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Laurel Packinghouse


1304 Ellis St, Kelowna BC V1Y 1Z8

778.478.0325

Hours:

Sunday - Closed
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm



Tenants


Okanagan Wine & Orchard Museum

Covers the history and the progress of both the fruit and the wine industry here in Kelowna and throughout the Okanagan Valley.

The Laurel Shop

A boutique shop providing edibles and collectibles honouring the wine and fruit industries and trades and crafts persons who have worked in it. Proceeds go to the Kelowna Museums Society.

Upcoming Events

Music and other arts & culture events happening in or near the Laurel Packinghouse.

NOTE - The COVID-19 pandemic and the provincial emergency delcaration have put a hold on live music performances and other public gatherings in Kelowna and across BC. As such, we encourage you to verify with the venues of listed events regarding any upcoming shows that we have listed here on this page.

Jesse Cook at KCT
One Night Only
Saturday, September 11, 2021

Laurel Packinghouse History

The packinghouse was built for B.C. Growers Ltd. in 1917 in what was then the industrial area of Kelowna, and was originally known as the B.C. Growers Packing House. Constructed of bricks made from the clay of nearby Knox Mountain, its neighbours at the time were canneries, fruit warehouses, other packinghouses, and a sawmill. You really have to picture in your mind's eye dirt roads, railway tracks, horses and horse-drawn buggies and wagons, and the early trucks of the era. This was the industry of the day.

The building changed hands a number of times during the 1920s and 1930s until it evenutually became owned by the Laurel Cooperative Union during World War II. At this time it took on the name it holds to this day, Laurel Packinghouse.

Much of the area was destroyed by a fire in the 1960s, but Laurel Packinghouse remained a working packinghouse into the 1970s until it became slated for demolition in the years to follow. Thanks to the efforts of concerned citizens, it became Kelowna's first designated heritage building and was saved. Ultimately, it would benefit from a revitalization project in 2010 to become what it is today; an important part of Kelowna's Cultural District.

The typical packinghouse architecure and design, featuring huge wooden beams on the inside along with brick exterior walls, hanging lamps, repetitive doorways, ramps and other necessary functional components have resulted in a compelling ambiance for housing a pair of museums along with hosting numerous business and other events throughout the year.


Nearby Hotels
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre - (0.5 km)
Accent Inns - (1.6 km)
Coast Capri Hotel - (1.7 km)
Best Western Inn Kelowna - (4.7 km)
Holiday Inn Express - (5 km)
Manteo Resort - (5 km)
Days Inn - (5.7 km)

Laurel Packinghouse
1304 Ellis St, Kelowna BC V1Y 1Z8
778.478.0325