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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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Latest News

Fall Reopening!

Posted on Aug 29, 2021

Although the Ranch remains on Evacuation Alert, we will be opening our doors to visitors once again. We will resume our last week of the summer season Sept 1 to Sept 5 from 10AM to 4PM and will be open on weekends Sept 11th until Oct 31st from 10AM to 4PM.

Our animals have not yet returned home and some buildings such as the mansion will be closed as items are remaining offsite until the nearby fire is under control. We will be opening the general store and will have the majority of our regular buildings open and ready for viewing.

Don't forget to check out the summertime corn maze! This corn maze is available until mid September. In October, we will open our Family Daze Corn Maze. If you like corn mazes, be sure to hit them both.

Admission is by donation.

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Fire Alert Closures

Posted on Aug 10, 2021

Due to the Fire alert, the O'Keefe Ranch will be closed to the public from Saturday, August 7 - Tuesday, August 24. Open days will be reassessed at that time. We continue to accept donations for animal feed and housing, and for those staying at the ranch with their animals.

We are doing our best to answer phones. Please leave a message if you reach our voice mail, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 250-542-7868.

Events during this closure such as High Tea on August 11, and Goat Yoga on August 11 and 14 are also cancelled. If you have not been contacted for a refund from Ticket Seller, please reach out to them: 250-549-7469.

We will be staging our Family Day scheduled on August 14th at another date yet to be determined.

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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 optional 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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Upcoming Events

Victorian Christmas

December 4 – December 19, 2021

Welcome to Victorian Christmas at O'Keefe Ranch! So much to see and do this December at O'Keefe Ranch! Enjoy roasted chestnuts and live music while you stroll through the decorated Christmas lights. 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 7 – December 18, 2021

A Christmas Carol is an Immersive Processional 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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Blue Light Special

February 4 – February 6, 2022

Blue light special - Light show, s'mores, general store blue candy, hot chocolate in blue cups in the pavilion.

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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.