From 1954 to 1974, the back side of a $100 bill showed the view from Campbell Mountain to Naramata. (Hans Karow’s $100)

From 1954 to 1974, the back side of a $100 bill showed the view from Campbell Mountain to Naramata. (Hans Karow’s $100)

Letter: The $100 bill saw value of Naramata Bench view

Back side of $100 bill from 1954 to 1974 was from Campbell Mountain to Naramata


The back side view of the $100 bill is from Campbell Mountain looking onto the Naramata Benchlands, spanning from the Village all the way across to Summerland. The green orchard-filled benches, stepping gracefully own to the deep blue lake, is truly a unique and beautiful scene – and instantly recognizable if you have ever been here.

The proposed development by Canadian Horizons, would turn this iconic natural masterpiece, millions of years in the making, into nothing more than another soulless testament to greed and the new religion of ‘growth.’

It’s time we took responsibility – to make sure that our children, grandchildren, and everyone who visits the area, can continue to experience this Billion Dollar View in person, not just on an old banknote in the historical archives.

The Society for the Preservation of the Naramata Bench urges residents and business owners to participate in Shape Your City Penticton and say no to Canadian Horizons once again.

The consultation process takes place until July 2.

The Society continues to believe that the risks posed by Canadian Horizons’ proposal conflict with the vision for sustainable growth across Penticton.

Say no, once again, to the highly risky proposal from Canadian Horizons and reconsider a more appropriate land use for this area in future community plans.

The society commends City Staff for stating in their May 17, 2022 report to council that “it is likely that the OCP land use designations that exist do not reflect what the community envisions for the future.

Residents must speak up to both preserve the Naramata Bench and protect all Penticton taxpayers from the risks proposed by urbanizing an agricultural area.

The Society asks residents to review the detailed concerns presented on its website and by providing feedback at

It’s no wonder that The Bank of Canada selected this image for the $100 bill, of which 17 million notes were in circulation from 1954 until 1974 (for a total value of $1.7 billion).

Hans Karow


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