The Italian-Canadian community has a long history in Kelowna. In the 140 years since Giovanni Casorzo and Carlo Guaschetti arrived, Italians have contributed to shaping agriculture, industry, business and culture in the Okanagan. Their legacy remains an integral part of the region’s past, while new generations continue to enrich Kelowna today.


Co-created by the Kelowna Museums Society and the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club, the exhibition highlights the history of Italians in Kelowna. Displays lead visitors through four key eras of Italian immigration to the region. Within each era, artifacts, archival photographs, personal stories and multimedia elements provide examples of how the Italian community has contributed to the Okanagan. A kitchen table situated in the centre of the gallery, connects the eras through Italian food traditions and serves as a symbol of bringing people together.

The exhibit is open until February 29th, 2024:

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays – 10 am - 5pm

Sundays and Statutory Holidays – 11am - 4pm

Closed December 25th, 26th and January 1st.