At the wheel of “Lucy” the day we left Berkeley, California 50 years ago, note the ‘Gods Eye’ on the aerial
April 2019 marks a milestone in my life, as 50 years ago I crossed the border as a landed immigrant to begin a new life on our treed property above Shuswap Lake. The border guards must have chuckled when they saw us arrive in our 20-year old pick-up truck with my homemade camper that resembled a Conestoga wagon, two dogs, a cat and homesteading tools.
The USNR facility in Salmon Arm is one of nine for this company, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood processor equipment, photo by Jim Cooperman
Now, in addition to rich agricultural land, magnificent lakes, and productive forestlands we can add brainpower to the list of Shuswap resources given the remarkable growth of the local high-tech sector. Throughout this region there are over 140 technology-based companies, and within Salmon Arm there are 82 high-tech firms employing over 700 people.