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Attraction: Historic O'Keefe Ranch

Historic O'Keefe Ranch is a favourite destination for locals and visitors seeking the "Wild West" past of the North Okanagan. Located just 12 km north of Vernon, the ranch is open from mid-May to mid-October every year. It also plays host to special events year-round, and is a popular site for weddings.

Established by Cornelius O'Keefe in the 1860s, the ranch grew to include a General Store and eventually became home to the local post office. BC Express Stage Lines ran a weekly stagecoach from Cache Creek to the O'Keefe Ranch on the wagon road from Fort Kamloops, making the ranch an important hub for life in the region. Today some of the oldest buildings in the valley are still used and preserved as part of the heritage site.

O'keefe RanchStroll the buildings and get a true sense of life over 150 years ago. A gift shop offers coffee and fresh baked goodies, and the General Store carries a large variety of heritage candy and ice cream. The Cattlemen's Club Restaurant serves a daily lunch (in-house or as a takeaway picnic), dinner Wednesday to Sunday, and a famous Sunday Brunch.  Reservations are recommended.

Just across the bridge from the site, visitors will find ten partial serviced campsites (with water, no power or sewer). Washrooms and a cowboy shower house (two very rustic showers) are available at the heritage site.

The ranch is now offering a special pre-season discount of 25% off of all seasons passes. Purchase your pass before May 11th online (www.okeeferanch.ca) or over the phone at 250.542.7868 and receive free entrance to all non-ticketed events this year including the  O'Keefe Treasure Hunt,  Mother's Day, All Family Fun Days, the Vintage Motorcycle & Vintage Car Show , Hot Rods On The Ranch, Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, and  Victorian Christmas. 

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