Exploring Cooperative Housing in the Heart of British Columbia

  3 October 2023

At CHF BC, we’re always eager to connect with our member co-operatives and learn more about the unique communities they create. In mid-September, four staff members embarked on an incredible journey through the interior of British Columbia.

Our mission: to visit and engage with eight different co-operatives spread across the picturesque landscapes of Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, and Kelowna. This adventure not only broadened our horizons. It also deepened our appreciation for the co-operative spirit that binds these vibrant communities together.

Join us as we share our experiences and insights from this unforgettable trip.


A Dinner Meeting at Sahali Housing Co-op

Our journey began in Kamloops, where we were greeted by Sahali Co-op. The co-op is nested in the upper Sahali area with 60 units. During our visit, we had the opportunity to chat with the board about the challenges and triumphs of co-op living.

Salmon Arm

Visiting our Friends at Ida Vista

Next in our stop was at Salmon Arm where we met with the Ida Vista Housing Co-op board. The Ida Vista co-op board’s dedication to fostering community and efficiently managing the co-op’s operations filled us with optimism for its future and its members.


Touring Blue Skies Co-op

During our tour of Blue Skies Co-op, we discovered that they are currently implementing internal subsidies in conjunction with FCHI-2. Furthermore, they have their sights set on future upgrades, including the installation of heat pumps or air conditioning, new windows, and a potential expansion to include more 1-bedroom units.


Okanagan Housing Co-op Food Truck

During our visit to the Okanagan Housing Co-op, we brought a food truck and engaged in conversations with members about CHF BC, while also taking the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with their dedicated board.


Southgate Manor Housing Co-op

Our meeting with the members of the Southgate Housing Co-op was an informative session where we discussed CHF BC’s services and addressed their inquiries.

Central Okanagan Housing Co-op

Central Okanagan Housing Co-op, also in Kelowna, was the last stop remarkable stop on our tour.

The board’s commitment to building community is evident through its proactive efforts to foster inclusivity, organize social events, and engage residents in collaborative initiatives that enhance the sense of belonging among co-op members.

Closing Thoughts

Our journey through Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, and Kelowna was a remarkable experience that reaffirmed the value of cooperative living. We witnessed firsthand the resilience, unity, and commitment that drive these co-operatives forward. Each community had its unique charm and purpose, but they all shared a common goal: to create strong community that is inclusive, sustainable and supportive environments for their members.

We are immensely grateful to the co-op members who graciously welcomed us into their homes and shared their stories. Their passion and dedication left an indelible mark on our team, reminding us of the vital role co-operatives play in building strong, connected communities.

We hope that our blog has provided you with a glimpse into the diverse and vibrant world of cooperative housing in the interior of British Columbia. Whether you’re a current co-op resident, considering cooperative housing as an option, or simply interested in community living, we encourage you to explore these incredible cooperative communities for yourself. They are a testament to the power of collaboration, community, and shared values in shaping the places we call home.