Historic & Heritage Sites
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.
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.