Local History

Highway 97 being converted to four lanes in April 1990. This photo taken in Lake Country. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Photo #14025)

HISTORY: How the old Highway 97 in Lake Country got new name

Pelmewash Parkway recognizes the First Nations history in Lake Country

 

It was 25 years ago Monday – April 5, 1996 – that Vernon’s Gakhal family was gunned down in their Okanagan Avenue home by the estranged husband of one of the daughters. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon’s darkest hour reaches 25 years

Monday, April 5, marks 25 years to the day that eight members of a Vernon family were murdered in their Mission Hill home

 

Does anybody recognize these seven graduates from Vernon’s Olga’s School of Hairdressing in 1958? These ladies are currently unidentified. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo 14320)

Vernon history in pictures

A look at grads from a Vernon hairdressing school

 

Vernon’s original McDonald’s Restaurant at the corner of 53rd Avenue and 26th Street. The fast food franchise arrived in the late 1970s. The space is occupied today by Budget Blinds and Summit Financial. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #21674)

Vernon history in pictures

One of the first fast food franchises to land in Vernon

Vernon’s original McDonald’s Restaurant at the corner of 53rd Avenue and 26th Street. The fast food franchise arrived in the late 1970s. The space is occupied today by Budget Blinds and Summit Financial. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #21674)
The earliest known drawing of Woodside Farm in the 1850s. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

Woodside sold: Sooke couple buys Western Canada’s oldest working farm

South Island’s Woodside Farm is the oldest continuously operated farm west of the Great Lakes

The earliest known drawing of Woodside Farm in the 1850s. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
A view of the newly completed village at the Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort in March of 1985. The resort is winding down its 2021 winter season. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #8999)

Vernon history in pictures

A look at the newly completed village at SilverStar Mountain Resort in the mid-1980s

A view of the newly completed village at the Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort in March of 1985. The resort is winding down its 2021 winter season. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #8999)
This view has always been stunning. It’s the southwestern view of the Okanagan Landing and Okanagan Lake, a photo taken on an unknown date. 
(Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #2427)

Vernon history in pictures

A view of a lake and the Landing

This view has always been stunning. It’s the southwestern view of the Okanagan Landing and Okanagan Lake, a photo taken on an unknown date. 
(Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #2427)
Swan Lake Nurseryland Fruit Market and Garden Centre, a family-owned and operated facility for more than 60 years, and named 2017 Business of the Year at the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards, has been sold. (Facebook photo)

Vernon landmark under new ownership

Swan Lake Nurseryland sold after more than 60 years in same family; will become Swan Lake Market and Garden

Swan Lake Nurseryland Fruit Market and Garden Centre, a family-owned and operated facility for more than 60 years, and named 2017 Business of the Year at the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards, has been sold. (Facebook photo)
Noah’s Ark, a onetime fixture at the old Adventureland park in Lake Country, will become a fruit and nut concession on the Okanagan Rail Trail in 2022 after the Gaudet family picked up the former attraction for free from longtime Oyama orchardist Alan Gatzke. (Facebook photo)

Lake Country ark attraction to become rail trail concession

Gatzke Orchards floats Noah’s Ark from Adventureland to Gaudet family for fruit/nut stand in 2022

Noah’s Ark, a onetime fixture at the old Adventureland park in Lake Country, will become a fruit and nut concession on the Okanagan Rail Trail in 2022 after the Gaudet family picked up the former attraction for free from longtime Oyama orchardist Alan Gatzke. (Facebook photo)
The Okanagan Screen Arts Society is set to take over Vernon’s historic Towne Cinema on 30th Avenue June 1 as fundraising for building upgrades is a third of the way to its goal. (Photo contributed)

Historic Vernon cinema rolling into society’s hands

Okanagan Screen Arts Society will take over and run with volunteers the Towne Cinema starting June 1

The Okanagan Screen Arts Society is set to take over Vernon’s historic Towne Cinema on 30th Avenue June 1 as fundraising for building upgrades is a third of the way to its goal. (Photo contributed)
Armstrong’s Albert Boehler, who turns 90 April 3, strums and sings Hobo Bill’s Last Ride on the same Martin acoustic guitar he bought in Winnipeg in 1951. (Boehler family photo)

Armstong almost-nonagenarian still picking on 73-year-old guitar

Albert Boehler, who turns 90 in a month, bought a Martin acoustic guitar in 1951 and plays it today

Armstrong’s Albert Boehler, who turns 90 April 3, strums and sings Hobo Bill’s Last Ride on the same Martin acoustic guitar he bought in Winnipeg in 1951. (Boehler family photo)
The Okanagan High Rim Trail officially opened in April 1994. Pictured are Western Canada Wilderness Committee volunteers Bruce Sumner and Jean Elmer. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #14932)

