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History of Lake Country

These blog posts with historical significance for the Lake Country area will also be posted by name of the blogger.

In 2018 I was working as a volunteer at Mackie Lake House in Coldstream researching some of the artifacts.  One of the artifacts that I was researching and trying to provenance was a beautiful, wall mounted artists jewel case designed... [Continue Reading]

Two Gibbons brothers, Harry from Ellison and Clare from Okanagan Centre went into partnership to establish OK Sawmills sometime shortly after 1940. The brothers operated their sawmill at a number of locations on the extensive forested slope south and east... [Continue Reading]

From the collection of Bob Hayes Note the “sunflowers’ – official name being “arrow-leaf root balsam” – in the foreground of this postcard and the classic Okanagan sky.  Black Knight Mountain (now known as Black Mountain) is partially visible in... [Continue Reading]

Lake Country is aptly named. Its four wards – Winfield, Okanagan Centre, Carr’s Landing and Oyama – have access to three major Lakes: Okanagan, Kalamalka, and Wood. The latter lake was named for pioneers Thomas  (1841 – 1931) and Ellen... [Continue Reading]