Ranch Activities

Experience O'Keefe Ranch

We are happy to provide many activities depending on the season. Everything from heritage buildings, museum exhibitions, interactive farm animals, 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

Witness an incredible and opulent mansion steeped in rich history! Included at no extra cost during the regular season, you can join our lore-steeped interpreter on a roughly 40-minute exploration of one of the valley's oldest heritage houses. Painstakingly preserved for over 100 years, you can learn all about the original O'Keefe family by strolling through the very home they lived in for generations. The mansion sports many fascinating items of its time, including an original steel disc music box, one of only 6 still functioning in the world! We are happy to accommodate for when you choose to visit, as tours run between 10 to 1 & 2 to 4. We greatly value the safety of both our hardworking staff and every one of our guests, therefore only one 'bubble' or family group is permitted per tour.

St. Anne's Church

Constructed in the "Carpenter Gothic" style, this classic relic and has recently been restored to how it would have looked in 1889. St. Anne's Church remains to be a very popular wedding location and is open to be booked for a variety of special occasions. Our knowledgeable interpreters can immerse you in the chronicles of its construction and history, and you may find one of our talented organists making this church's pump-action model sing its antiquated tune!

Balmoral School

This one-room schoolhouse, the base for our school program in May and June, was constructed in 1912. On Saturdays and Sundays, you may find yourself called in for a class by our authentic schoolmarm, who teaches traditional-style lessons for all who may wish to learn! After class, you can join the other resident attendees of the school for some classic games in the schoolyard, including ring toss, a fiercely competitive clothing competition, and blindfolded bell-ring challenge!

General Store

A semi-reproduction of the original General Store that was built on the Ranch in 1870, the General Store boasts an extensive collection of artifacts on display, as well as a wide variety of candy and confectioneries! Come and see the many inventions that paved the way for what we have today, including a recreation of one of the valley's first post offices. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, our postmaster may have something special to be delivered to you on the weekly stagecoach, and can send real mail to anywhere in the world!

The Schubert House

Built in 1891, this building was moved from its original spot on Otter lake to be a part of our exhibition. Just across the way from the school, the Schubert House is rich with authentic family history and is a fantastic example of the quintessential pioneer home. Additionally, you may find our local spinner working her craft within, displaying the detailed history of wool-work, threading, and the transition from sheep to blanket!

Cowboy Bunk House

A recreation of what a typical cowboys' bunkhouse would have looked like in the 1800's, complete with rustic furnishings and pioneer embellishments. Within, you may happen upon a musically inclined cowboy, who is happy to pluck away at a well-worn instrument and sing you a traditional tune. He's always welcome for company and invites you to warble on alongside him!

The Log House

The original O'keefe family home. Tours of this unique ancestral dwelling can be arranged upon request for family groups and small social bubbles, and can be an especially interesting contrast to the grandiose mansion later inhabited by the same family. On busy days, Nanny Duddy will be giving tours of the log house and sharing the special times the O’Keefe children had together.

The Milk and Dairy House

On Saturdays and Sundays, come and meet our delightful Milkmaid, a recent European immigrant who delights in sharing everything she knows about traditional dairy product creation. From butter to ice cream and the cow it comes from, her knowledge is as deep as her accent is thick. Her passion for all things lactose and her superstitious antics will surely leave you in stitches, but don't let her catch you doing something that may attract bad luck!

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, is a rare and unique breed to see. The Ranch also features a very friendly herd of goats, roosters, turkeys, and many other wonderful creatures! On Saturdays and Sundays, the goat pen is opened for petting, the chickens run free, and our wonderful donkey Flapjack may even come out so you can join him for a photoshoot! Each animal has its own personality, and always appreciates good company!

Model Railway Display

The North Okanagan Railroaders Association has demonstrated its extraordinary railway building skills upstairs above the Greenhow Museum since 1986. An amazing exhibition, the association's members work tirelessly to showcase a number of popular train stations throughout the Province, displaying a mastery of miniature sculpting. This area also offers a narrative in several languages to enrich the experience even further; It is certainly not an attraction to be missed during your tour of the Ranch.

Pioneer Power Club Equipment Displays

Experience the cantankerous majesty of vintage machinery in action! With a background in mechanical engineering and reverence for the mechanisms of old, the Pioneer Power Club collect, repair, and pilot a variety of tractors and other farm vehicles. Many such contraptions are on display year-round, however on select seasons these tools of times gone by rattle to life and make voyages around the ranch! If you're ever at the General Store, keep an eye out for our complimentary wagon rides! There is simply no better way to witness history than to be toured around by a past-powered apparatus.

Greenhow Museum

With help from the Vernon Museum, the O'Keefe ranch is proud to present a fully refurbished exhibition of life in pioneer times. Originally the living quarters of the Greenhow family, it has since been donated to facilitate historical education for years to come. Through hours of dedication, our talented historians have prepared a fascinating trip into colonial-era Canada, complete with authentic clothing, leatherwork, firearms, and other artifacts! The Greenhow Musem offers a variety of seasonal exhibits and features, ensuring that there is always something new to learn together.

Pottery Shed

Kitty-corner to the O'Keefe mansion is our famous Red Shed, which houses a working pottery shop run by our ever-talented potter Burt Cohen. Visitors to the workshop will see pottery in various stages of production, providing a fascinating example of the tools and technical knowledge required for one of the world's oldest practices. Boasting a mesmerizing reserve of handmade pieces, there is bound to be a clay-crafted item to enhance your collection. Interestingly, this rustic studio also doubles as a research workshop for the non-profit group Potters Without Borders, working passionately to set up low-cost ceramic water filter factories in developing countries. For more information on Potters Without Borders, visit their website here.

Blacksmith Shop

Nothing defines times past like a blacksmith's industrious metalwork, and what better way to travel back in time than to see it for yourself? Complete with some of the ranch's original and still-functioning forges, our Blacksmith Shop sees regular use at the hands of our enthusiastic master smith Patrick and his untiring colleagues. The shop is always open for exhibition, but if you're the type to dive into history head-first, there's no better way than learning to work the forge yourself! Classes are available for booking here, and be you beginner or bladesmith, an unforgettable experience awaits!

Domestics Barn

Ever wonder how needlework, sewing, and fabric craft functioned before the modern sewing machine? Baffled by the majesty of your grandma's patterned quilt? There is no finer place to uncover these secrets than our Domestics Barn, staffed by skilled craftspeople who are well-versed in needle and thread alike. Witness the elaborate work that went into items we now accept as commonplace and the tools used to create them, with a variety of techniques and history to explore. For those with an eye for textile themselves, we offer complimentary walkthroughs on these methods, ensuring you'll be crafting with antiquated mastery in no time.