Today: A Boat Launch.Yesterday: A Train Barge
The above photo shows the same area 100 years ago. If you look at the hills in both photos you'll see the similarities. The Delta Grand's location used to be where rail cars were loaded onto barges to take to the nearest rail line at Okanagan Landing to the north.
The Making of Main Street
We stopped at the foot of Bernard and learned about the history of Kelowna's Main Street. The picture above is of Bernard, taken from where the sculpture of The Sails now stands, in 1900. The current home of Okanagan Spirits can be seen in the photo with the Leckie Hardware sign (middle of the street with the lady standing on the boardwalk in front).
The Evolution of Kelowna's North End
Now, the area just south of Bernard Avenue is home to the Delta Grand, luxury hi-rises, marinas and waterfront parks, but it's history was built on industry. Look at the positioning of Knox Mountain (to the right of both pictures) and you'll see a different side of Kelowna's north end. You can see the Laurel Building (where we stopped) to the upper right of the picture above.
The Historic Home of Kelowna's Regatta
The above picture of Kelowna's Regatta, taken in 1909, would have been taken from almost the same vantage point as the picture below it, taken during our ride. The Regatta Clubhouse (upper right of picture) would have been approximately where the two light posts are near the dock.
Kelowna's Great Sacrifice: WWI
The Cenotaph we stopped at had 134 names on it, a reminder of the sacrifice a young town made. 1800 volunteers from the Okanagan Valley fought in the WWI and took part in many historic battles, including Vimy Ridge. In that battle alone, 26 men from the Okanagan lost their lives.