Okanagan-Shuswap Major Cities: Kelowna
Kelowna, a city of 76,000 residents, is the centre of a fruit, vegetable and wine-growing region around Okanagan Lake. The community used be located just a bit more inland and was called L'Anse au Sable or Sandy Cove. In 1892, the townsite was shifted from Mission Creek to alongside the Lake., which was more convenient to steamboat ferries bringing settlers and supplies. Soon after, the town has 11 sawmills, three fruit-packing plants, and two canneries. The area's cash crop used to be tobacco, but after a slump following the First World War, the farmers switched to fruit. The area now grows about 1/3 of all of Canada's apples. Kelowna is the area's governmental centre, and is hometown to two of BC's premiers, W.A.C. Bennett, and his son W.R. (Bill) Bennett.
The city prides itself as being Canada's "Summer City" with its great lakeshore, sandy beaches, and basking in the afternoon sun. The city has 65 parks, including seven along the water with beaches. Unfortunately, many people who visit decide to stay, causing Kelowna to grow dramatically over the last decade. The additional of Highway 97C, the "Peachland Connector," in 1990 has made driving to (or from) the West Coast and Vancouver a lot more convenient
The Lake itself is famous for its legendary Ogopogo Monster, which has a statue to its credit in the city. Recreation in the area focuses largely on golf and water sports, and skiing in the winter.