history

The St. Stephen Anglican Church building in Summerland was constructed in 1909. The stone church has become a landmark in the community. (Summerland Museum photo)

Summerland has long tradition of faith

First church in the community was set up in the late 1800s

The St. Stephen Anglican Church building in Summerland was constructed in 1909. The stone church has become a landmark in the community. (Summerland Museum photo)
A can of dehydrated vegetable mix packaged at the historic Bulmans Cannery in Vernon, possibly before the Second World War, has become a YouTube hit. (New England Wildlife and More screen photo)

Okanagan soup canned nearly 90 years ago gets taste test

YouTube shows man taking contents from old Bulmans Cannery vegetable mix and making, eating soup

A can of dehydrated vegetable mix packaged at the historic Bulmans Cannery in Vernon, possibly before the Second World War, has become a YouTube hit. (New England Wildlife and More screen photo)
(Summerland Museum map)

Land once belonged to Grand Chief Nicola

Summerland was once known as Nicola Prairie

  • Apr 5, 2020
(Summerland Museum map)
THE DALE FAMILY This photograph shows the Dale family their first home, a tent house, close to where the intersection of Victoria Road South and Prairie Valley Road is located today. From left are Margaret Dale, George, Ruth on her horse Pearl and Thomas Dale. (Summerland Museum photo)

Colouring book will feature images of Summerland

Project is a joint initiative of Summerland Museum and Summerland Community Arts Council

THE DALE FAMILY This photograph shows the Dale family their first home, a tent house, close to where the intersection of Victoria Road South and Prairie Valley Road is located today. From left are Margaret Dale, George, Ruth on her horse Pearl and Thomas Dale. (Summerland Museum photo)
Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley

Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley

Transportation corridor passed through Nicola Prairie, now Summerland

Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley
Summerland’s 4.1-kilometre Fur Brigade Trail Linear Park was created 2006. The trail extends from Priest Camp Historic Park to the Brigade Lookout. Recently the trail was added to the Provincial Heritage Registry. This recognition will add additional protection to a trail that is estimated to be 6,000 years old. (Summerland Museum photo)

Fur Brigade Trail on provincial heritage registry

Trail in Okanagan Vally was used during gold rush in late 19th century

Summerland’s 4.1-kilometre Fur Brigade Trail Linear Park was created 2006. The trail extends from Priest Camp Historic Park to the Brigade Lookout. Recently the trail was added to the Provincial Heritage Registry. This recognition will add additional protection to a trail that is estimated to be 6,000 years old. (Summerland Museum photo)
IN A TENT HOUSE                                Often, our earliest settlers first used tent houses prior to their permanent homes being built. This photograph shows Walter Verity and his wife Elizabeth (nee Tait) with their tent home beside their gardens. Elizabeth’s brothers Magnus and John and sister Christine (Nixon) also lived here. (Summerland Museum photo)

Tent homes were once used in Summerland

Temporary dwellings provided shelter until permanent homes were constructed

IN A TENT HOUSE                                Often, our earliest settlers first used tent houses prior to their permanent homes being built. This photograph shows Walter Verity and his wife Elizabeth (nee Tait) with their tent home beside their gardens. Elizabeth’s brothers Magnus and John and sister Christine (Nixon) also lived here. (Summerland Museum photo)
SCHOOL DAYS                                Miss Tan and her Kindergarten class at MacDonald School enjoy a day in the classroom in 1994. (Summerland Museum photo)

MacDonald School in Summerland had a long history

Downtown elementary school, named after well-loved principal, operated for almost 80 years

SCHOOL DAYS                                Miss Tan and her Kindergarten class at MacDonald School enjoy a day in the classroom in 1994. (Summerland Museum photo)
The avalanche of 1910 killed 58 people. (Submitted by Revelstoke Museum and Archives P257)

110 years ago the mountain fell down on Rogers Pass

The avalanche of 1910 is still Canada’s worst avalanche disaster

The avalanche of 1910 killed 58 people. (Submitted by Revelstoke Museum and Archives P257)
Downtown Summerland businesses have changed

Downtown Summerland businesses have changed

A quarter of a century ago, different businesses were on Main Street

Downtown Summerland businesses have changed
Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin
A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Thumbprint, hairbrush: Franklin wreck in Nunavut waters reveals sailors’ lives

In 2019, the Parks Canada team produced extraordinary images of the HMS Terror

A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Sculptor Nathan Scott adds detail to the tremendous clay mutton chops of John Abbott. Looking on is the ill-fated John Thompson (front right), the 68-day leader Charles Tupper (back right) and Mackenzie Bowell (back left). (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)

Kamloops sculptor casting Canada’s forefathers in bronze

Four of Canada’s early prime ministers will be cast in bronze at a shop in Knutsford, B.C.

  • Feb 9, 2020
Sculptor Nathan Scott adds detail to the tremendous clay mutton chops of John Abbott. Looking on is the ill-fated John Thompson (front right), the 68-day leader Charles Tupper (back right) and Mackenzie Bowell (back left). (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)
OLD BUILDING                                Members of the Okanagan Historical Society have asked Summerland council for help in preserving an old cabin. One suggestion has been to dismantle the cabin and have it relocated to another site. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Discussions focus on preserving heritage cabin in Summerland

Building in Trout Creek is the oldest in Summerland and one of the oldest in the Okanagan

OLD BUILDING                                Members of the Okanagan Historical Society have asked Summerland council for help in preserving an old cabin. One suggestion has been to dismantle the cabin and have it relocated to another site. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Vernon instructors Restore TV stars’ dance moves

Vernon instructors Restore TV stars’ dance moves

Rust Valley Restorers compete in Dancing with the Shuswap Stars on air

Vernon instructors Restore TV stars’ dance moves
The horizontal road is South Victoria Road and the road going into the distance is Prairie Valley Road. The James Darke home is in the foreground and across the street is the Thomas Dale (Dale Meadows) residence. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland museum)

Pioneer families lived in Summerland’s Prairie Valley area

Darke and Dale families played roles in community’s early history

The horizontal road is South Victoria Road and the road going into the distance is Prairie Valley Road. The James Darke home is in the foreground and across the street is the Thomas Dale (Dale Meadows) residence. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland museum)
The Hudson’s Bay circa 1966 in downtown Vernon was spotlighted by the department store on social media Jan. 21, 2020. (Facebook)

Hudson’s Bay spotlights old Vernon store

Old downtown department store remembered fondly

The Hudson’s Bay circa 1966 in downtown Vernon was spotlighted by the department store on social media Jan. 21, 2020. (Facebook)
Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit

Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit

The best of both worlds in hotel condo

  • Dec 11, 2019
Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit
Artist Robert Amos paints Victoria

Artist Robert Amos paints Victoria

Painter is also an art writer and art historian

  • Sep 27, 2019
Artist Robert Amos paints Victoria
Founding family of the Peninsula

Founding family of the Peninsula

Jennifer Rausch is the latest descendant to open a business maintaining the family’s ties to the area

  • Jul 12, 2019
Founding family of the Peninsula