Local History

Front exterior view of the Roasted Chicken House restaurant, located at 3208-25th Ave.in 1992, what would today be the Sterling Centre. A Ukrainian restaurant and an eatery featuring tastes of Texas were also housed in the building at different times. (Museum and Archives of Vernon photo #10491)

Vernon history in pictures

Remembering a once popular building that housed several different restaurants over the years

 

Diana, Princess of Wales bends laughs at something over the shoulder of British Columbia Premier Bill Bennett while Prince Charles looks on. Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, were in Kelowna, B.C., May 3, 1986 for a brief visit as part of their eight day stay in Canada. (CP PHOTO/Ron Poling)

May 3, 1986: Princess Diana visits Kelowna

The royal couple arrived just days before Expo ‘86

 

A 1949 group shot of teachers from the Vernon Junior Senior High School. For a list of names, please contact gwyn.evans@vernonmuseum.ca with “photo number 8378” in the subject line. (Museum and Archives of Vernon photo #8378)

Vernon history in pictures

Teacher, teacher, won’t you teach me? Junior-Senior Secondary teachers in Vernon gather for group photo in 1949

 

A group photo of the Vernon Bank of Montreal staff taken in 1914. For a list of names, please contact gwyn.evans@vernonmuseum.ca with “photo number 39” in the subject line. (Museum and Archives of Vernon photo #39)

Vernon history in pictures

A staff photo with smiling employees from a Vernon bank in 1914

A group photo of the Vernon Bank of Montreal staff taken in 1914. For a list of names, please contact gwyn.evans@vernonmuseum.ca with “photo number 39” in the subject line. (Museum and Archives of Vernon photo #39)
The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.

Choir boy and belly dancer settle in B.C. after roller coaster love story

Christine and Christopher met as teens in the United Kingdom

The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.
Fleming family Christmas in 1938. Pictured are Betty Fleming and her daughter Betty Jane Fleming. Note the Christmas cards pinned to the curtains! 
(Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Photo #31238)

Vernon history in pictures

A look at a couple of members of a well-known Vernon family at Christmas in 1938

Fleming family Christmas in 1938. Pictured are Betty Fleming and her daughter Betty Jane Fleming. Note the Christmas cards pinned to the curtains! 
(Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Photo #31238)
Ten years ago, an RCMP member stood near this spot in Armstrong and alerted local media to a vicious attack on an 18-year-old girl Halloween night near the railway tracks in the background. Years later, the Taylor Jade Van Diest Memorial Trail was created in the girl’s memory, as she died from injuries in the attack Nov. 1, 2011. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Remembering Halloween murder of Armstrong teen 10 years later

Taylor Van Diest, 18, was viciously attacked in her hometown

Ten years ago, an RCMP member stood near this spot in Armstrong and alerted local media to a vicious attack on an 18-year-old girl Halloween night near the railway tracks in the background. Years later, the Taylor Jade Van Diest Memorial Trail was created in the girl’s memory, as she died from injuries in the attack Nov. 1, 2011. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Vernon author Don Klepp has compacted more than 100 years of hockey in Vernon into 200 pages in his new book Vernon’s Hockey History 1894-2021. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Rich Vernon hockey history captured in pages of new book

Vernon author Don Klepp’s book is called Vernon’s Hockey History 1894-2021

Vernon author Don Klepp has compacted more than 100 years of hockey in Vernon into 200 pages in his new book Vernon’s Hockey History 1894-2021. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The Women’s Institute Hall on Kalamalka Lake Road in Coldstream is no more, giving way to the wrecking ball. The 88-year-old building will be replaced with a new community hall and child care facility. (Google)

Historic Coldstream hall comes down

The Women’s Institute Hall on Kalamalka Road opened in 1933; will make way for new hall and child care facility

The Women’s Institute Hall on Kalamalka Lake Road in Coldstream is no more, giving way to the wrecking ball. The 88-year-old building will be replaced with a new community hall and child care facility. (Google)
Shannon Zaitsoff and his daughter, Sarah, successfully back up their wagon between cones at the 109th IPE in 2008. Of course, this would be the week thousands would flock to Armstrong for the annual fair but, for the second straight year the popular event has been cancelled by COVID.
(Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #24084)

North Okanagan history in pictures

A look at an Armstrong-Spallumcheen tradition from the last decade

Shannon Zaitsoff and his daughter, Sarah, successfully back up their wagon between cones at the 109th IPE in 2008. Of course, this would be the week thousands would flock to Armstrong for the annual fair but, for the second straight year the popular event has been cancelled by COVID.
(Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #24084)
Dr. Sarah Beaulieu (left) from the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford confers with Charolette Myers Hanaghan (centre) and Lawrna Myers while unearthing building floors and artifacts connected with the First World War Monashee Internment Camp at the camp’s location east of Cherryville. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

