Cairn project finished

Welcoming the future through the past was the highlight of Tuesday’s official unveiling of the Summerland roadside marker in Trout Creek.

Welcoming the future through the past was the highlight of Tuesday’s official unveiling of the Summerland roadside marker in Trout Creek.

In 1939 two fieldstone cairns were erected at the original north and south entrances to Summerland by lumber executive John (Jack) McDonald of New Westminster.

The Lower Mainland resident fell in love with the region during regular visits to the area with his family and decided to express his appreciation through the structures.

Some time ago the Summerland Heritage Advisory Commission took on the $10,000 project to restore the two markers.

Included in the work  was moving the one in Trout Creek about one kilometre north of its original location where it had been barely visible to motorists.

A special crane was used to lift the 15,000-pound rock structure to the Trout Creek tourist pullout.

Funding for the work was supplied largely through the generosity of the Summerfair Shopping Centre, owned by John McDonald’s grandson Bruce McDonald, the Amm families and other donors.

Bruce McDonald and Jack Amm, first cousin to the lumber executive, were at Tuesday’s ceremonies.

The second marker is still located on Bentley Road, which until 1956 served as the old highway and the northern entrance into Summerland.

The markers originally featured two attractive apple-shaped signs on each side: one reading Welcome to Summerland, and the other reading Good Luck.

Replicas of the signs were created locally and installed earlier this month.

The restoration work was particularly important to Bruce McDonald.

“First of all this is simply nice to see something that I thought was gone and to have a little bit of history restored,” he said. “It is also wonderful to have this family connection and even though I don’t live here I still feel like a part of the community and this re-inforces that.”

Summerland Mayor Janice Perrino also spoke to the small gathering saying the community should never forget the importance of the past as they move ahead to the future.

 

Just Posted

Summerland’s Monro house has had minimal changes in 110 years

Home, Zimmerman’s Gulch, Sweetheart cherry tree recognized during Heritage Week

Niedermayer jersey retirement ceremony a dream come true

Penticton minor hockey players bring home memories of a lifetime from Niedermayer jersey retirement

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

UPDATE: Tractor trailer overturned on Highway 3A near Yellow Lake

Drivers may be wise to plan an alternate route as crews will need to recover the truck

72 Summerland businesses nominated for awards

Summerland Chamber of Commerce to present awards at gala in late March

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could save the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Larch Hills junior skiers top Teck BC Midget Championships

Multiple top-five finishes contribute to aggregate team trophy

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

Pool plans disappoint Shuswap swim clubs

Salmon Arm mayor assures options for city rec centre only preliminary

Vehicle fire on Coquihalla near Kamloops

A large plume of smoke could be seen rising into the sky over Highway 5

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Most Read