Vernon history in pictures

A look at the opening of a trail running from Vernon to Kelowna

The Okanagan High Rim Trail officially opened in April 1994. Pictured are Western Canada Wilderness Committee volunteers Bruce Sumner and Jean Elmer. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #14932)
Canadian figure skater Barbara Ann Scott performs at the Vernon Civic Arena in 1949. Scott won Olympic gold in ladies singles at the 1948 Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the first and only Canadian woman to do so. Scott also won two World Championships and four Canadian titles in her illustrious career. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo 576)

Vernon History in Pictures

Olympic champions grace Vernon Civic Arena ice in 1940s and 1990s

Canadian figure skater Barbara Ann Scott performs at the Vernon Civic Arena in 1949. Scott won Olympic gold in ladies singles at the 1948 Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the first and only Canadian woman to do so. Scott also won two World Championships and four Canadian titles in her illustrious career. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo 576)
Vernon Paralympic wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet (centre) offers some tips on how to make the historic Towne Cinema more accessible to Okanagan Screen Arts Society members Scott John (Left) and Susan Hodgson. (Photo contribued)

Decorated Vernon wheelchair curler ramps up accessibility conversations

Paralympian athlete Sonja Gaudet offers advice to Vernon’s historic Towne Cinema

Vernon Paralympic wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet (centre) offers some tips on how to make the historic Towne Cinema more accessible to Okanagan Screen Arts Society members Scott John (Left) and Susan Hodgson. (Photo contribued)
Former Fulton Secondary School teacher and football coach, and former Canadian Football League offensive lineman Roger Scales had some CFL memorabilia sent to him to autograph, courtesy of a dermatologist in Utah. Scales, who spent 10 seasons in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos, played college ball at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. (David Myers photo)

Vernon football player’s card pops up in Utah dermatologist’s hands

Roger Scales’ 1970s Toronto Argonauts card now hangs signed by the player in David Myers’ office

Former Fulton Secondary School teacher and football coach, and former Canadian Football League offensive lineman Roger Scales had some CFL memorabilia sent to him to autograph, courtesy of a dermatologist in Utah. Scales, who spent 10 seasons in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos, played college ball at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. (David Myers photo)
The Vernon and District Family History Society will present a virtual weekend webinar featuring renowned genealogists Pamela Guye Holland (left) and Gena Philibert-Ortega Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25. (VDFHS photo)

Genealogy speakers featured for Vernon virtual webinars

Vernon and District Family History Society hosts Pamela Guye Holland and Gena Philibert-Ortega

The Vernon and District Family History Society will present a virtual weekend webinar featuring renowned genealogists Pamela Guye Holland (left) and Gena Philibert-Ortega Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25. (VDFHS photo)
A group of women wear masks to help guard them against the Spanish flu. (Photo courtesy of Queensland State Archives, Australia)

Thirty lives lost in Vernon during Spanish Flu outbreak a century ago

Vernon’s population prior to First World War was 3,000; flu hit all ages

A group of women wear masks to help guard them against the Spanish flu. (Photo courtesy of Queensland State Archives, Australia)
Vernon’s city council, a dapper-looking group of gentlemen, gathers for a photo in January of 1913. Back row, left to right: Alderman H.C. Remnant, Alderman R. Swift, Alderman W.H. Smith. Front row, left to right: Alderman J. Fred Simmons, Mayor J.T. Mutrie, Jr., Alderman R.V. Clement. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Photo #178)

Vernon history in pictures

No masks required in 1913, but council still cleaned up pretty well

Vernon’s city council, a dapper-looking group of gentlemen, gathers for a photo in January of 1913. Back row, left to right: Alderman H.C. Remnant, Alderman R. Swift, Alderman W.H. Smith. Front row, left to right: Alderman J. Fred Simmons, Mayor J.T. Mutrie, Jr., Alderman R.V. Clement. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Photo #178)
Highway 97, from Vernon to Kelowna, has certainly improved since the time when this photo was taken in 1925 beside a frozen Wood Lake in Lake Country. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #1356)

Vernon history in pictures

A look at an icy Highway 97 in Lake Country around 1925

Highway 97, from Vernon to Kelowna, has certainly improved since the time when this photo was taken in 1925 beside a frozen Wood Lake in Lake Country. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #1356)
With its current foundation’s annual Light a Bulb campaign well underway, here’s a look at the front of the old Vernon Jubilee Hospital shortly after its 
construction in 1901. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #033)

Vernon’s history in pictures

A look at the old Vernon Jubilee Hospital building, shortly after construction, in 1901

With its current foundation’s annual Light a Bulb campaign well underway, here’s a look at the front of the old Vernon Jubilee Hospital shortly after its 
construction in 1901. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #033)