Peachland, British Columbia

"Just Like Paradise"

SUNNY BRITISH COLUMBIA PEACHLAND STYLE!

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 a flat section and a sloped terrain overlooking Okanagan Lake. 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.

TOP TEN REASONS  WHY WE LOVE PEACHLAND AS OUR HOME OR VACATION PARADISE

peachland living top 10
 1.  WARM WINTERS AND HOT SUNNY SUMMERS
 2.  FRIENDLY REISIDENTS WITH WHO LOVE PEACHLAND AND WOULD NEVER LEAVE
 3.  REAL TRUE COMMUNITY SPIRIT ALL YEAR  ROUND, CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS THE BEST
 4.  MANY LUCKY RESIDENTS WHO ENJOY LAKE VIEWS OR LAKESHORE LIVING
 5. OKANAGAN LAKE- BOATING, TUBING, FISHING CAMPING, SWIMMING AT SWIM BAY
 6.  NEW WORLD CLASS GOLF COURSE OPENING SOON, PONDEROSA WILL BE EXCITING
 7.  WINTER SPORTS, SKING, AND HOCKEY WITH THE KELOWNA ROCKETS/ WESTSIDE WARRIORS
 8.  SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS  IN PEACHLAND WHO WORK SO HARD, BUT SMILE!   SHOP LOCAL
 9. THE  LOCAL CHARITY GROUPS WORK SO HARD TO ENRICE OUR PEACHLAND
 10. PEOPLE LOVING PEACHLAND AND BUYING REAL ESTATE WITH HELP FROM ME

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Peachland,BC

Peachland is rich with history, and the best place to learn is the Peachland Museum located at 5890 Beach Avenue or visit their website at www.peachlandmuseum.com

Courtesy of the Peachland on the Lake Community & Vacation Guide 2010 here's a brief description of the past history of Peachland.

As the last of the glaciers receded about 10,000 years ago, they had scoured out the shape of the regions mountains and valleys. Trees and vegetation became able to support a rich wildlife when the First Nations people arrived about 4000 years ago. The Interior Salish reached a total population of 12,000 people in the BC Interior region. Likely only a small group lived here year round and lived in winter houses called " Kekulis".

The first commercial enterprise in the area was the great Fur Brigade that came through the Okanagan Valley from Oregon on their trip north to trade with all the interior tribes as far away as Price George. Peachland was a stop on their route and May Springs a favorite watering place. It is at the end of Princess Street. When the U.S border was established in 1946 the trade in furs was in decline and the headquarters was moved to Fort Langley, British territory. Gold was soon discovered on the Fraser and in the Caribou. Miners used the Brigade trail on their way to the gold fields. Propectors needed provisions and and all along the old trade route farms and ranches started supplying the needs. The Lambley Ranch beside Trepanier Creek was one of these and it was here that J.M Robinson, a mining promoter, tasted his first peaches to inspire the name for his real estate development "Peachland". A post office was opened in his own home on December 1, 1898, while the bigger main post office was being built. The postmark was the official use of the name " Peachland" as was the name of his real estate company. "The Peachland Townsite Company". Almost all of Peachland was old from this office where the Edward Jones office is today.

Water and hydroelectric power was obtained from Trepanier Creek. On the hill above town was a water tower for backup supply. The orchards were irrigated with springs and ditches in summer and houses relied on cisterns over the winter.

Peachland became a vibrant community with a new school built in 1898 and a bigger one in 1908: both still stand today. The town's war canoe teams and baseball teams were champions. Peachland was established in 1909. Peachland held the first Regatta in 1908 and those continued for the next two decades. Attempts were made to re-establish the Regatta in the 80's but failed.

Later many men signed up in World War I , never to return.

As the town grew, its orchards propered alongside logging and lumbering in many mills. Later years bought mining production in the huge open pit at Brenda mine.

Peachland today is a wonderful place with the mountains, lakes, fishing & hunting, orchards and vineyards, and Okanagan Lake. For more history and interesting stories on Historic Peachland be sure to drop by the Peachland Museum on Beach Avenue.

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