Aerial view of Vernon
(Picture BC photo)


Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)

Vernon, the oldest city in the Okanagan Valley celebrates its history and heritage with the larger-than-life display of 26 murals painted on the walls of its downtown buildings.

There are also a number of heritage sites and artefacts to explore.

First Nations

Habitation in the area goes back thousands of years. The Okanagan Nation (Interior Salish peoples) were successful hunter/gatherers that took full advantage of the bounty of the lakes and rivers, grasslands and forests. While there are no specific First Nations attractions, evidence of their winter homes, semi-pit houses called kekulis, has been found in many locations including Kekuli Bay Provincial Park on Kalamalka Lake.

The culture of First Nations people was dramatically changed by contact with Europeans. Fur traders of the Hudson's Bay Company (who followed the Brigade Trail through their territory in the early 19th century) and people headed north to gold country in the 1860s had less impact as they didn't stay.

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Mackie Lake House - Coldstream

7804 Kidston Rd
Coldstream, British Columbia
V1B 1S2

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.

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