Thompson Okanagan Overview
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- The region receives an average of 2000 hours of sunshine each year.
- Lake Okanagan is 128 km (80 mi.) long stretching from Vernon to Penticton via Kelowna. Ogopogo, a likely non-existent serpent-like creature is said to live in the lake. The creature’s legend comes from First Nations people who called it N’xa’xa’etkw.
- Kelowna International Airport is serviced by Air Canada, WestJet, Horizon Air and Central Mountain Air with direct flights to Toronto, Seattle, as well as Vancouver.
- The Thompson Okanagan has it own interesting history. In 1890, in Summerland, a Chinese worker, whos escaped from a railway labour gang, set up the town’s first laundry. A year later the entrepreneur opened a brothel – the first and only one. Over 100 years later, in 2005, the winery formerly known as Scherzinger re-launched as Dirty Laundry Vineyards in honour of the history of clean clothes and dirty minds.