Peachland is a district municipality of approximately 5000 residents in the Okanagan Valley, on the west side of Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada. It was founded in 1899 by John Moore Robinson, although 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 side hill 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.
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 municipal government of Peachland consists of the Mayor and six at-large councillors elected to three year terms. One of the Local councillors Jean Fraser was elected in 1995 and has served several consecutive terms. In the latest election she received the highest number of votes in municipal history, Mrs. Fraser retired from Council on November 13, 2011 to enjoy time with her husband. The Current Mayor is Keith Fielding in his second term. Peachland Councils current term ends in November 2011.
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 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.
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