Winfield, British Columbia

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Winfield
Walking through the winter woods towards Winfield
Walking through the winter woods towards Winfield
Winfield is located in British Columbia
Winfield
Winfield
Location of Winfield
Winfield is located in Canada
Winfield
Winfield
Winfield (Canada)
Coordinates: 50°01′45″N 119°24′16″W / 50.02917°N 119.40444°W / 50.02917; -119.40444Coordinates: 50°01′45″N 119°24′16″W / 50.02917°N 119.40444°W / 50.02917; -119.40444
CountryCanada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
RegionOkanagan
DistrictLake Country
Population
9,100
Time zoneUTC−08:00 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−07:00 (PDT)

Winfield is a neighbourhood and formal ward within the District Municipality of Lake Country, British Columbia, located adjacent to the northern city boundary of Kelowna.

The community, formerly an unincorporated settlement and now one of the four wards of Lake Country is situated to the north and slightly east of Kelowna, along Highway 97, located in the central part of the Okanagan region. The town is adjacent to Wood Lake which attracts summer visitors. The economy is based on light manufacturing, fruit producing and tourism, in addition to being a bedroom community for Kelowna.

History[edit]

Formerly known as Alvaston, it was renamed Winfield after Winfield Lodge, the home of Thomas Wood, justice of the peace and rancher who settled in the area in 1871.[1]:297

In 1968 Winfield and district minor hockey was founded along with the opening of the new arena.

In the 1950s Winfield Foods, which was changed to IGA in 1972, was the only grocery store in Winfield till Save on Foods opened in 1999 as part of the Winfield Commons project. [Winfield had another grocery store through the 1970s and 80s in the Lakewood Mall.] Winfield's nicknames include Winbuck, The Buck, LC and Orchard city.

In 1995, Winfield, along with the neighbouring communities of Oyama, Carr's Landing and Okanagan Centre, was incorporated into the District Municipality of Lake Country.

Education[edit]

The area has three public schools, Davidson Road Elementary School (opened 1983), Peter Greer Elementary School (opened 1992), and George Elliot Secondary School (opened 1959), and one traditional school, Oyama Traditional School, an elementary school where uniforms are worn which operates in the public school system. The schools in the area are operated by School District 23 Central Okanagan based in Kelowna. The schools in the municipality that are no longer open include Winfield Elementary, Woodlake Elementary, and Okanagan Centre Elementary (a small school house that later became the Lake Country Museum and Archives). In the 1980s, most grade 5 students attending Wood Lake Elementary were bused daily to Okanagan Centre Elementary which had two classrooms.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Winfield
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.0
(57.2)
15.0
(59.0)
20.5
(68.9)
28.0
(82.4)
33.0
(91.4)
36.5
(97.7)
38.0
(100.4)
38.5
(101.3)
33.5
(92.3)
25.0
(77.0)
19.4
(66.9)
13.0
(55.4)
38.5
(101.3)
Average high °C (°F) 0.4
(32.7)
3.1
(37.6)
9.3
(48.7)
14.8
(58.6)
19.5
(67.1)
23.2
(73.8)
26.8
(80.2)
26.5
(79.7)
20.6
(69.1)
12.5
(54.5)
4.8
(40.6)
0.1
(32.2)
13.5
(56.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −1.9
(28.6)
0.0
(32.0)
4.7
(40.5)
9.2
(48.6)
13.5
(56.3)
17.2
(63.0)
20.3
(68.5)
20.1
(68.2)
14.9
(58.8)
8.4
(47.1)
2.3
(36.1)
−2.0
(28.4)
8.9
(48.0)
Average low °C (°F) −4.1
(24.6)
−3.2
(26.2)
0.0
(32.0)
3.6
(38.5)
7.4
(45.3)
11.1
(52.0)
13.6
(56.5)
13.7
(56.7)
9.1
(48.4)
4.2
(39.6)
−0.3
(31.5)
−4.1
(24.6)
4.3
(39.7)
Record low °C (°F) −25.0
(−13.0)
−22.5
(−8.5)
−17.8
(0.0)
−5.6
(21.9)
−2.5
(27.5)
2.8
(37.0)
5.0
(41.0)
6.0
(42.8)
−1.7
(28.9)
−16.0
(3.2)
−27.0
(−16.6)
−27.5
(−17.5)
−27.5
(−17.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 34.7
(1.37)
20.9
(0.82)
21.2
(0.83)
28.1
(1.11)
37.9
(1.49)
41.7
(1.64)
33.1
(1.30)
27.7
(1.09)
30.3
(1.19)
28.7
(1.13)
39.2
(1.54)
38.7
(1.52)
382.0
(15.04)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 7.5
(0.30)
9.5
(0.37)
16.0
(0.63)
27.5
(1.08)
37.9
(1.49)
41.7
(1.64)
33.1
(1.30)
27.7
(1.09)
30.3
(1.19)
28.2
(1.11)
24.3
(0.96)
7.2
(0.28)
290.8
(11.45)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 27.2
(10.7)
11.4
(4.5)
5.2
(2.0)
0.6
(0.2)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.5
(0.2)
14.9
(5.9)
31.4
(12.4)
91.2
(35.9)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 11.0 7.6 8.8 8.3 9.9 9.5 6.8 6.0 7.1 8.9 11.0 12.2 107.1
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 3.3 3.5 6.8 8.1 9.9 9.5 6.8 6.0 7.1 8.8 8.0 3.0 80.8
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 8.4 4.6 2.3 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 3.6 9.7 29.1
Source: [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akrigg, G.P.V.; Akrigg, Helen B. (1986), British Columbia Place Names (3rd, 1997 ed.), Vancouver: UBC Press, ISBN 0-7748-0636-2
  2. ^ "Calculation Information for 1981 to 2010 Canadian Normals Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved 9 July 2013.

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