Jim Cooperman’s latest post Lakeside living at its best (Sept 8 2015) provides a look at Magna Bay and it’s evolution over time. Another interesting historical slice from Jim’s Shuswap Passion blog. Check the full post out.
In its early days, Magna Bay was a thriving settlement, where the first wave of “back to the land” settlers eked out a living by farming the land and cutting ties and firewood for the CPR. There was an intense rivalry between Celista and Magna Bay then, which likely was a factor behind the decision to build in 1919 what was then the largest school in the region just across from the Magna Bay government wharf. It became the centre for many cultural activities, including theatre productions, until the Celista Hall was built in 1934.