history

The Okanagan sternwheeler parked at the Okanagan Landing Stationhouse, which operated in 1914 but is now a museum in Paddlewheel Park. The Okanagan anding Statiohouse Museum is open for weekends in June, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by donation. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo 2803)

Okanagan Landing museum opens doors

Float back in time to 1914 when sternwheelers transported goods up and down the valley

The Okanagan sternwheeler parked at the Okanagan Landing Stationhouse, which operated in 1914 but is now a museum in Paddlewheel Park. The Okanagan anding Statiohouse Museum is open for weekends in June, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by donation. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo 2803)
The former Summerland Arena served the community of Summerland from 1951 until the present arena was opened in 1976. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Arena served Summerland for 26 years

Warm winters meant short ice seasons in early 1950s

The former Summerland Arena served the community of Summerland from 1951 until the present arena was opened in 1976. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
In 1993, Summerland’s downtown featured an Old English theme. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland once had Old English theme

Design guidelines were introduced in late 1980s

In 1993, Summerland’s downtown featured an Old English theme. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
R.C. “Dick” Palmer, his father R.M Palmer and his brother Frank Palmer were all active in horticultural research. R.C. Palmer worked in Summerland and was the third superintendent of the Summerland Research Station. He was named Summerland’s Good Citizen of the Year in 1949. (Photos courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Palmer worked with apple breeding program in Summerland

Horticulturalist initiated the apple breeding and the clonal rootstock programs in 1920s

  • May 21, 2020
R.C. “Dick” Palmer, his father R.M Palmer and his brother Frank Palmer were all active in horticultural research. R.C. Palmer worked in Summerland and was the third superintendent of the Summerland Research Station. He was named Summerland’s Good Citizen of the Year in 1949. (Photos courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Gertrude Angwin traveled to Mineola and volunteered nursing care in 1918. Mineola was the centre of the influenza epidemic. (Summerland Museum photo)

Spanish influenza affected British Columbia

Epidemic a century ago had three distinct waves

  • May 17, 2020
Gertrude Angwin traveled to Mineola and volunteered nursing care in 1918. Mineola was the centre of the influenza epidemic. (Summerland Museum photo)
Conkle Mountain in Summerland is part of the Penticton group of volcanos. The name originates from pioneer William Conkle. He sold his cattle ranch in Summerland in 1891 and moved to Rock Creek. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland mountain part of a group of volcanos

Conkle Mountain in Summerland is one of 16 in the Penticton group of volcanos

Conkle Mountain in Summerland is part of the Penticton group of volcanos. The name originates from pioneer William Conkle. He sold his cattle ranch in Summerland in 1891 and moved to Rock Creek. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Kelowna History: Police chief kills two in Mayfair Hotel murders of 1932

Kelowna History: Police chief kills two in Mayfair Hotel murders of 1932

A look back at one of the most shocking events in Kelowna’s history

Kelowna History: Police chief kills two in Mayfair Hotel murders of 1932
Summerland has faced disease outbreak in the past

Summerland has faced disease outbreak in the past

Spanish influenza, from 1918 to 1920, took a toll on the world

Summerland has faced disease outbreak in the past
Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)

BCHF conference once again slated for Cloverdale

Surrey Historical Society to host 2021 history conference

Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)
Sir Thomas Shaughnessy played role in founding of Summerland

Sir Thomas Shaughnessy played role in founding of Summerland

George Barclay’s Trout Creek Ranch was purchased in early 1900s

Sir Thomas Shaughnessy played role in founding of Summerland
THE KAT RANCH                                The KAT Rancha, in the North Beach area, operated from 1941 until 1958. The partners were Larry Kelly, Ted Atkinson and Eileen Tomlin, hence the name KAT. (Summerland Museum photo)

KAT Ranch operated in North Beach area between Summerland and Peachland

Partners grew peaches, tomatoes and zucca melons on property

THE KAT RANCH                                The KAT Rancha, in the North Beach area, operated from 1941 until 1958. The partners were Larry Kelly, Ted Atkinson and Eileen Tomlin, hence the name KAT. (Summerland Museum photo)
The St. Stephen Anglican Church building in Summerland was constructed in 1909. The stone church has become a landmark in the community. (Summerland Museum photo)

