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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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  • Well done Museum. Staffed by volunteers. They have restored this boat and have lots of historical information.  more »
  • The first floor was a model train set. Very nice. The men running it were very kind to my three year old and she enjoyed it. Upstairs though was completely different! Sumptuous luxury, absolutely love...  more »
  • I can't count the times we've driven by here and never stopped over the years. A few years ago we actually stopped to check out the Rose Garden and discovered all of these wonderfully restored and dis...  more »
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  • Excellent for ship history lovers. Could be managed better if they stopped reservation for weddings. Tourists come from distant places sometimes to find this place locked for a wedding. Suggest checking their calendar online in detail before planning anything on a weekend.
  • I have worked with the staff on the SS Sicamous and would recommend it with a five star rating. We loved it so much we are booking our daughters upcoming wedding there. They are very detailed and concise and let you know exactly what you need and what is expected so it is clear what we need to do or not do which is making planning so much easier! Thank you!
  • 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 was a guest and member of the wedding party to Krista and Eric Chisholm and can vouch for everything she had to say. I was shocked and disgusted at how the nights events went and if it was my wedding, I'd do a whole lot more then just a bad Google review. Fair enough you called last call earlier, more warning, but when people went to get their last call drinks they were turned away, and YES it was absolutely shut down earlier then it should have been. I will dig up any evidence I can threw photos or videos to prove this if you want to get messy. The worst part is , the person on staff made the maid of honor get up on the microphone and announce to the guests they had to push the tables aside and recycle in order to keep the party going. Humiliating!!! Talk about a buzz kill. It's not the guest's responsibility and we had half a day the next day to return the room back, as well as the same night after guests left. The bride knew exactly what needed to be done and had a lot of people to help, so when and how it got done was not your problem. I can also vouch that the groome got locked out, and it was absolutely because of the paperwork you already obtained. Many people got locked out throughout the night and they day before during set up in the rain, including myself. The doorbell is not visible and when used gets ignored.Your defensive, politically correct response is nonsense. Any professional person would offer some kind of compensation and a sincere, heartfelt apology. Instead of your disdainful response and condescending apology.
  • 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... NOTICE IN THE RESPONSE: denying the truth is not helpful for future brides. I am 100% sure the staff ended alcohol service at 11:15 instead of midnight because everyone was gone by midnight. I apologise your staff are clearly lying to cover their own butts. It makes it hard for you to know when you need to re-train your staff. I spoke with the bar tender THAT NIGHT and she informed me she would have been happy to serve till midnight but your workers told her to stop a half hour before that. Also, saying the doorbell rang when Eric went out and came back in - and that someone would have heard is frankly ignorant. Do you really think anyone at a wedding would be listening in for a doorbell? With 100 people talking amongst themselves there would be no way that would happen! I am shocked that your response was just to deny everything. Even more reason not to have your wedding here, they cannot even be honest about their own actions. As a marketing professional I feel strongly that customer service is important, and I can say this is some terrible customer service. Jesse, I thought you were better than the response you gave.