Editorial

James Miller is valley editor for Okanagan Newspaper Group which includes the Kelowna Daily Courier, Westside Weekly and Penticton Herald.

Quick, somebody cue “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang.

West Kelowna is the second-best community in British Columbia and 12th in all of Canada.

In your face, Oak Bay!

This ranking came out in the most recent edition of Maclean’s, which used an elaborate formula which included wealth/economy, affordability, demographics, taxes, commuting, crime statistics, weather, health, amenities, community and culture.

Salmon Arm was the only B.C. community to crack the top 10, checking in at No. 6, in a list dominated by Ontario.

Salmon Arm scored No. 1 in Canada for housing affordability and West Kelowna was near the top for best weather (no surprise there.)

The entire valley scored pretty well with Kelowna being named 39th overall in Canada, Vernon 62nd and Penticton 134th of the 415 towns and cities included in the poll.

This list, of course, means nothing. Take it with a grain of salt. Although a formula was used, it’s still very much subjective.

A point that’s often forgotten is home is what you make of it. Each community has pluses and minuses, but they all have something to offer. It’s up to the individual to find what’s good and help improve what’s not.

But, whenever your community is praised by an independent organization, such as Maclean’s, it’s a good thing and should be celebrated.

It’s like the “best-of” lists, which The Daily Courier just launched this week. Recognition is always a positive thing.

West Kelowna is a great place to live and for many reasons. Residents already know this, but it’s nice to hear it from an outside source. It’s like when a parent overhears a conversation about how good their son or daughter is in hockey.

While it’s great that four Okanagan communities were ranked favourably, we feel for the folks in Mountain View County, Alta. The district, located between Calgary and Red Deer, finished last.

We don’t anticipate an exodus of Mountain View County residents moving to West Kelowna or Salmon Arm. Should it happen, prospective homebuyers will undoubtedly say, “Maclean’s magazine sent me here.”