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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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Latest News

Avian Flu Outbreak at O'Keefe Ranch

Posted on Sep 24, 2022

It is with heavy heart that the O’Keefe Ranch has been struck by the avian flu. The possibility of an outbreak was known on Saturday Sept 17th and confirmed late on Sunday Sept 18th.

The avian flu (H5N1) is a federally regulated disease that is again spreading worldwide with the first instance reported in B.C. in the RDNO on April 13. Previous outbreaks in BC occurred in 2004, 2014 and 2015. The O’Keefe Ranch’s birds remained winterized for an extended period of time to reduce exposure. Even then, the birds remained quarantined to their pens for months afterwards.

“Our birds are pretty spoiled,” says Tambria Shortt, Ranch Hand, “We knew the quarantine was hard on them when our male Tom Turkey, New Orleans, decided to sit on a clutch of chicken eggs. He was even a great mother after they hatched… this is just a really hard thing to go through.”

As the summer progressed, O’Keefe Ranch started letting their birds out on a rotation basis and continued to do so into September.The first death was the popular New Orleans. He was approx. 8 years of age and there was hope the death was related to age and not the flu. The sudden death of a few birds shortly afterwards raised some red flags and authorities were called. The Ranch worked with authorities through the process of culling and continues to work on decontamination. A section of the Ranch will remain quarantined until the decontamination process is completed. This is expected to take several weeks or longer.

Ranch Manager, Sherrilee Franks says “The Ranch will remain open to the public with very clear boundaries in place. We feel confident the remainder of the grounds are safe and we are happy to report the other animals at the Ranch have not been affected. This has been a very trying time for everyone involved and there have been many tears shed.”

The O’Keefe Ranch is open Saturday and Sundays from 10AM to 4PM until the end of October.

More information on Avian Influenza can be found at these websites:

Avian Influenza (bccdc.ca) – BC Centre for Disease Control

Status of ongoing avian influenza response by province - Canadian Food Inspection Agency (canada.ca) – Health Canada

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Field of Screams

Posted on Sep 16, 2022

Each year, the Field of Screams curates multiple horror themed corn mazes on O'Keefe Ranch grounds for the Halloween season. Although this takes place at O'Keefe Ranch, the Ranch does not own or operate the Field of Screams. If you are interested in becoming an actor for the mazes or wish to purchase tickets, please visit their Facebook, Instagram or website and direct all questions to them.

Please do not call O'Keefe Ranch with Field of Screams related questions as we will just be able to direct you to their social media and website.

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Operational Hours this Autumn

Posted on Sep 16, 2022

Now that it is Fall, we have switched our operational hours to Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM.

Come enjoy the beautiful fall weather by visiting the Ranch, touring through the historic buildings, and showing our farm animals some love!

Although our Summer Corn Maze has come to an end, the new maze will be opening at the beginning of October.

We hope to see you soon!

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Upcoming Events

Field of Screams

September 30 – October 30, 2022

Each year, the Field of Screams curates multiple horror themed corn mazes on O'Keefe Ranch grounds for the Halloween season. Although this takes place at O'Keefe Ranch, the Ranch does not own or operate the Field of Screams. If you are interested in becoming an actor for the mazes or wish to purchase tickets, please visit their Facebook, Instagram or website and direct all questions to them.

Please do not call O'Keefe Ranch with Field of Screams related questions as we will just be able to direct you to their social media and website.

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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 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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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.