Ice harvesting was once an important service in Summerland.
Before refrigeration, ice was harvested from the Trout Creek Reservoir, in the Trout Creek Canyon and from surrounding lakes. The cut ice was then stored in ice houses, where it was covered with straw or sawdust in order to reduce melting.
The James R. Doherty ice house was originally at the west end of Denike Street.
Summerland leased out ice on the Trout Creek Reservoir at a rate of 20 cents per ton. The ice was sold at $1.15 per ton to Summerland customers.
Ice had to be at least 30 centimetres or 12 inches thick before harvesting.
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