The plan area incorporates eight parcels with several land owners. In the map below all eight parcels, except one (3898 Brown Rd), are located within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).
Historically, agricultural land within Westbank Centre functioned in a variety of capacities (ie. orchards, farming etc.). Over time, due to factors such as lack of interest and changes in agricultural profitability, these uses diminished.
The creation of a plan to return this land to agricultural production, serves to honour the area's history and support a unique economic opportunity in the heart of West Kelowna. Farming initiatives related to local agricultural experiences and products will contribute to a distinct West Kelowna identity and support the area's economy. The preservation of farm land and the encouragement of agricultural uses is highly valued by the City of West Kelowna and the Province of British Columbia.
West Kelowna Agricultural HistoryAgriculture has been an important industry in West Kelowna and was the catalyst for settlement in the area. In the 1800s, the fur trade and the establishment of the Shuswap and Okanagan Railway contributed to further growth of the area. The railway increased viability of farming in the Okanagan through access to larger markets. Improved irrigation in the early 1900s and the demand for farm products resulting from the Gold Rush and Similkameen mines necessitated further expansion of agricultural production in the form of packinghouses, processing plants and sawmills.
What is Agri-tourism?
Examples of agri-tourism are (but not limited to):