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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18404 Bathville Rd
Summerland, British Columbia
Celebrate the Kettle Valley Railways Centennial in 2015 with a ride on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway! Operating on the only remaining section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) - this unique 90 minute journey takes you through beautiful, rural Summerland and onto the Trout Creek Bridge with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake and canyon below.
The sight and sound of our restored century old steam locomotive (the 3716/Spirit of Summerland), an observation game for kids and 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!
7804 Kidston Rd
Coldstream, British Columbia
Mackie Lake House takes you back to the era of exquisite craftsmanship & features unusual styling combining arts & crafts elements with a stately chateau-style roof. Inside, pick your favourite spot - the attention to detail & the finely crafted elements welcome you as a special guest & invite you in. Nestled on the shores of Kalamalka Lake in Coldstream the Mackie Lake House is set into spacious grounds with a spectacular view.
The Mackie Lake House Foundation opens this 1910 Heritage Home & Grounds for meetings & seminars, weddings & small receptions. An event attended or booked at Mackie Lake House offers a unique & memorable experience.
Join us in the summer months for regularly scheduled tours, Artist-in-Residence & Writer-in-Residence programs, plus other special events.
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 and hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, 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 1910 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.
Take a walk on our beautiful nature trails. Visit the heritage gardens. 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 homestyle meal and play promises to delight audiences.
Junction Hwy 97/99
Cache Creek, British Columbia
Long before the Gold Rush miners, settlers & ranchers arrived in this valley, people of the Shuswap Nation followed a nomadic lifestyle here. The Shuswap Native village is operated by members of the local Bonaparte (Stuctwesemc) Band & features traditional shelters, hunting & fishing gear, cook pits & a "kekuli" pit house, built half above & half underground. Our guides will show you the crafts, tools & technologies of a self-sufficient culture that has always closely integrated the natural resources of this region into their lifestyle.
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3303 Boucherie Rd
West Kelowna, British Columbia
Quails' Gate Winery is nestled in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of BC. Owned & operated by the Stewart Family, pioneering horticulturists since the turn of the 20th century. We invite you to visit us daily, year-round in our wine shop or Old Vines Restaurant for a unique taste of the Okanagan.
As a member of the British Columbia Wine Institute, we are held to a high standard. The BC VQA designation is your assurance that the wine you're purchasing is 100% from BC & has met rigorous quality regulations.
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 as rocks can be sharp.
Rock Candy fluorite and barite specimens are prized by museums world wide!