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From North Okanagan Regional District, Settlements in the Regional
District of North Okanagan, Vernon, British Columbia, Armstrong,
British Columbia, Silver Star Mountain Resort, Coldstream, British
Columbia, Enderby, British Columbia, Lumby, British Columbia, Shyla
Stylez, Ted Bowsfield, Howard Earl Johnston, Kevin Reimer, William
Procter, Cherryville, British Columbia, Spallumcheen, British
Columbia. Excerpt: Vernon, British Columbia - Wikipedia, the free
encyclopedia In the early years, parts of the Okanagan Valley were
occupied by the Interior Salish people. Fur traders first arrived
in 1811. The earliest development occurred alongside Swan Lake.
Growth occurred quite rapidly in the few decades following the
first trading posts. Discoveries of gold in surrounding creeks
generated a small rush of miners, which in turn drew cattle
farmers. Native presence prompted Oblate missionaries. Father
Durieu built a cabin near the junction of Swan Lake and Long Lake
Creeks about 1863, joining Luc Girouard, a gold miner and the first
white settler in the area. By 1890, a charter was granted for the
construction of a branch line from Sicamous to Okanagan Landing. In
the surrounding district, wheat growing had become an important
industry, second only to cattle ranching. Fruit farming was
introduced by Lord Aberdeen on the Coldstream Ranch lands,
attracting many British families to this area. New subdivisions on
East Hill, Mission Hill, and other areas near the city core
accommodated the rapid population growth of this period. By the
early 1900s, Vernon was recognized as the economic hub of the
Okanagan. This period of growth and development came to an end in
1913, when an economic depression slowed the movement of capital
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