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This historic photo of the Kelowna to Westbank ferry dock sometime in the 1920s. Photo is part of the Kelowna Museums Archives and was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page. Kelowna resident Charlie Betuzzi commented on the photo that his father Larry worked on the ferry at one time.
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History in photos: Ferry to Westbank

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

 

In 1906, provincial reports indicated potential mining of lead, silver, copper and gold near what is now the Summerland Rodeo Grounds . Mining began in 1911 funded by investors Frank Osler, R.H. Agur, Cuthbert Fetherstonhaugh and miner Tom Kelly. Yields were small and the mine was abandoned. (Photograph courtesy of Andrew Holder)

Mine remnants can be seen in Summerland

Mining operation near Summerland Rodeo Grounds began in 1906

 

A protester swings a hammer in an attempt to remove the head of the Egerton Ryerson statue in Toronto on Sunday June 6, 2021. A much-maligned statue of Egerton Ryerson was toppled in Toronto on Sunday. The statue, prominently displayed on the campus of Ryerson University, has come under renewed scrutiny after the discovery in Kamloops, B.C., of what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Beheaded statue of Egerton Ryerson, toppled Sunday in Toronto, won’t be replaced

Ryerson is credited as one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system

 

Cultivating Safe Spaces workshop facilitator, public speaker and author Elaine Alec hosts online forums through the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. (Contributed)

Timely exhibit puts Indigenous history in North Okanagan spotlight

Cultivating Safe Spaces workshop and Legacy of Hope exhibit at museum

Cultivating Safe Spaces workshop facilitator, public speaker and author Elaine Alec hosts online forums through the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. (Contributed)
This historic photo is of downtown Westbank circa 1952.

The photo was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page back in 2014 and is still garnering comments today from residents reminiscing about historic Westbank.

One woman remembers the street in 1975 after the road had been paved, the drug store was gone by this time and instead Schmidt's Jewellery Store stood on the block.



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History in photos: Main Street in Westbank

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of downtown Westbank circa 1952.

The photo was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page back in 2014 and is still garnering comments today from residents reminiscing about historic Westbank.

One woman remembers the street in 1975 after the road had been paved, the drug store was gone by this time and instead Schmidt's Jewellery Store stood on the block.



Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share, if so email us at newstips@westknews.com
The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. Today, the wine industry represents an important part of the British Columbia economy. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

British Columbia wine industry began in 1850s

Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission produced wine in 1859

The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. Today, the wine industry represents an important part of the British Columbia economy. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
This historic photo is of Okanagan Lake Provincial Park in 1959. The park is located near Peachland off Highway 97. According to the Old Kelowna Facebook page, where the photo was shared, the park was created in 1955. In the late 1950s, thousands of non-native trees were planted on a barren hillside between the highway and the lake. Today, this area is a natural arboretum and the extensive tree cover is home to various bird types. Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share? If so, email us at newstips@westknews.com.

History in photos: Okanagan Lake Provincial Park

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of Okanagan Lake Provincial Park in 1959. The park is located near Peachland off Highway 97. According to the Old Kelowna Facebook page, where the photo was shared, the park was created in 1955. In the late 1950s, thousands of non-native trees were planted on a barren hillside between the highway and the lake. Today, this area is a natural arboretum and the extensive tree cover is home to various bird types. Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share? If so, email us at newstips@westknews.com.
This historic photo is off Highway 97 in Peachland looking north. The photo was taken sometime in the 1950s and donated to the Okanagan Archie Trust Society by Hugo Redivo. Taken by Harry Davis, the photo depicts the view down the street from Baptist Church.
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History in photos: Peachland in the 1950s

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is off Highway 97 in Peachland looking north. The photo was taken sometime in the 1950s and donated to the Okanagan Archie Trust Society by Hugo Redivo. Taken by Harry Davis, the photo depicts the view down the street from Baptist Church.
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This historic photo is of Lakeview Heights in 1960. The view is just to the south of Lakeview Heights in the Thacker Drive and Hayman Road area.
Thanks to Old Kelowna who shared the photo from Rob Vickers to its Facebook page. Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share? If so, email us at newstips@westknews.com.

History in photos: Lakeview Heights

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

  • May 12, 2021
This historic photo is of Lakeview Heights in 1960. The view is just to the south of Lakeview Heights in the Thacker Drive and Hayman Road area.
Thanks to Old Kelowna who shared the photo from Rob Vickers to its Facebook page. Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share? If so, email us at newstips@westknews.com.
George Ryga, considered by many as Canada’s most important English playwright lived in Summerland from 1963 until his death in 1987. He is the inspiration for the annual Ryga Arts Festival. (Contributed)

Summerland archive established for George Ryga

Renowned author wrote novels, poetry, stage plays and screen plays from Summerland home

George Ryga, considered by many as Canada’s most important English playwright lived in Summerland from 1963 until his death in 1987. He is the inspiration for the annual Ryga Arts Festival. (Contributed)
This historic photo is of the Westbank Baseball Team, sometime between the late 1920s and early 1930s. Archie Currie was the captain of the team, having moved to Westbank on Aug. 17, 1927. He came by train to Kelowna from the Blackfoot area, near Lloydminster, Alta. After arriving in B.C., Currie set to finding anyone interested in starting a baseball team. His mother Ettie sewed a W on the front of all of the shirts and Westbank Orchards on the back. Thanks to Marjorie Currie-Milroy for the photo and for identifying the following people in the picture. Back left: Olie Johnsson (catcher), unknown, unknown, Robin Drought and Earl Lundin. Front left: Unknown, John Brown, Capital Archie Currie, Harry Brown and Harry Foster. Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share? If so email us at newstips@westknews.com.

