Benvoulin Heritage Church
The Gothic Revival architecture with its soaring steeple, high ceilings, and vaulted arches was based on the Crathie Kirk (church) in Aberdeen, Scotland, the home of Lord and Lady Aberdeen.
Built in 1892, it was the first Protestant church south of Vernon. The Aberdeens helped provide the money and horse power to assist with the original construction.
Known as the Bethel Presbyterian Church for 32 years, the dwindling congregation joined the newly formed United Church in 1925, and the name of the church was changed to Benvoulin United Church. With a shifting population, the church fell on hard times and disrepair. It closed as a church in 1964 and operated as a youth centre until 1976.
In 1982 the Heritage Society initiated an $85,000 restoration project. With a ten-year work plan and vigorous fund raising efforts the Society secured support from local, regional and provincial governments. Local businesses and interested citizens came on board and thousands of volunteer hours were contributed to bring the project to life.
This Kelowna landmark for over a century provides many delights to those who visit. Circular pews, rich woodwork and a pump organ dating back to its earliest days are among the treasures to be found.
Since it reopened in 1986, Benvoulin Church has become a unique community facility for public, family and cultural events. In addition to being a popular location for weddings, the site is also used for meetings, concerts, art shows, and heritage events.
Address: 2279 Benvoulin Rd. Kelowna, BC.