Lake Country

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Lake Country
District of Lake Country[1]
Aerial view of the Interior Douglas Fir forests of Lake Country
Aerial view of the Interior Douglas Fir forests of Lake Country
Lake Country is located in British Columbia
Lake Country
Lake Country
Coordinates: 50°05′00″N 119°24′51″W / 50.08333°N 119.41417°W / 50.08333; -119.41417Coordinates: 50°05′00″N 119°24′51″W / 50.08333°N 119.41417°W / 50.08333; -119.41417
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Regional districtCentral Okanagan
 • Governing bodyLake Country Council
 • MayorBlair Ireland
 • Chief Administrative OfficerAlberto De Feo
 • Total122.19 km2 (47.18 sq mi)
600 m (2,000 ft)
 • Total15,817
 • Density130/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−08:00 (PST)
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Lake Country is a district municipality with a population of approximately 15,000 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.


Lake Country is the only municipality in the province of British Columbia to have the ward system.[3]

The four wards of Lake Country are:


Historical population
1996 9,007—    
2001 9,267+2.9%
2006 9,606+3.7%
2011 11,708+21.9%
2016 12,922+10.4%
2021 15,817+22.4%
Sources: Statistics Canada[4][5]

In the 2021 Canadian census conducted by Statistics Canada, Lake Country had a population of 15,817 living in 6,204 of its 6,852 total private dwellings, a change of 22.4% from its 2016 population of 12,922. With a land area of 122.16 km2 (47.17 sq mi), it had a population density of 129.5/km2 (335.3/sq mi) in 2021.[6]

Statistics Canada 2006 census:


  • 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%)


  • 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)


Aboriginals & Visible Minorities (2006 census)

  • 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%)
Canada 2006 Census Population % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Chinese 35 0.4%
South Asian 115 1.2%
Black 15 0.2%
Filipino 10 0.1%
Latin American 15 0.2%
Southeast Asian 0 0%
Arab 0 0%
West Asian 60 0.6%
Korean 0 0%
Japanese 75 0.8%
Other visible minority 25 0.3%
Mixed visible minority 10 0.1%
Total visible minority population 355 3.7%
Aboriginal group
First Nations 290 3%
Métis 0 0%
Inuit 0 0%
Total Aboriginal population 290 3%
White 8,900 93.2%
Total population 9,545 100%


According to the 2021 census, religious groups in Lake Country included:[9]

According to the 2001 Canadian census, religious groups in Lake Country included:


Highway 97 at Lake Country


Municipal elections were last held on November 20, 2018. At that time, James Baker was elected mayor for a fifth term. Representing the four wards of the municipality are Blair Ireland (Okanagan Centre), Cara Reed (Carr's Landing), Jerremy Kozub (Winfield), and Todd McKenzie (Oyama). The two councillors at large are Bill Scarrow, and Penny Gambell.[10]


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.


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. Tracy Gray of the Conservative Party was first elected as MP in October 2019.


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 6. Lake Country is also home to George Elliot Secondary, which covers Grades 7 to 12.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]


  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Lake Country Council". Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  3. ^ District of Lake Country—Neighbourhood Constituency Wards
  4. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census". Statistics Canada.
  5. ^ "Historical Municipal Census Data: 1921–2011". BC Stats. Archived from the original on December 31, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), British Columbia". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  7. ^ "Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada – Census Subdivision". December 6, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  8. ^ "Aboriginal Peoples – Data table". October 6, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (October 26, 2022). "Census Profile, 2021 Census of Population". Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  10. ^ "2018 Mayor and Council". January 25, 2021.
  11. ^ "School District 23". Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  12. ^ "BC Ministry of Transportation". Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "Kelowna Regional Transit". April 27, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  14. ^ "Vernon Regional Transit". Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  15. ^ "Five communities win prestigious Open for Business Awards | BC Gov News". September 26, 2016.

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