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Thomson, Duane

Dr. Duane Thomson is the president of the Lake Country Heritage and Cultural Society and an Associate Professor Emeritus of History at the University of British Columbia. The Thomson family are long-time residents of the Oyama area of Lake Country.

Oyama during World War II The final featured Heritage Marker will be placed where the Okanagan Rail Trail crosses Oyama Road. Like the other markers in the series, this one was prepared with the assistance of a Canada 150 grant.... [Continue Reading]

Do any readers recognize students from this 1953 photograph of the Oyama Elementary School Christmas play? The Museum has been able to identify certain actors. The “King” was Wayne Townsend, but who is his Queen? The two dancing on the... [Continue Reading]

Indigenous Heritage Markers along Wood Lake and the Oyama isthmus Three Okanagan designed Heritage Markers, prepared largely by Ruby Alexis of the Okanagan Indian Band, are featured along the Okanagan Rail Trail.  As noted earlier, this project is supported by... [Continue Reading]

The fourth heritage marker panel examined in this series is entitled “Water before Rail,” dealing with the transport of fruit and other goods by water, roughly between the opening of the canal connecting Kalamalka and Wood lakes in 1908 and... [Continue Reading]

This Heritage Marker, at the junction of Woodsdale and Lodge roads, is the third featured site along the Okanagan Rail Trail.1  The Thomas Wood Ranch dominated the flats at the south end of Pelmewash or Wood Lake until Wood retired... [Continue Reading]

The research, design and construction of five heritage markers along the Okanagan Rail Trail is a project of the Lake Country Museum & Archives. It is supported by the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating... [Continue Reading]

Chain saws are so plentiful today that it is difficult to think of forestry or home gardening without the use of this lightweight portable saw. Chain saws are a twentieth century development, the first being developed in 1918 by a... [Continue Reading]