Fruit packinghouses once hummed and clattered in downtown Kelowna.
Conveyors groaned with colourful fruit, and workers sorted and loaded apples, cherries, apricots, pears, peaches, and plums. Women working the packingline were called “Apple Wrapper Flappers,” and skillfully packed 160 boxes a day. The speed of evil-looking cherry pitting machine was nothing to spit at, and 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.
Learn about growing and handling the tree fruits for which the Okanagan is famous at the BC Orchard Industry Museum in the historic Laurel Packinghouse.
Admission is by donation.