Planning a School Visit to the SS Sicamous
The SS Sicamous is the largest surviving stern wheeler in Canada. The ship is now a museum, heritage site and must-see tourist attraction. The lower deck hosts the original steam boiler, steam engines and a model of the Kettle Valley Railway (with working miniature trains!) The upper decks have been fully restored, and you can see the cabins, dining saloon and even the Captain’s wheel. Visits take up to an hour, and guided tours are available
Where to Find us
The SS Sicamous is on the beach in Penticton, BC. We pride ourselves on being easy to find! Just look for the big white paddle wheeler on the shore of Okanagan Lake.
The address for the ship is 1099 Lakeshore Drive West, Penticton, British Columbia (Canada). There is ample free parking along the whole of Lakeshore drive, and across the road in the LocoLanding Adventure Park car park.
Inside the Museum
- Miniature model of the Kettle Valley Railway
- Four decks to explore
- Elevator to the second level
- Original steam boiler and engines
- Huge paddle wheel
- Cabins where the guests would sleep
- Lots to see and think about,
- Food for thought, creative writing and art projects too!
Explore with a virtual tour of the museum
Discounts are available for school visits and large groups (of 15 guests or more). Please contact us for a quote.
Leading a Self-Guided Tour
We will provide all the information you need before your visit! 🙂 A volunteer from the Sicamous Society will also come along to help and answer questions along the way.
Accommodating Guests with Special Needs
The SS Sicamous has recently had an exterior elevator installed, to allow increased accessibility to the second level of the ship. Some of the doorways on this level are narrow, so we encourage you to double check with the crew before your visit. Click here to see a map of wheel chair accessible areas. Wheel Chair Access Map
How to Book
To arrange a time for your visit please call : 250-492-0403 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visits usually take from 30 minutes to an hour
About the SS Sicamous Society
The SS Sicamous is cared for by the Sicamous Society. We are a non-profit organization that works to protect the marine heritage of the Okanagan.
Contact us today to get started
The members of the crew are happy to answer any questions, and if they do not know the answer will be happy to direct you to someone who does!
Finding History Books and Articles
If you would like to research the history of the Okanagan lake ships under your own steam, there are plenty of books available to you, and the local Penticton Library has an extensive local history section. Click here to see the online catalogue: The Penticton Library
More Reading (Online History Collections)
The Okanagan Historical Society has an extensive collection of articles about the Sicamous, the lake boats and life in the early Okanagan (the lives of 20th Century European settlers). The collections have been digitized and can be accessed for free from the University of British Columbia’s online collections. Click here to see the online collections from the Okanagan Historical Society: Okanagan Historical Society
For archive photos of the lake ships you can contact the Penticton Museum and Archives. This is in the same building as the Penticton Library, so you can easily combine a visit to the museum, archives and library too. Many of the photos in the collection are already digitized and can be searched in-house, on the archive collections computer. The archives are open from Wednesday to Friday( 10am to 4:30pm) . Booking a visit in advance is highly recommended, as it means the archives volunteers can find the information you need, ahead of your visit. To book a visit, or to learn more please call: 250-490-2453.
Extra Information for Teachers
Have a look at the Canadian Pacific Rail History Teaching Pack – Canadian Pacific Rail Children’s Information Pack .
Learn More About the History of the SS Sicamous and the Okanagan Valley