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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