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Father Pandosy, a French Roman Catholic Oblate missionary, became the first European to settle in Kelowna in 1859 at a place named "l'Anse au Sable" (Bay of Sand) in reference to the sandy shoreline. Bennett Bridge to replace the three-lane Okanagan Lake Bridge.
Commercial activity is particularly concentrated along or very near highway 97 (Harvey).The Kelowna metropolitan area has a population of 194,882; the third-largest metropolitan area in the province, behind only Vancouver and Victoria.Additionally, the City of Kelowna is the seventh-largest city in the province.Nearby communities include the City of West Kelowna (also referred to as Westbank, Westside) to the west across Okanagan Lake, Lake Country and Vernon to the north, and Peachland to the southwest, and further to the south, Summerland and Penticton.The Indigenous Syilx people were the first inhabitants of the region, and they continue to live in the region. In the same year, construction began on a new five-lane William R.