- Savona, British Columbia
Savona (originally Savona's Ferry) is a small community at the west end of
Kamloops Lakeon the Thompson Riverin British Columbia. It is approximately halfway between Kamloops and Cache Creek along the Trans-Canada Highway. The surrounding the community is semi-arid grasslands and hills supporting cattle ranchingand agriculture.
Savona was originally located on the north shore of Kamloops Lake, where it was the end of the
stagecoachline from Cache Creek on the Cariboo Wagon Road. Originally passengers continuing on had to take the steamboatup the lake to Kamloopsand the Shuswap Countryand the goldfields of the Big Bendof the Columbia River until a man named Savona started a ferryacross the river at that location. A road was later built along the south side of Kamloops Lake to Kamloops, British Columbia.
In 1884 Savona was the eastern end of
Andrew Onderdonk's contract for building the Canadian Pacific Railway(CPR) for the Canadian government. Onderdonk continued building eastward under a CPR contract. Because the railway was on the south side of the river, most of the houses were pulled across the lake on the ice, moving the community to where it is today. In 1915, the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway, now part of Canadian National Railwaywas built along the north side of Kamloops Lake.
* [http://www.venturekamloops.com/Pages/savona.htm Venture Kamloops' site on Savona]
* [http://www.savona.ca Savona town homepage]
* [http://www.telemark.net/%7Erandallg/photos/20061012_Kamloops/images/113.jpgAerial view of Savona and Kamloops Lake] from [http://www.telemark.net/%7Erandallg/photos/20061012_Kamloops/ Randall & Kat's Flying Photos]
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