Summerland, British Columbia
Location: Summerland is located on Highway 97 on the western shore of Okanagan Lake, 12 miles (20 km) north of Penticton and 18 miles (28 km) south of Peachland. Directly across Okanagan lake is the community of Naramata.
Summerland is well known for its wineries and beaches, being ideally situated on Okanagan Lake between several major national population centres (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton). Tourism is a major industry, along with agriculture and tertiary services. Agriculture focused on tree fruits (apples, peaches, cherries, etc.) until the late 20th Century, then switching focus to grape production to support the burgeoning wine industry. Summerland is home to the historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway. The service industry is growing to accommodate the high percentage of seniors/retirees living in Summerland.
Kettle Valley Steam Railway
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway is unique in the Okanagan Valley– a place where you can step back in time and experience rail travel as it was almost one hundred years ago. The Kettle Valley Railway built during 1910-1915 once stretched from Midway to Hope. Just ten miles (16-kilometre) of this historic rail line remain as a living legacy for you to enjoy. Beautiful vistas unfold as you wind your way through Prairie Valley – a quilted patchwork of lush orchards, vineyards and fields of green. Rock cuts and natural landscapes provide another kind of beauty as the train takes you onto the Trout Creek Trestle Bridge 238 ft (73 metres) above the canyon floor. Powered by a restored 1912 locomotive called the 3716.
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