|District of Lake Country|
|Regional district||Central Okanagan|
|• Governing body||Lake Country Council|
|• Mayor||James Baker|
|• Chief Administrative Officer||Alberto De Feo|
|• Total||122.19 km2 (47.18 sq mi)|
|Elevation||600 m (2,000 ft)|
|• Density||110/km2 (280/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
Lake Country is a district municipality with a population of approximately 13,000 in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia, Canada. It is a part of the Central Okanagan Regional District, and of the Kelowna metropolitan area. The city of Kelowna lies to the south, while the city of Vernon lies to the north. As its name suggests, there are a number of lakes in the vicinity of Lake Country, and outside the municipal boundaries in the hills to the east. Okanagan Lake defines the western boundary of the municipality, while the entirety of Wood Lake and the southernmost portion of Kalamalka Lake are encompassed by it.
Lake Country was incorporated in 1995. The previously unincorporated communities of Winfield, Okanagan Centre, Oyama, and Carr's Landing were united to form the new municipality, and they remain as separate wards within it. In the municipal government, one councillor is drawn from each of these wards, while the mayor and two additional councillors are elected by the people at large.
The four wards of Lake Country are:
|Sources: Statistics Canada|
(from Statistics Canada 2006 Community Profile, except where otherwise indicated)
(Note that population figures for most categories have been rounded to the nearest 5.)
Population: 11,708 (2011 Census Profile)
Population Change (2006-2011): 21.9%
Land Area (square km) : 122.19
- Median Age: 43.2
- Aged 15 and Over: 83.4%
- Canadian Born: 8360 (87.6%)
- Immigrated pre-1991: 950 (10.0%)
- Immigrated 1991-2006: 225 (2.4%)
Aboriginals & Visible Minorities
- Aboriginal: 290 (3.0%)
- South Asian: 115 (1.2%)
- Japanese: 75 (0.8%)
- West Asian: 60 (0.6%)
- Chinese: 35 (0.4%)
- Black: 15 (0.2%)
- Latin American: 15 (0.2%)
- Filipino: 10 (0.1%)
- Other: 30 (0.7%)
- Average Earnings: $24,654 (employed - 6,150 people)
- Average Earnings: $40,040 (employed full-time, year-round - 2,975 people)
- Median Income, Persons Aged 15 and Over: $25,477 (7,650 people)
- No Religion: 3,585 (38.7%) (2001 data)
- Protestant: 3,310 (35.7%) (2001 data)
- Roman Catholic 1535 (16.6%) (2001 data)
- other Christian: 580 (6.3%) (2001 data)
- other religions: 240 (2.6%) (2001 data)
|Canada 2006 Census||Population||% of Total Population|
|Visible minority group
|Other visible minority||25||0.3%|
|Mixed visible minority||10||0.1%|
|Total visible minority population||355||3.7%|
|Total Aboriginal population||290||3%|
Municipal elections were last held on November 15, 2014. At that time, James Baker was elected mayor for a fourth term. Representing the four wards of the municipality are Blair Ireland (Okanagan Centre), Matt Vader (Carr's Landing), Rob Geier (Winfield), and Owen Dickie (Oyama). The two councillors at large are Bill Scarrow, and Penny Gambell. The next round of municipal elections is scheduled for November 2018.
Provincially, Lake Country is part of the constituency of Kelowna-Lake Country, this seat having been occupied by Norm Letnick of the BC Liberal Party since May 2009. The next provincial election is scheduled for May 2017.
Federally, Lake Country is part of the riding of Kelowna—Lake Country. Despite the similarity in nomenclature, the federal riding encompasses a greater area and population than its provincial counterpart. Stephen Fuhr of the Liberal Party was first elected as MP in October 2015.
Public education in Lake Country is provided by School District 23 Central Okanagan. Three elementary schools are located in the Municipality: Davidson Road Elementary, Oyama Traditional School, and Peter Greer Elementary. All three cover Kindergarten to Grade 7, although the French Immersion programme which is provided at Peter Greer Elementary covers only Kindergarten to Grade 6. Lake Country is also home to George Elliot Secondary, which covers Grades 8 to 12.
The two largest institutions providing post-secondary education in the area of Lake Country are UBC Okanagan, the campus which lies in north Kelowna, and Okanagan College, which has campuses in Kelowna and Coldstream.
Lake Country is situated on the major north-south route through the Okanagan valley, Highway 97, approximately 15 km of which lies within the municipality, passing through Winfield and Oyama. To the south, the highway provides a route to Kelowna, whose downtown core is 20 km south of the municipal boundary. Glenmore Road provides an alternate route to Kelowna. To the north, the highway leads to Vernon, whose downtown is 15 km north of the municipal boundary. Vernon can also be accessed via Commonage Road. Until 2013, the highway was only four-laned through Winfield and north of Oyama, while the section from Winfield to Oyama was two-laned. This two-laned section of Highway 97 became notorious for several major accidents and congestion and the highway was upgraded to a four-lane limited-access road, officially opened on August 16, 2013. The new highway was relocated further to the west of Wood Lake and the old highway was renamed to Pelmewash Parkway to accommodate future recreational corridor.
A regular public bus service by Kelowna Regional Transit System, route 23, is available from Winfield to Kelowna at the UBC Okanagan exchange. A less frequent peak hour express service by Vernon Regional Transit System, route 90, is also available, connecting Oyama and Winfield with Vernon and UBC Okanagan exchange. A new bus service, route 32, establishes connections throughout the various communities in Lake Country.
Lake Country is in close proximity to Kelowna International Airport, which lies only 8 km to the south, and provides regular service to major cities such as Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Los Angeles, Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto.
In 2016, Lake Country was one of five communities in British Columbia honoured with the Small Business Roundtable's Open for Business Award in recognition of local efforts to foster economic growth.
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