Peachland, British Columbia

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Peachland
District municipality
The Corporation of the District of Peachland[1]
Peachland is located in British Columbia
Peachland
Peachland
Location of Peachland in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°46′13″N 119°44′26″W / 49.77028°N 119.74056°W / 49.77028; -119.74056
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Okanagan
Regional district Central Okanagan
Incorporated 1909
Government
 • Type District Council
 • Governing body Peachland Council
 • Mayor Cindy Fortin
 • Deputy Mayor Vacant
 • School Trustee Moyra Baxter
 • MP Dan Albas
Area
 • Total 15.75 km2 (6.08 sq mi)
Elevation 360 m (1,180 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 5,200
 • Density 330.2/km2 (855/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways 97
Waterways Okanagan Lake
Website Peachland
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1921 466 —    
1931 318 −31.8%
1941 479 +50.6%
1951 614 +28.2%
1956 705 +14.8%
1961 641 −9.1%
1966 709 +10.6%
1971 1,446 +103.9%
1976 2,286 +58.1%
1981 2,865 +25.3%
1986 2,988 +4.3%
1991 3,459 +15.8%
1996 4,524 +30.8%
2001 4,654 +2.9%
2006 4,883 +4.9%
2011 5,200 +6.5%
Sources: Statistics Canada[3]

Peachland is a district municipality of approximately 5000 residents in the Okanagan Valley, on the west side of Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada. It was founded in 1899[4] by John Moore Robinson,[5] although the region had long been home to the Okanagan people. Peachland is approximately half an hour's drive south of the city of Kelowna and about a twenty minute drive north of Summerland. It is a growing community largely located on a steep sidehill with new residents coming from all across Canada. Located across from Peachland is Rattlesnake Island, home of the legendary Ogopogo. Peachland is approximately 370 km from Vancouver, British Columbia on the BC South Coast.[6]

History[edit]

Peachland was founded on the location of a tiny community called Camp Hewett.[7]

Government[edit]

Federally, Peachland is within the electoral district of Okanagan—Coquihalla. The MP is Dan Albas elected in the 2011 Canadian Federal Election following Stockwell Days retirement from public life. The Local MLA for the area is, Bill Barisoff. The municipal government of Peachland consists of the Mayor and six at-large councilors elected to three year terms. One of the former Local councilors Jean Fraser was elected in 1995 and had served several consecutive terms. In her last election she received the highest number of votes in municipal history. Mrs. Fraser retired from Council on November 13, 2011 as she felt the work she could do on council was complete. The Current Mayor is Cindy Fortin, who defeated Keith Fielding in the 2014 municipal election.[8]

Climate[edit]

Notable people, events and industries[edit]

Peachland is home to several notable events and industries. Hainle Vineyards, the first ice wine maker in North America,[10] operates its organic winery and cookery school in Peachland. Peachland is the location of the annual Peachland World of Wheels Car Show and the home of the legendary lake monster Ogopogo. Peachland is home to Zipzone Adventure Park, the highest zipline in Canada, and one of the highest in the world. In 2012, 'Wild Rose' farm owner and Precis worker Steve Hamilton opened a bed and breakfast named 'Wine Stopper' in the heart of Peachland.

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References[edit]

1. http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/hlt-fst/pd-pl/Table-Tableau.cfm?LANG=Eng&T=302&SR=476&S=51&O=A&RPP=25&PR=59&CMA=0

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Coordinates: 49°46′25″N 119°44′13″W / 49.77361°N 119.73694°W / 49.77361; -119.73694