Summerland has long tradition of faith

First church in the community was set up in the late 1800s

The St. Stephen Anglican Church building in Summerland was constructed in 1909. The stone church has become a landmark in the community. (Summerland Museum photo)
A can of dehydrated vegetable mix packaged at the historic Bulmans Cannery in Vernon, possibly before the Second World War, has become a YouTube hit. (New England Wildlife and More screen photo)

Okanagan soup canned nearly 90 years ago gets taste test

YouTube shows man taking contents from old Bulmans Cannery vegetable mix and making, eating soup

A can of dehydrated vegetable mix packaged at the historic Bulmans Cannery in Vernon, possibly before the Second World War, has become a YouTube hit. (New England Wildlife and More screen photo)
(Summerland Museum map)

Land once belonged to Grand Chief Nicola

Summerland was once known as Nicola Prairie

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(Summerland Museum map)
THE DALE FAMILY This photograph shows the Dale family their first home, a tent house, close to where the intersection of Victoria Road South and Prairie Valley Road is located today. From left are Margaret Dale, George, Ruth on her horse Pearl and Thomas Dale. (Summerland Museum photo)

Colouring book will feature images of Summerland

Project is a joint initiative of Summerland Museum and Summerland Community Arts Council

THE DALE FAMILY This photograph shows the Dale family their first home, a tent house, close to where the intersection of Victoria Road South and Prairie Valley Road is located today. From left are Margaret Dale, George, Ruth on her horse Pearl and Thomas Dale. (Summerland Museum photo)
Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley

Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley

Transportation corridor passed through Nicola Prairie, now Summerland

Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley
Summerland’s 4.1-kilometre Fur Brigade Trail Linear Park was created 2006. The trail extends from Priest Camp Historic Park to the Brigade Lookout. Recently the trail was added to the Provincial Heritage Registry. This recognition will add additional protection to a trail that is estimated to be 6,000 years old. (Summerland Museum photo)

Fur Brigade Trail on provincial heritage registry

Trail in Okanagan Vally was used during gold rush in late 19th century

Summerland’s 4.1-kilometre Fur Brigade Trail Linear Park was created 2006. The trail extends from Priest Camp Historic Park to the Brigade Lookout. Recently the trail was added to the Provincial Heritage Registry. This recognition will add additional protection to a trail that is estimated to be 6,000 years old. (Summerland Museum photo)
IN A TENT HOUSE                                Often, our earliest settlers first used tent houses prior to their permanent homes being built. This photograph shows Walter Verity and his wife Elizabeth (nee Tait) with their tent home beside their gardens. Elizabeth’s brothers Magnus and John and sister Christine (Nixon) also lived here. (Summerland Museum photo)

Tent homes were once used in Summerland

Temporary dwellings provided shelter until permanent homes were constructed

IN A TENT HOUSE                                Often, our earliest settlers first used tent houses prior to their permanent homes being built. This photograph shows Walter Verity and his wife Elizabeth (nee Tait) with their tent home beside their gardens. Elizabeth’s brothers Magnus and John and sister Christine (Nixon) also lived here. (Summerland Museum photo)
SCHOOL DAYS                                Miss Tan and her Kindergarten class at MacDonald School enjoy a day in the classroom in 1994. (Summerland Museum photo)

MacDonald School in Summerland had a long history

Downtown elementary school, named after well-loved principal, operated for almost 80 years

SCHOOL DAYS                                Miss Tan and her Kindergarten class at MacDonald School enjoy a day in the classroom in 1994. (Summerland Museum photo)
The avalanche of 1910 killed 58 people. (Submitted by Revelstoke Museum and Archives P257)

110 years ago the mountain fell down on Rogers Pass

The avalanche of 1910 is still Canada’s worst avalanche disaster

The avalanche of 1910 killed 58 people. (Submitted by Revelstoke Museum and Archives P257)