In 1900 David Gellatly bought 320 acres at what is known as Gellatly Point. With his family he developed the largest greenhouse in the interior of BC, a box factory, packing house and a wharf which was used by sternwheelers to ship the produce and ferry people on Okanagan Lake.
In 1906 Gellatly began cultivating his nut farm which today is a heritage park with walking trails in the shade of 800 nut trees and shrubs. All the trees are labelled with metal tags bearing names of nuts that I had never heard of.
Late in September the park hosts a fall harvest day where the public can pick and purchase varieties of walnuts, hazelnuts, buartnuts, chestnuts, butternuts and heartnuts.
|Looking east across Okanagan Lake at the hills devastated by the 2003 wild fire,|
now green with new growth.
|Acres of an arboreal canopy at the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park|
|A storage barn|
|Some of the trees were massive|
|The Gellatly summer cottage built in the 1920's |