The former Okanagan College gym and the Mary Campbell home could both be seen from Giant’s Head Mountain in 1910. The Campbell home was demolished in the early 2000s when the Summerland Seniors Village was constructed. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

The former Okanagan College gym and the Mary Campbell home could both be seen from Giant’s Head Mountain in 1910. The Campbell home was demolished in the early 2000s when the Summerland Seniors Village was constructed. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Orchards, college once stood near Summerland Seniors Village

Area in Summerland has gone through considerable changes since early 1900s

The area near Giant’s Head Mountain in Summerland now contains houses, townhomes and the Summerland Seniors Village, but the area looked quite different in the early 20th century.

The photograph, taken from Giant’s Head Mountain looking east in 1910, shows the Okanagan College gym. The college operated from 1906 to 1915. Okanagan College and Vancouver’s College (McGill) were the first post-secondary institutes in the province. Both opened in 1906.

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The large house to the right was Mary Campbell’s home and the road was named Campbell’s corner.

The home was demolished when the Summerland Seniors Village was built along present day Atkinson Road.

The V-shaped road was once named Solly Road, but today this portion of the road is now Prairie Valley Road. The centre of the photograph was Alex McKay’s orchard.

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