Enderby and District Heritage Commission chair Bob Cowan

Enderby and District Heritage Commission chair Bob Cowan

Landmark honours pioneer

Kingfisher community recently recognized the work done to name and mark Isobel Falls, east of Enderby off Mabel Lake Road

A Kingfisher landmark is now properly named and signed.

The community recently recognized the work done to name and mark Isobel Falls, located 22 kilometres east of Enderby off Mabel Lake Road.

It was during a car ride to a meeting when Okanagan Historical Society member Robert Dale suggested the falls be named in honour of local pioneer, schoolteacher and historian Isobel Simard.

Fellow members Bob and Joani Cowan and Jessie Anne Gamble quickly agreed and the group managed to get support from the OHS to proceed.

Bob Cowan, also chair of the Enderby and District Heritage Commission, took the project under his wing and did the legwork of garnering community support.

That support prompted the EDHC to lobby the provincial government for a name change, which was granted in 2010.

Cowan received funds from Area F director Jackie Pearase to create a sign for the falls, designed by Pure Graphics and printed by Empire Reproductions in Enderby. 

Pearase also provided funds to the Kingfisher Community Society to build a frame and support for the sign so it could be erected on land beneath the falls donated by resident Helmuth Koch.

James Latchko, Wayne Caswell, Harry Flath and Murray MacDonald designed, created and mounted the framed sign last fall.

To commemorate the thought, time and effort that went into the sign, a photo for the local history book underway was snapped with EDHC chair Bob Cowan, Area F director Jackie Pearase, OHS member Robert Dale and Kingfisher Community Society president Murray MacDonald.

People are reminded that there is currently no access to Isobel Falls from Mabel Lake Road.