Mr. Robinson had made his fortune in the newspaper business in central Canada when he decided to head west in search of gold during the Klondike gold rush of the late 1800’s. Stopping briefly in the Okanagan valley he succumbed to the serene beauty and idyllic climate and quickly realized the agricultural and development potential of the area. After surveying and developing the townsites of Peachland and Summerland as well as many fruit bearing orchards, he set his sights on what he believed was the ideal location for the “Perfect Community”.
The “Hotel Naramata, resting on the shores of Okanagan Lake”, was his crowning achievement in land development. Over the years this building has functioned as a hotel, a private girls’ school, and as the home of the Robinson Family.