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 food truck, 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 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 favorite attraction for kids! The Jacob Sheep, with their double sets of curved horns, are a rare and unique breed to see. The Ranch also features a very friendly herd of goats, as well as roosters, peacocks, pheasants, turkeys, and many other wonderful creatures! On Saturdays and Sundays, a goat pen is opened for petting, the chickens run free, and the donkey may even come out so you can join him for a photo shoot! Each animal has its own personality, and always appreciates good company!

Model Railway Display

The North Okanagan Railroaders Association, since 1982, demonstrate their extraordinary railway building skills upstairs above 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.

Greenhow Museum

The Greenhow has officially opened for exhibition! With help from the Vernon Museum, the O'Keefe ranch is proud to present a fully refurbished exhibition of life in pioneer times. From June through to September we are featuring "Legacy of Hope: Where are the Children?", an exhibit remembering and honouring the survivors as well as the many children lost to the residential school system.

Pottery Shed

Kitty-corner to the O'Keefe mansion is the red shed, which houses a working pottery shop run by potter Burt Cohen. Visitors to the 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

Outfitted with our still functioning original forges, our Blacksmith, Patrick, shows up as often as he can to demonstrate his work. However, the shop is always open during regular hours for those who would just like to take a peek at the facilities!

Domestics

Once called the Quilt Barn, this building now houses many domestic skills from spinning and weaving to sewing. On Saturdays and Sundays come experience these skills first hand and learn the process from beginning to end. As COVID restrictions allow, hands-on learning will become available.