Vernon's location has played a large role in its history due to
its proximity to the surrounding lakes which provided transportation
and irrigation to this agricultural mecca. Although slightly colder
and wetter than the Southern Okanagan, Vernon grows excellent hardier
fruits such as apples, plums and prunes as well as good grass crops.
Vernon Museum and Archives:
Located at 3009-32nd Avenue, the museum and archives feature exhibits
of the areas history.
Within the park grounds is Luc Girouard's cabin, an early white
settler. It is located at 25th and 132nd Streets.
This historic ranch was one of the largest at the turn of the century.
Founded in 1867 by Cornelius O'Keefe it prospered for many years
until being named a historic site in 1977. Tours of the general
store, blacksmith shops, church and mansion are available. The O'Keefe
Ranch is located 12 km (7 miles) north
of Vernon on Highway 97 towards Kamloops
and Monte Creek.
Swan lake Junction is located 15 km (9 miles) north
of Vernon. From here Highway 97 turns west to the TransCanada
Highway #1 and Kamloops or continue north along Highway 97A to the
Situated in the fertile Spallumcheen Valley, this area is home to
many ranches and dairy farms.
The museum features turn of the century agriculture and railway
artifacts. It is located on Railway Avenue.
A guided tour is available here along with a slide show and displays.
Enderby is situated on the banks of the Shuswap River and once played
a large role in the history and development of the North Okanagan.
Today agriculture and forestry are the main economic stays. Canoeing
and kayaking is enjoyed on Mabel
Lake, the Shuswap River and Mara
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