Self, Family, School: About Our Community and Our Museum

A short tour through the Museum to discover what a museum is all about and why we keep the objects from the past. Students are requested to watch for artifacts (objects), photographs, and other things that show natural and human-built characteristics of Summerland in the past. 45-minute visit.


Self, Family, School: Family Life in Summerland, Then and Now

Students learn about the families who settled here in the early years and how families can be different today. Chores from the early years are compared to the responsibilities of today’s family members. Includes PowerPoint presentation and activity sheet. One hour visit.

Self, Family, School: Summerland in the Past

Visit a tent house and discover how the pioneers worked and played together as a family.  Peek in a parlour and kitchen from the 1920's to see how families lived compared to nowadays.  Includes a PowerPoint presentation showing early life in Summerland.  Activity sheet available.  One hour visit.

Communities – Past & Present: A Community Grows

Why did people come to the Okanagan Valley? Where did they come from and who were they? Search for answers using the artifacts and storyboard photographs in the Museum to discover how communities started in the past. This Museum visit will engage students in an enquiry about the development of Summerland in the early years. Following the Museum visit, students may complete a variety of related enrichment activities in the classroom. PowerPoint presentation to reinforce findings. One hour visit. 


Indigenous Cultures, Exploration, and Contact: Indigenous Studies

Learn about Syilx traditional territory, culture, art, and ways of life as well as the Indigenous families that lived in what is now Summerland. There is also an introduction to the creation of reserves, residential schools, and how the arrival of settlers dramatically changed Indigenous life. One hour visit.

Canada - From Colony to Country: A New Home in Canada

What was it like to travel to a new country not knowing what was in store? Discover what life was like for immigrants in British Columbia in the early years. Compare it to problems immigrants might face today. Activity sheets. One hour visit.

All Grades

Early Transportation in the Okanagan

Students take a guided tour of the Museum, listening and looking for clues about early transportation methods in the Okanagan. A discussion on their findings is followed by a presentation on the history of the Kettle Valley Railway, its impact on Summerland, and eventual demise. Includes a visit to the model railway on the second floor. Activity sheet. One hour visit.

Making a Case at the Summerland Museum

Learn more about life during the early years of Summerland. Why do people save and collect objects from the past and how can we learn from them? Students consider natural resources, tools, technology, and communications that supply information about the past and create a time capsule to show children 100 years from now what life was like at this time in Summerland. Activity sheet. Classroom follow-up project. One hour visit. (Formerly the Centennial Project of 2006)

Downtown Walking Tours

Put on those runners and come along on a journey of discovery. We’ll see the historical sites and talk about the memorable stories as we walk through time in Summerland. Up to an hour per tour. Topics on walks include street naming, pioneer families, and historically significant buildings. 

  • Please give at least two weeks notice for bookings. Some programs involve securing museum volunteers to assist.

  • All supplies necessary for the visit will be available at the Museum unless otherwise discussed at the time of booking.

  • Due to the size of the museum, we can only accommodate up to 25 students. It is helpful if the children wear name tags. (Just something simple such as labels with first name).

  • At least one adult (teacher, Education Aid, or parent) for every ten students should accompany the children.

  • Please note: times listed for visits do not include travel time. No food or drink is allowed in the Museum.

  • Please feel free to call with any questions. If you have an idea for a different program, other than what is listed here, we’d like to hear about it.