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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3101 - 29th St
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 historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway offers you the romance of a bygone era as you steam along the only preserved section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway. This unique 90 min journey takes you through beautiful rural Summerland & onto the Trout Creek Bridge with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake & canyon below. The sight & sound of our restored century old steam locomotive, an observation game for kids & lively musical entertainment make every run memorable for the whole family. Special events include our thrilling Great Train Robbery & BBQs and our Summerland Christmas Express Trains. Don't forget to bring your camera.
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, then let the kids pan for "Haney Gold" or explore the Blacksmith Shop. Take a walk on our beautiful nature trails. Visit Marjorie's Tea Room and enjoy lunch or deserts. Sure to be a highlight of your visit, Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre runs July and August with shows, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. A home style meal & play promises to delight audiences.
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3 - 510 Lorne St
Kamloops, British Columbia
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 entertainment on this trip providing some exciting wild-west horsemanship at the finish of the journey.
Guided walking tours of the KRH Park site, seasonal special events, group rates, private charters are also available.
Valemount, British Columbia
Located mins from Mt Robson Provincial Park, we offer year-round spectacular sightseeing tours. World famous Berg Lake, a UNESCO world heritage site, is just a short flight away, offering day hikers & campers alike, the opportunity to fly into Robson Pass & hike out at their own pace. Heli-hiking tours are also available. A certified guide will hike with you in the glorious high country, enjoy a gourmet lunch before your helicopter whisks you back to reality. Winter brings exhilaration & fun in the form of heli-skiing & heli-snowshoeing. The best heli-ski prices in the industry, the leader in boutique heli-skiing. We guarantee it!