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Bike Barn

300 Westminster Avenue West, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/05/01

Exterior view of The Bike Barn, 2004; City of Penticton, 2004
Oblique view, looking northwest
Exterior view of Dynes Feed and Supply (Bike Barn),1982; Penticton Museum, 1982
Oblique view, looking southwest
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Other Name(s)

Dynes Feed and Supplies
Bike Barn

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/02/26

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Bike Barn is a large wood-frame warehouse with a gabled roof located on Westminster Avenue in Penticton. It includes two additions, one wood frame and one concrete block and brick.

Heritage Value

The Bike Barn is important to Penticton's architectural and cultural history because it the only extant functioning commercial building retaining an angled front facade, which was designed to maximize the shipment of goods via the adjacent Kettle Valley Railway's Townline rail spur. Typical of utilitarian buildings of similar vintage, it is a good example of an early vernacular warehouse within the city. Its design is significant because it includes evidence of unique historic details, such as loading bays on its eastern facade facing Brunswick Street, which reflect the former importance of providing ease of trans-shipment of goods from rail to road to facilitate commercial success.

As the location of Dynes Feed and Supply (1922 – 1982), which provided feed, seeds, and other agricultural supplies to farmers in Penticton and elsewhere along the Kettle Valley Railway, this historic place was one of the most successful and well-known businesses in the community, associated with the early local agriculture. Its rehabilitation as the Bike Barn in 1983 reflects the more recent trends of the local economy which has shifted to focus on outdoor recreation and sports tourism.

Source: City of Penticton Civic File for: 300 Westminster Avenue

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Bike Barn include:
- location adjacent to the former Kettle Valley Railway line
- high gabled roof
- exposed attic in the interior
- rail and car/truck loading ramps
- rocks used as footings for foundation of second addition
- elements of its design which identify it as an early twentieth century warehouse, such as rough-cut uprights, wide-plank wooden floors, clerestory windows
- elements of its design which relate to its historic relationship with the former railway, such as its angled front facade
- surviving elements of its design which relate to its evolution as a commercial building, including loading bay doors on Brunswick Street
- the patina of its years of use as an industrial and commercial building, seen in wear patterns on floors and walls



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation

Function - Category and Type



Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Penticton Civic File for: 300 Westminster Avenue

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