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image by Eugene Ipavec, 1 August 2009
"The District of West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada was incorporated as
"Westside District Municipality" on December 6, 2007. On January 29, 2009, the
District was officially renamed in its Letters Patent to the District of West
Kelowna. The District has a population of 28,793 and covers a land area of
approximately 12,140 hectares nestled on the west side of Okanagan Lake." - from
official district website:
On June 23rd 2009 District unveils its new flag: http://www.kelowna.com/2009/06/23/west-kelowna-mayor-and-council-move-into-new-digs.
Valentin Poposki, 1 August 2009
The District was renamed after a
referendum in Nov. 2008. According to:
QUESTION I -
The official name of our municipality is "WESTSIDE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY". Do you wish to change it?
If the name of the municipality is to be changed, which name do you prefer? Vote for ONE (1).
District of Okanagan Hills / District of Westbank / District of West Kelowna / District of Westlake.
The results were, YES to the name change, and "West Kelowna" narrowly chosen over "Westbank".
Based on residents' suggestions, the naming committee suggested these names also be included: Okanagan Hills, Westlake, Four Seasons, Lake Okanagan, Ponderosa.
The new name has already made for confusion when wild fires threatened homes in West Kelowna, and tourists weren't sure if Kelowna was safe.
Dean McGee, 2 August 2009