As one of the most enchanting cities in Canada, there are plenty of historic sites found in Kelowna. Whether you prefer a tour of an old mission or of a park, there are plenty of choices. Here are some of the top historic sites found throughout Kelowna.
The Laurel Building
This was the first heritage building in Kelowna and established in 1913. It started as a packing and shipping house. Today, the building houses the Wine Museum and the British Columbia Orchard Industry Museum.
Guisachan Heritage Park
This 2.4 acre park is the perfect place for a garden tour or a special event. It's also home to the Guisachan House Restaurant. This restaurant used to be the home to the Earl and Countess of Aberdeen in the 1890s.
The home is surrounded by perennial gardens with many types of flowers. It was built in the late 1870s or early 1890s. The site also includes a Milk Shed Gift Shop.
Father Pandosy Mission
Founded in 1860 by Father Charles Pandosy, this mission was the place for priests to minister the Indian population. It was also a farm with about 2,000 acres, but in 1908, the farm was sold and subdivided. By the 1950s the buildings were in disrepair. However, the entire site has been refurbished and is known a Provincial Heritage Site with four acres of land and some of the original buildings.
Myra Canyon Trestles
Known as the jewel of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the Myra Canyon Trestles are very interesting. This historic site attracts more than 50,000 visitors yearly and serves as an important component of the trail network for the province.
There are many other historic sites found near Kelowna to enjoy. These are just a few of the top choices adding to the culture and heritage of this charming city.