Historic & Heritage Sites
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Spend a day exploring Kaslo's historic and heritage sites – the SS Moyie, Langham Cultural Centre, and Kaslo Village Hall – to learn more about the rich culture and history of this spirited town and the surrounding Kootenay Rockies region.
The SS Moyie History
The SS Moyie, the oldest intact sternwheeler in the world, sits proudly on Kaslo's waterfront. In 1898, the SS Moyie was put into service on the Nelson-Kootenay Landing route.
The service linked the Canadian Pacific Railway's Crowsnest Line at its terminus on the South Arm of Kootenay Lake with Nelson on the lake's West Arm. From Nelson, passengers could board a train that would take them all the way to the coast.
This was a time of rapid population growth in the Kootenay Rockies, and larger vessels were built to increase passenger capacity on Kootenay Lake. In 1906, the Moyie's role as the "Crow Boat" came to an end. Replaced by the larger SS Kuskanook, the Moyie was relegated to local service, carrying passengers and freight to the isolated communities of Procter, Kaslo, Lardeau, and Argenta.
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Kaslo, British Columbia
An International treasure, the SS Moyie is the oldest surviving intact vessel of her type in the world. At the edge of Kootenay Lake, the sternwheeler rests permanently in her former port of call at Kaslo. Owned & operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the SS Moyie plied the waters of Kootenay Lake for nearly 60 years. The ship has been restored with special attention to preserve her unique & elegant features. Launched in 1898 to provide connecting service to Nelson from the CPR's Crowsnest Pass line from the east, the Moyie remained a fixture on Kootenay Lake until 1957.