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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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Victorian Christmas

Posted on Nov 11, 2022

Victorian Christmas is just around the corner!

A great family tradition continues.

With Christmas approaching quickly, plans for another year of Victorian Christmas at O’Keefe Ranch are coming together. This year's event will be held over the first three weekends of December. Victorian Christmas is a great family event with many activities such as bonfire, s’mores and marshmallows, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, wagon rides, letters to santa, gingerbread house competition and photos with Father Christmas.

“Last year we opened for all three weekends before Christmas,” says Diane Llewelyn-Jones, Guest Experience Coordinator, “and it was very successful. We will also be continuing our new tradition of the Gingerbread House Competition. Our goal is to make the Ranch “the” place known for gingerbread houses. We want to keep growing this competition year over year. First prize is $150 and if you create your house based on a Ranch building, you can also win a season’s pass.”

The O’Keefe Ranch remains pet friendly and you are encouraged to bring along your furry family members, on a leash of course. Victorian Christmas provides a great opportunity for pet owners to have photos of Santa with their pet. Outside of Victorian Christmas, the O’Keefe Ranch allows pets on a lease during daylight hours even when closed.

Returning in 2022 for a second year is the cookie train building for kids. Cost to families is $5 per kit. Sherrilee Franks, Ranch Manager, explains “The kits remain low cost to ensure all families are able to access this activity. We are lucky to have such great volunteers to make this possible. That said, sometimes labour costs are needed to help offset the workload and we appreciated any additional donation towards the train kit costs.We would even be open to a sponsorship.”

Victorian Christmas runs December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18th from 10AM to 4PM. Admission is by donation.

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Enter the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest at O'Keefe Ranch this December!

Posted on Nov 11, 2022

A new Christmas tradition continues at O’Keefe Ranch! Try your hand at making the perfect gingerbread house this December for your chance to win a prize!

The competition for the Gingerbread House Contest opens on December 3rd and closes on December 11 when final judging will take place. The houses will be on display at the O’Keefe Ranch from Dec. 3 - Dec 17th during the Victorian Christmas Event at the ranch.

Three Categories - Adult, Kids (Under 12) and O’Keefe Ranch Buildings. Prizes for Adults are First Place - $150.00, Second Place $75. Prizes for children are First Prize Biggest Lollipop from General Store, Second Prize Big Lollipop from the General Store. Building Replica Prizes First Place $100.00 + extended family season’s pass, Second Place $75.00 plus family seasons pass.

Please place houses on stiff boarding and provide clear plastic coverings with names of creator(s) clearly labeled. If more information is needed, please email [email protected]

The Ranch is closed for the regular season, but it will open its doors for Victorian Christmas, a family friendly event, on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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Upcoming Events

Victorian Christmas

December 3, 2022

Welcome to Victorian Christmas at O'Keefe Ranch! So much to see and do this December at O'Keefe Ranch! Enjoy roasted chestnuts, decorated heritage buildings, animals and role play artists abound. Enter the Gingerbread contest for your chance to win a prize. Don't forget to say hello to Father Christmas! And bring your pet!

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Victorian Christmas

December 4, 2022

Welcome to Victorian Christmas at O'Keefe Ranch! So much to see and do this December at O'Keefe Ranch! Enjoy roasted chestnuts, decorated heritage buildings, animals and role play artists abound. Enter the Gingerbread contest for your chance to win a prize. Don't forget to say hello to Father Christmas! And bring your pet!

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A Christmas Carol

December 6 – December 10, 2022

A Christmas Carol is a joint production between the Historic O’Keefe Ranch and Powerhouse Theatre. It is an immersive walking theatrical experience where audiences will travel on foot and wagon to and from each historic building on the O’Keefe Ranch to witness and participate in this heartwarming story.

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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.