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Kelowna, British Columbia
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Location
    (1879- )
    Located in the Okanagan Valley
    Incorporated as a city (May 5, 1905)
    Population: 117,312 (2011)
    Name means 'grizzly bear'
    22nd largest city in Canada
    One of its nicknames is 'K-Town.'
    It faced problems with urban sprawl.
    The windows of its buildings were destroyed by a sonic boom as one of the practicing U.S. Navy Blue Angels' planes flew too low (1969).
    Riots have occurred in the annual Regatta twice (1986 and 1987).
    Its 'Wakefest' wakeboarding competition and music festival was banned for one year due its extreme rowdiness (2007).
    Property crime has been a major problem here due to its high crime rate (2012).
    It has been prone to nearby seasonal wildfires.
    It draws so much tourism in the Okanagan Valley.
    It is frequently compared to Napa Valley, California due its vineyards and climate.
    It is home to the valley's numerous wineries.
    Skye at Waterscapes is the tallest building located on the halfway point between Vancouver and Calgary.
    Canada's first permanent Flow-Rider is inside its H20 facility.
    It is where Evangeline Lilly was discovered by a modeling agency.
    Actor Taylor Kitsch was born here.

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