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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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Winter Blues at the O'Keefe Ranch!

Posted on Jan 24, 2022

Best your blues with us this winter season! On February 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th, shake off your old snow and join us as we celebrate fun-filled days of blue! With azure confectionaries and cerulean displays, the ranch will change your definition of what it means to be blue! With a myriad of exciting exhibitions and interactive amusements, the family fun is sure to snowball! Why not treat yourself to:

- Our Blue Ribbon Snowshoe Trail: Take a winter-booted stroll or don your favorite snowshoes for an adventure across the grounds unlike any other! Featuring special exhibits and picturesque farmland, our trail is complete with historical bingo and is ended with a hot cup of coco and prizes for completionists!

- The Donkey Dung Driving Range: Step up to the tee and test your golfing mettle! Courtesy of Flapjack, our ammunition is frozen solid and pings just like a real golf ball! Battle against your friends for both the farthest distance and most prolific fertilization in this hilarious competition. Prizes include a full golf package from Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club for the longest drive!

- The O'Keefe O-Rink: Fancy yourself as our next star on ice? Why not find out with our one-of-a-kind skating rink located just outside of the historic O'Keefe Mansion! Our circuit is welcoming to both the figure skater and first-timer alike, so don't hesitate to don your blades and make some memories!

- The Kid's Craft: Have little ones with a hankering for creation? The O'Keefe Ranch has you covered! Help feed our variety of birds by forging a one-of-a-kind birdfeeder to hang in the trees around the ranch!

- JoPo and JoPette: Our curious clowns are always up to a variety of shenanigans, and they never shy away from a photo with a friend! With the art of clowning reaching almost 4,500 years of existence, these two fools are both historical and hilarious!

- Roasted S'more's: Nothing is cozier than a roaring bonfire; except, of course, when hand-roasted s'more's are involved. Make it just the way you like, with our general store just across the way to tempt you with hot drinks and cool-colored candies.

Remember, these are just a few of our specialty attractions! Our fascinating mansion tours and gift shop filled with local artisanal wonders will still be open, with many others just waiting to be discovered. Though we may be blue, you're sure to leave feeling anything but!

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2022 Season

Posted on Apr 20, 2021

We are excited to continue to offer an experience for the whole family in our beautiful and historical outdoor space! The Ranch will be open for the 2022 summer season Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

COVID guidelines for the O'Keefe Ranch in the 2022 season:

  • Groups are limited to their household bubbles
  • Visitors will be given a sanitized visitors package upon arrival with all pertinent information
  • Masks mandatory in 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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Summer Season

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.

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 Role Play artists in costume, mail from the Post Office, goat petting, wagon rides, tractor parades, live musicians, and photoshoot with a donkey! There is always something to do here, and we all look forward to your next visit!

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Upcoming Events

Winter Blues at the O'Keefe Ranch!

February 5 – February 15, 2022

Best your blues with us this winter season! On February 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th, shake off your old snow and join us as we celebrate fun-filled days of blue! With azure confectionaries and cerulean displays, the ranch will change your definition of what it means to be blue! With a myriad of exciting exhibitions and interactive amusements, the family fun is sure to snowball! Why not treat yourself to:

- Our Blue Ribbon Snowshoe Trail: Take a winter-booted stroll or don your favorite snowshoes for an adventure across the grounds unlike any other! Featuring special exhibits and picturesque farmland, our trail is complete with historical bingo and is ended with a hot cup of coco and prizes for completionists!

- The Donkey Dung Driving Range: Step up to the tee and test your golfing mettle! Courtesy of Flapjack, our ammunition is frozen solid and pings just like a real golf ball! Battle against your friends for both the farthest distance and most prolific fertilization in this hilarious competition. Prizes include a full golf package from Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club for the longest drive!

- The O'Keefe O-Rink: Fancy yourself as our next star on ice? Why not find out with our one-of-a-kind skating rink located just outside of the historic O'Keefe Mansion! Our circuit is welcoming to both the figure skater and first-timer alike, so don't hesitate to don your blades and make some memories!

- The Kid's Craft: Have little ones with a hankering for creation? The O'Keefe Ranch has you covered! Help feed our variety of birds by forging a one-of-a-kind birdfeeder to hang in the trees around the ranch!

- JoPo and JoPette: Our curious clowns are always up to a variety of shenanigans, and they never shy away from a photo with a friend! With the art of clowning reaching almost 4,500 years of existence, these two fools are both historical and hilarious!

- Roasted S'more's: Nothing is cozier than a roaring bonfire; except, of course, when hand-roasted s'more's are involved. Make it just the way you like, with our general store just across the way to tempt you with hot drinks and cool-colored candies.

Remember, these are just a few of our specialty attractions! Our fascinating mansion tours and gift shop filled with local artisanal wonders will still be open, with many others just waiting to be discovered. Though we may be blue, you're sure to leave feeling anything but!

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An O'Keefe Movie Night: "Blue Steel"

February 7, 2022

Come on down for an authentic historic film night at the O'Keefe Ranch! Produced all the way back in 1934, "Blue Steel" is a classic western tale starring John Wayne, a U.S Marshal on the hunt for the infamous Polka Dot Bandit. Appropriate for all ages, this is an excellent exhibit of the dawn of modern film, and is sure to captivate both the cinematic historian and western admirer alike. Fear not for a cold and blustery evening, as our screening will be held in our indoor premises, complete with a selection of blue candy to satiate the moviegoing appetite. Tickets are $10, so wrangle your friends, don your best western garb, and saddle up for this near-centenarian motion picture!

Tickets are available through the Vernon Winter Carnival here: https://vernonwintercarnival.c... Please note that our maximum capacity is 50 people. Proof of vaccination is required at entry, and we kindly request that our patrons adhere to the current health regulations for the safety of our guests and staff.

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Blues Bands at the Blue Bar

February 8 – February 10, 2022

On February 8th and 10th, from 7pm - 9pm, we welcome you to come and share an evening of live music with us! Featuring local blues groups, there is no cooler way to spend a winter evening inside than with a drink in hand and smooth tunes on stage. On Tuesday, February 8th, we will be presenting the ever-impressive Poppa Dawg Blues Band from right here in Vernon! On Thursday, February 10th, the multitalented Graham Orb will be joining us all the way from Kelowna! Our licensed bar is sure to delight, complete with a versatile selection and an assortment of blue treats to pocket that winter funk.

Tickets are $45, available here:https://vernonwintercarnival.c... . Please note that our maximum capacity is 50 people at one time. Proof of vaccination is required for entry, and we kindly request that patrons follow regional health guidelines for the safety of our guests and staff.


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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.