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. View the Heritage Strategy (2007- 2016) for more information.

Kelowna heritage societies

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, Archivist, and have the name added to the list.
250-763-2417 ext. 25

Heritage tours

Heritage Driving Tour BrochureHeritage driving tour

Sit back and enjoy Kelowna's expansive heritage resources with our self-guided heritage driving tour.  

In total, the route includes 19 stops through Kelowna's agricultural, commercial, industrial and cultural heritage sites as well as historic residential neighbourhoods, such as Abbott Street and Marshall Street conservation areas. 

Download the tour brochure or pick up a copy at various heritage sites, Kelowna MuseumsTourism Kelowna, the Downtown Kelowna Association and kiosks in the downtown and cultural districts.

 Tour Brochure

Funds for printing the tour brochures was generously provided by the Heritage Legacy Fund.

Bernard-Lawrence neighbourhoodHistoric Bernard-Lawrence Neighbourhood Walking Tour

In the Bernard-Lawrence neighbourhood, just east of Downtown, there remains a concentrated inventory of heritage buildings in a variety of architectural styles favoured over the past 100 years.

The historic Bernard-Lawrence neighbourhood walking tour includes 32 buildings, 29 of which are recognized in the Kelowna Heritage Register as having significant historic value to the community. 

The neighbourhood walking tour brochure was thoughtfully designed and printed by the Kelowna South-Central Association of Neighbourhoods (KSAN). The walking tour is available for pick up at City Hall, Kelowna Museums, the Father Pandosy Site and Tourism Kelowna.

Tour Brochure