Feel the ambiance of the oldest and largest packinghouse in BC
Visit the Laurel, home of the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum.
The Laurel Packinghouse was built in 1917, 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 positon on tracks and dirt roads.
A fire in the 1960’s 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.
Visit the Laurel Packinghouse to explore…
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. Learn more…
The Laurel Shop
Shop for made in Okanagan gifts & treasures at the Laurel! Located within the BC Wine Museum at the Laurel Packinghouse, the Laurel Shop is the perfect place to pick up unique local artisan items.