R.H. Spedding was a man of vision. A year before the city of Kelowna was
incorporated, he believed in it enough to start a newspaper-The Kelowna
Clarion-to chronicle the young community's happenings and to be the
keeper of its history.
The name and location have changed many times since July 28th, 1904,
but his vision has stayed the same: to bring you the world. Certainly,
the "world" is bigger now than in 1904 when it was bounded by Okanagan
Lake, Bay Avenue, Richter Street and Mill Creek. In October 1905,
Spedding sold the business-and his vision - to George C. Rose. Rose,
who had planted what is believed to have been the first commercial
orchard in Kelowna in 1892, then renamed the paper The Kelowna
Courier and Okanagan Orchardist. In 1908, Rose, for whom Rose Avenue is
named, moved the paper to the corner of Lawrence and Water Street. The
building now houses the Keg restaurant.
In 1938, R.P. MacLean bought into the paper and replaced Rose as
publisher and editor. He changed the name to The Courier in 1939.
MacLean was one of Kelowna's outstanding citizens. He hobnobbed with the
rich and powerful, but didn't hesitate to humble them in his weekly
editorials, often on the front page, during his 38 year tenure at the
paper. In 1956, he sold The Daily Courier to Thomson Newspapers. The
ownership didn't change until Horizon Operations (Canada) Ltd. took over
in 1999. After MacLean retired in 1976, The Daily Courier continued to
have publishers who shared Spedding's original vision.
Today we have many publications being printed on our presses at 550 Doyle,
they include The Daily Courier Monday to Friday, The Okanagan Saturday and
Sunday, eVent Wednesday's and eVent Life Friday's, The eVent Weekend,
Westside Weekly, The Penticton Herald, The Daily Courier-Vernon Edition,
Southern Exposure, and many other special sections that enhance our
Newspaper in Education (NIE) is an important corporate commitment for The Daily Courier.
We are dedicated to strengthen literacy in our community. Our goal is
to enhance the education of our youth by providing teachers with
newspapers and activity kits that are based on and will enrich the
It is The Daily Courier's belief that NIE cultivates: Tomorrow's
readers, tomorrow's problems solvers, tomorrow's leaders.
We are one of only 17 papers left in Canada that has a Newspaper in
Education program. We have been proudly providing this to kids in our
community for over 30 years!
Over the past 100 years our support for the Mission Greenway, Rotary
Centre for the Arts, Kelowna Hospital Foundation, United Way, and many
other worthwhile non-profit organizations has been paramount in our role
as the community's Newspaper of Record and The Daily Courier will
continue to hold it's role as a business leader in this community as an
honor and responsibility.
We look forward to serving our community for another hundred years!