Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Penticton, known for its sunshine and beaches, is located at the foot of Okanagan Lake.
This made it a natural transportation hub, first as the southern port for steamers plying the lake and later as headquarters for construction of the Kettle Valley Railway. Explore reminders of the region's past at the Penticton Museum and heritage sites around the city.
The SS Sicamous, largest remaining steel-hulled sternwheeler in Canada, rests on the southern shores of Okanagan Lake in downtown Penticton. Commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, BC Lake and River Service and built in Port Arthur, Ontario, it took 19 rail cars to move her engines and hull to the assembly point at Okanagan Landing.
From 1914 to 1936 she made daily runs between Penticton and Okanagan Landing at the north end of the lake carrying up to 250 passengers plus mail and freight.
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