Socials 9 By: Erin Brown
Role in the Okanagan fur Brigade trail
Early European Profie- Lord Aberdeen
Reasons for Settlement
Lord Aberdeen absolutely adored Canada so therefor travelled here often and on one occasion in 1900's his family visited Canada for Lady Aberdeen's heath. They were convinced by G.G Mackay to purchase land and that's exactly what he did, they bought 480 acres of land in the mission. In 1891 he got the ball rolling by buying hectare ranch from Vernon brothers and sowing it with fruit trees. He planted apples, peaches, apricots and cherries. As these very first crops were successful soon companies were formed to buy up land around the area.
He also purchased cold stream ranch and named it Guisachan after Lady Aberdeen's fathers estate in Scotland. The lord pursued the railway to expand causing settlers from all over to pour into the valley by train, seeking to stake land claims. The settlers were attracted by the new opportunities promised by the second change in the region, started by himself lord Aberdeen. His new idea had hit and was very popular of growing fruit orchards in the Okanagan valley's summer climate.
Early Accomplishments (Europe and United States)
-1840s in fort Langley the first apple trees in the Northwest were grown on the Hudson's bay Company farm at fort Vancouver.
-Another name for an apple box was bushel box and the apple boxes weighed 50 pounds.
- Lord and Lady Aberdeen were enthusiastic supporters of outdoor sport in Canada, and participated in curling, hockey and sleighing
What was the impact Lord Aberdeen had on the growth and development of the Okanagan Valley?
This is the original area where Lord Aberdeen first settled.
Area of Where the Guisachan home is today