Monday, 8 September 2014

Rock Ovens?

On the weekend, Glen and I biked the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail from Kelowna to Penticton. Along the way, near Naramata, we stopped inside Rock Oven Regional Park and looked closely at one of the rock ovens. Having been there before, I was surprised I couldn't explain the history of the ovens. Did they have something to do with the railway, or were they relics of indigenous people of a an earlier time? Looking closely, we assumed they were connected to the railway and we carried on our way. Once home I did a quick search and found that what we had concluded was correct: the ovens were built between 1911 and 1915 by immigrant workers while building the KVR. They were used to bake bread and feed the workers. Instead of letting doubt settle into your mind this year, take the time in the moment to quickly find the facts and get the story straight. Do it immediately, as questions arise, ask someone. If needed, cycle 30 KM to the nearest internet to get the answer! Just find out!

~ Will Eaton

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