History and Culture

History and Culture
The history and culture on and around Route 97 is something to be proud of. We’ve been shaped over hundreds of thousands of years from the Ice Age to the Tech Age. Come and see how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same.

Step Back in Time

History abounds throughout Route 97 and the Interior Cascades. Visit the old western town of Winthrop, WA, where you can quench your thirst at the oldest legal saloon in WA State. If western is to your liking, there’s the O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, BC where you can tour the old mansion, walk the farm, and watch the potter and the blacksmith create works of art. Get out of the car and ride a steam train on a miniature railroad in Wenatchee, WA. Across the border, there two steam trains that run seasonally in Summerland and Kamloops. Be careful of bandits though, as you could get robbed as your ride the rails of years gone by. There’s colourful history and culture throughout Route 97.

Our People

Our culture is a mixture of Aboriginal Nations, Mexican, American, and Canadian people. You’ll find an abundance of interpretive centres and museums showcasing our Aboriginal Nations people along this Route. There’s also a Mexican influence on the south side of the border with many options for authentic Mexican cuisine.

Cowboy Lifestyle

Cowboy up is a phrase heard on both sides of the border. This incredibly diverse landscape is home to some of the best stampedes, rodeos and powwows you’ll ever attend. Events start in the spring and carry on right through to the fall. From the Omak Stampede and Suicide Race to the Interior Provincial Exhibition agriculture fair to the Barriere Rodeo, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate agriculture and cowboy culture along the way.

History & Culture Directory

Thompson Region

Address: #3-510 Lorne Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 1W3
We operate a 1912 steam locomotive through the unique Kamloops landscape of windswept grasslands, northern desert and across the South Thompson riv…

North Okanagan / Shuswap Region

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Address: 7804 Kidston Road, Coldstream, BC, Canada
Be transported to a simpler time with a visit to Mackie Lake House. Built in 1910, the estate is situated on five acres overlooking Kalamalka Lake,…
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Address: 9380 Hwy 97N, Vernon, B.C. V1H 1W9
Turning 150 in 2017, two weeks before Canada’s 150 anniversary of Confederation, O’Keefe Ranch is a national treasure. Explore what ranch life in t…

Central Okanagan Region

Address: 470 Queensway Avenue Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6S7
(250) 763-2417(250) 763-2417
Okanagan Heritage Museum Step into the oldest log cabin in Kelowna and have a seat in a traditional syilx winter home. Explore the history of this …