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This historic photo looks to bring summer vibes during the last week of January.

Taken somewhere on Okanagan Lake, before 1965, this boat was owned by George Sutherland and called the "Tarpin".

According to Bruce Glenda, the Tarpin was built in Vancouver by the Boeing company Canadian Division. Design for speed it was originally powered by a marinized Hispano Suiza V8 airplane engine. After that, it was converted to a Lincoln V-12. It sank off Carr's Landing in deep water supposedly in the 1960s.

The photo was posted to Old Kelowna by Don Burnett.

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History in photos: Cruising Okanagan Lake in the 1960s

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

 

Lee Brandt, A Langley-based crane operator who grew up in Milner will make his television show debut with History TV Canada’s new series, Lost Car Rescue. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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This historic photo comes from the Westbank Museum and Visitor Centre.

According to the museum the photo was taken sometime in 1908 and shows the Main Street of Westbank with a view to the west.

However, some on social media have commented that the vehicle featured in the photo is of a Model T pick-up built in 1909 or later. 

What do you think?

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History in photos: Main Street circa 1908

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

 

This is the James R. Doherty ice house, originally located at the west end of Denike Street in Prairie Valley. Prior to the invention of the refrigerator, ice houses were used to store ice. Ice was protected by the insulating properties of straw and sawdust. The District of Summerland leased out ice on the Trout Creek Reservoir at a rate of 20 cents per ton. The district also determined the selling price: $1.15 per ton to Summerland customers. The ice had to be at least 12 inches thick before harvesting. For most years, Robert Mitchell (1861-1949) was awarded the contract. To the right of the ice house is Doherty’s fruit sprayer. (Photo courtesy of the Doherty family)

Ice was once harvested in Summerland

Before refrigeration, ice was collected and sold to customers

  • Jan 19, 2022
This is the James R. Doherty ice house, originally located at the west end of Denike Street in Prairie Valley. Prior to the invention of the refrigerator, ice houses were used to store ice. Ice was protected by the insulating properties of straw and sawdust. The District of Summerland leased out ice on the Trout Creek Reservoir at a rate of 20 cents per ton. The district also determined the selling price: $1.15 per ton to Summerland customers. The ice had to be at least 12 inches thick before harvesting. For most years, Robert Mitchell (1861-1949) was awarded the contract. To the right of the ice house is Doherty’s fruit sprayer. (Photo courtesy of the Doherty family)
This historic photo is of a snowy scene in Westbank showing the construction of the Lakeview Flume.
According to the Westbank Museum and Visitor Centre, which shared the photo on Facebook, the picture was taken sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
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History in photos: Lakeview flume

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of a snowy scene in Westbank showing the construction of the Lakeview Flume.
According to the Westbank Museum and Visitor Centre, which shared the photo on Facebook, the picture was taken sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
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This historic photo is of the Westbank waterfront circa 1925.

The photo shows both the CNR and the Government Wharves. Mount Boucherie and the future location of Mission Hill Winery are seen in the background of this image.

This picture was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page. 

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History in photos: Westbank waterfront

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of the Westbank waterfront circa 1925.

The photo shows both the CNR and the Government Wharves. Mount Boucherie and the future location of Mission Hill Winery are seen in the background of this image.

This picture was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page. 

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This historic photo is of sleigh-loads of logs at Glenrosa en route to Hitchner's sawmill.

The photo was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page from Dorothy Hewlett Gellatly's book "A bit of Okanagan History" (1983).

This photo may have been taken sometime in the 1930s.

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History in photos: Sleigh-loads of logs at Glenrosa

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This historic photo is of sleigh-loads of logs at Glenrosa en route to Hitchner's sawmill.

The photo was shared on the Old Kelowna Facebook page from Dorothy Hewlett Gellatly's book "A bit of Okanagan History" (1983).

This photo may have been taken sometime in the 1930s.

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This historic photo is of the Rowland family homesteading in Casa Loma in 1957.

Pictured are Jay, Scott and Anna Rowland, along with their dog, Flip, at the breakfast table with the beautiful Lakeview escarpment as a backdrop in the summer.

Thanks to Scott Rowland for this photo.

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History in photos: Casa Loma in 1957

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of the Rowland family homesteading in Casa Loma in 1957.

Pictured are Jay, Scott and Anna Rowland, along with their dog, Flip, at the breakfast table with the beautiful Lakeview escarpment as a backdrop in the summer.

Thanks to Scott Rowland for this photo.

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In 1908, Summerland’s first curling rink was located on the community’s drinking water reservoir. The man with the bowler hat was Frank Osler. The Osler family is one of Canada’s most famous families. One of Frank Osler’s brothers was Sir William Osler, one of the world’s most esteemed medical doctors. Another brother, and Summerland land owner, was Sir Edmund Osler, national president of the Dominion Bank (later TD bank). Another brother was Britton Osler, a famous lawyer (Louis Riel trial). Another brother was Judge Fetherston Osler. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Curling in Summerland was once held outdoors

Drinking water reservoir was once used for curling

In 1908, Summerland’s first curling rink was located on the community’s drinking water reservoir. The man with the bowler hat was Frank Osler. The Osler family is one of Canada’s most famous families. One of Frank Osler’s brothers was Sir William Osler, one of the world’s most esteemed medical doctors. Another brother, and Summerland land owner, was Sir Edmund Osler, national president of the Dominion Bank (later TD bank). Another brother was Britton Osler, a famous lawyer (Louis Riel trial). Another brother was Judge Fetherston Osler. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C.’s oldest wooden tugboat being scrapped at shipyard in Nanaimo

MV Sea Lion, built in 1905, had a part in 1914 SS Komagata Maru incident

MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
This historic photo is of Westbank circa 1966.

