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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