House construction in Summerland has come a long way since the early 1900s.
This picture, from around 1909, shows Walter Verity and his wife Elizabeth (nee Tait) with their tent home beside their garden.
Tent houses were used by early settlers in Summerland while they were in the process of constructing more permanent and warmer homes.
While the tent homes could be cosy, it was possible to wake up and find blankets frozen to the wall or ice in the wash bowl.
While tent houses are no longer used in Summerland, a home featuring straw bale construction was built in the spring of 2014.
However, straw homes are far from commonplace in Summerland or in the rest of Canada.
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