Summerland

The municipality of Summerland has received an award for the work done on the George Ryga Arts and Cultural Centre on Wharton Street. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland receives award for arts facility

Community Excellence Award in Social Responsibility given for George Ryga Arts and Cultural Centre

The municipality of Summerland has received an award for the work done on the George Ryga Arts and Cultural Centre on Wharton Street. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
A draft version of Summerland’s eco-village concept plan can be found online. The municipality of Summerland is seeking input about this plan. (District of Summerland image)

Summerland council endorses eco-village plan

Concept calls for up to 146 residential units and 19-hectare natural park

A draft version of Summerland’s eco-village concept plan can be found online. The municipality of Summerland is seeking input about this plan. (District of Summerland image)
Traffic in 1915 was not the same as it is today. This picture shows the edge of what is now Summerland’s Main Street. At that time, the majority of transportation was done by horse-drawn wagons rather than gasoline-powered cars and trucks. Electric vehicle charging stations at public spots in downtown Summerland did not exist until nearly a century later. The first charging stations opened in April, 2013. The house in the background is the Alex Steven home, which still overlooks the downtown core. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland has been transititioning its transportation

Horse-drawn wagons, automobiles and now electric vehicles used on streets in community

Traffic in 1915 was not the same as it is today. This picture shows the edge of what is now Summerland’s Main Street. At that time, the majority of transportation was done by horse-drawn wagons rather than gasoline-powered cars and trucks. Electric vehicle charging stations at public spots in downtown Summerland did not exist until nearly a century later. The first charging stations opened in April, 2013. The house in the background is the Alex Steven home, which still overlooks the downtown core. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Transit driver Grant Stone operates a bus between Summerland and Penticton. Summerland council is considering offering a free service between the two South Okanagan communities. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland council considers free bus service to Penticton

Annual fares from riders come to $27,000

Transit driver Grant Stone operates a bus between Summerland and Penticton. Summerland council is considering offering a free service between the two South Okanagan communities. (Summerland Review file photo)
The Summerland Action Festival was last held in 2019. The three-day festival will return June 3 to 5 in Summerland. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland Action Festival to return in early June

Three-day festival will have most past events, except for parade and dance

The Summerland Action Festival was last held in 2019. The three-day festival will return June 3 to 5 in Summerland. (Summerland Review file photo)
The municipality of Summerland has received federal and provincial funding for the next two phases of the Giant’s Head Mountain Trails Redevelopment project. (Photo by Jack Liu)

$1.68M in trail improvements coming to Giant’s Head Mountain in Summerland

Giant’s Head Mountain, a dormant volcano, is very popular for hiking and biking

The municipality of Summerland has received federal and provincial funding for the next two phases of the Giant’s Head Mountain Trails Redevelopment project. (Photo by Jack Liu)
For the past 32 years, Tom Ratcliffe has served as a paramedic with B.C. Ambulance. Ratcliffe is retiring as unit chief of the Summerland branch, but will continue working as a paramedic. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland paramedic retires after 32 years of providing care

Tom Ratcliffe emphasises importance of compassion and empathy

For the past 32 years, Tom Ratcliffe has served as a paramedic with B.C. Ambulance. Ratcliffe is retiring as unit chief of the Summerland branch, but will continue working as a paramedic. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
An archway is all that remain of a property in Lytton following the fire on June 30 ,2021 that destroyed 90 per cent of the town. (Black Press Media photo)

Summerland student’s science project examines last year’s heat dome

Julia Mansiere’s project studies temperature data

An archway is all that remain of a property in Lytton following the fire on June 30 ,2021 that destroyed 90 per cent of the town. (Black Press Media photo)
The uphill Giants Head Grind race in Summerland will be back this year, but at a reduced capacity. In 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the race had been cancelled and in 2021, it had been organized as a virtual run only. (Summerland Review file photo)

Uphill race in Summerland resumes as scaled-down event

In-person Giants Head Grind limited to 100 participants

The uphill Giants Head Grind race in Summerland will be back this year, but at a reduced capacity. In 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the race had been cancelled and in 2021, it had been organized as a virtual run only. (Summerland Review file photo)
After a two-year absence, Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive will hold the fifth annual Grand Sommelier Express aboard the Kettle Valley Steam Railway. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive to host Grand Sommelier Express

Fifth Annual railway and wine event scheduled for June 11

After a two-year absence, Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive will hold the fifth annual Grand Sommelier Express aboard the Kettle Valley Steam Railway. (Summerland Review file photo)
Bob and Diane Sterne are showing their support for Ukraine with a flag waving proudly above their property in Coalmont. “My wife and I are horrified with Putin’s attack on a sovereign nation, and quite worried that Ukraine is just the beginning,” Bob told the Spotlight. The flag was purchased on eBay for $20.69 and delivered in one week. (Andrea DeMeer - Black Press)

