This is my first time visiting Penticton and, to my surprise, there are quite a few tourist attractions in this city besides wineries. Penticton is sandwiched between Okanagan Lake (north) and Skaha Lake (south). Many tourist attractions are located on the Okanagan Lake side. However, there is a channel connecting those two lakes through the city. Kayaking and sunbathing on swim tubes are favourite activities on this channel in summer.
Other tourist destinations:
- Sicamous Sternwheeler Museum
- LocoLanding Adventure Park
- Penticton Giant Beach in Rotary Park
- Penticton Japanese Garden
- Penticton Art Gallery
- Penticton Vees 1955 World Champions Sculpture
- Giant PENTICTON Sign on Munson Mountain
- numerous wineries
History of Sicamous Sternwheeler
The SS Sicamous —a large five decked sternwheeler built by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)—is the largest surviving steamship of the Britich Columbia CPR Lake & River Service. Launched in 1914, the coal-fired S.S. Sicamous operated daily as a passender and cargo vessel on Okanagan Lake from Penticton north to Okanagan Landing (Vernon), connecting Kettle Valley Railways and areas between the fruit communities of Penticton and other towns of Kelowna and Vernon. During the summer and fall of 1935 and 1936, it operated only as a cargo vessel until the service was permanently discontinued in 1937. In 1949 the City of Penticton acquired the ship from CPR and brought it back home to the current site in Penticton in 1951. Since 1988, the S.S. Sicamous Restoration Society has understaken extensive heritage restoration to return her to her previous glory. The Sicamous is currently beached as a part of a heritage shipyard operated by the Penticton Museum and Archives in Penticton. The vessel today is operated both as a museum and events and banquet facility.
Map & Driving Direction
Exact location of Penticton Sicamous Sternwheeler is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click “EXTERNAL LINK” below to view map).