Coldstream Ranch

Coldstream, British Columbia

Coldstream is a district municipality in British Columbia, Canada, located at the northern end of Kalamalka Lake in the Okanagan Valley. It is the seat of the Regional District of North Okanagan. Incorporated on December 21, 1906, Coldstream celebrated its centennial in 2006. The municipality is directly southeast of Vernon and is considered part of Greater Vernon.

Coldstream Ranch

Coldstream is best known for the Coldstream Ranch, established in 1863 by Captain Charles Frederick Houghton. He transferred the ranch to Forbes G. and Charles Albert Vernon who in 1891 sold it to John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, future Governor General of Canada (1893–1898). The ranch was purchased its current owners in 1994 and continues to be a working cattle ranch.


Coldstream is governed by a 7 member council, led by mayor Gary Corner. The Member of Parliament is Colin Mayes (Okanagan—Shuswap) and the Member of the Legislative Assembly is Tom Christensen (Okanagan-Vernon).


The Greater Vernon area was once based in forestry and agriculture. but now manufacturing, retail trade and services are the primary industries.


Covered by School District 22 Vernon, Coldstream is home to Coldstream Elementary School, Kidston Elementary School and Kalamalka Secondary School. The municipality is served by the Vernon campus of Okanagan College.


In Coldstream is one of the area's most popular beaches, Kal Beach, on the shores of Kalamalka Lake. Smaller beaches, in the area, include Kirkland Beach, Sovereign Beach, Tamarack Beach, Long Lake Beach, Jade Bay Beach, Juniper Beach, Cosens Beach, Pebble Beach, and Cliff Beach. Coldstream borders on Kalamalka Provincial Park, which has numerous groomed hiking trails, scenic views, and natural areas. Wilderness in the park includes, black bear, whitetailed deer, rattlesnake, marmot, and other creatures.


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