Fundraiser in Summerland to benefit Ukraine

Slava Ukraini variety show will be held Saturday, April 9

Bob and Diane Sterne are showing their support for Ukraine with a flag waving proudly above their property in Coalmont. “My wife and I are horrified with Putin’s attack on a sovereign nation, and quite worried that Ukraine is just the beginning,” Bob told the Spotlight. The flag was purchased on eBay for $20.69 and delivered in one week. (Andrea DeMeer - Black Press)
Roch Fortin of Maple Roch shows bottles of maple syrup which will be used as a fundraiser to help with humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. The syrup in the bottles was collected from maple trees in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland maple syrup fundraiser assists Ukraine

Donations collected to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine

Roch Fortin of Maple Roch shows bottles of maple syrup which will be used as a fundraiser to help with humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. The syrup in the bottles was collected from maple trees in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Darryl Brooker has been named chief executive officer of Okanagan Crush Pad winery in Summerland. (Contributed)

Summerland winery appoints chief executive officer

Darryl Brooker will assume newly created role at Okanagan Crush Pad

Darryl Brooker has been named chief executive officer of Okanagan Crush Pad winery in Summerland. (Contributed)
On March 29, construction began on a new enhanced playground in Memorial Park in Summerland. (Contributed)

Construction begins on a historic Summerland playground

Enhanced playground in Memorial Park to be completed in May

On March 29, construction began on a new enhanced playground in Memorial Park in Summerland. (Contributed)
Penticton court.

Summerland brothers have mischief convictions overturned in fungus dispute

B.C. Supreme Court overturnes earlier convictions in dispute with mushroom farm

Penticton court.
The Osoyoos Coyotes defeated the Summerland Steam 2-1 in overtime at the Summerland Arena on March 11. The game was the sixth in the best-of-seven playoff series between the two teams. The Coyotes will now face the Revelstoke Grizzlies in the next round of playoff action. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Osoyoos Coyotes defeat Summerland Steam in six-game hockey playoff series

Final game in series was held March 11 in Summerland

The Osoyoos Coyotes defeated the Summerland Steam 2-1 in overtime at the Summerland Arena on March 11. The game was the sixth in the best-of-seven playoff series between the two teams. The Coyotes will now face the Revelstoke Grizzlies in the next round of playoff action. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Summerland’s old name was Nicola Prairie. This old term was used to describe someone’s property, in this case, Grand Chief Nicola. One reason this area was chosen was because of the excellent protection provided by the silt cliffs. Lake access to the flat land was limited to just a few trails. Three access trails have evidence of battle sites. The most famous was the Battle of Aqskepkina. Numerous burial sites, arrowheads, some jade jewelry and one green copper knife were found. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Indigenous artifacts have been found in and near Summerland

Present-day community was once Indigenous land

Summerland’s old name was Nicola Prairie. This old term was used to describe someone’s property, in this case, Grand Chief Nicola. One reason this area was chosen was because of the excellent protection provided by the silt cliffs. Lake access to the flat land was limited to just a few trails. Three access trails have evidence of battle sites. The most famous was the Battle of Aqskepkina. Numerous burial sites, arrowheads, some jade jewelry and one green copper knife were found. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
This 1917 photograph shows Joan Steven (nee Nicoll) and her daughters Joan and Margaret. The Steven home is the home on the hillside at the end of Main Street in Summerland and is the site of the Christmas nativity scene. The building to the left in the 
photograph is the Summerland Baptist Church, officially opened in January 1909. (Summerland Museum photo)

Steven exported fruit to the British Empire

Street in Summerland named after pioneer orchardist

This 1917 photograph shows Joan Steven (nee Nicoll) and her daughters Joan and Margaret. The Steven home is the home on the hillside at the end of Main Street in Summerland and is the site of the Christmas nativity scene. The building to the left in the 
photograph is the Summerland Baptist Church, officially opened in January 1909. (Summerland Museum photo)
Summerland has adopted bylaws to govern short-term vacation rentals in the community. (File phot)

Summerland adopts bylaws governing short-term rentals

Set of five bylaws passed at Feb. 28 council meeting

Summerland has adopted bylaws to govern short-term vacation rentals in the community. (File phot)
The Osoyoos Coytes and the Summerland Steam are competing in a best-of-seven division final in the Bill Ohlhausen Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. (Osoyoos Coyotes and Summerland Steam images)

Summerland Steam, Osoyoos Coyotes to meet in hockey playoffs

Junior B teams vying for division final title

The Osoyoos Coytes and the Summerland Steam are competing in a best-of-seven division final in the Bill Ohlhausen Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. (Osoyoos Coyotes and Summerland Steam images)