Early Missionaries in the Okanagan
By: Rachel Read
When the fur brigades ended in 1847, Protestant missionaries started to settle in the Oregon territories. The Catholic church then called on France to send priests over to settle into the territories. Father Pandosy was one of those priests. Pandosy stayed in Washington for a couple years but was forced out of the U.S.A. due a misunderstanding with the aboriginals. He stayed on Vancouver Island for the winter and then travelled through the Rockies, onto the Okanagan Fur Brigade Trail and into the Okanagan Valley accompanied by a couple native chiefs he convinced to settle there.
People followed Pandosy into the valley and settled there. This started building the population in the area and also built up the town.
Role Fur Brigade Trail Played
Reasons to Settle in Okanagan Valley
The Impact Father Pandosy Made on the Okanagan Valley
Mission of Immaculate Conception
This was th wurst non-aboriginal church in the Kelowna built by Father Pandosy.
This was the area Father Pandosy lived, farmed and where his mission was located.
Charles John Felix Adolph Pandosy