SS Sicamous Marine Heritage Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
The SS Sicamous Society was founded to preserve the SS Sicamous, and prevent it from slated closure. Later the society began acquiring other vessels and structures that were in danger of disappearing. Today the Society works to preserve and communicate this unique chapter in Okanagan and Canadian History.
Our Story What We Do
The SS Sicamous is the largest surviving stern wheeler in BC.
The ship was launched in 1914 and served remote communities along the shores of Okanagan Lake, long before the motorways were built.
Passengers, mail, equipment, livestock and even cars were transported on her decks.
By 1936 times had changed, and the ship was retired from service. Tied up at the docks, she waited at the mercy of the elements (and vandals).
In 1951 the Sicamous was bought for a dollar, and returned home to Penticton.
Since then volunteers have worked to restore the Sicamous to her former glory. We have come a long way since then, but there is still plenty more to do!
Our Programs How We Do It
The doors of the SS Sicamous Stern Wheeler are open to the public from May through to Thanksgiving, and the Heritage Park is open year round, so you can visit the ships at any time. Restorations are funded by donations from the local community, and through revenues from admissions and gift shop sales.
Recent Projects include:
Waterproofing and restoring the interior of the SS Okanagan Stern Saloon (the last remaining structure from a sister ship to the SS Sicamous).
Installing an exterior elevator, allowing access to the primary museum areas for guests with accessibility concerns
Repairing the generators in the engine room of Canadian National Tug #6 (the last tug to operate on Okanagan Lake). The electricity is now working, and volunteer are working to repair the engine.
What You Can Do
There are many ways to support the SS Sicamous Society; from becoming a member, to volunteering at the front desk, or even bringing your family for a tour of the ship.
Thanks for reading!