Peachland, British Columbia


Peachland, British Columbia

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website = [http://www.peachland.ca Peachland]
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Peachland is a small town of approximately 5000 residents in the Okanagan Valley, on the west side of Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada. It was founded in 1899 [ [http://www.peachland.ca/about_peachland/history.htm Peachland.ca] ] by John Moore Robinson, [ [http://www.britishcolumbia.com/regions/towns/?townID=3444 Peachland at BritishColumbia.com] ] although the region had long been home to the Okanagan First Nations. 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. [ [http://www.enorthernbc.com/Distance-Chart.asp Distance from Vancouver to Peachland] ]

History

Peachland was founded on the location of a tiny community called Camp Hewett. [ [http://www.winebc.com/winetour8.php Peachland on WineBC.com] ]

Government

Federally, Peachland is within the electorial district of Okanagan—Coquihalla, a riding currently represented by Conservative MP the Honourable Stockwell Day. [ [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=a070553f-8f25-42a6-bb9b-ebfc37525f41&Language=E Stockwell Day at the Parliament of Canada website] ] The provincial representative for Peachland is MLA the Honourable Rick Thorpe, representing the B.C. Liberal Party in the riding of Okanagan-Westside. [ [http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/electoral/electl_p.asp Peachland at the Province of B.C. Legislative Assembly website] ] The municipal government of Peachland consists of the Mayor (currently Mayor Graham Reid) and six at-large councillors elected to three year terms. [ [http://www.peachland.ca/council/about_council.htm Peachland Municipal Government at the Peachland.ca homepage] ]

Notable people, events and industries

Peachland is home to several notable people, events and industries. Hainle Vineyards, the first ice wine maker in North America, [ [http://www.hainle.com/estate-winery/history.html Hainle Vineyards History] ] operates its organic winery and cookery school in Peachland. Another winery, Greata Ranch Vineyards, is known not only for its wines but for its owner, Canadian Senator Ross Fitzpatrick, [ [http://www.cedarcreek.bc.ca/1_about_us/our_heritage.htm Greata Ranch Vineyards at CedarCreek.ca] ] and for the upcoming real estate development being built on the property by prominent Yaletown, Vancouver developer Concord Pacific Group Incorporated. [ [http://www.concordpacific.com/greata/ Greata Ranch Vineyards at Concord Pacific] ] Seabuckthorn International Incorporated, one of the only companies in North America manufacturing products using the seabuckthorn plant, operates its head office out of Peachland. [ [http://www.seabuckthorn.com/about.htm Seabuckthorn International Inc.'s homepage] ] [ [http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/app/ccc/search/navigate.do?language=eng&portal=1&subPortal=&estblmntNo=123456234735&profile=completeProfile Seabuckthorn Int'l at Strategis (Industry Canada)] ]

Retired broadcaster and former MLA Jim Nielson has semi-retired to Peachland, and is currently serving on the Peachland Municipal Council as a Councillor at Large. [ [http://www.peachland.ca/council/council_members/neilsen.htm Councillor Nielson at the Peachland.ca website] ]

Peachland is the location of the annual "Peachland World of Wheels Car Show", which Levi S. regularly attends. [ [http://www.bcautos.com/musclecar.html Peachland World of Wheels Car Show] ]

ee also

*Coquihalla Highway
*Highway 97
*Highway 97C
*Canadian wines

References

External links

* [http://www.peachland.ca Peachland]


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