ALVASTON was a farming community located at the south end of Wood Lk, 18 km north of KELOWNA, near present-day WINFIELD in the OKANAGAN VALLEY. Alvaston was known for its unusual post office. Because the stagecoach driver refused to detour to pick up mail, it was left in a packing case at the side of the road along with stamps and money. The system operated from 1909 to 1919 without any thefts being recorded. Both Alvaston and Wood Lk were named after Thomas Alva Wood, an early resident.
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