Father Pandosy Mission

Father Pandosy Mission

The first non-native settlement in the Okanagan Valley was a mission established on this site in 1859 by Father Pandosy. Take a self-guided tour of the replicated mission buildings and a collection of horse-drawn carriages.

7 reviews

  1. Piece of Canada history.

     (4 / 5)

    I went there simply for the experience of atmosphere. I love antiquities and old buildings, and this hit every thing I love – on the nose. For those who are religious ( I am not), or simply enjoy catholic history this place and Father Pandosy’s story might intrigue you – if you haven’t already heard of him. The grounds are very well maintained as well with the buildings, although if you are on the heavier side – I’d suggest you going up top in the barn as I am not certain how strong the floor is. I am 125 lbs, and the floor had a bend to it. Other than that, all the other buildings are strong and sturdy. Please respect the grounds and the artifacts of time so that others can enjoy it.

  2. Beautiful little historic site. Local history.

     (5 / 5)

    Learn about how the region was first settled and what it would have been like in a time of western expansion in the 1800’s in Canada.

  3. Pioneer History In The Okanagan

     (5 / 5)

    Most people visit Kelowna to enjoy the sunshine, lakes, wine, and fresh fruit and vegetables. But there is some history there, too. The first Roman Catholic mission was established in the Kelowna area in 1859-60 by a French Oblate priest, Charles Pandosy, and the Father Pandosy Mission open-air museum is a re-creation of some mission and other early buildings from the area. There are about 7-8 buildings scattered throughout the grounds that you can wander into, except for one that is the caretaker’s quarters. The log structures date from the 1860s to the early 1900s, and several were transported to the site intact from several kilometres away I really liked the way visitors enter the grounds: through a turnstile that is part of a long ‘snake’ fence (made of logs that zig-zag). Immediately on the right there is an information board explaining the history there, and also a simple but adequate brochure in English and French to pick up and use as a guide. Admission is by voluntary donation, but $2 minimum is suggested. You drop the money in a slot box by the information board There are no guides, so you wander at will. (Two hours should be sufficient to get a feeling for the place.) One could say, however, that there IS a sort of ‘guide’ because a large bronze statue of Father Pandosy dominates the centre of the grounds, and you constantly encounter him when you exit every building! The sculpture, by Crystal Przybille, a local artist, shows him in full priest’s habit carrying a walking stick and forging headlong through a strong wind that flattens his robes against his body My favourite building was the rather large 1890 Joseph Christien House—I believe the largest building on the site. It was transported to Kelowna from just north of the city in 1970 and is an excellent example of a well-fitted-out two-storey house from the Okanagan Valley at the end of the 19th century. What was especially intriguing was that, for a short time, one of the upper-floor rooms was converted into a schoolroom where a young woman teacher taught a variety of students. Just across the hall is the bedroom where she slept. It reminded me of all those young pioneer women schoolteachers who ventured out from the big cities to take up their first teaching postings in what was to them wild and unknown territory!nThe Mission has an atmosphere that makes it well worth a stop.

  4. Interesting place to visit

     (5 / 5)

    Father Pandosy Mission is a great place to visit, I have been a few times as I take my out of town visitors there!nOnce a year (end of May/early June) they hold an event here that is well worth going to so keep a look out for it.

  5. Stepping back in time

     (5 / 5)

    Wandering around the old buildings and letting your imagination flow it’s like being transported back in time. Worth taking the time to have a closer look and not just driving by

  6. Historical Site Worth Seeingl

     (5 / 5)

    We spent about an hour exploring this most interesting historical site. The buildings are open for self tours and you get to go into them at your own pace. A donation box is near the entrance/exit.

  7. free

     (4 / 5)

    An interesting part of BC history This is a free park to see. It was a little hard to find. Thank goodness for gpsn

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