Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
The human history of the Thompson Okanagan goes back thousands of years with the region's First Nations. View 2,000-year-old archaeological remains at the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park.
The Cariboo Gold Rush brought a rush of settlers and passers-through to the region in the late 1850s and 1860s. Boomtowns and roadhouses sprung up seemingly overnight to service those en route to the gold fields.
Experience life in a gold-rush-era roadhouse at Historic Hat Creek Ranch, and visit a period cattle ranch at Historic O'Keefe Ranch near Vernon. Go back in time on the Kamloops Heritage Railway or the Kettle Valley Steam Railway in Summerland.
See where the Okanagan's orchards began at the Father Pandosy mission in Kelowna, and view BC's last remaining pioneer flour mill with its original machinery intact at the Grist Mill in Keremeos. Tour the S.S. Sicamous, the largest remaining steel-hulled sternwheeler in Canada, and compare a broad range of historic buildings from across the region at the R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum in Salmon Arm.
Many Visitor Centres have self-guided tour brochures that highlight local historic sites.
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3334 30th Avenue
Vernon, British Columbia
Visit Downtown Vernon and explore over 25 amazing murals that depict the history, culture, scenery, and folklore that made the city what it is today. Vernon boasts one of the largest outdoor public art galleries in Canada. All of the murals have been created from original photographs and depict actual Vernon and area residents. The murals cover many walls of our business district with some pieces as large as 91 m (300 ft) long & 9.1 m (30 ft) high! Pick up your self-guided map at the Vernon Visitors Centre or Downtown Vernon Association office.
9380 Hwy 97 N
Vernon, British Columbia
Founded in 1867, Historic O'Keefe Ranch tells the story of ranching in BC. Guests tour the opulent O'Keefe Mansion, the heritage boardwalk, visit artisans, view antique farm equipment, see ancient breed farm animals and can view a intricate model railway upstairs at the Greenhow Museum. Visit the Rose Garden and St. Anne's Church, both popular venues for weddings and enjoy some heritage candy at the site of the original Okanagan post office. Horse and pony rides are offered, events are hosted and visitors can also camp in our small on site and unserviced campground. Restaurant and gift shop on site.
18404 Bathville Rd
Summerland, British Columbia
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway offers you the nostalgia of steam, the romance of trains; the preservation of an era. Operating on the only remaining section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway - this unique 90 minute journey takes you through beautiful rural Summerland and onto the Trout Creek Bridge with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake & canyon below. The sight & sound of our restored century old steam locomotive (the 3716/Spirit of Summerland), an observation game for kids & lively musical entertainment make every run memorable for the whole family. Book early for our special events which include Easter trains, our thrilling Great Train Robbery & BBQs and our magical Summerland Christmas Express Trains. There's nothing else like it in the Okanagan Valley!
1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
Experience "The Land, the Legends and the People" at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a cultural and outdoor desert experience. View arts and cultural exhibits, audio-visual presentations and interactive displays featuring Okanagan First Nations culture and desert plants and animals. The 22 ha site features walking trails through the sagebrush habitat, outdoor sculptures & hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, features daily guided walks, cultural programs and rattlesnake demonstrations. Visit Coyote's Gifts for First Nations art, jewelry, books, clothing and giftware. Located in an award winning, sustainable building.
751 Hwy 97B NE
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is the Shuswap's largest heritage attraction. Tour through the restored Haney House and explore the Village rich in history with 14 historical or replicated buildings. Discover interesting exhibits in the Museum, the kids can pan for "Haney Gold" and visit the gift shop and antique store. Take a walk on our beautiful nature trails. Marjorie's Tea Room offers a daily lunch special and homemade desserts. Sure to be a highlight of your visit reserve your seat at Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre during July and August with shows, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. A home style meal and play promises to delight audiences.
200-355 Yellowhead Hwy
Kamloops, British Columbia
Museum exhibits feature oral history and legends of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) with historical photos and artifacts. Visit archaeological remains of a 2000 year old village, reconstructed pithouses, ethnobotanical gardens showing traditional plant use. A marsh attracts many birds for viewing.
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3 - 510 Lorne St
Kamloops, British Columbia
Spirit of Kamloops Ghost Train & Spirit of Christmas Special Events Rolling Stock: Steam Locomotive #2141 is unavailable in 2013 due to mechanical repairs being required. We hope to be back for 2014!
Journey back in time aboard our steam-powered heritage train. On the "Spirit of Kamloops" railtour, visitors enjoy reenactments of railway operations as they were in the past, including staff in period uniforms.
In 1906, just east of Kamloops, Bill Miner & his gang robbed a CPR train & made off with the loot. The reenactment of the Bill Miner Train Robbery is a big part of the trip's entertainment providing some exciting wild-west horsemanship at the finish of the journey.
Guided walking tours of the KRH Park site, seasonal events & private charters are also available.
Your family can experience the thrill of finding crystal treasures in a spectacular wild mountain environment. Imagine a place where the ground is covered with beautiful green and purple fluorite, and the land owners are friendly, so you can pick up all you want! Our heritage 1920's mine property hosts a safe and exciting adventure. Your guide will show you how to collect sparkling quartz crystal geodes, green and purple fluorite crystals, and our famous yellow barite crystals, while enjoying the view from our mountain top above the Granby. We provide hammers and safety goggles. Please wear closed-toe shoes, rocks can be sharp. Rock Candy fluorite and barite specimens are prized by museums world wide!