heritage field trips


 

Field trips for adults and families to GVMA Satellite Museums and Partner Heritage Sites!

Find out more about these intriguing sites in the North Okanagan and the learn the stories of the people behind the places.

See Summer 2021 Schedule Below.

Please Register at least 24 Hours in Advance!

 

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  •  10 Fascinating Heritage Sites Around the North Okanagan!
  •  Every Friday morning at 10:30 AM in July & August
  •  See Summer 2021 Schedule Below
  • Space Limited
  •  Please Register at least 24 Hours in Advance 

summer 2021 SCHEDULE

A series of Heritage Field Trips for Adults, Families, and Small Groups. Space limited. Please book ahead!

 

Friday, June 25

10:30 AM – 12 PM

12408 Coldstream Creek
Road, Coldstream, BC

 

By Suggested Donation of $5 per person

Maximum 8 People

 

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Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary

Discover this hidden gem, tucked away on the shores of Kalamalka Lake. Tour the 4.23 acre nature reserve kept to preserve habit and wild spaces for birds and wildlife in the North Okanagan. Learn more about the heritage of the property and those who left it “for the birds”!

 

 

Friday, July 2

Rescheduled to September 3 due to extreme heat conditions

 

$5 per person (Members free)

Maximum 8 People

 

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ALLAN BROOKS NATURE CENTRE

Learn about the natural history of native plants, birds and animals of the North Okanagan. Walk the grassland trails and take in the panoramic sweeping view of the valley and all three lakes. Watch majestic birds swoop above, visit Marmot City, and dip nets into the pond.

 

Friday, July 9

10:30 AM – 12 PM

Sun Valley Mall, 3334 30th Avenue (downtown) Unit 110, Vernon, BC

 

$5 per person

Maximum 10 People

 

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THE COLDSTREAM RANCH BATTLE DRILL SCHOOL EXHIBIT

View photos, documents and never before seen film footage of the Canadian Battle Drill School Training Centre located at the Coldstream Ranch from 1942 to early 1946. Over 7000 people trained in Vernon during WWII. Local artifacts and documents from local soldiers can also be viewed at the exhibit.

 

Friday, July 16

10:30 AM – 12 PM

7804 Kidston Road,
Coldstream, BC

 

$10 per person

Maximum 6 People

 

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MACKIE LAKE HOUSE

Take a tour through the thoughtfully preserved Arts & Craft style former home of the Mackie family, hear the tales and mysteries hidden within the walls, and learn some of the history of the Coldstream area.

 

Friday, July 23

10:30 AM – 12 PM

Okanagan College, Kalamalka Campus, 7000 College Way
Coldstream, BC

 

$20 per person/$5 for those under 16 years

 

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K’NMAĹKA? SƏNQÂĹTƏN GARDEN

K’nmaĺka? Sənqâĺtən (Kalamalka Garden) is an Indigenous garden created in 2017 through a unique collaboration among the Okanagan Indian Band (Elders and community members), Okanagan College and the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan. Learn a brief history of Syilx (pronounced: see-eel), who are the Indigenous people of the Okanagan. 

The tour will explore the elements of traditional foods and medicines, history of the Okanagan area, Indigenous gardening techniques, and samples of foods from the garden.

 

Friday, July 30

10:30 AM – 12 PM

9380 Hwy 97N, 12 km north of Vernon, BC

 

$10 per person (Season’s Pass Holders and Members Free)

Maximum 12 People

 

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O’KEEFE RANCH

Come explore O’Keefe Ranch which was founded in 1867, and in its earliest days was at the end of the wagon road into the Okanagan Valley and the site of the stage coach depot.

Learn some of the stories of the people who made O’Keefe Ranch such a fascinating place, including some of the Women of O’Keefe, and the Indigenous Syilx cowboys who ranched with generations of traditional knowledge of the land.

 

Friday, August 6

Cancelled due to wildfire risk & evacuation

10:30 AM – 12 PM

7655 Fintry Delta Road, Kelowna, BC (off Westside  Road between Vernon and 
Kelowna)

 

By Suggested Donation of $5 per person

 

 

 

FINTRY ESTATE & MANOR

Learn more about the fascinating history of Fintry Estate, a thriving estate once served only by boat and sternwheeler along the shores of Okanagan Lake. Take tour of the manor for a glimpse into the lives of early Twentieth century settlers, including an impressive taxidermy collection of animals from around the world.

 

 

SOrry, SOLD OUT!

Friday, August 13

10:30 AM – 12 PM

Meet at The Pinnacles, 9885 Pinnacles Road, Silver Star Mountain, BC

 

By Suggested Donation of $5 per person

 

 

 

SILVER STAR MOUNTAIN MUSEUM

The tour will begin with a warm welcome from Norm and Nancy Crerar, previous owners of Silver Star in the 80s and into the 90s, who will greet you at the Pinnacles, the original Day Lodge where there are many historical photos and a beautiful mural. You will walk around the village and learn about the history of Silver Star and its continued development. An added bonus will  be that the Fireweed and Goldenrod will be blooming!

 

 

SOrry, SOLD OUT!

Friday, August 20

10:30 AM – 12 PM

7813 Okanagan Landing
Road, Vernon, BC

 

By Donation

Maximum 8 people

 

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OKANAGAN LANDING STATIONHOUSE MUSEUM

Learn about the history of Okanagan Landing, the bustling community where rail yards met the sternwheelers that provided the only major transportation from Vernon to Penticton and points in between. The museum houses an amazing model depicting Okanagan Landing in 1914.

 

SORRY, SOLD OUT!

Friday, August 27

10:30 AM – 12 PM

3401 Pleasant Valley 
Road, Vernon, BC

 

$10 per person (Members & those under 18 free)

Maximum 10 People

 

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CAETANI CULTURAL CENTRE

Enter the fascinating world of the elusive Caetanis, a family of eccentric Italian nobility who settled in Vernon in 1921. Why did Leone Caetani, an Italian prince and duke, leave his royal titles and family fortune to move to Vernon in 1921? Why did his wife and daughter go into seclusion for 25 years in this house on Pleasant Valley Road?

The tour will include viewing of Sveva Caetani’s original artwork along with Caetani family artifacts and memorabilia for the first time since the house was donated to the Greater Vernon community in 1994.

 

Friday, September 3

10:30 to 12 noon

250 Allan Brooks Way,
Vernon, BC

 

$5 per person (Members free)

Maximum 8 People

 

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ALLAN BROOKS NATURE CENTRE

Learn about the natural history of native plants, birds and animals of the North Okanagan. Walk the grassland trails and take in the panoramic sweeping view of the valley and all three lakes. Watch majestic birds swoop above, visit Marmot City, and dip nets into the pond.

Join us for this final Heritage Field Trip of the Summer 2021 season!

 

 

 

WE RESPECTFULLY ACKNOWLEDGe

Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located on the Ancestral, Traditional and Unceded Territory of the Okanagan Nation and the Syilx People.