JOHN ARENDT PLACE NAME The municipality’s sign at a Summerland reservoir reads Garnett Lake Dam, but the official spelling used by the municipality is Garnet.

Spellings inconsistent on Summerland street signs

Two spellings of Garnet both appear on municipal signage

Most street signs, an interpretive sign and a sign identifying a reservoir in Summerland all bear the name of Garnett, but the official spelling is different.

“One T is the official determination,” said Linda Tynan, Summerland’s chief administrative officer.

This spelling — Garnet — also lines up with information from Natural Resources Canada, which lists the lake as Garnet Lake. Provincial documents also list the lake as Garnet Lake.

A municipal bylaw from 2016, assigning names and numbers to streets and roads in Summerland, includes seven pages of street name spellings.

According to the list, the correct spellings are Garnet Avenue and Garnet Valley Road.

However, the streets, reservoir valley are named in honour of Edgar James Garnett and William Henry Garnett, who came to Summerland in the 1880s.

In the mid-1990s and again in the early 2000s, the Summerland Museum and Heritage Society made statements about the spelling.

David Gregory, a local historian and a member of the Summerland Heritage Commission, said street name spellings have been discussed by the commission since that time, as recently as six months ago.

Some Summerland streets, which are named for pioneers in the community, do not have the correct spelling of the name, he said. These include Garnet Avenue and Garnet Valley Road, which should be spelled with two Ts, and Kelly Avenue, which should be spelled Kelley, in honour of Judge Wellington C. Kelley.

However, the book The Streets of Summerland, compiled by F.C. Storey and published by the Summerland Museum Society, in the mid-1970s, has the spellings of the streets and families as Garnet and Kelly.

In addition, signs identifying streets in Summerland are not consistent. Along Garnet Valley Road, the street signs, an interpretive sign and a municipal sign at the reservoir have two Ts, while the street sign at Quinpool Road and Garnet Avenue has one T.

This is not the only instance in Summerland where street sign spellings are inconsistent.

The street sign at the intersection of Prairie Valley Road and Giants Head Road has the spelling of “Giant’s Head Road” while all other street signs for the same road are spelled “Giants Head Road.”

Tynan said the correct spelling for this street does not include an apostrophe — even though an apostrophe is grammatically correct.

“Our street names do not include any punctuation,” she said.

While the street name does not have an apostrophe, Summerland’s landmark mountain and the park both include apostrophes.

The official name of the park is Giant’s Head Mountain Park.


JOHN ARENDT PLACE NAME The municipality’s sign at a Summerland reservoir reads Garnett Lake Dam, but the official spelling used by the municipality is Garnet.

JOHN ARENDT NAMING STREETS The sign at the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Quinpool Road is the only sign in Summerland which has the correct spelling of Garnet. However, the family for whom the street is named spelled their last name as Garnett.

Just Posted

B.C. premier says Greyhound replacement news could come shortly

Province is working with the private sector to find a solution, says premier

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: mix of sun and clouds

Environment Canada is calling for a chance of rain and risk of thunderstorms across the Okanagan tonight

Mellalieu running for Greens again in Central-Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Robert Mellalieu ran for federal Green Party in 2015 election and provincial Greens in 2017

Memorials set up to honour Antarctica explorer

In 1913, two memorials in Summerland honoured Naval Officer Robert Scott

Multiple crashes slow traffic on Coquihalla south of Kamloops

Drivers are expected to be stuck for up to 90 minutes

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques returns to Earth, sets Canadian space record

Native of Saint-Lambert, Que., set a record for longest single spaceflight by a Canadian at 204 days

PHOTO: Moose cow and calf relax in Williams Lake flower garden

The homeowners got a surprise when they checked their most recent surveillance footage

Holi: Festival of Colours celebrated in the South Okanagan

Kismet Estate Winery, in Oliver, celebrated Holi with their guests last weekend

Small plane crashes in Okanagan Lake

RCMP say wheels left down caused landing plane to overturn on lake

The world’s Indigenous speakers gather in B.C.’s capital to revitalize languages

Organizers estimate about 1,000 delegates from 20 countries will be at the conference

Join talks on international treaty: B.C. First Nations mark ‘historic moment’

Representatives of the Ktunaxa, Syilx/Okanagan and Secwepemc Nations participated

Companies need clearer rules on workplace relationships, study suggests

One-third of Canadians have been in love at work, and half say no policy on the matter exists

Okanagan bylaw officer best in B.C.

Al Harrison of Vernon named Bylaw Officer of the Year at annual association conference

Peachland residents worry about lug-nut thief

Several Facebook users agreed that someone is tampering with their cars

Most Read