Oliver is situated in the south central area of British Columbia, Canada's third largest province which occupies almost ten per cent of the country's land surface. Oliver is located at 49° 12' N, 119°32'W. The Town's land area is approximately five square kilometers.
From the U.S.-Canadian border to Salmon Arm at the northern extreme, the Okanagan stretches over 200 km, yet averages only 15 km. wide for most of that distance. The South Okanagan area falls within the jurisdiction of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, (RDOS), which includes the Town of Oliver and surrounding rural area.
The Columbia and Cascade mountain ranges in south-central B.C. surround the valley with elevations exceeding 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level. The Okanagan's landscape is made up of series of terraces and oblong lakes which were formed by glacial activity during the Tertiary and Pleistocene eras. The final retreat of the ice (between 11,000 and 9,000 years ago) left large deposits of gravel, silt, clay and sand on the bottom and sides of the valley floor.
It is estimated there are now over a quarter of a million people living in the Okanagan. The area has become a prime residential and small business relocation area due to the gentle climate, excellent transportation and the availability of world class recreational opportunities. The Okanagan offers business and investment opportunities in a location and environment which is second to none.
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