Lower Summerland

Powering up

Lower Summerland, ca. 1912. The S.S. Okanagan at the wharf, the calm waters of Okanagan Lake, traffic-free streets.

Lower Summerland, ca. 1912. The S.S. Okanagan at the wharf, the calm waters of Okanagan Lake, traffic-free streets—this photo provides a good opportunity to plug the newest exhibit at the Museum–Technology. Summerland was the first community on Okanagan Lake to have electricity (1905—note the power poles) followed by a telephone system (1907—the small square building on the right is the telephone office situated on, of course, Telegraph Hill.) Charles Peel Nelson, Summerland pioneer and noted photographer, took this beautiful panoramic photo. The Museum exhibit features artefacts from Nelson’s glass negative camera to 45 rpm records and the first Mac computers. Drop in and see how far we’ve come.