Heritage Week is nationally celebrated the third week of February each year. It is a week-long series of events designed to raise awareness and appreciation of our local heritage. Heritage Week 2018 takes place February 19th to 25th and the national and provincial theme is

Heritage Stands the Test of Time.

Heritage Week 2018 will be celebrated throughout the Central Okanagan with heritage displays, museum exhibits, community activities, and public presentations. Join us at the kick-off breakfast on February 19th to find out more about the events and ways to celebrate our local heritage.


There is so much to celebrate:

    • Our collective history is told in our languages and our music, in photographs, maps and documents, in regalia, objects and traditions – so many treasures passed down through history to the present day.  Learn more about the tangible and intangible heritage of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, of the many cultures that came after, and of our new Canadians. Visit museums, historic sites, and cultural centres that preserve and share this heritage for posterity.
    • Our special places endure as physical records of the people and events that shape our past and our future:  Our heritage buildings were built to last!  Often made of materials that are durable and environmentally friendly, their re-use, re-purposing, and renewal results in less construction and demolition waste than new construction.  And our cultural landscapes bear the imprint of generations of Canadians.
    • Our stories endure!  Some have been retold for thousands of years.  Our traditional knowledge keepers, educators, parents, and grandparents have stories to share that help us understand the past.


Some of the Heritage Week 2018 events are as follows:

    • Monday, February 19thHeritage Week 2018 Kick-off Breakfast with keynote speaker Krystal Lezard of the SncƏwips Heritage Museum. This event will be held at the Okanagan Regional Library (Kelowna Branch), 1380 Ellis Street, 9:00-10:00am. A continental breakfast will be provided by the Rutland Residents Association and the Hotel Eldorado. By donation.
    • Wednesday, February 21stCentral Okanagan Heritage Society Heritage Awards Presentations and Luncheon, Benvoulin Church & Reid Hall, 12:00pm -2:00pm. The COHS Annual Heritage Awards is in its 34th year and recognizes heritage conservation projects, compatible new construction, and those who have played a significant volunteer role in the field of heritage. Tickets $25. Please call 250-861-7188 or email cohs@telus.net.
    • Wednesday, February 21st – A variety of fun and interactive children’s activities! Offered at the Lake Country Museum and Archives. Drop-in between 10:00am-4:00pm. By donation. Light refreshments will be served. 11255 Okanagan Centre Rd. West. For more information email: lcmuseum@shaw.ca. By donation.
    • Thursday, February 22nd – Lecture by Blair Stewart, City of Kelowna, on Kelowna’s Heritage Trees and the 1998 Heritage Tree Register, Ellis Street Library, 7:00-8:30pm. By donation. Hosted by the Kelowna South-Central Neighbourhood Association (KSAN).
    • Friday, February 23rdMystery at the Museum! Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue, Kelowna, from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. We believe that at night, when the staff has all gone home, the objects, artifacts, and animals have a great time. Well, something has gone awry. A carriage has gone missing! Using your detective skills, discover and decode clues to help us find the missing carriage. Some of our friendliest museum animals and most talkative people from the past might have some information to share. The clues they have will take participants all over the museum, even to places that visitors don’t normally go! This detective work is for all kids, big and small. By donation.
    • Friday, February 23rd – STEAM with The Men’s Shed at the Library – a variety of children’s activities and a “green screen” photo booth with costumes and historic backgrounds at the Ellis Street Library, 1:30-4:00 pm. By donation. Partnered with the Lake Country Museum and the Kelowna Public Archives.
    • Friday, February 23rd – Celebrating Artists 2018, Westbank First Nation. Exhibits, activities and entertainment hosted by the Sncewips Museum and Westbank First Nation. Westbank First Nation Community Gymnasium. 1:00-7:00 pm. By donation. For more information please phone 778-755-2787.
    • Saturday, February 24thHistory Mystery Bus Tour, 1:00-4:00 pm. Who? What? Where? We’re not telling! Journey to historic places and unravel a mystery from our local history. Tickets $35. Please call 250-868-4836 or email education@kelownamuseums.ca for registration information.
    • Saturday, February 24th – Heritage Tea at the Hotel Eldorado, 2:00-4:00 pm. Tickets $29.95 Adults and $26.95 Seniors/Children, reservations required. Phone 250-763-7500 to reserve.



In 2001, the Central Okanagan Heritage Society initiated and coordinated the Central Okanagan’s first Heritage Week, contributing to the provincial and national events celebrating Heritage Week.

Our local Heritage Week planning committee includes representatives from museums and organizations throughout the Central Okanagan: Kelowna Museums, Westbank Museum, SncƏwips Heritage Museum, Lake Country Museum & Archives, the Okanagan Historical Society – Kelowna Branch, the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society, the Rutland Residents Association, the Kelowna South-Central Neighbourhood Association, Westbank First Nation, the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, the Okanagan Regional Library, the Hotel Eldorado, and the Central Okanagan Heritage Society.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Heritage Week 2018!

For more information about Heritage Week 2018 events please visit our Facebook page Heritage Week in the Central Okanagan at https://www.facebook.com/heritageweekokanagan/ or phone 250-861-7188.

Heritage Week 2018