Clearwater is 5 hours drive from Vancouver international Airport, I can start driving at 8am and have lunch with my parents in Vancouver. It's one hour drive from Kamloops with its own airport with 3 daily flights to Vancouver. It's got its own hospital despite its size. Jim Pattison (Li Ka Shing of BC) invested into the town with a new strip mall so he must be seeing something. It's got buy low foods and k-12 school and TRU in Kamloops. Its the gateway to Wells Gray park with dozens of waterfalls including the 4th tallest one in Canada. And actually it's quite sunny in Clearwater, more moisture than Kamloops but still pretty sunny even in the winter, might be cold but its a sunny cold. LOL the lady who sold me her house retired to Kelowna in an apartment there to be closer to grandkids and yea done with dealing with snow removal, but I'm still young.
That and when I visited the short listed towns, I just had a positive vibe in Clearwater. People everywhere were smiling, the restaurant staff were cheerful, didn't see a grumpy face anywhere, after a year here I haven't given anyone the middle finger driving LOL I hate to shit on HK now that I'm gone but that positivity and just smiles on people's faces and the hello to strangers on the streets was an uplifting breath of fresh air. The Okanagan is getting way too crowded just like the lower mainland which is in a way starting to turn into HK.... faceless crowds etc