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You can't belong to this Okanagan city unless you quack

Duck City in Westbank
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For years, Westbank residents have been greeted by a city within their city and its only residents have feathers.

Anywhere between one to a hundred of ducks are known to flock to a small pond at the end of Louie Drive in West Kelowna. A sign, installed a few years ago, aptly named the location Duck City.

Westbank First Nation communications officer Kristy Jean said the WFN did not install the sign.

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“We don’t know who did,” she laughed, adding the ducks have been flocking to that area for years.

“People feed them so they obviously get to used to that,” she said. “Some days there might be a dozen and other days there’s like 100 ducks there and they stop traffic because they’re waddling across the street.”

The ducks flock to Duck City.
The ducks flock to Duck City.
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Feeding the wildlife isn’t recommended, she said, but she’s never heard of the ducks causing any problems.

As a Westbank resident, “I’m quite happy to stop for them and watch them waddle across the street,” she said.

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“It’s just another part of Westbank that makes it cutesy and cool."

Coralee Miller, with the Sncéwips Heritage Museum, said she remembers the ducks gathering in the area as early as 2012.

Then in 2016, it was “like holy crap look at all the ducks,” she said. The sign was erected somewhere between 2018 and 2019, “and the rest is history.”

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