Sites historiques et du patrimoine

Ranch historique Hat Creek, photo de BC Heritage
Ranch historique Hat Creek, photo de BC Heritage

L’histoire humaine de la région de Thompson Okanagan remonte à des milliers d’années, avec les Premières nations de la région. Admirez les vestiges archéologiques vieux de 2 000 ans du parc patrimonial et musée de Secwepemc.

La ruée vers l’or de Cariboo a déclenché une arrivée massive de colons et de voyageurs dans toutes la région, dans les années 1850 et 1860. Villes en plein essor et relais routiers ont semblé surgir du jour au lendemain, afin de servir ceux qui partaient pour les champs aurifères. Découvrez la vie d’un relais routier à l’époque de la ruée vers l’or, au ranch historique Hat Creek, et visitez un ranch à bétail d’époque au ranch historique d’O’Keefe, près de Vernon. Remontez le temps à bord du train patrimonial de Kamloops ou du train à vapeur de la vallée de Kettle à Summerland.

Rendez-vous à l’endroit où les vergers de l’Okanagan ont pris racine, à la mission du Père Pandosy à Kelowna, en Colombie-Britannique et contemplez le Grist Mill à Keremeos, le dernier moulin à farine des pionniers, dont le mécanisme d’origine est toujours intact. Visitez le S.S. Sicamous, le plus grand vestige des bateaux à aubes à coque d’acier au Canada, et embrassez une vaste gamme de bâtiments historiques à travers toute la région dans le village patrimonial et musée R.J. Haney à Salmon Arm.

De nombreux offices de tourisme disposent de brochures sur les circuits touristiques sans guide qui mettent en valeur les sites historiques locaux.

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15 Sites historiques et du patrimoine in Thompson Okanagan

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1 Grist Mill and Gardens at Keremeos - Keremeos

2691 Upper Bench Road
Keremeos, British Columbia
V0X 1N4

The Grist Mill and Gardens, a Provincial Heritage Site, has much to offer visitors in its 5 hectares (12 acres): explore a working 1877 waterwheel powered flour mill or our stunning Victorian gardens, participate in one of our regular workshops, performances and other special events, enjoy a delicious lunch made from the freshest local produce by our Executive Chef, browse in our unique gift shop or stay overnight at our creek side RV campground.

2 Historic O'Keefe Ranch - Vernon

9380 Hwy 97 N
Vernon, British Columbia
V1T 6M8

Founded in 1867, Historic O'Keefe Ranch is a registered charity, which tells the story of early BC Ranching and endeavours to preserve the history and culture of the early ranching era for future generations. With regular admission, guests receive a guided tour of the O'Keefe Mansion, and are encouraged to self explore the historical buildings including the St. Anne's Church, General Store and Blacksmith Shop. View the Greenhow Museum exhibitions, artisan workshops, antique farm equipment, and farm animals. The Ranch offers tours by horseback, Cowboy Dinner and Murder Mystery shows, a Corn Maze and Sleigh Rides. The Ranch is also available for weddings and facility rentals. There's an RV park with water and power available, as well as a restaurant and gift shop on site.

3 Kettle Valley Steam Railway - Summerland

18404 Bathville Rd
Summerland, British Columbia
V0H 1Z8

Come out and take 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.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of our restored 104 year 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!

4 Laurel Packinghouse - Kelowna

1304 Ellis St
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 1Z8

Soak in the ambiance of the oldest fruit packinghouse in BC, which earned Kelowna's first heritage designation. It operated as a fruit packinghouse until the 1970s and today is home to the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum. Women working the packingline were called 'apple wrapper flappers'. See how precisely they loaded 160 boxes a day, and learn about packing, picking, and growing fruit. The local wine industry grew from "OK wine" to world class in 60 years. Get the dirt on old and new vines, and explore the trials and triumphs of the industry.

The Laurel Gift Shop features made-in-Okanagan gifts and treats.

Planning an event? Rent the Laurel for your wedding, meeting or gathering and treat your guests to an authentic Okanagan ambiance.

5 Mackie Lake House - Coldstream

7804 Kidston Rd
Coldstream, British Columbia
V1B 1S2

On Thursdays in the summer, come relax on the screened verandah overlooking the gardens and Kalamalka Lake as we pamper you with delicious savoury and sweet treats and tea served in fine bone china.

Wander back in time on a guided tour offered Tuesdays at 11:00 am in July and August and view the interior of this lovely 1910 arts and crafts style home.

For a magical summer evening, experience the Music at Mackie Summer Concert Series on select Friday nights.

The spacious grounds create a beautiful venue for weddings, concerts and other outdoor events. We look forward to meeting you for one or many of our events here at the Mackie Lake House.

6 Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre - Osoyoos

1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
V0H 1V6

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.

7 RJ Haney Heritage Village & Museum - Salmon Arm

751 Hwy 97B NE
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
V1E 4P7

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. Or 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.

8 Shuswap Native Village - Cache Creek

Junction Hwy 97/99
Cache Creek, British Columbia
V0K 1H0

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 staffed by members of the local Bonaparte (Stuctwesemc) Band and seasonal employees from the area. It 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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9 Ashcroft Museum - Ashcroft

402 Brink St
Ashcroft, British Columbia
V0K 1A0

Rated as one of the best museums in the interior, come explore Ashcroft during the late 1800s. Examine First Nation handcrafts and local history and see China Town in its heyday.

A visit to our museum is much like walking down a country lane and peaking into different homes and businesses. See a dining room table set for dinner or allow a local mercantile to take you back in time. We are fortunate to have some very rare items in our exhibit. There are also special areas that pay special attention to our First Nation and Chinese inhabitants and the role they played in our history.

Cheers Okanagan Tours is a multi-faceted tour and transportation company offering all-inclusive, expertly tailored experiences. Top-tier tours offer breathtaking views of the Okanagan Valley from the historic Myra Canyon Trestles, to wine tastings at one-of-a-kind wineries, and sunset cruises on spectacular Lake Okanagan. Our welcoming and knowledgeable guides ensure guests enjoy a unique, fun, informative and memorable top-tier tour experience.

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