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Kelowna, British Columbia (City)

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Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Its name derives from a native term for female grizzly bear. The city has area 283 square kilometer. In 2005 the city had total population 105,000 and population density of 229.1 square kilometers.
Kelowna is the seat of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, the third-largest metropolitan area in British Columbia after the Lower Mainland and Victoria and the largest in before christ interior. With scenic lake vistas and a dry, mild Canadian climate, Kelowna is a desirable place to live and has become one of the fastest growing cities in North America. The appropriate management of such rapid development and its attendant consequences is a source of significant debate within the community. Kelowna is the second most expensive housing market in Canada behind Vancouver. Because of Kelowna's unique climate in Canada, it is often referred to as California North. Kelowna also ranks as the 24th largest metropolitan area in Canada.
In founded history of city first settled by missionaries in 1859, Kelowna was officially incorporated in 1905. Neighbouring towns include Westbank to the west across the lake, Lake Country and then Vernon to the north, Peachland to the southwest and further to the south, Summerland and Penticton.
The service industry employs the most people in Kelowna, the largest city in the tourist-oriented Okanagan Valley. In summer, boating is popular and in winter, Alpine skiing at the nearby Big White Ski Resort. Kelowna produces wines that have a worldwide reputation. Vineyards are common around and south of the city where the climate is ideal for the many wineries. Notable ones include the Mission Hill Estate Winery, specifically for its unique architectural design. Kelowna is also the home of Sun-Rype, a popular manufacturer of fruit juice and snacks. It is also said the place of best geographical environment and can trace its origin back to prehistoric times.

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