn more about Kelowna shopping.

Parks and Community Amenities

  • Kelowna Paddle Centre: (5-minute walk, 1-minute drive) From paddling programs to boat rentals, the Paddle Centre is a great place to start if spending time on the water is your goal.
  • Pandosy Waterfront Park and Public Pier: (4-minute walk, 1-minute drive) One of Kelowna’s newest waterfront parks includes a public pier, floating dock, kayak launch and misting station.
  • Mission Creek Golf Club (6-minute drive, 34 minutes by transit) Bordering the Mission Creek Greenway, this course offers par 3 and 4 holes that wind through beautiful willow and cottonwood trees.
  • H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre (8-minute drive, 10 minutes by transit): Operated by the YMCA, this world-class waterpark and fitness centre includes access to a swimming pool and cycle studio, as well as classes ranging from Zumba to yoga to gentle water aerobics.
  • Mission Creek Greenway Regional Park (10-minute drive): The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. The Mission Creek Greenway is a walking trail featuring a river that many seniors enjoy walking and biking along. 

Learn more about Kelowna parks.

Dining and Entertainment

  • Famoso Pizzeria and Bar (3-minute walk, 2-minute drive): At Famoso Kelowna, you’ll find a fun and lively atmosphere for you to relax with your friends and family any day of the week.
  • Soy Asian Fusion Restaurant (5-minute walk, 2-minute drive): Run by a Japanese husband and wife team, this local favourite offers ramen, soups, fresh salad rolls, hand crafted Asian appetizers, rice bowls and more.
  • Hector’s Casa (5-minute walk, 1-minute drive): If you’re craving authentic Mexican food, Hector’s Casa has created an experience that will transport you to the streets of Mexico City or the beaches of Cancun.
  • The Fixx Cafe (5-minute walk, 3-minute drive): This is the place to be if you’re looking for a cozy atmosphere and fresh culinary creations inspired by all the best the Okanagan Valley has to offer.
  • Tantalus Vineyards (8-minute drive): Looking to experience Kelowna’s wine country? Tantalus Vineyards is just a short drive away, and offers relaxed and seated tasting experiences.

Learn more about Kelowna dining, arts and entertainment.

A Home Fit for The Environment

We wouldn’t fault you, though, if you preferred to bask in the views from your beautiful, modern suite. Cristalina’s brand new nine-storey building is top notch – where luxury meets sustainability. Built to LEED® Gold Standards, it’s been thoughtfully designed to prioritize eco-consciousness and energy efficiency within holistic natural spaces that foster a sense of vitality and well-being.

Cristalina’s cozy, modern suites and spacious amenities are purpose-designed to facilitate social connection and engaged living. A mixture of amenity spaces ensure you’ll always have somewhere beautiful to spend your time. You can get active in our fitness room or walking loop or relax in the spa room with its walk-in bathtub. If recreational games are more your style, you can try one of the game and art rooms. Or enjoy the putting green and landscaped outdoor courtyard and terrace.

Cristalina even offers a guest suite that can be booked for visitors complete with compact kitchen, a climate-controlled wine room, and a beauty salon. However you prefer to spend your days, Cristalina PARC and the surrounding community can accommodate.

Active Living Fit for You

Another perk of life at Cristalina? Benefitting from our PARC Active Living™ programs – a four-pillar approach to retirement life that emphasizes healthy food (nutritious chef-created meals), fitness (on-site expert-led classes tailored to your needs and comfort level), socializing (fun activities and group excursions), and wellness (overall preventions and wellness promotion in everyday life).

We work with you to make life as good as it can possibly be. It truly is the cherry on top.

Book a Tour of Cristalina PARC!

If you love Okanagan living and you’re an independent senior looking to get more out of life, you’re going to love Cristalina PARC. We’d love to show you how beautiful life at Cristalina PARC can be. Book your tour today.