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Walking Through Time: Secrets of Early Kelowna

Walking tour

 

Join us as we explore the people, the stories, and a few surprises of early Kelowna. What is the connection between a teetotaler, the Great Depression and the beginning of our wine industry? How did the famous Kelowna Regatta begin? These questions and more will give you a new view on Kelowna’s past. This outdoor walking tour is approximately a 1.5 km loop, beginning at the Delta Grand Hotel.

 

Okanagan Spirits

 

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is Western Canada’s oldest craft distillery, dating back to 2004. The distillery sprung from the idea of using 100% locally grown fruits and grains to make premium, world-class spirits just a tractor-ride away from the orchards and fields where the base ingredients were grown. BC’s original harvest-to-flask distillery now offers a selection of more than 25 internationally awarded spirits ranging from BC’s first Single Malt Whisky to Gins, Vodkas, Liqueurs, Fruit Brandies and even Aquavit and Absinthe.

 

 

Knox Mountain

 

Knox Mountain

The summit of Knox Mountain rises approximately 300 metres above the high water level of Okanagan Lake. While the lake shoreline borders almost 1,400 metres of the western park boundary, much of the remaining boundary is surrounded by residential development. The size, height, central location and natural amenities make this park a landmark that is a highly desirable destination for residents and tourists alike. Views to the park from the City and views from the park of the City, lake, and surrounding mountains are unparalleled. The original parcel of parkland was first dedicated to the City in 1939.

 

 Pandosy Mission

Pandosy Mission

In the 1960s, the Okanagan Historical Society took on the task of preserving the historic Father Pandosy Mission site on Benvoulin Road in Kelowna. It was here, in 1859, that Father Pandosy, an Oblate priest, established the first European settlement in the Okanagan Valley.

Over the years many parties from the Historical Society and the Knights of Columbus have laboured to restore four of the original buildings; the Chapel, the Root-House, the Barn and the Brothers House. Four other historic buildings have also been moved to the site.

Today, the Pandosy Mission is jointly administered by the Okanagan Historical Society, through the Father Pandosy Mission Committee, and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Nelson, who remain the owners of this historic site.

The first non-native settlement in the Okanagan Valley was a mission established on this site in 1859 by Father Pandosy. Take a self-guided tour of the replicated mission buildings and a collection of horse-drawn carriages.The first non-native settlement in the Okanagan Valley was a mission established on this site in 1859 by Father Pandosy. Take a self-guided tour of the replicated mission buildings and a collection of horse-drawn carriages.

 

 

Guisachan Park

 

Guisachan Park

The 2.5 acre Edwardian gardens, established by Elaine Cameron, have been restored to their 1920’s splendor, based on information provided in Mrs. Cameron’s journals and photographs.

The Cameron family purchased the Guisachan property in 1903 and operated a dairy farm.  Paddy and Elaine Cameron lived on the property for 81 years.  Guisachan Ranch was an important part of Kelowna’s social and cultural life for many years and was noted for its gymkhana and equestrian events.

The gardens have been resurrected with the planting of more than 100 roses, and 50 species of trees and shrubs, some 100 different perennials as well as dozens of herbs and annuals.

The Park, besides its beauty, has an aura of mystery.  It is said that on nights when the moon is full, the clip-clop, clip-clop of horse’s hooves and the sound of buggy wheels may be heard echoing through the avenue of hundred year old cedar trees which adjoins the Park.

 

 

The View Winery Vineyard The View Winery

The View Winery is situated on a parcel of land that has been in the Turton/Ward family for 5 generations.  Historically, apples were grown on the property.  In the mid 1990’s a transition began and orchard rows were replaced with vines.  Spartans and MacIntosh gave way to Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Ehrenfelser and Pinotage.

Original plans were to build a new retail store and tasting room at the top of the property hence the name “The View”. However, we have grown to love and embrace the unique historical qualities of our family property, so instead chose the original apple packinghouse for our wine shop and winery.

 

 

 

Okanagan Golf CourseOkanagan Golf Club

The Quail is a magnificent par 72, 18-hole championship golf course that has become an Okanagan Valley favourite since the day it first opened. Designed by renowned golf course architect Les Furber and built in 1994, this unique course features dramatic elevation changes and breathtaking views as 6,794 yards of multi-tiered fairways meander around a majestic rock bluff.

The Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna also features another 18 holes of golfing excellence at The Bear, designed by Nicklaus Designs.

 

 

Lake cruiseLake Cruise 

Welcome to Kelowna Cruises, home of the Lake Lounge on Okanagan and the Executive Boardroom. Our two full-service cruise boats are the perfect way to enjoy Okanagan Lake. We offer daily public cruises with full food and bar services, along with live music and fantastic views.  Lunch is included and offers a choice of Prime Rib Beef, Chicken, or Veggie burger with a side salad.

 

 

Farmers Market

Kelowna Farmers’ Market

Kelowna Farmer’ and Crafters’ Market is a market that features farm, food and craft vendors.  We draw our vendors from between our boundaries of Armstrong and Summerland and focus on handmade, locally-grown, and artisanal products.