Laurel Packinghouse

Feel the ambiance of the oldest packinghouse in B.C.

The Laurel Packinghouse is a unique and atmospheric rental space for events such as business and corporate functions, private events such as weddings, and community events. 

Hours

The Laurel and Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum are open for drop-in visits three days a week, with other times and tours by demand!  Contact us to learn more.

Tuesday 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Wednesday 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

1304 Ellis St
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1Z8

(778) 478-0325

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ADMISSION

Admission is by donation.

Suggested donation $5 per person/$15 per family

More to explore at

“The Laurel”

Unearth the agricultural treasures that make our region unique at the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum in the historic Laurel Packinghouse. Vibrantly coloured fruit crates, fierce-looking equipment and a live beehive (in season) are juxtaposed with barrels, bottles and machinery. Meet the determined people who lived the trials and triumphs of the tree fruit and wine industries. Discover how growing, processing, transporting and enjoying tree fruits and wine diversified our landscape and communities.

A historic Kelowna building

Renting the Laurel Packinghouse

Contact us to learn more about renting the Laurel Packinghouse for your event. Ask about including the back deck, Laurel Square, or museum gallery in your rental!

We continue to follow Provincial Health guidelines and will update our policy on rentals as these guidelines change.

Contact

Jenna Kiesman, Laurel Enterprise Coordinator

jkiesman@kelownamuseums.ca
(778) 478-0325

Kelowna’s Favourite Historic Venue

The Laurel Packinghouse was built in 1917 and completed in 1918, using bricks made locally from Knox Mountain clay. At that time, what is now Kelowna’s Cultural District was packed with fruit warehouses, packinghouses, canneries, and a sawmill. Horses, boxcars, and trucks jostled for position on tracks and dirt roads.

A fire in the 1960s destroyed much of the industrial district, but the Laurel was a working packinghouse until the 1970s. When it was slated for demolition in 1982, members of the community rallied to save it, making it Kelowna’s first designated heritage building. The building was revitalized in 2010.

Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum

Conveyors groaned with colourful fruit, and workers sorted and loaded apples, cherries, apricots, pears, peaches, and plums while the box maker built 100 fruit crates every hour. But the busiest bees in the orchard industry are still at work. “Bee” mesmerized by the activity in the live demonstration hive.

The Okanagan wine industry has boomed, bringing huge changes to our region. Learn interesting stories of wines, wineries, wine makers, entrepreneurs, and the trials and triumphs of the industry.

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