Historic & Heritage Sites
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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
The historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway offers you the romance of a bygone era as you steam along the only preserved section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway. This unique 90 min journey takes you through beautiful rural Summerland & onto the Trout Creek Bridge with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake & canyon below. The sight & sound of our restored century old steam locomotive, an observation game for kids & lively musical entertainment make every run memorable for the whole family. Special events include our thrilling Great Train Robbery & BBQs and our Summerland Christmas Express Trains. Don't forget to bring your camera.