History in photos: Westbank Baseball Team, 1920s

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

  • May 5, 2021
This historic photo is of the Westbank Baseball Team, sometime between the late 1920s and early 1930s. Archie Currie was the captain of the team, having moved to Westbank on Aug. 17, 1927. He came by train to Kelowna from the Blackfoot area, near Lloydminster, Alta. After arriving in B.C., Currie set to finding anyone interested in starting a baseball team. His mother Ettie sewed a W on the front of all of the shirts and Westbank Orchards on the back. Thanks to Marjorie Currie-Milroy for the photo and for identifying the following people in the picture. Back left: Olie Johnsson (catcher), unknown, unknown, Robin Drought and Earl Lundin. Front left: Unknown, John Brown, Capital Archie Currie, Harry Brown and Harry Foster. Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share? If so email us at newstips@westknews.com.
Robert Henry Agur (1856-1912) was Summerland’s reeve (mayor) from 1907 to 1910. During Agur’s term as mayor, Summerland’s Fall Fair was established. In the last year of his term, Summerland purchased the electrical, water and road systems from Sir Thomas Shaughnessy’s Summerland Development Company. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Agur served as reeve of Summerland

Pioneer family arrived from Manitoba in 1904

Robert Henry Agur (1856-1912) was Summerland’s reeve (mayor) from 1907 to 1910. During Agur’s term as mayor, Summerland’s Fall Fair was established. In the last year of his term, Summerland purchased the electrical, water and road systems from Sir Thomas Shaughnessy’s Summerland Development Company. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The remnants of Black’s Point can still be seen at the foreshore of Summerland Beach RV and Campground in Summerland. 
(Summerland Museum photo)

Remnants of wharf can be seen in Summerland

Black’s Landing was constructed as a transportation point

The remnants of Black’s Point can still be seen at the foreshore of Summerland Beach RV and Campground in Summerland. 
(Summerland Museum photo)
Old English design elements can be seen in the sign of the Summerland Farm and Garden Centre in 1993. The guidelines are no longer in place, but some downtown businesses still show aspects of the days when Summerland had a theme in place. This photo was taken by Summerland photographer Dan Dorotich. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland’s Old English theme has been abandoned

From the 1980s until the early 2000s, Summerland had design guidelines in its downtown

Old English design elements can be seen in the sign of the Summerland Farm and Garden Centre in 1993. The guidelines are no longer in place, but some downtown businesses still show aspects of the days when Summerland had a theme in place. This photo was taken by Summerland photographer Dan Dorotich. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The Royal’s 1951 visit to Revelstoke. (Photo by Revelstoke Museum and Archives #17)

PHOTOS: Prince Philip visited Revelstoke – twice

The prince died April 9 at the age of 99

The Royal’s 1951 visit to Revelstoke. (Photo by Revelstoke Museum and Archives #17)
A large crowd gathers for the arrival of Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth in Salmon Arm in October, 1951. Image from the Denis Marshall Collection and courtesy the Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.

Looking back: Salmon Arm gave royal welcome to Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth

Royals stopped in Tappen, Salmon Arm and Sicamous during 1951 tour of Western Canada

A large crowd gathers for the arrival of Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth in Salmon Arm in October, 1951. Image from the Denis Marshall Collection and courtesy the Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.
This historic photo is of Ron’s Super Service in Westbank in the 1950s. The shop was located on the east side of Main Street. The shop is no longer around today, but the memories remain thanks to this photo that was shared with the Old Kelowna Facebook group. Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share? If so, email us at newstips@westknews.com.

History in photos: Ron’s Super Service

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

  • Apr 7, 2021
This historic photo is of Ron’s Super Service in Westbank in the 1950s. The shop was located on the east side of Main Street. The shop is no longer around today, but the memories remain thanks to this photo that was shared with the Old Kelowna Facebook group. Do you have historic photos of West Kelowna and Peachland that you would like to share? If so, email us at newstips@westknews.com.
The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Boats and trains once provided transportation in Okanagan Valley

Sternwheelers and Kettle Valley Railway were used to move goods in the region

The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Frank Ludwig in the control room. (Photo submitted)

The Day They Closed The Old Mill Down in song

Former member of Trooper captures the essence of small town struggles and triumphs

Frank Ludwig in the control room. (Photo submitted)
In 1909, water was diverted from Eneas Creek in Summerland to irrigate the Jones Flat area of the community. 
(Photo courtesy Summerland Museum)

Flumes once provided irrigation water to Summerland

Historic flumes can still be seen in parts of the community today

In 1909, water was diverted from Eneas Creek in Summerland to irrigate the Jones Flat area of the community. 
(Photo courtesy Summerland Museum)