Historic O’Keefe Ranch
Established in 1867, the O’Keefe Ranch (250/542-7868, daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. May–mid-Oct., until 8 p.m. in July and Aug., adult $12, senior $11, youth $10), 13 kilometers (eight miles) north of Vernon toward Kamloops on Highway 9, was one of the Okanagan’s first cattle ranches.
Today you can tour the opulent, fully furnished O’Keefe Mansion and other noteworthy outbuildings, including a furnished old log house that was the O’Keefes’ original home; a working blacksmith’s shop; the still-in-use St. Ann’s Church, where services have been held since 1889; a fully stocked general store where you can buy postcards and old-fashioned candy; and the Chinese cook’s bunkhouse.
If you worked up an appetite in your explorations, visit the Homestead Restaurant (daily for lunch and weekends for dinner).
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition