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Kelowna's Amusing Past

September 16 - September 21, September 23 - September 28, September 30 - October 5, October 7 - October 12 ...

Location: Okanagan Heritage Museum
Address: 470 Queensway Ave
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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1969-12-31 10:00:00 1969-12-31 17:00:00 America/Vancouver Kelowna's Amusing Past Kelowna has had a reputation as a travel-worthy destination for decades. And while wineries and golf courses may be a big part of the draw in 2019, Kelowna has an amusing past that may surprise even some longtime residents. In the last half of the 20th century, Kelowna gained notoriety as a place of fun. It boasted drive-in theatres, roller rinks, regattas, snowfests, rodeos, parades, zoos, and amusement parks. Tourism ads from the time billed the city as “the fun capital of Canada!!” Kelowna’s Amusing Past takes a light-hearted look at the city’s bygone amusement sites and the annual festivals that brought the community together. The gallery space comes to life through archival photos, videos and objects, including prehistoric mascots (yabba dabba doooo!), arcade games, memorabilia and a whole lot more. Come and learn about the Regatta rioters, Snogo, Myta the Smoking Chimp and Kelowna’s very own Walt Disney (with a hint of Bob Ross). Find out what happened to these special spaces and characters. This exhibition is sure to delight children and adults alike. It runs from August 17, 2019, to November 18, 2019, at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Ave, Kelowna, BC. Okanagan Heritage Museum 470 Queensway Ave events@kelownanow.com
Kelowna has had a reputation as a travel-worthy destination for decades. And while wineries and golf courses may be a big part of the draw in 2019, Kelowna has an amusing past that may surprise even some longtime residents.

In the last half of the 20th century, Kelowna gained notoriety as a place of fun. It boasted drive-in theatres, roller rinks, regattas, snowfests, rodeos, parades, zoos, and amusement parks. Tourism ads from the time billed the city as “the fun capital of Canada!!”

Kelowna’s Amusing Past takes a light-hearted look at the city’s bygone amusement sites and the annual festivals that brought the community together. The gallery space comes to life through archival photos, videos and objects, including prehistoric mascots (yabba dabba doooo!), arcade games, memorabilia and a whole lot more.

Come and learn about the Regatta rioters, Snogo, Myta the Smoking Chimp and Kelowna’s very own Walt Disney (with a hint of Bob Ross). Find out what happened to these special spaces and characters.

This exhibition is sure to delight children and adults alike. It runs from August 17, 2019, to November 18, 2019, at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Ave, Kelowna, BC.





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