ARTS PALETTE: Museum tour shows area geology

The Summerland Museum invites you to join expert geologist Dr. Kathleen Jagger for a journey exploring rock formations of Summerland.

The Summerland Museum invites you to join expert geologist Dr. Kathleen Jagger for an entertaining and informative journey exploring the first rock formations of Summerland.

There is a tour this Saturday, July 20 and again on Saturday, Aug. 10. Registration and payment is required. Please call the Summerland Museum for more information at 250-494-9395 or swing on by at 9521 Wharton Street, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tour takes approximately three hours and will tour all over Summerland to see the strata revealed by the making of the highway, the formation of the silt cliffs, how Okanagan Lake was formed and some great examples of lava flows from the extinct volcano and striations, or ice scratch troughs, left from the last glacier passing through here.

It also includes a short five-minute easy hike up the base of the west side of Giant’s Head Mountain on Shale Avenue.

They will also be driving to the parking lot at the top of Giant’s Head Mountain and then taking a 10-minute easy hike to the summit to enjoy the gorgeous panoramic view and geological explanation of the valley.

Meet inside the Museum at 9:45 a.m. and then at 10 a.m. everyone will hop on the bus. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat and be prepared for every kind of weather and possibly bugs too. Bring a snack and drink to enjoy at the top of the mountain.

Anyone not wanting to make the trip to the top of Giant’s Head will be dropped off at the museum on the way up.

For those unable to take part on the geology tour the air conditioned museum is the perfect place to visit on a hot Okanagan afternoon.

When you are there be sure to check out the fabulous new display on the Japanese community of Summerland.

Their other displays depict the early growth of our town, from the pre-settlement era and the time of the fur brigade trail, through to the days of pioneer life and beyond.  One of the highlights being the fifty foot mural by Summerland artist Bruce Crawford.

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The Arts Palette is written by David Finnis, Publicity Chair and President of the Summerland Community Arts Council – PO Box 1217, 9533 Main St., Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0