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.

NOTE: Museum hours on September 2, October 14, and November 11 are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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