Longer days and more sunshine often bring about thoughts of summer and swimming

Longer days and more sunshine often bring about thoughts of summer and swimming

Swimming not encouraged

Summerland’s lakeshore was busy with boats bringing people and goods to a promising young town.

  • May. 20, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Longer days and more sunshine often bring about thoughts of summer and swimming, so we thought a photo of Rotary Beach would be appropriate.

However, around 1905, the area looked a little different and swimmers were scarce.

Summerland’s lakeshore was busy with boats such as the S.S. York, the Kelowna and the Naramata bringing people and goods to a promising young town.

The next time you’re enjoying the sun and sand on Rotary Beach in Lower Town, close your eyes and imagine what it was like when Lakeshore Road was a dirt trail and steam ships, tugs and barges frequented the wharves along the shore.