This lovely old stern wheeler used to travel to the remote communities around Lake Okanagan before there was a network of roads. Launched in 1914 and owned by Canadian Pacific, it was considered a luxurious vessel and transported travellers in style. Its schedule and docking in Penticton dovetailed with the nearby CP owned railway and hotel, allowing its passengers good travel connections for the time.
Once reliable all-season roads were built, the paddle wheelers eventually fell out of favour. This one, along with a couple of other boats from the period, now form a museum commemorating that earlier, slower time.
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Oh, I didn’t know about this paddle wheeler. Thanks for showing it.
You’re welcome. It’s quite pretty at night. 🙂
I bet it is
I recall seeing it there when we visited in the 1980s. Was it also a restaurant at that time? Happy Wednesday Lynette. Allan
It’s used quite often as a wedding venue (with banquet facilities) but I don’t think it’s open regularly as a restaurant. Thanks, Allan.
I remember seeing it way back in the ’70s.
It has been parked there for a very long time. My understanding is that it was quite decrepit for a while but was returned to its former glory about 20 years ago.
I think you’re right. I don’t remember it being so sparkling white and clean.
It’s very pretty at night all lit up.
It’s neat that this boat, along with a couple of others, has been converted into a museum. Hey, at least it still floats!
It’s actually parked on land right next to the lake, so it doesn’t float (or at least no one is going to try!). From the angle of that photo, it does look like it’s in the water though.
She’s a Grand Old Dame! 🙂
She certainly is – very well-preserved! 🙂
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