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About Peachland

 

Peachland is a district municipality of over 5000 residents in the Okanagan Valley, on the west side of Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada. It was founded in 1899 by John Moor Robinsonalthough 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 isRattlesnake Island, home of the legendary Ogopogo. Peachland is approximately 370 km from Vancouver, British Columbia on the BC South Coast.

 

History:

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

 

Government:

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.

 

Notable People, Events and Industries:

Peachland is home to several notable events and industries. Hainle Vineyards, the first ice wine maker in North America, 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 the 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. Home of canadian comedian Jack Klassen. Peachland is also know for its beaches, sunday farmers market and little restaurants.