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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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The O'Keefe Ranch Tractor Pull

Posted on Jul 1, 2022

Join O’Keefe Ranch in the Worlds “Most Powerful Motorsport”: A Tractor Pull!

O’Keefe Ranch is hosting a Tractor Pull and Birthday Celebration on July 16th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the O’Keefe Arena! Featuring local celebrity announcer Jim Green and powerful farm equipment - this event is sure to get the blood pumping!

What is a tractor pull you may ask? Tractor pulling competitions take place on a 100 meter track, and involve the machines pulling a weight transfer sledge. A weight transfer sledge basically gets heavier to pull as it is pulled down the track. This is achieved by increasing the weight on the pan of the sledge by moving the weight box from the rear to the front of the sledge as the sledge is pulled forward. The winner of the competition is the machine that can pull the sledge the furthest.

Join the O’Keefe Ranch for this exciting day of motorsports which also includes a 101st birthday celebration for one of their tractors and one of their trucks! There will be birthday cake and candles, gift bags, food trucks, machinery tours, vintage tractor start-ups, and wagon rides! Admission is by donation...

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High Tea in the Dining Hall

Posted on Jun 25, 2022

Join O'Keefe Ranch for the unique experience of High Tea in the Dining Hall. Dawn your best Victorian dress and enjoy an elegant afternoon of finger sandwiches and enchanting entertainment. Find yourself transported as the talented Role Play Artists dazzle you with vocals and music while you sip your tea and take in the event.

Included in your ticket is admission to the Ranch so wander the O'Keefe Ranch grounds and visit the many historic buildings on site. Don't miss an opportunity to tour the Mansion and explore the history of the O'Keefe family and their role in the area's development.

High Tea in the Dining Hall will be taking place July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24, and September 7 each with two sittings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. but spaces are limited so check out our events page to purchase your tickets now or head to TicketSeller.ca!

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O'Keefe Ranch Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival

Posted on Jun 22, 2022

This years Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival taking place July 29-31, is a great way to spend time with your family and support this important historical site. If you have guests visiting or you haven’t been for awhile come on out and enjoy a weekend to make your summer. With everything from heritage buildings, museum exhibitions, interactive farm animals, a unique gift shop (full of local goods!), and other added special touches, O’Keefe Ranch is the perfect place to hold this special event. The Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival will be the first of its kind at the Ranch, and is set to become a summer tradition going forward.

Friday evening kicks the weekend of activities off with the Cowboy Dinner Show and Campfire. Saturday and Sunday are event filled days with demonstrations and hands-on activities for adults and children to do and learn. Saturday evening is the highlight of the weekend with the Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival Showcase complete with homemade desserts, a cash bar service, and dancing! Sunday morning will commence with cowboy Church at St. Ann’s Catholic church on site at 11:00. Rent a parasol, take in role-play actors, visit with the friendly farm animals, and don’t miss a tour of the mansion.

Admission to the Ranch is by donation and tickets for special events are available now on Ticketseller.ca!

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Upcoming Events

Fun on the Farm Theatre Camp

July 4 – July 8, 2022

Vita Arts and O'Keefe Ranch are proud to host this outdoor acting camp that is so much more. We will spend time exploring different performance styles, use our imaginations, and explore what the farm has to offer. With so many things to do no day will be the same.

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Fun on the Farm Theatre Camp

July 11 – July 15, 2022

Vita Arts and O'Keefe Ranch are proud to host this outdoor acting camp that is so much more. We will spend time exploring different performance styles, use our imaginations, and explore what the farm has to offer. With so many things to do no day will be the same.

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Goat Yoga July 13

July 13, 2022

Yoga with Goats is back! Join Samantha Richardson for a season of yoga with four legged friends.

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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.