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Address: South of the city center at the corner of Benvoulin and Casorso rd, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: 250-860-8369
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Description: The first non-native settlement in the Okanagan Valley was a mission...
The first non-native settlement in the Okanagan Valley was a mission established on this site in 1859 by Father Pandosy. Take a self-guided tour of the replicated mission buildings and a collection of horse-drawn carriages.
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Great example of life back in the day. Hard to imagine living that way, we're so spoiled & soft in these modern times. Gotta respect the people that made the area what it is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Great example of life back in the day. Hard to imagine living that way, we're so spoiled & soft in these modern times. Gotta respect the people that made the area what it is now.

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Kelowna, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I've toured this site with school children but primarily use it as a backdrop for photo shoots. Its historic old buildings offer a lovely background for family portraits. I've also used it for doing a fashion shoot and one for a ballet company! As for what there is to see, it's nowhere near as impressive as Okeefe Ranch outside of... More 

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This old world display brings history to life. You are able to walk freely about and stay as long as you like. The buildings appeared accurate for their time period. This is a good place to take children and explain how after blasting through the Rockies the settlers then had to build a place to stay, worship, go to school... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a really cool pioneer settlement. It won't take long to visit, but it is worth the stop. The new sculpture installation adds a taste of drama to the settlement.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A great place to give your family a little of the history of Kelowna when it was first developed. Admission is free but a donation would be appreciated.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Very well kept up mission - good explanations and history makes for a nice family outing and learning about the beginnings of the Okanagan fruit industry.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is an early settlement site by Father Pandosy, era 1900's, and is an awesome place for wedding pictures.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Easily found at far south end of Benvoulin road. Traces early Kelowna history. Interesting early schoolhouse and lots of old machinery.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Remarkable mission/village with creative attention to detail that showcases what pioneer life was like over a 100 years ago. One almost expects to see Father Pandosy walking the grounds of this re-created settlement. The priest's house speaks to the past in every room and puts visitors in the now back into the distant past, much like a time machine. Remarkable... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

we visited Father Pandosy's Mission in April and were quite impressed by this historical place. One can see a collection of log houses, and learn a lot about the houses and their owner's history. We loved seeing the interior, especially the farm house. By strolling through this museum one will get a good impression about Kelowna's history.

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