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Step Back In Time...

To the early days of the Okanagan Valley. The Ranch 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. It was a small, self-contained community, with a Post Office, blacksmith shop, grist mill, and even its own church and cemetery. Many of the original buildings still exist, and are a delight to explore.

Situated at the head of Okanagan Lake in the stunning Okanagan Valley, this historic site is a mecca for tourists. Just a few kilometers from the City of Vernon and twenty minutes from Silver Star Mountain, the Ranch welcomes travelers from all over the world, and extends a particular welcome to its local residents.

Historic O’Keefe Ranch tells the story of early BC Ranching and endeavours to preserve the history and culture of the early ranching era for future generations.

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2021 Season

Posted on Apr 20, 2021

We are excited to continue to offer an experience for the whole family in our beautiful historical outdoor space! The Ranch will be open for the 2021 season Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

COVID guidelines for the O'Keefe Ranch in the 2021 season:

  • Groups are limited to their household bubbles
  • Visitors will be given a sanitized visitors package upon arrival with all pertinent information
  • Masks must be worn in all indoor areas
  • The main historical buildings will be open at a limited capacity
  • Limited contact with staff members

*All activities subject to change without notice due to changing BC health regulations.

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Opening Weekend

Posted on Mar 28, 2021

The O'Keefe Ranch grounds are always open to the public from dawn to dusk 365 days of the year; however, the Ranch is scheduled to continue its regular season activities starting Mother's Day weekend, May 8th and 9th.

Regular activities include numerous heritage buildings, Greenhow Museum, a tour of the Mansion, model railway exhibit, pottery barn, general store, blacksmith shop, interactive animals and a scavenger hunt. Opening weekend and for select weekends throughout the year, additional activities will be available.

Additional activities include meet and greet a goat, wagon rides, tractor parade, loud engines, photoshoot with a donkey and bubble station. More activities will be added as BC Heath Regulations are adjusted.

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Press Release Dec 12, 2020

Posted on Dec 12, 2020

The annual Christmas Light Show at Historic O’Keefe Ranch has been officially cancelled. After weighing risks after several conversations with the Provincial Government and Interior Health, the decision...

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Upcoming Events

Yoga with Goats

June 16 – August 28, 2021

Yoga with Goats is back! Join Samantha Richardson for a season of yoga with four legged friends. Ticket includes a one-hour yoga session prior to the Ranch opening. Yoga is located outdoors in the company of the Ranch's goats. Each goat has its own personality to woo you over, whether they are looking for some extra scratches, trying to make you laugh or just want to take a nap under your downward dog, you never know what they will do! Afterwards, enjoy the Ranches grounds, take a tour of the mansion, visit the general store, and explore the buildings. Each ticket includes a complimentary general store candy bag. If you book on a Saturday, you can also enjoy the many role play artists including live music and song, demonstrations, school sessions and much, much more. Allow yourself about 2 hours to see the grounds and another hour if you stay for lunch.

Yoga with Goats runs from June 16th to August 28th, 2021.

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The Historic O’Keefe Ranch gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the City of Vernon, British Columbia Arts Council, British Columbia Community Gaming Grant, Young Canada Works, Canada Summer Jobs, Rotary Club of Vernon, Kalamalka Rotary Club of Vernon, and our members, donors, and sponsors.