The view is of Highway 97 looking south on the approach into Westbank looking south on Highway 97.

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History in photos: Highway 97 in Westbank

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of Westbank circa 1966.

The view is of Highway 97 looking south on the approach into Westbank looking south on Highway 97.

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Chains on the tires are required when one takes the shortcut to Naramata on frozen Okanagan Lake. In the early 20th century, the lake would sometimes freeze over in the winter. However, it has been many decades since the lake last froze over. At times there has been ice near the shore, allowing for some skating on the frozen surface. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Boats and cars have been seen on Okanagan Lake

Lake used to freeze over during the winter

Chains on the tires are required when one takes the shortcut to Naramata on frozen Okanagan Lake. In the early 20th century, the lake would sometimes freeze over in the winter. However, it has been many decades since the lake last froze over. At times there has been ice near the shore, allowing for some skating on the frozen surface. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
This historic photo is of the water flume irrigation in Casa Loma, circa the 1940s.

A flume is a human-made channel for water, in the form of an open declined gravity chute whose walls are raised above the surrounding terrain, in contrast to a trench or ditch.

The photo was posted to the Old Kelowna Facebook page. Many residents commented on this picture noting that there were similar flume irrigation systems in Rutland and Glenmore during the same era.



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History in photos: Water flume irrigation in the 1940s

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of the water flume irrigation in Casa Loma, circa the 1940s.

A flume is a human-made channel for water, in the form of an open declined gravity chute whose walls are raised above the surrounding terrain, in contrast to a trench or ditch.

The photo was posted to the Old Kelowna Facebook page. Many residents commented on this picture noting that there were similar flume irrigation systems in Rutland and Glenmore during the same era.



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This historic photo is of Lakeview Heights taken from inside a small cave on Boucherie Mountain, in 1984.
The photo is from the personal collection of Old Kelowna team member Doug Cook.
Did you know there was a cave in the mountain? 
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History in photos: Lakeview Heights circa 1984

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This historic photo is of Lakeview Heights taken from inside a small cave on Boucherie Mountain, in 1984.
The photo is from the personal collection of Old Kelowna team member Doug Cook.
Did you know there was a cave in the mountain? 
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Spectators watching Summerland’s ski jumping competition at the community’s ski hill in Meadow Valley in 1956. 
(Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland had ski hill in 1940s and 1950s

Community’s ski hill was in Meadow Valley area

Spectators watching Summerland’s ski jumping competition at the community’s ski hill in Meadow Valley in 1956. 
(Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
This historic photo is of an ariel view of Peachland.

Taken during the very cold winter of 1949-50, the view is over the main road in Peachland and frozen Okanagan Lake can be seen to the right of the road.

The photo was shared on the Facebook page, Old Kelowna.

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History in photos: Winter view of Peachland

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of an ariel view of Peachland.

Taken during the very cold winter of 1949-50, the view is over the main road in Peachland and frozen Okanagan Lake can be seen to the right of the road.

The photo was shared on the Facebook page, Old Kelowna.

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Summerland’s Rotary Club was founded in 1946. From 1951 to 1956, the Rotary Club offered free swimming lessons at Powell Beach. In 1956, a portion of the shoreline of Summerland’s Lowertown was cleared. In 1957, the new Rotary Beach was officially opened. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Swimming lessons once offered at Summerland beaches

Beginning in 1950s, lessons were offered at Powell Beach and later at Rotary Beach

Summerland’s Rotary Club was founded in 1946. From 1951 to 1956, the Rotary Club offered free swimming lessons at Powell Beach. In 1956, a portion of the shoreline of Summerland’s Lowertown was cleared. In 1957, the new Rotary Beach was officially opened. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
This historic photo is of the Westbank Community Hall circa 1929.

Construction on the hall began in 1927 and was built by volunteer material and labour.

In 1982, the hall began to show signs of old age and the Westbank Lions Club took up the challenge to remodel the building.

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History in photos: Westbank Community Hall

A look back into West Kelowna/Peachland’s past

This historic photo is of the Westbank Community Hall circa 1929.

Construction on the hall began in 1927 and was built by volunteer material and labour.

In 1982, the hall began to show signs of old age and the Westbank Lions Club took up the challenge to remodel the building.

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Operation of the howitzers at Roger Pass when the program was started in 1961. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

60 years of avalanche control in Rogers Pass

The avalanche control system, run by Parks Canada alongside the Canadian Military, started in 1961

Operation of the howitzers at Roger Pass when the program was started in 1961. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
The clock tower at the corner of Main Street and Victoria Road in Summerland was installed in the 1980s. The iconic landmark was set up when Summerland had a Tudor theme in place in its downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Historic Summerland clock tower was part of community theme

Summerland once had a Tudor theme in place in its downtown

The clock tower at the corner of Main Street and Victoria Road in Summerland was installed in the 1980s. The iconic landmark was set up when Summerland had a Tudor theme in place in its downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)