Long before Summerland — situated on the unceded, ancestral territory of the Syilx — was formally occupied by non-Syilx settlers, it was part of the Syilx’s traditional transportation trail system.
These trails were subsequently used by fur traders and later gold prospectors.
This photo is an early photo of Summerland taken in 1905, which gives you a sense of the lay of the land before intensive settlement began.
If you are interested in learning more about these traditional trail systems please join the Summerland Museum and the Okanagan Historical Society for a guided tour of Summerland’s Fur Brigade Trail on Oct. 8.
The tour begins at 10 a.m. and wraps up around 2 p.m. For more details please call the Summerland Museum at 250-494-9395.