Okanagan Historical Society
The Okanagan Historical Society is one of the oldest societies in British Columbia dedicated to the preservation of local history. Incorporated in 1925, the society has published a book each year save during the Great Depression and World War II. The first volume was a mere thirty pages; the present volume is over 200 pages.
Okanagan Archive Trust Society
The Okanagan Archive Trust Society brings together the works of the Okanagan’s most prolific photographers, photographers who plied their trade from before the turn of the century until the present. The Society receives donations of archival material important to this area on a regular basis. The tireless volunteers sort, clean, and process thousands of photos, maps, documents, and memorabilia so that future generations will have access to their collective history. Your purchase of our services helps pay for the housing of each piece of history. From acid-free envelopes to environmental control systems, we do it right. Help us to continue this worthwhile community work.
Summerland BC - Hometown Memories Facebook Page
The Summerland Hometown Memories page is regularly updated by it's members with community events, historical photos, and anecdotes from Summerland residents.
South Okanagan Heritage Alliance
The Summerland Museum is proud to be a member of SOHA and help promote all the wonderful history that abounds in the South Okanagan and Similkameen. “History loves company” so visit us soon and experience the Pioneer Spirit of our Communities. Encounter the people who championed the growth of the South Okanagan communities at the SS Sicamous & Okanagan Inland Marine Park, Kettle Valley Steam Railway, Osoyoos Museum & Archives, Penticton Museum & Archives, Summerland Museum & Archives and Okanagan Falls Museum/Bassett House and the Grist Miss and Gardens.
South Okanagan Genealogical Society
The South Okanagan Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization whose purposes are:
· To encourage genealogical research
· To collect and preserve information and material relevant to genealogical research
· To publish and distribute information relevant to genealogical research
Kettle Valley Steam Railway
Enjoy a two hour journey on one of British Columbia's few remaining fully operational steam railways! Built between 1910 and 1915, the line once stretched from Midway to Hope but now just ten miles (16 kilometres) of this historic rail line remain. Striking vistas, rock cuts and natural landscapes are found along the route and then the train travels onto the Trout Creek Bridge 238 ft (73 metres) above the canyon floor. Powered by a restored 1912 locomotive, the 3716 or a 1924 Shay, take in the sights and be entertained in a 1950's passenger coach or an open-air car.
Penticton Museum & Archives
Experience the tumultuous lives of the gold seekers and railway men and envision the sternwheelers that ran up and down the waterways of the Okanagan. Explore our fine displays of pioneer life, natural history, military artifacts and First Nations collections. The extensive archives are available for researchers of local and regional history.
Basset House & Okanagan Falls Museum
The Basset family had a stagecoach and freight hauling business in the South Okanagan at the turn of the century and brought in the prefabricated house possibly from Winnipeg in 1906. It was shipped by rail, then by paddlewheel steamer down the lake to Okanagan Falls, then by horse-drawn wagons. It was originally assembled not far from where it is now located, at the Museum and Heritage site in Okanagan Falls.
The En’owkin Centre provides an exciting opportunity to visit Canada’s only National Aboriginal Arts Training Centre as well as Theytus Books, Canada’s oldest Aboriginal publishing house. The uniquely designed building reflecting an Okanagan traditional dwelling is also the starting point for guided group tours to ECOmunity Place, home to a large diversity of rare and endangered species and a Cotton wood riparian restoration project.
The Grist Mill & Gardens
The Grist Mill and Gardens has much to offer visitors: explore a working 1877 waterwheel powered flour mill, participate in one of our regular workshops, performances and other special events, enjoy lunch in the Tea Room, browse in our unique gift shop, or stay overnight at our creek side RV campground. The gardens feature vegetables and flowers mentioned since 1861 in settlers' diaries, historic seed catalogues, and local business records.
Sites include the Okanagan Heritage Museum, BC Orchard Industry Museum, BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop, Okanagan Military Museum, Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum, and the Laurel Packing House.
Head west to Hedley for a vertical adventure! The Mascot Gold Mine is perched on a cliff face overlooking the Similkameen Valley. The original mine buildings, the 589 stairs and a mine tunnel convey the lives of hard rock gold miners at the turn of the 20th century.
Oliver & District Heritage Society
A history rich in orcharding, ranching, lumbering, and gold prospecting is portrayed through a series of galleries at the Oliver and District Museum. Oliver’s place in a unique ecosystem, which gave rise to the irrigation canal which was once considered the largest active system in the world, is shown. Discover what caused the transformation of the arid valley into the flourishing vineyards of the “Wine Capital of Canada.”