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.
In the meantime, visit the Laurel Square, part of the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum behind the historic Laurel Packinghouse. This new park offers a fun and interactive way to experience Kelowna’s agricultural past for kids of all ages.
Admission is by donation.
Suggested donation $5 per person/$15 per family
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The Laurel Packinghouse is currently closed to the general public; however, we are busy behind closed doors overhauling our exhibits in order to create an even more engaging experience for our visitors when we reopen our doors in the summer of 2021!
Renting the Laurel Packinghouse
Contact us to learn more about renting the Laurel Packinghouse for your event. We continue to follow Provincial Health guidelines and will update our policy on rentals as these guidelines change.
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.
Kelowna Museums’ Upcoming Events and Workshops
Get cozy and listen to a telling of the captíkwł, “How Turtle Set the Animals Free.” Kids and adults alike will appreciate what the captíkwł teach us about living harmoniously on this land. Family-friendly and suitable for all ages!
Grab a lantern and step into the magic of the museum, all decked out for the holidays! This experience will leave you feeling nostalgic for that old-fashioned festive charm with stories, crafts, games, and the sights and smells that mark the holiday season.
An all-new exit room experience! Save the world from the mad scientist Dr. Mann E. Quinn, who is plotting to raise a mannequin army, by solving clues around the Okanagan Military Museum. You have 1 hour... to save the world.