Ranch Activities

Experience O'Keefe Ranch

Although operations have been adjusted to ensure safety during the COVID pandemic, we are happy to provide many activities depending on the season. Everything from heritage buildings, museum exhibitions, interactive farm animals, a restaurant, a unique gift shop (full of local goods!), and other added special touches - your experience doesn't stop there! Click on the "View Events Calendar" for a complete listing of upcoming events and to purchase tickets.

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Daily Activities

O'Keefe Mansion

A 20-minute guided tour of the opulent O'Keefe Mansion is included with admission during the regular season. Learn more about the O'Keefe family by strolling through the home they lived in for 91 years. Tours run between 11-1 & 2-4. One one 'bubble' group per tour so space is limited.

Greenhow Museum

The Greenhow Museum will be open to the public during regular hours (see Dates and Hours of Operation) from May to September.

St. Anne's Church

The Church was constructed in 'Carpenter Gothic' style and has been recently restored to how it would have looked in 1889. St. Anne's Church is still a very popular wedding location.

Balmoral School

This one-room school house, constructed in 1912, is the base for our school program in May and June.

Animal Exhibits

Don’t forget to visit our farm animals--a favourite attraction for kids. The Jacob Sheep, with their double sets of curved horns, are a rare breed and unique to see. The Ranch also features a very friendly herd of goats, and our bird pens are filled with exotic and domestic birds, from roosters to silkies, geese and turkeys.

Model Railway Display

The North Okanagan Railroaders Association, since 1982, demonstrate their extraordinary railway building skills upstairs in the Greenhow Museum. It is an amazing exhibition showcasing a number of popular train stations throughout the Province. There is a narrative offered in several languages. This attraction should not be missed during your tour of the Ranch!

Pioneer Power Club Equipment Displays

The Pioneer Power Club restores and displays antique farm equipment and offers live demonstrations. They also offer free wagon rides periodically throughout the year.

General Store

A reproduction of the original General Store that was built on the Ranch in 1870. Visitors can purchase candy and confections and enjoy our extensive collection of artifacts on display.

Pottery Shed

Kitty-corner to the O'Keefe mansion is the red shed which houses working pottery run by potter Burt Cohen. Visitors to the open workshop will see pottery in various stages of production. What visitors may not know is that the pottery doubles as a research workshop for the non-profit: Potters Without Borders. PWB is a technical advisement group that sets up low-cost ceramic water filter factories in developing countries. More information can be found at the PWB website: www.potterswithoutborders.com

Blacksmith Shop

Our Blacksmith, Patrick, shows up as often as he can to demonstrate his work. The shop is always open during regular hours for those who would just like to take a peek.