The Laurel Packinghouse

Event Venue

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Reviews 7

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    Michael Vereb
    Nice open concept, great for events, weddings etc. The staff were really pleasant and I would rent this place again.
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    Tom Samuel
    We had a major gathering for work back in February and everyone was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the food. The roast beef melted in your mouth. The catering and other staff were nice as well.
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    Dustyn Baulkham
    Love this space. I have helped organize and attended many events here. The staff are great to deal with.
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    Connor Enstedt
    Great place for wedding or other event.
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    Sylvia Bourassa
    The Laurel Packinghouse is a beautiful historic venue. Rustic charm with a great mix of wide plank hardwood floors, open beam, big windows, and exposed brick.
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    Adhara Hodgson
    Went to a company Christmas party here. Very nice, historic building that is well maintained.
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    Kyle Turner
    A really great venue for most occasions. If you book your event for a week day the price is unbeatable too. Not a great location for parking mind you.

+1 778-478-0325
1304 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z9, Canada
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When planning an event, consider the Laurel Packinghouse, part of the Kelowna Museums Society. Whether you are hosting a conference, fundraiser, art show or meeting, or celebrating a wedding, anniversary, Christmas party, or other social event, the Laurel provides a unique, atmospheric backdrop for a memorable occasion. 

With a straightforward, efficient approach, we do our professional best to ensure the success of your event. We thank you for your patronage and remind you that all proceeds from rentals support the preservation and presentation of Kelowna’s heritage.

There are a variety of service providers, including caterers, photographers, musicians, bar services, decorators and event planners/suppliers who are welcomed by the Kelowna Museums Society because they are professionals who provide excellent service and quality results.

Kelowna Museums Society staff would be pleased to offer suggestions. Be sure to let the Kelowna Museums Society staff know who your service providers will be so that a first-time orientation can take place prior to your event. We have a binder of options you’re welcome to look through at your convenience.

The Laurel Packinghouse was built in 1917, using bricks made locally from Knox Mountain clay. At that time, what is now Kelowna’s Cultural District was packed with fruit warehouses, packinghouses, canneries, and a sawmill. Horses, boxcars, and trucks jostled for position on tracks and dirt roads.

A fire in the 1960’s destroyed much of the industrial district, but the Laurel was a working packinghouse until the 1970s. When it was slated for demolition in 1982, members of the community rallied to save it, making it Kelowna’s first designated heritage building. The building was revitalized in 2010.

Today the Laurel is a unique and atmospheric rental space for events such as weddings, private functions, and community events. All proceeds from rentals help the Kelowna Museums Society support the preservation and presentation of Kelowna’ s heritage.LEARN MORE

Tables and chairs can be decorated; as well, free-standing decorations can be used. Draperies, wall-hangings, lights and additional furniture can be added to your décor. No duct tape, scotch tape, pins, nails, or other materials are to be affixed to the space, and lights should remain in position, in order to protect the status of the Laurel Packinghouse as a Municipal Heritage Landmark.

Yes, live music and the use of a DJ is fine. We do not have a sound system suitable for dance music so you will need to arrange your own speakers and amps. Please be respectful of our neighbours; music is to be turned off by 12:30 am.

Yes, you are welcome to bring in alcohol and arrange for service according to BCLCB laws. You will need to file a Special Occasions License and ensure that your bartenders have a Serving it Right registration number.

Everything you bring into the building for your event should be removed by the time the rental period is over. All gear, including all rental equipment, must be removed from the Laurel prior to 2:00 am. If specific arrangements have been made prior to the event and confirmed with the Rental Coordinator, then goods may be left on the stage overnight for early morning pick-up without penalty.