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Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum

Looking to increase your knowledge of Okanagan wine and fruit? The Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum is a great place to start!

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You can discover how the booming Okanagan wine industry has diversified Okanagan landscape with stories of wine makers, entrepreneurs and local wineries. They have vibrantly painted fruit crates, live bee hives and cherry pitting equipment as well as unique artefacts. Moreover, they have a VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine shop which reopened in February of 2016. The dedication and success of both of these world-class industries is amazing!

Okanagan Orchards

In downtown Kelowna, the Laurel Packinghouse was built over 1917-18. Conveyors groaned with colourful fruit, and workers sorted and loaded apples, cherries, apricots, pears, peaches, and plums. Women working the packingline were called “Apple Wrapper Flappers,” and skillfully packed 160 boxes a day. The busiest bees in the orchard industry are still at work. You can see “Bee” mesmerized by the activity in the live demonstration hive. You are able to learn about growing and handling the tree fruits for which the Okanagan is famous at the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum in the historic Laurel Packinghouse.

  • Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

             Sunday to Monday Closed (except when public event running)

  • Admission is by donation. Suggested donation $5 per person/$15 per family

Through The Grapevine Walking Tour

From the Laurel Packinghouse, you’re able to join a walking tour. Put on your walking shoes and get ready for some historical gossip! Enjoy Kelowna’s Cultural District, and historical places on Bernard Avenue. This tour includes a visit to the Laurel Packinghouse and Okanagan Heritage Museum. You will encounter fascinating objects, surprising stories, and new experiences. It will take approximately 90 minutes, walking distance is 1km one way. Admission fee is $5 per person; Minimum charge of 10 people.

wine barrels

Interested in the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum? Fancy a trip to Kelowna? Please check out our Guest House and cottages for your best stay in the Okanagan. 


Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

Okanagan Wine Festival

Okanagan Wine Festivals:

Spring Festival: May 2 – 12, 2018

Coming to Kelowna for the wineries?  Well, we’ve got news for you! Visit between May 2 – May 12 and you’ll be able to access special events at various venues as part of the Okanagan Wine Festivals.


Signature Events on during this time include:

  • Spring Westjet Wine Tastings, May 4 & 5, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna

    Taste over 250 BC wines at throughout 2 days. This is a perfect opportunity to try out different wines without having to drive from winery to winery!  Food is supplied by Nesters Market, Terra Foods, Saputo, and Haida Wild.  Don’t miss this one – it’s going to be one hell of a party, with live music and photobooths as well!

  • Floral presented by Valley First, May 12, Better Earth Gardens and Tropicals, Kelowna

    Get decked out in your pretty dresses and hats for this event.  The theme is Alice in Wonderland so think grown up tea parties (obviously featuring BC wines), with appetizers, live music and oversized games!  A magical garden party awaits you.

  • Iron Sommelier British Columbia, May 11, Okanagan College in Kelowna

    Have your say when you attend the Iron Sommelier event! Over 5 courses, 3 sommeliers will choose wine pairings that they think are perfect for the dish. You get to vote on your favourite wines, and see which Sommelier is on point.  If our calculations are correct, this means you’ll get to taste 15 wines…


Plus, don’t forget to check out these:

  • Spring Open House at CedarCreek Estate Winery, May 4-6 & May 8-13

    CedarCreek are offering complimentary tastings during the Spring Wine Festival. Take in the view and get to know the new spring releases.

  • Unleashed at Kelowna’s Lakeshore Wine Route, May 5

    This is a dog friendly event where donations go to BC SPCA. Enjoy wine, canapes, fun activities, and treats for your pooch, as you visit CedarCreek, St. Hubertus, Summerhill, and Tantalus!

  • Spring Wine Festival at the View Winery, May 5-6 & May 12-13

    Fantastic wine and food tastings await you! On May 12 & 13, special prices for Mothers plus free gifts & tastings.

  • Moms and Roses, May 13

    It’s all about the Moms on May 13 at House of Rose Winery. There’s special tastings and a lovely picnic area so why not take Mom out for a treat this year?

So what are you waiting for?  Get ready for the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival and book your accommodation at La Casa Cottages, the perfect setting for a fantastic weekend away!

Okanagan Wine Festival

Written by Hannah Poaros