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Regional District Of North Okanagan (RDNO)

The Regional District of the North Okanagan is an area at the north end of the Okanagan Valley in the Interior of British Columbia. Well known for its beautiful setting amid valleys, mountains, rivers and lakes, the region enjoys mild temperatures, a long growing season and a host of year-round recreation activities. The region is comprised of a number of communities: Vernon and Coldstream at the centre of the region, Lumby to the east of Vernon, and Spallumcheen, Armstrong and Enderby as you travel north from Vernon.

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) was incorporated in 1965 and encompasses an area of 787,190 hectares.  The Regional District of North Okanagan is responsible to perform local government functions which transcend municipal boundaries and provide a federated approach to specific community services. Based on representation by population, each municipality and electoral area appoints or elects representatives from their own ranks to constitute the Regional District Board of Directors. The Regional District is guided by the provisions of the Municipal Act and is empowered to provide services required by the whole Region, services required by a particular area or municipality, and special contract services. NORD, like other regional districts, provides three types of services to the encompassing areas:

General Services - including general government administration, electoral area administration, development services, and regional planning services.

Local Services - including community parks and recreation, fire prevention and suppression, solid waste management and recycling, street lighting, regional public transit, and water supply and distribution through the North Okanagan Water Authority.

Extended Services - including animal control, control of nuisances like noxious weeds, pests, unsightly premises, some inspection services, promotion of tourism, and economic development.

For a snapshot of the region's community facts and census data can be found at : North Okanagan Community Facts

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City of Vernon

The largest community and the commercial centre of the North Okanagan, Vernon has a population exceeding 38,000. Situated between the northern end of Kalamalka and Okanagan Lakes, Vernon is rich in scenery and recreation opportunities. Incorporated in 1892, the City of Vernon is the oldest city in the interior of British Columbia. A healthy, diversified economy is based on services, manufacturing, forestry, and tourism. Home of Silver Star Mountain Resort, a premier ski resort in Western Canada, the world-class Predator Ridge Golf Course and a myriad of surrounding lakes and mountains have made Vernon a dynamic destination for nature lovers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Greater Vernon is recognized as an attractive area in which to live, and the steady growth of the community creates an excellent environment for investment and innovative business. Vernon is the head office for well-known Far West Industries, Tolko Industries and Kal Tire.

The City of Vernon has a vibrant downtown community. The Downtown Vernon Association plays an active role in business development and business support for enterprises in the area.

A snapshot of Vernon Community Facts and census data can be found at: Vernon Community Facts

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The District of Coldstream

The Coldstream District Municipality is located immediately adjacent to the City of Vernon at the north end of beautiful Kalamalka Lake . A primarily residential population of over 10,000, the Coldstream Valley stretches eastward with picturesque orchards and farms. One of the first areas settled in the Region was the Coldstream Ranch, purchased in 1892 by the Earl and Countess of Aberdeen , and still in operation after 100 years.

A snapshot of Coldstream Community Facts and census data can be found at: Coldstream Community Facts

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City of Armstrong

The City of Armstrong is located 23 kms north of Vernon, in the Spallumcheen Valley , and has a current population of approximately 4,500. The city enjoys a diverse economy, which is supported by forestry and agriculture. Thousands of acres of rich agricultural land create beautiful scenes throughout Armstrong. Armstrong is known for its picturesque setting amid valleys, mountains, streams and lakes. The temperate climate plus limitless recreation have resulted in a stable productive workforce servicing the area. Industry and individuals alike have profited from the quality of life enjoyed here. Satisfied businesses are the best source of reference - their employees are happy, community-proud citizens. Many have invested in this community's vision of the future from major agricultural industry to small home occupation. Armstrong is a business-friendly community offering a well-motivated labour force, broad transportation options and affordable services. Residents of Armstrong have the luxury of country living with easy access to urban centres. Armstrong has a strong agricultural base and is best known for the Village Cheese Company and the annual Interior Provincial Exhibition - the largest agricultural fair in British Columbia.

A snapshot of Armstrong Community Facts and census data can be found at: Armstrong Community Facts

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Township of Spallumcheen

Spallumcheen District Municipality was incorporated in 1892. Located 12 kms north of Vernon, positioned between the sunny Okanagan Valley and the cooler Shuswap Valley, the Spallumcheen Valley has some of the finest farmland in British Columbia . Predominantly agricultural, with a population of approximately 5,000, Spallumcheen is also home to the famous O'Keefe Ranch; Rogers Foods, British Columbia 's only flour and cereal mill.

A snapshot of Spallumcheen Community Facts and census data can be found at: Spallumcheen Community Facts

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Enderby and District

At the northern gateway to the Okanagan Valley lies the City of Enderby and surrounding areas. The 610-metre-high Enderby Cliffs provide an impressive backdrop to the city, which is situated on the banks of the Shuswap River.

Today, the area relies largely on agriculture and forestry as it did in the past, but agri-tourism and manufacturing of value-added wood products have helped to diversify the economy. Significant in-migration over the past several years has increased the area population to almost 3,000.

The surrounding rural area with its pristine natural beauty offers a lifestyle of year-round paradise for outdoor recreation. An easy walking par 3 golf course awaits, just 10 minutes north of Enderby. The Shuswap River winds through the area, linking a number of rural communities from the Resorts of Mara Lake to Mabel Lake, offering canoeists and kayakers miles of water to explore. The Larch Hills Cross Country Ski Area provides groomed trails for novice and advanced enthusiasts as well as excellent hiking and cycling in the summer months. Snowmobilers will enjoy the Hunter's Range trail system just east of Enderby.

A snapshot of Enderby Community Facts and census data can be found at: Enderby Community Facts

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Village of Lumby

The Village of Lumby, located 22 kms east of Vernon on Hwy. 6 is often referred to as the Gateway to the Monashee. Friendly rural community, scenic beauty, and a growing diversified economy make Lumby a great destination point. The community was founded and has traditionally relied on a forestry and agriculture-based economy. It is now experiencing significant growth in other areas. With virtually unlimited recreational opportunities the tourism base is well established and growing steadily. There has also been an increase in small business and home based businesses. Lumby's service sector continues to grow, offering a greater variety of services from banking to hospitality enterprises. With increasing demands on BC forests, value-added manufacturing of wood products is rapidly on the increase and opening many doors of opportunity in the Lumby area.

A local area population of approximately 2,000 has contributed to Lumby's economic diversification with many innovative and community-minded individuals.

This area abounds in magnificent wilderness and mountain lakes, popular with fishermen and hikers. Mabel, Echo, Keefer and Sugar lakes are easily accessed, along with a myriad of small, jewel-like lakes throughout the high country. All offer year-round recreational opportunities in undisturbed surroundings.

A snapshot of Lumby Community Facts and census data can be found at: Lumby Community Facts

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