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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18404 Bathville Rd
Summerland, British Columbia
Celebrate the Kettle Valley Railways Centennial in 2015 with a ride on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway! Operating on the only remaining section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) - this unique 90 minute journey takes you through beautiful, rural Summerland and onto the Trout Creek Bridge with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake and canyon below.
The sight and sound of our restored century old steam locomotive (the 3716/Spirit of Summerland), an observation game for kids and lively musical entertainment, make every run memorable for the whole family. Book early for our special events which include Easter Trains, our thrilling Great Train Robbery & BBQs and our magical Summerland Christmas Express Trains.
There's nothing else like it in the Okanagan Valley!