Heritage

Kelowna’s heritage is a history tied to the land and natural environment and the people who have long understood the richness of this area.  Kelowna's heritage is reflected in the buildings, neighbourhoods and landscapes from these earlier eras. These are the homes, work spaces, and community gathering places created by the people who shaped and developed the city of Kelowna.

Heritage review

A Heritage Review is currently underway to address Kelowna's heritage management challenges and strengthen heritage management and planning efforts across the city.

Phases of engagement

 The review involves stakeholders and representatives from several organizations, and consists of three phases:

  • Phase 1 (completed July 2015): A Heritage Review Advisory Committee identified current challenges and established a long-term vision for a Heritage Council governance model.
  • Phase 2 (completed November 2015): Staff met with several heritage and community organizations to discuss the proposed model and to better understand the roles of groups that are connected to heritage matters in Kelowna.
  • Phase 3 (ongoing): A Heritage Council Steering Committee will develop a strategic plan, funding strategy and transition plan for the Heritage Council. The mandate, roles and responsibilities, and operational structure will be established.

Upon completion of Phase 3, staff will report back to Council with the outcomes of the strategic planning exercise and proposed guiding documents. The Heritage Council is expected to be established in 2017.

Kelowna heritage societies
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Know of a Kelowna resident whose oral history should be collected?

The City of Kelowna and the Kelowna Museums Society is interested in expanding its current collection of Kelowna oral history.

Contact Tara Hurley, Community Archivist, and have the name added to the list.
250-763-2417
thurley@kelownamuseums.ca

1475 Richter St

The historic place is the two-storey, wood house built in 1914, and located at 1475 Richter Street in Kelowna's North End neighbourhood.

1481 Richter St

The historic place is the two-storey wood house built by 1914 and located at 1481 Richter Street, in Kelowna's North End neighbourhood.

1560 Water St

The historic place is the two-storey, brick Commercial Building constructed around 1913 at 1560 Water Street, mid-way between Bernard Avenue and Leon Avenue in Kelowna's Downtown area.

1570 Water St

The historic place is the two-storey brick commercial structure built in 1914 at 1570 Water Street, mid-way between Bernard Avenue and Leon Avenue.

1730 Ethel St

The historic place is the single-storey, wood construction house built in 1923 and located at 1730 Ethel Street, in Kelowna's South Central neighbourhood.

1812 Marshall St

The historic place is the two-storey, stuccoed wood-frame structure at 1812 Marshall Street, a cottage-style house built in 1931 in the Marshall Street Heritage Conservation Area, in Kelowna's South Central neighbourhood.

2083 Abbott St

The historic place is the 1-1/2-storey stucco-clad, wood-frame house built in 1936 and located at 2083 Abbott Street in Kelowna's Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area in the South Central neighbourhood.

2127 Pandosy St

The historic place is the one and one-half storey wood house built in 1912 and located at 2127 Pandosy Street in Kelowna's South Central neighbourhood.

2319 Pandosy St

The historic place is the 2.5-storey wood house built about 1916 in the Foursquare style and located at 2319 Pandosy Street, in Kelowna's South Pandosy / KLO neighbourhood

369-371 Bernard Ave

The historic place is the two-storey brick commercial Knowles Jewellers building, constructed in 1910 at 369-371 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna's Downtown area.