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Blue Mountain Vineyards, Okanagan Falls
(Patrice Halley photo)

Greenwood

Geography

Greenwood is located in the southern Monashee Mountains at an elevation of 748m/2,454ft.

It lies in the transition zone between the semi-arid Okanagan Valley and the interior rainforest of the Kootenay Rockies region.

Situated on the banks of Boundary Creek, Greenwood sits in a narrow valley with Jubilee Mountain rising immediately to the west and an unnamed ridge backing the town to the east, eventually rising to Phoenix Mountain.

Phoenix Mountain

Phoenix Mountain hosts the local ski hill with an elevation of 1,463m/4,800ft. Access is via Highway 3 approximately 30km/19mi east. On average, 900cm/29ft of snow falls annually, making for great skiing conditions from mid-December through March.

Greenwood Climate & Weather

Greenwood experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are dry and hot with average daily highs in July of 28°C/82.4°F. Humidity is low. Winter lasts from mid-November through February. Coldest temperatures are in December when daily highs average -4.4°C/24°F. Average snowfall for the winter is 175cm/5.75ft. Annual rainfall averages just 305mm/12in.