Coldstream, British Columbia

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Not to be confused with Goldstream, British Columbia.
District of Coldstream
District
Kalamalka Lake and Coldstream
Kalamalka Lake and Coldstream
Coldstream, British Columbia is located in British Columbia
Coldstream, British Columbia
Location of Coldstream in British Columbia
Coordinates: 50°13′12″N 119°14′53″W / 50.22000°N 119.24806°W / 50.22000; -119.24806Coordinates: 50°13′12″N 119°14′53″W / 50.22000°N 119.24806°W / 50.22000; -119.24806
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Regional District North Okanagan Regional District
Incorporated 1906
Government
 • Mayor Jim Garlick
 • Governing Body Coldstream District council
 • MP Colin Mayes (Conservative)
 • MLA Eric Foster (Liberal)
Area
 • Total 67.25 km2 (25.97 sq mi)
Elevation 430 m (1,410 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 10,314
 • Density 155.6/km2 (403/sq mi)
Time zone Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Postal code span V1B
Area code(s) 250
Website District of Coldstream

Coldstream is a district municipality in British Columbia, Canada, located at the northern end of Kalamalka Lake in the Okanagan Valley. Incorporated on December 21, 1906, Coldstream celebrated its centennial in 2006. The municipality is directly southeast of Vernon and is considered part of Greater Vernon. It is a member municipality of, and also the location of the head offices, of the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Coldstream Ranch[edit]

Coldstream is best known for the Coldstream Ranch, established in 1863 by Captain Charles Frederick Houghton. He transferred the ranch to Forbes G. and Charles Albert Vernon who in 1891 sold it to John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, future Governor General of Canada (1893–1898). The ranch was purchased by its current owners in 1994 and continues to be a working cattle ranch.

Government[edit]

Coldstream is governed by a 7 member council, led by Mayor Jim Garlick. The Member of Parliament is Colin Mayes (Okanagan—Shuswap) and the Member of the Legislative Assembly is Eric Foster (Okanagan-Vernon).

Economy[edit]

The Greater Vernon area was once based in forestry and agriculture. However, manufacturing, retail trade and services are now the primary industries. A form of suburbs also lies within Coldstream, known as Middleton Mountain. This is one of the more expensive areas to live in Coldstream, and it is located just above the North end of Kalamalka Lake.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1921 711 —    
1931 867 +21.9%
1941 867 +0.0%
1951 1,402 +61.7%
1956 1,613 +15.0%
1961 2,161 +34.0%
1966 2,660 +23.1%
1971 3,602 +35.4%
1976 4,995 +38.7%
1981 6,450 +29.1%
1986 6,872 +6.5%
1991 7,999 +16.4%
1996 8,975 +12.2%
2001 9,106 +1.5%
2006 9,471 +4.0%
2011 10,314 +8.9%
Sources: Statistics Canada[1]
Canada 2006 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source:[2]
Chinese 60 0.6%
South Asian 10 0.1%
Black 0 0%
Filipino 20 0.2%
Latin American 0 0%
Southeast Asian 0 0%
Arab 0 0%
West Asian 0 0%
Korean 15 0.2%
Japanese 60 0.6%
Other visible minority 0 0%
Mixed visible minority 15 0.2%
Total visible minority population 185 2%
Aboriginal group
Source:[3]
First Nations 250 2.7%
Métis 0 0%
Inuit 0 0%
Total Aboriginal population 250 2.7%
White 8,905 95.3%
Total population 9,340 100%

Education[edit]

Covered by School District 22 Vernon, Coldstream is home to Coldstream Elementary School, Kidston Elementary School and Kalamalka Secondary School. The municipality is served by the Vernon campus of Okanagan College.

Climate[edit]

Coldstream has a dry - almost semi-arid climate - with hot sunny summers and cool cloudy winters.

Weather Facts:

  • Driest Year (1952) = 242 mm (10 in)
  • Wettest Year (1996) = 633 mm (25 in)
  • Warmest Year (1987) = 9.2 °C (49 °F)
  • Coldest Year (1916) = 5.0 °C (41 °F)
Climate data for Coldstream
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.5
(58.1)
13.9
(57)
21.0
(69.8)
29.4
(84.9)
34.5
(94.1)
37.0
(98.6)
40.0
(104)
37.8
(100)
33.9
(93)
26.7
(80.1)
18.9
(66)
15.0
(59)
40.0
(104)
Average high °C (°F) −1.9
(28.6)
1.6
(34.9)
8.4
(47.1)
14.7
(58.5)
19.4
(66.9)
23.1
(73.6)
26.6
(79.9)
26.2
(79.2)
20.2
(68.4)
12.1
(53.8)
3.7
(38.7)
−1.3
(29.7)
12.7
(54.9)
Average low °C (°F) −8.1
(17.4)
−5.5
(22.1)
−1.8
(28.8)
2.0
(35.6)
6.1
(43)
9.6
(49.3)
11.6
(52.9)
11.3
(52.3)
7.2
(45)
2.5
(36.5)
−2.5
(27.5)
−6.9
(19.6)
2.1
(35.8)
Record low °C (°F) −35.6
(−32.1)
−36.1
(−33)
−28.9
(−20)
−10.6
(12.9)
−5.0
(23)
0.0
(32)
3.3
(37.9)
−1.7
(28.9)
−5.0
(23)
−20.5
(−4.9)
−32.0
(−25.6)
−38.9
(−38)
−38.9
(−38)
Precipitation mm (inches) 40.2
(1.583)
34.3
(1.35)
25.8
(1.016)
29.0
(1.142)
46.5
(1.831)
53.9
(2.122)
40.7
(1.602)
42.8
(1.685)
37.3
(1.469)
33.3
(1.311)
48.1
(1.894)
52.4
(2.063)
484.4
(19.071)
Rainfall mm (inches) 7.3
(0.287)
12.1
(0.476)
19.7
(0.776)
28.7
(1.13)
46.5
(1.831)
53.9
(2.122)
40.7
(1.602)
42.8
(1.685)
37.3
(1.469)
32.1
(1.264)
25.3
(0.996)
10.0
(0.394)
356.5
(14.035)
Snowfall cm (inches) 32.9
(12.95)
22.2
(8.74)
6.1
(2.4)
0.4
(0.16)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.2
(0.47)
22.8
(8.98)
42.4
(16.69)
127.9
(50.35)
Source: Environment Canada[4]

Recreation[edit]

Coldstream has the area's most popular beach, Kal Beach; on the shore of Kalamalka Lake. Kalamalka lake also has a new Paddle boarding shop located next to the Kalamalka Corner store. Paddle boards are located here to rent, of which can be used on the beautiful lake as a form of social and physical activity. Smaller beaches in the area include Kirkland Beach, Sovereign Beach, Tamarack Beach, Long Lake Beach, Jade Bay Beach, Juniper Beach, Cosens Beach, Pebble Beach, and Cliff Beach. Coldstream borders on Kalamalka Provincial Park which has numerous groomed hiking trails, scenic views, and natural areas. Wilderness in the park includes black bear, whitetailed deer, rattlesnake, marmot, and other creatures.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historical Municipal Census Data: 1921–2011". BC Stats. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Aboriginal Peoples - Data table". 2.statcan.ca. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  4. ^ [1]. Environment Canada. Accessed 15 February 2012.

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