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In the Interior of British Columbia are extensive grasslands nestled between the mountain ranges. These grasslands have been the home of the BC ranching industry for the last one hundred and fifty years. We invite you to discover the story of the drovers, ranchers, Native cowboys and "buckaroos" that contributed to this unique story.
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Up Coming Events

   

 

2015 Upcoming Event

2015 Seasons Passes available online: www.okeeferanch.ca or phone: 250-542-7868

2015 Season Pass Holders -Entrance to all O'Keefe Ranch special events includes:

O'Keefe Treasure Hunt * Mother's Day/Opening Day * All Family Fun Day(s) * Vintage Motorcycle Show * Car Show On The Ranch * Family Day Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch * Scary Corn Maze * Victorian Christmas  

(Excludes Ticketed Events)

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SWAP MEET & GARAGE SALE 

Rent a Table $ 20.00

Special guest on site Thomas Dombowsky,- Specializes in old phonographs 

Special collector(s) item - old trunks  and more 

Sat, April 25th 

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Flat Track Racing - Lowsiders Motorcycle Club 

Sun, May 3rd & 24th 

Sun, June 7th & 28th 

Sun, Sept 6th & 27th 

Details coming soon

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Opening Weekend & Mother's Day 

Sat, May 9th - Opening Day - Making crafts for Mom 

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Sun, May 10th - Mother's Day - Fibre N' Fashion Tea on the Ranch 

Details coming soon 

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Horse Trail Ride Tours 

May 9th to September

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Murder Mystery & Dinner 

Friday, May 15th & Sat, May 16th 

Details coming soon 

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Ranch Exhibit(s) May 9th to Sept 30th   

 Exhibit # 1 - Backaroos in BC 

Exhibit # 2 - Try Your Hand! (Cowboy Ropes, Knots & Hobbles)

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Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala


Sat, June 6th 

O'Keefe Ranch is hosting a fundraiser for the St. Anne's Church.  

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Dog Daze on the Ranch

Sun, June 14th

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Celebrate the Ranch's 148th Birthday with Cake

Sun, June 14th

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Father's Day and Car Rally

Sun, June 21st 

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Family Day on the Ranch 

Sun, July 19th 

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Canada's Famous "Cowboy Dinner Show(s) NEW SHOW 

Every Friday night in July & August 

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Children's Summer Youth Camp

June 29th to July 2nd & July 6th to July 10th 

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Vintage Motorcycle Rally - NEW DATE

Sat, July 25th & 26th 

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Car Rally with Wine & Piggy Roast 

Sat, Aug 8th 

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Cowboy Summer Festival 

Aug 1st, 2nd & 3rd 

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Family Fun Day 

Sun, Aug 23rd 

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Murder Mystery 

TBA 

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BC Brew Festival 

Sat, Oct 3rd 

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Family Daze Corn & Pumpkin Patch 

Oct 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th & 18th 

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Ghost Tours on the Ranch with Gabriel Newman 

Oct 17th & 24th 

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DANCING SCOT FORGE

 Blacksmith Courses with Patrick McIvor   

Dates TBA for all Courses:

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Intro Course

      Forge Welding Course 

      Tong Making Course 

       Tool Making Course

        Nail Header and Nail Making Course 


 

Tid Bit of O'Keefe History 

In 1900 Elizabeth Greenhow kept premature twins, born at 2.5 pounds, alive by placing them in her oven with the door left open. The twins belonged to William Baird, who worked for Elizabeth on the ranch, and his wife Mary Jane Baird. Both twins survived to adulthood. 

 



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Welcome to the official website of Historic O’Keefe Ranch. 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.

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.

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.

 
 
     
 
Latest News

Did you know that we are having a car rally for Father's Day?

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Did you know that we are having a Fiber Tea N' Fashion Show? (Mother's Day)

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Did you know that you can book into a Blacksmith Class (click onto Events & Activities Tab)

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Did you know we are opening a NEW dog park? 

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Did you know that WE NEED more volunteers?

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Did you know that you could be a "Friend of O'Keefe"?

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Did you know that the ranch will be turning 148 years old this June 15th, 2015?

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Historic O’Keefe Ranch
Box 955, 9380 Hwy 97N
Vernon, B.C. V1T 6M8

Tel: 250.542.7868
Fax: 250.542.4144

Email: info@okeeferanch.ca