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1. The centerpiece of British Columbia's Okanagan region is Okanagan Lake, which extends 135 kilometres from my hometown of Vernon south to which city?
2. While the Okanagan region does extend into Washington State (where the name inexplicably changes to Okanogan), this picturesque town is found a mere 3 1/2 kilometres north of the border. What is its name?
3. To the north, the Okanagan region extends to the Thompson plateau near the unincorporated community of Grindrod. Overlooking Grindrod, Enderby and the Shuswap River valley are the Enderby Cliffs. How high do they soar above the valley floor?
4. Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan region and it sits pretty much smack dab in the center of the Okanagan Valley and halfway up (or down) Okanagan Lake. What hibernating local predator is Kelowna named for, from the Okanagan First Nation's language?
5. The Kettle Valley Railway was a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway that operated across southern BC, including the South Okanagan region. In 2003 the Okanagan Mountain Park fire destroyed how many of the KVR's 18 trestles?
6. Located in the Similkameen Valley, this small lake is rich in minerals, which cause it to exhibit spots of different colour. Appropriately, the name of this beautiful oddity is Spotted Lake.
7. Vineyards can be found throughout the region, and wines from the Okanagan have become known internationally. This is even more notable considering that the first winery in the area did not open until 1974!
8. Another thing for which the Okanagan is famous is the fruit industry ... especially apples. The first apple trees were planted in 1859 by Catholic missionary Father Pendosy, but nothing commercial happened until after the Coldstream Ranch (est. 1863 near Vernon) was purchased in 1891.
Which British lord (and 7th Governor General of Canada 1893-1898) acquired this 13,000 acre property and developed it to grow fruit?
9. If the beautiful lakes and surrounding valley lowlands are not enough to pique your interest in the Okanagan, a short drive from Vernon will take you into the heights to this lovely ski resort.
What is its name?
10. Okanagan Lake is known for its sightings of a lake monster similar to Nessie of Loch Ness fame. The feature in this photo is named after it, called "__________'s Gap".
What is the lake monster's name?
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