Monthly Archives: May 2013

The sternwheeler era

The steamer Andover on Shuswap Lake, circa 1910

Before there were roads and automobiles, sternwheeler steamships served a vital role in the development of the Shuswap region. From 1866 until 1916, 19 stern and side-wheeled steamships were built to provide transportation between, Savona, the North Thompson, the Shuswap Lakes and as far south as Fortune’s Landing (Enderby).

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Shuswap’s multitude of communities

North Shuswap pioneers, circa 1910

 The pattern of early settlement in the Shuswap was influenced by the location of arable land, the modes and challenges of transportation and the early lumber industry, which resulted in a multitude of communities, most of which continue to thrive today. As settlers flooded into the Shuswap between 1896 and 1915, their transportation options anywhere except near the railway were limited as there were no roads.

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