WATCH: Digging into history east of Cherryville

Abbotsford anthropologist and team search for indications of what life was like

Dr. Sarah Beaulieu (left) from the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford confers with Charolette Myers Hanaghan (centre) and Lawrna Myers while unearthing building floors and artifacts connected with the First World War Monashee Internment Camp at the camp’s location east of Cherryville. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The Vernon Juvenile ‘A’ Tiger lacrosse team won the 1952 B.C. championship and gathered for a team picture outside the Vernon Civic Arena. The team included (back row from left): George Claughton, Don Hein, Harold Baumbrough (captain), Dave Kineshanko. Middle row (from left): Ben Douglas (coach), Norm Ogasawara, Gerry Sparrow, John Desimone, Mickey Ogasawara, Sigi Ogasawara (manager). Front row (from left): Stu Robertson, John Baziw, John Erechuk (goal), Alan Drage, Murray Claughton. Missing from photo: Stan Chorney (goalie).
(Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #19931)

Vernon history in pictures

The Vernon Tigers were the toast of juvenile lacrosse in B.C. in 1952

The Vernon Juvenile ‘A’ Tiger lacrosse team won the 1952 B.C. championship and gathered for a team picture outside the Vernon Civic Arena. The team included (back row from left): George Claughton, Don Hein, Harold Baumbrough (captain), Dave Kineshanko. Middle row (from left): Ben Douglas (coach), Norm Ogasawara, Gerry Sparrow, John Desimone, Mickey Ogasawara, Sigi Ogasawara (manager). Front row (from left): Stu Robertson, John Baziw, John Erechuk (goal), Alan Drage, Murray Claughton. Missing from photo: Stan Chorney (goalie).
(Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #19931)
It was one of the darkest days in Vernon’s history. A view of the ruins of the Okanagan Hotel (3301-30th Avenue) which was destroyed by fire on Aug. 10, 1909. A total of 11 men died in the blaze. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo#004)

Vernon history in pictures

A very sad moment from Vernon’s history more than 100 years ago

It was one of the darkest days in Vernon’s history. A view of the ruins of the Okanagan Hotel (3301-30th Avenue) which was destroyed by fire on Aug. 10, 1909. A total of 11 men died in the blaze. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo#004)
The Vernon Lawn Bowling Club played host to the B.C. Interior Lawn Bowling Association annual tournament July 1 to 4, 1952. The club celebrated its 100th birthday in 2017. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #4127)

Vernon history in pictures

Lawn bowling has been part of Vernon’s history for more than 100 years

The Vernon Lawn Bowling Club played host to the B.C. Interior Lawn Bowling Association annual tournament July 1 to 4, 1952. The club celebrated its 100th birthday in 2017. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #4127)
Soldiers crawling through a trench filled with mud and water at the Canadian Battle Drill School at the Coldstream Ranch. In the background, instructors watch over the proceedings. (1944 GVMA #11805)

Field trips dig into North Okanagan history

Museum hosting summer events at historically-significant locations

Soldiers crawling through a trench filled with mud and water at the Canadian Battle Drill School at the Coldstream Ranch. In the background, instructors watch over the proceedings. (1944 GVMA #11805)
Neil Perry, current owner of Wayside - Interior BC’s largest print and marketing company. Celebrating 100 years (1921-2021) of business in Vernon, B.C. (Contributed)

PHOTOS: A century of service from Wayside in Vernon

The press and printing company, founded by Harold George Bartholomew, turns 100 in 2021

Neil Perry, current owner of Wayside - Interior BC’s largest print and marketing company. Celebrating 100 years (1921-2021) of business in Vernon, B.C. (Contributed)
The Polson Park windmill and fish pond in 1965. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #18686)

Vernon history in pictures

Popular attraction in Vernon’s gem of a park

The Polson Park windmill and fish pond in 1965. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #18686)
Back by popular demand for the summer is Spallumcheen’s Historic O’Keefe Ranch’s Yoga With Goats program. (Contributed)

Spallumcheen yoga going to the goats

Furry four-legged creatures take part in one-hour yoga lessons with you at Historic O’Keefe Ranch this summer

Back by popular demand for the summer is Spallumcheen’s Historic O’Keefe Ranch’s Yoga With Goats program. (Contributed)
A guitar-playing cowboy (played here by Gus Hansen) will be among the characters you can run into as the Historic O’Keefe Ranch turns back the clock to commemorate the first Father’s Day in 1910 on the weekend of June 19 and 20. (Yana Crane Photography)

Spallumcheen ranch goes back in time to celebrate dads

Historic O’Keefe Ranch will commemorate first Father’s Day in 1910 June 19 and 20

A guitar-playing cowboy (played here by Gus Hansen) will be among the characters you can run into as the Historic O’Keefe Ranch turns back the clock to commemorate the first Father’s Day in 1910 on the weekend of June 19 and 20. (Yana Crane Photography)
Construction crew poses in the middle of the Vernon Civic Arena construction site in 1937. The arena was the first of its kind in the Okanagan, opening in 1938 and closing exactly 80 years later in 2018 before falling victim to the wrecking ball. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #17158)

Vernon history in pictures

The making of Vernon history in 1937

Construction crew poses in the middle of the Vernon Civic Arena construction site in 1937. The arena was the first of its kind in the Okanagan, opening in 1938 and closing exactly 80 years later in 2018 before falling victim to the wrecking ball. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #17158)