The SS Sicamous is the largest surviving stern wheeler in BC. The ship is open as a museum and wedding venue, and is a must-see attraction when visiting the Okanagan.
The museum is now closed for the season. The SS Sicamous will be open again for visitors in early March 2018.
Inside is a hive of activity though, and volunteers are on board from Monday to Friday doing restorations, improvements and repairs through the winter months.
Office hours are Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm If you have a question, just give us a call at 250-492-0403. We will be happy to help 🙂
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The SS Sicamous is a very affordable tourist attraction. The entire family can visit for $18 with a family pass, and children aged 6 and under can visit for free.
The SS Sicamous is a registered charity. We are not a government run facility, so rely on revenues from admissions and wedding rentals for our survival. Thank you for your support! The admission prices are as follows:
- Adults – Six Dollars ($6) per person
- Seniors (Ages 55 plus) – Five Dollars ($5) per person
- Youths (Ages 14 to 18) – Five Dollars ($5) per person
- Children (Ages 7-13) – Three Dollars ($3) per person
- Small Children (Ages 6 and Under) – Free Admission
- Families (Two Adults and their children) – Eighteen Dollars ($18) for the whole family.
We accept cash and all major credit cards. The SS Sicamous Restoration Society is also grateful for any donations, and can provide a tax receipt for any donations of twenty ($20) dollars or more. Thank you!
The KVR Model Railway Club
An immense scale model of the Kettle Valley Railway covers much of the cargo deck on the SS Sicamous. It is the first thing you see as you come in the front entrance of the ship.
The model railway is cared for by the Penticton Kettle Valley Model Railway Club. They meet on board the SS Sicamous every Tuesday evening. Visitors are welcome! For more information please call Bill at 250-490-5083.
Where to Find the Museum
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).
Average Visit Time
Time varies depending on the group, but we suggest allowing 45 minutes to an hour for a full self guided tour of the ship.
Food and Snacks
During the summer there is a food vendor (Creperie OoLaLa) set up in the park, just beside the Paddle Wheel. They offer a selection of sweet and savoury crepes, and delicious coffee too. Other food vendors can sometimes be found nearby.
There is ample free parking all along Lakeshore drive. There is also a large parking lot just across the road in front of the LocoLanding Adventure Park. Tour buses can also pull up in front of the ship, with time for passengers to depart.
Wheel Chair Access
The SS Sicamous now has an elevator, allowing access to the primary museum areas on the second level of the ship. Some of the doorways are narrow, so a transport wheel chair is available if needed. Unfortunately no motorized vehicles are allowed in the elevator. There is a wheel chair accessible washroom on the cargo (ground) deck, close to the miniature model railway.
There is a baby changing station on the second level, in the ladies saloon.
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