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Facebook Page Brings 'Old Kelowna' to Life

This might come as a surprise to people who are new to Kelowna, but the city hasn’t always looked the way it does now.

Those who have lived here for their entire lives know just how much the city has changed and a recently launched Facebook page hopes to show followers the history of Kelowna.

Old Kelowna’ started in June and already has more than 2,000 ‘Likes’ on the page.

“This is a page dedicated to documenting and celebrating the collective history of Kelowna,” says the ‘About’ section on the page.

Photo of Kelowna's original Fire Hall which was built in 1907 and located on Water and Leon. (Photo Credit: Old Kelowna)

Kelowna has experienced significant growth over the years including the construction of Waterscapes, the tallest building between the lower Mainland and Calgary, the William R. Bennett Bridge that was completed in 2008 and as more people move to the city, more and more homes are being built.

Projects such as these along with significant events like the 2003 Wildfire and businesses opening and closing have drastically changed how the city looks.

Photo of Flintstones characters Fred and Barney from Kelowna's Bedrock City (Photo Credit: Old Kelowna)

Followers of Old Kelowna can take a trip down memory lane and view amazing photos of Kelowna’s horse race track, the old diving boards at the Aquatic Building in the 1920’s, Hot Sands Beach in the 1960’s and CHBC-TV when it first went to air in 1957.

Fruit picking in the Okanagan back in 1915 (Photo Credit: Old Kelowna)

Be sure to take a look, whether it’s to relive the past or to view some of the sights that used to be in Kelowna.

Photo of Knox Mountain before 1914 (Photo Credit: Old Kelowna/Steven James)



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