A SATELLITE OF THE VERNON MUSEUM
The Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1982 through the vision of Vernon resident and sports enthusiast, Nick Alexis. With the support of Vernon City Council, Alexis and a dedicated group of volunteers created a series of outdoor exhibits celebrating the region’s dynamic sporting history in Vernon’s Cenotaph Park. That same year, the new organization unveiled its first round of inductees to the Hall of Fame. Several years later, in 2001, the Hall of Fame moved its exhibits into the newly constructed Vernon Multiplex (Kal Tire Place). In 2011, the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum became a function of the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives.
SPORTING LIFE IN THE NORTH OKANAGAN
The North Okanagan has a rich history associated with organized and unorganized sporting activities that stretches back well over 100 years.
For example, evidence of curling taking place in the North Okanagan can be traced back to as early as February 1893 when the Vernon Newspaper reported a curling game happening on the river in Enderby. That same year, ice-skating and impromptu games of hockey were taking place on Kalamalka Lake. Local militia units were staging horse racing events at the Vernon Camp by 1912 and competitive ski jumping came to Vernon in the winter of 1929.
Curling, skiing, hockey, horse racing, lacrosse, power boat racing, track and field events, golfing, cricket, baseball, figure skating, snowmobiling, and many other activities have all taken place in the North Okanagan. Moreover, many current and former athletes from the region have competed successfully both nationally and internationally, including participation in the Olympic Games.
A selection of historic photographic images related to local sports may be accessed through our on-line database by clicking here. Full access to the museum’s photographic collection is available through our on-site public access computer terminal located in our archives.