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Salmon Arm

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A small city on the southern shores of picturesque Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm takes its name from one of the four arms of the lake. The word Shuswap comes from the Secwépemc people who have inhabited the region for millennia. In the 1880s, after the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the first Europeans arrived and began the hard work of clearing the land and farming. Since then, the town has maintained its hard working community-minded roots, always banding together in times of hardship.

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Then and Now Photos

SS Ethel Ross SS Ethel Ross
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Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum 1983.0014.0005 & On This Spot Enterprises

SS Ethel Ross - 1909

The S.S. Ethel Ross sternwheeler sits in the dredged channel at the Salmon Arm Wharf. Built in 1897 by Captain George Ward, a maritime sailor who had settled in Kamloops. This ship largely serviced the logging industry.

Marching to the Station Marching to the Station
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Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum 1983.0012.0004 & On This Spot Enterprises

Marching to the Station - 1914

The F. Company Regiment R.M.R.  march north on Alexander Street towards the train station and deployment in 1914. In the background, the 2nd building from the right is Salmon Arm Realty office, which would eventually become Neeland’s Furniture.  The 4th building on the right, currently the Shuswap Pie Company, became the Quality Store owned by C.R. Beer in 1921 with millinery and dressmaking departments. The Empress Opera House, the 6th building on the right, had just been overhauled and electric wiring installed in 1913. Its name was hand painted onto fire resistant tin siding.

View Across Orchards View Across Orchards
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Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum & On This Spot Enterprises

View Across Orchards - ca. 1910s

A view across the orchards towards downtown Salmon Arm.

Waiting on the Wharf Waiting on the Wharf
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Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum 1983.0014.0116 & On This Spot Enterprises

Waiting on the Wharf - ca. 1910s

Pictured here is the prettiest sternwheeler to serve Salmon Arm, the S.S. Andover, built in Kamloops by Maritime ship builders Captain George Ward and his sons Elmer and Arthur. The boat was christened the S.S. Silver Stream but renamed the S.S. Andover shortly afterwards. Ward didn’t realize the name was spoken for and another vessel in the British ship registry already bore the name.

Boarding SS Andover Boarding SS Andover
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Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum 1977.0099.0140 & On This Spot Enterprises

Boarding SS Andover - 1909

The arrival of the S.S. Andover at the government wharf was a community event. Built in Kamloops in 1908, the sternwheeler measured 91.3 feet long, 19.9 feet wide, and 4 feet deep. Salmon Arm’s wharf channel was dredged and the future looked bright for water travel. Captain Ward was confident that excursions would appeal to hundreds of tourists. He set his 1910 prices accordingly - a dollar for adults and half price for children.

Farewell to the Soldiers Farewell to the Soldiers
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Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum 1983.0010.0177 & On This Spot Enterprises

Farewell to the Soldiers - 1914

A farewell party assembles at the station to see men headed to Vernon to mobilize as the 30th Regiment, British Columbia Horse. This mounted regiment served in World War I and II, and was absorbed into the British Columbia Dragoons.

Hockey on the Lake Hockey on the Lake
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Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum 1983.0010.0088 & On This Spot Enterprises

Hockey on the Lake - 1913

A small crowd cheers on a friendly hockey game of married men against singles, some comfortably perched on a horse-drawn wagon. A small scattering of farms and houses is visible in the background. The lake rarely freezes these days.

Clean Up Day Clean Up Day
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Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum 1977.0099.0020 & On This Spot Enterprises

Clean Up Day - 1914

Community volunteers participate in the annual Clean-up Day. On the photographer’s left is Heathcott Surveyor, further to the right is the sign for the Sprig of Heather tea room, and in the distance, an automobile speeds down the road. Bicycle riders, teams of horses, and motorists all had to co-exist.


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