About Summerland

Summerland's history is a mixture of several things: a lot of fruit-ranching innovation, pinch of English Tudor architecture and dash of nation-building. Originally named ‘Trout Creek’, Summerland officially became a municipality in 1906. Settlers had been enticed by John Moore Robinson's claim of ‘Summer Weather Forever’ that makes Summerland such an ideal place for growing fruit. The area’s rich fruit-growing history has blossomed into an agri-tourism explorer’s paradise: an 'alley of fruit' stands selling apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, and prunes/plums line Highway 97; several hobby farms may also be toured. For years, scientists near the Summerland Ornamental Gardens have worked busily away testing new varieties of apples, cherries, grapes, and other fruit: some of this fruit is food for local wineries that line Bottleneck Drive. Summerland Trout Hatchery first opened in 1918, and BC’s oldest continuously running trout hatchery is a great adventure for those who like fishing. The early fruit ranchers left their mark on Summerland: many of their Tudor-style homes combined with old-fashioned lamp posts give the Main Town real estate area a distinctly Olde English flavour. Evidence of Canada’s 19th Century transcontinental railway also remains: railway buffs may ride the Kettle Valley Steam Railway into the old Summerland train station on a 1912 Steam Locomotive. The Summerland of today is different than it was before the 1950’s: a new highway route, fires and landslides resulted in the town’s business section being moved away from the lakeshore in Lower Town. According to the most recent Statistics Canada Summerland Community Profile, the population of Summerland is 10,828; the annual median income of individuals 15 years of age and older is $58,452.