Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Summerland has a rich history that includes First Nations heritage, the fur trade, cattle ranching, fruit farming and a close connection with the age of great railway building.
Explore the past at the Summerland Museum, on heritage walking tours and aboard the Kettle Valley Steam Railway.
Habitation in the area goes back thousands of years. The Okanagan Nation - Interior Salish peoples - were successful hunter/gatherers, taking full advantage of the bounty of lakes and rivers, grasslands and forests. While there are no First Nations attractions in Summerland, the Summerland Museum presents a good display of artifacts. The oldest map of the Okanagan Valley (1827) shows the Summerland area as Nicola Prairie, named for Grand Chief Nicola of the Okanagan Nation.
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18404 Bathville Rd
Summerland, British Columbia
Celebrate the Kettle Valley Railways Centennial in 2015 with a ride on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway! Operating on the only remaining section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) - this unique 90 minute journey takes you through beautiful, rural Summerland and onto the Trout Creek Bridge with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake and canyon below.
The sight and sound of our restored century old steam locomotive (the 3716/Spirit of Summerland), an observation game for kids and lively musical entertainment, make every run memorable for the whole family. Book early for our special events which include Easter Trains, our thrilling Great Train Robbery & BBQs and our magical Summerland Christmas Express Trains.
There's nothing else like it in the Okanagan Valley!