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SS Sicamous Heritage Park, Penticton
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Discover a significant part of British Columbia's transportation history with a visit to SS Sicamous Heritage Park. The permanently anchored historical boat ferried passengers and freight along Okanagan Lake from 1914 to 1936. Today, take a trip back in time with a self-guided tour of the vessel's impressive, cavernous interior (a favorite wedding venue among locals). You can only access the boat via a set of stairs, so those with mobility issues may have difficulty here. Before you head to Penticton, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Penticton vacation trip planner, to make sure you see all that Penticton has to offer, including SS Sicamous Heritage Park.
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  • We held our wedding ceremony and reception at the SS Sicamous. We had a lovely beach ceremony under the willow tree beside the ship. They roped off the beach for our private use and had a back up plan...  more »
  • The SS Sicamous is a definite part of Penticton and a must see for folks wanting to take in the sights. It is a beautiful old steam ship which worked the lake for years now she serves as a point of be...  more »
  • The Sicamous is at the end of the Lake Walkway, which is a nice walk to take. Check ahead because they have wedding and party's on the boat. 
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  • We're currently here for a private function. Brought my ipod full of Christmas music and they have a portable sound system which I've plugged into - so we're sitting at a long table in the old dance floor, enjoying fantastic food and wine and great company. Absolutely fantastic place to do what we're doing. Just about to tuck into a fabulous dessert 🍰 Thanks for the great time
  • I had my wedding on the SS Sicamous on Sept 3rd 2016. Jesse was my contact for the majority of the planning process and she was easy to work with and accommodating. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about the staff members who were working during our wedding reception. The security guard (who worked for the ship) thought it was a good idea to interrupt the groom as he sat down to eat his dinner to get the liquor license out of the car. In addition to that, he didn't even wait at the door for him (since it was a private function the doors of the ship automatically lock when closed to keep the public from entering) so Eric was locked out of his own wedding for about a half an hour. That resulted in Eric completely missing his dinner and going hungry on his wedding day. I later learned the liquor license was supposed to be posted the day before while we were decorating, and the ship staff "forgot" to post it. We were also late on our speeches because of this delay, resulting in the entire night being an hour behind schedule. Also the staff member (not security guard) shut the entire party down at 11:30 even though we were supposed to be allowed to have liquor going till 12 and we paid to have the ship till 1am (as long as the music wasn't too loud). Since the Security Guard made the entire event an hour behind, I was very upset that now the ship worker wanted to shut down the party an hour and a half prior to the agreed upon time. We turned the music down so that we could continue to dance and clean till one in the morning. She made me announce last call at 11:15 (which was fine) but when people promptly went to get their last call beverage the bar tender had already been told to stop serving drinks by the ship worker. I am assuming she has no idea what "last call" means... I couldn't believe the ship worker decided she wanted EVERYTHING shut down by 11:30pm (did she just want to go home?) and completely tarnished the end of our night. From the beginning of our reception to the end, the staff at the ship stressed us (and our families) out and had zero empathy. It was unfortunate because Jesse had done such a great job helping us out for the past year. I was excited to give great reviews about the ship since I thought it was so beautiful, and the beach ceremony was amazing, but now I cannot do that. Our caterer (Okanagan Vintage Catering - Ken)and Photo Booth (Okanagan Photobooth) completely made up for the ships workers, I will give them good reviews, and I would recommend them. I am writing this for future brides and grooms looking to have their weddings at the SS Sicamous. Do not let the ship workers push you around, it is your night and you deserve AT LEAST what you paid for and signed for in the contract...
  • If you're interested in old boats and technology, then this will be of interest. We took our three-year-old, and if it wasn't for the giant train set inside, it would be a bust. Beautiful old boat however.
  • Great way to learn some of the history of settlement and development of businesses and transport in the region. A good history lesson for the kids.
  • Good place to go. Inside there is a working model railway of the KVR. Much memorabilia of the vessel in its glory days of the 1920's. Well worth a visit. Caution: check the days it opens prior to travel as it can close due to lack of volunteers to man it.