Barn tour opens door to history

Mackie Lake House Foundation hosts barn tour Saturday, June 24

The deep roots of the region’s agriculture will be on display as the Mackie Lake House Foundation hosts a barn tour Saturday, June 24.

Check out the architecture and listen to the stories of some of the most prominent barns in Coldstream and Vernon. Storyteller and local historian Ken Mather will engage the audience with support from Peter Tassie.

“Coldstream, especially Coldstream Ranch, was founded on agriculture,” said Tassie, a long-time resident. “We think it’s important that people realize the importance.”

Starting at Coldstream Ranch, the tour then visits Grieve barn, McCagherty barn, South BX Ranch, Commonage barn and wrapping up at the Mackie barn, where a homemade lunch will be served overlooking Kalamalka Lake.

“We go through about six of the most important barns in Coldstream,” said Tassie, adding that many of them were built more than 100 years ago. “There are three barns which are not well known and one of them is in beautiful condition.”

Meeting at Mackie Lake House, the tour runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. via bus and includes lunch. Tickets are $35 and available at or by calling 250-549-SHOW (7469). For more information call the Foundation at 250-545-1019.