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The Fairview Hotel
The Fairview Hotel
Hours of Operation:  10 am - 4 pm

September to November
   Archives: Wednesday to Friday
   Museum: Thursday to Saturday

December to February
  Archives: Tuesday & Wednesday         
   Museum: Thursday & Friday
 
                                            March to June*
                                               Archives: Tuesday & Wednesday          
                                               Museum: Thursday & Friday
                    *Please note that these reduced hours are due to a reduction in staffing at this time.                                  Regular hours will commence as soon as possible.
                                              June to August
                                              Archives: Tuesday to
Friday
                                                Museum: Thursday to Sunday



The Oliver and District Heritage Society exists to preserve and present the history, heritage, and culture of Oliver and surrounding district.  

The ODHS operates a museum and archive facility in the picturesque and historic community of Oliver, B.C., Canada's Wine Capital of Canada!

  

We invite you to step back in time to explore the  intriguing human and natural history of the area. 

Oliver is nestled between mature forested mountains and is located at the northern tip of the Sonoran Desert.  The landscape consists of a complex array of habitats and our region supports one of the most diverse assemblages of species in Canada many of which are not found elsewhere in the country.   

Archaeological evidence suggests that the ancestors of First Nations people have lived in BC since the last ice age, ten to twelve thousand years ago. 

In 1919, the British Columbia Government, under the premiership of John Oliver, undertook an initiative to irrigate 8000 acres of semi-arid desert land in the South Okanagan.  This project, titled the Southern Okanagan Lands Project (SOLP), resulted in the development of one of the most successful tree fruit and viticulture areas in Canada.  The year 1927 saw the completion of the irrigation project which was twenty-five miles long.  It consisted of the concrete diversion dam, twenty miles of concrete ditches, twenty-seven flumes, and a wood stave siphon.  The Ditch is often called the "life line" of our community for without it, Oliver would not exist.

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