PENTICTON, city, pop 31,909 (2006), lies at the southern end of OKANAGAN LK about 390 km east of VANCOUVER. The flat plain between Okanagan and SKAHA lakes was first occupied by OKANAGAN people, and the name derives from a SALISHAN word meaning "a place to stay forever." FUR TRADERS began using the valley as a transportation route in 1813. The original settler was Thomas ELLIS, an Irish immigrant who arrived in 1865 and eventually built up a CATTLE-ranching empire encompassing 120 sq km of...

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