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Field trips for adults and families to GVMA Satellite Museums & 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.

Register with GVMA for the tour. Meet at the heritage site on 10:30 AM the morning of the tour. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.




field trips for adults & families!

Friday mornings @ 10:30 AM

Register through GVMA

Meet at the Heritage Site

See schedule of dates & locations below


The 2020 Heritage Field Trip Season has drawn to a close – looking forward to 2021!



Fall 2020 SCHEDULE

A series of Heritage Field Trips for independent learning cohorts, families, and small groups. Space limited. Please register ahead.

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Friday, October 30

10:30 AM – 12 PM

3401 Pleasant Valley 
Road, Vernon, BC


caetani cultural centre

Learn more about the fascinating and 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? After Leone passed away, what lead his daughter, Sveva and her mother, Ofelia to go into seclusion for 25 years in this house on Pleasant Valley Road? Find out all this & more in this final Heritage Field Trip of the Fall 2020 season.


Friday, October 23

10:30 AM – 12 PM

7804 Kidston Road,
Coldstream, BC


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, October 16

10:30 to 12 noon

250 Allan Brooks Way,
Vernon, BC

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.


Friday, October 9

10:30 AM – 12 PM

Greater Vernon Museum
& Archives, 3009 32nd 
Avenue, Vernon, BC


vernon museum pandemic exhibit 

Outbreaks, pandemics and quarantines have affected the lives of people in the North Okanagan in the past – from deadly small pox epidemics that swept across North American, to diphtheria outbreaks, the 1918 flu pandemic, polio, typhoid, and recent outbreaks of H1N1 viruses. Discover how people in this area have reacted and adapted to public health scares in the past, and what we can learn from these experiences.


Friday, October 2

10:30 AM – 12 PM

7813 Okanagan Landing
Road, Vernon, BC


okanagan landing stationhouse museum

Learn about the history of Okanagan Landing, 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.


Friday, September 25

10:30 AM – 12 PM

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




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.


Friday, September 18

10:30 AM – 12 PM

12408 Coldstream Creek
Road, Coldstream, BC



Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary

Learn more about 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.



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