Does the Okanagan lake shoreline of Summerland have you captivated? You are not the only one. In fact, the love and draw for Summerland, BC goes back a few years, over 100 actually. Visitors have been coming to the shores of Summerland, once called Lower Town or Trout Creek, for generations.
The destination of Summerland is a hidden gem for a getaway any time of the year - a fact which has been known for a long time. This fascinating history article was recently published in the Vernon Morning Star and it proves that fond memories of lounging by the water in the warm Okanagan sun are shared by many generations.
It started In 1902, when $8000 was the price for construction and insurance to build the Summerland Hotel, a luxury home away from home for elite travelers looking to enjoy time at one of BC’s largest and warmest lakes. It stood statuesque in its Victorian style on the shoreline for over 20 years. Can you imagine what it was like then? Beautiful, but no air conditioning, no pool, no hot tub - oh, what a 100 years can do. Sadly, it was devastated by a forest fire on November 14, 1925.
Today, Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa stands in its place on the Okanagan Lake shoreline. We remember the original hotel and nod to its history, understanding that without it, our beautiful Okanagan Resort may not reside here at all. It is you, the guest, the traveling explorer who shares with guests of old the pursuit of a relaxing getaway experience surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and a breathtaking lake. It’s a chance to relive decades of relaxation history in an ionic vacation spot. Enjoy walks on the lakeshore, a glass of wine on your private balcony, a swim in the gorgeous outdoor pool, or a treatment at iKhaya Day Spa. Relaxation here in the Okanagan Valley is truly timeless.
CLICK HERE to read the history article and discover a fun fact about the name of Shaughnessy’s Cove Restaurant!