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  • The historic community of Peachland dates back to the arrival of pioneer John Moore (J.M.) Robinson from Manitoba in 1897. Recognizing the agricultural potential of the land along the Lake Okanagan shoreline, Robinson claimed and sub-divided benchland above the lake, eventually establishing the town of Peachland. He also used a clairvoyant named Anne Anderson (pictured on the left) to help him prospect for gold in the hills of Peachland.

    Following this settlement, Robinson moved south in 1902 to create the lakeshore community of Summerland, with the patronage of Sir Thomas Shaugnessy, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). Robinson followed this success by further establishing the town of Naramata in 1907.

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