3685 Benvoulin Road Kelowna, British Columbia V1W 4M7
In 1859, Oblate priest Father Charles Pandosy established what became as the first settlement of the White in Okanagan Valley. His mission was to educate the growing Indian population about faith and good works, as well as helping those in need. For over 30 years, he ministered Christ's teachings to Natives and Europeans, and have encouraged others to do the same as well until his death in 1891. Now the buildings he put up along Benvoulin Road have been restored to their former glory, since the four original structures such as the Chapel, the Root-House, the Barn, and the Brother's House fell in disrepair. The historical society and the Knights of Columbus took charge in renovating these buildings, and now a public life-sized sculpture of Father Pandosy is well on its way of being erected. A visit to the Pandosy Mission site will bring you back to the historical days of the Oblate missionary conquest in Kelowna.