Monthly Archives: July 2013

Summer is for camping

Photo courtesy of Shuswap Wild Wonders

Some of my favourite childhood memories stem from the three summers I spent at camp in Northern Minnesota and those experiences contributed to my decision to live a rural lifestyle in the backwoods of British Columbia. Given the current social problems of childhood obesity and what is termed the “nature deficit disorder,” it would be wonderful if more children could experience the joys of summer camps. Here in the Shuswap there are seven summer camps, with most of them run by faith-based organizations.

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Shuswap and Okanagan Railway facilitated early settlement






Constructing the S & O Railroad, 1891, image courtesy of Enderby Museum

If and when the Shuswap is fortunate to have a rails-to-trail between Sicamous and Grindrod or Armstrong, it will be one of the last regions in southern B.C. to have this exceptional recreational feature. Yet, the now abandoned railway track that may become available was the province’s first spur line off the C.P.R. when it was fully completed in 1892.  The contribution that the Shuswap and Okanagan Railway made to both the settlement of our region and to the growth of the province cannot be overstated.

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