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Moving to Peachland: Part 1

Peachland Arts, Recreation & Wellness Amenities

When searching for a new home, there are lot of items to consider - the home's condition, approximate square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, its proximity to your place of employment, schools, and the like. However, before relocating your entire life to a new location, it is also very important to take the neighbourhood and its amenities into careful account. Access to health and safety services, parks, recreation, arts and cultural offerings, retail opportunities and transportation are all important items to think about when contemplating a move to a new area.

Although we provide real estate and property marketing services to clients throughout the entire Greater Kelowna area, we live in Peachland, and as residents, are personally familiar with the services offered to residents day-to-day. While not all-inclusive, as the first part of a multi-part series, we have compiled a brief overview of arts, recreation and wellness amenities available in Peachland to give you a better idea of what Peachland has to offer and ultimately help you decide if a move to Peachland is right for you.

 

  1. Peachland Historic Primary School - 5684 Beach Ave., Peachland, BC
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    The Peachland Primary School building, originally built in 1908 and closed in 2003, was repurposed into an accessible location for arts, recreation, cultural programming for people of all ages. This beautiful venue is now home to the following organizations: 

    Peachland Art Gallery and Community Arts Council
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    The Peachland Art Gallery, operated by the Peachland Community Arts Council (PCAC) and located in the Mary Smith Hall in the centre of the building, features work in an assortment of mediums of local recreational artists as well as professional artists from across the Okanagan, British Columbia, and Canada. The Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions year-round as well as musicians, authors, speakers, art workshops and art markets. The PCAC also supports local arts and culture organizations and organizes events throughout the year to engage the community in the arts, such as their annual HeARTS Festival.

    Peachland Visitor Centre
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    The Peachland Visitor Centre promotes Peachland tourism opportunities and produces and distributes information on Peachland's attractions, festivities, dining and accommodation options. The Visitor Centre has a boutique gift shop that features Peachland, Okanagan and BC-themed merchandise such as clothing and accessories as well as artwork by local artisans and seasonal items produced by local businesses and wineries. Also home to Peachland's bats, possibly the largest Yuma bat colony in BC, and the organization dedicated to their protection and preservation, the Bat Education and Ecological Preservation Society (BEEPS), the Visitor Centre hosts a Bat Interpretive Display and educates visitors on bats and their importance to the ecosystem.

    Peachland Chamber of Commerce
    The Peachland Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that supports, promotes and advocates for 140+ member businesses in Peachland and the surrounding areas. The Chamber hosts informational and networking events and business development workshops and provides benefits to its members.

    The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club in Peachland also operates out of the Historic Primary School building but will be covered in depth in Part 2 of this series: Moving to Peachland: Education.

    Prominent Peachland arts, recreation and wellness organizations not located in the Historic Primary School building include:

  2. The Peachland Museum - 5890 Beach Ave., Peachland, BC
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    The Peachland Museum is located in a unique, 8-sided church building dating back to 1910 and has been a British Columbia Heritage Site since 1981.

    The museum displays hundreds of artifacts, documents, photos and newspapers that help tell the story of the rich history of Peachland and its residents. A scale model of the Kettle Valley Railway is housed on the museum's top floor, which was built and continues to be maintained by the Central Okanagan Railway Company.

  3. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #69 - 4407 2nd St., Peachland, BC
    Founded in 1926, the Peachland branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL #69) has been providing support and advocacy for veterans and promoting Remembrance in the Peachland community for almost 100 years. RCL #69 hosts a wide variety of social events like crib tournaments, concerts, holiday dinner and dances, and much more. Additionally, the Peachland branch location boasts a popular restaurant and pub, Cook's Mill, which is open seven days a week, has daily specials, and also offers catering and takeout.

  4. Peachland Community Centre - 4450 6th St., Peachland, BC
    The epicentre of Peachland recreation, the Peachland Community Centre hosts a wide variety of recreational programming all year long. From fitness classes to cooking classes, art demos to social activities, the Peachland Community Centre provides Peachland residents and visitors with a place to engage in activities meeting an array of interests, skill levels and ages.

  5. Peachland Wellness Centre - 4426 5th St., Peachland, BC
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    Even though it operates in a small house in Peachland's city centre, the breadth of programming offered by the Peachland Wellness Centre (PWC) is huge. Computer literacy training, income tax preparation assistance, intergenerational signing, coffee socials, tai chi, non-medical home support services, a community garden program, and a weekly Sunday morning community breakfast are only a few of the many programs and services provided by the PWC. There are also a plethora of opportunities to get involved as a PWC volunteer.

  6. Peachland 50 Plus Activity Centre - 5672 Beach Ave., Peachland, BC
    The Peachland 50 Plus Activity Centre provides a setting where members age 50 and over can use their talents to organize a variety of activities that benefit other members as well as support the community at large. The Centre hosts weekly social activities ranging from fitness to singing to wood carving as well as pancake breakfasts, monthly potlucks, a famous Thursday night bingo, and other activities.

  7. Peachland Branch - Okanagan Regional Library - #40-5500 Clements Crescent, Peachland, BC
    Located in the Peachland Village Mall, Peachland's public library provides access to books throughout the Okanagan Regional Library system, including hard copies, digital e-books and audiobooks, as well as access to music and movies. The library also hosts programming to promote lifelong learning, including a weekly children's story time, LEGO in the Library, Summer Reading Club, an adult book club, and more.

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