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S.S. Sicamous Inland Marine Museum

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Address: 1099 Lakeshore Dr W, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 1B7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-492-0403
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Sun - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The SS Sicamous is the largest surviving paddle wheeler in Canada. It is...

The SS Sicamous is the largest surviving paddle wheeler in Canada. It is open as a heritage site, museum and wedding venue. Launched in 1914, the ship provided a vital means of transport to remote communities on the shores of Okanagan Lake. The SS Sicamous is operated by the SS Sicamous Society: a non-profit organization that works to protect the marine heritage of the Okanagan.Funds from your admission go directly to the restoration of the SS Sicamous, and the other heritage ships in our care.

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Interesting ship with a lot of information

If you are interested in the history of the area this is worth your time. There are a number of displays and exhibits, I was disappointed in a lot of the rooms on the ship have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
louis622
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are interested in the history of the area this is worth your time. There are a number of displays and exhibits, I was disappointed in a lot of the rooms on the ship have been taken over for storage areas and food services areas as they are trying to keep it going by renting out the ship for... More 

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Campbell River, British Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Penticton's Sicamous Heritage Museum for the second time and loved exploring and learning about Penticton's history! The Sicamous is technically "inland" although right off Lake Okanagon and saying that it is a "Marine" museum might make some families think that there are marine animals to see too. It is a historically preserved paddle-wheeler. Young and old, especially historic... More 

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JessicaMDunlop, Manager at S.S. Sicamous Inland Marine Museum, responded to this review

Hi! Thanks for visiting the SS Sicamous museum, and for taking the time to leave a review. We hope you will come back again next summer! :) More 

British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My favourite part of this historic steam wheeler is the huge miniature train exhibit. The little trains go chugging past recreated forests & villages complete with tiny animals & people. Very cool for children, train buffs & anyone who appreciates the skill & love put into recreating this piece of history. The steamwheeler is well kept & has authentic furnishings... More 

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JessicaMDunlop, Manager at S.S. Sicamous Inland Marine Museum, responded to this review

Hi Phyllis! Thanks for visiting the museum, we love the model railway too! It is looked after by a separate group called the Kettle Valley Model Railway Club, and they are in every Tuesday evening to clean and maintain the model (visitors are welcome at the meetings, just call us in advance). Over 10,000 hours has been spent on the... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The memorabilia onboard was interesting and the venue overal was ok. The stories on the boat were interesting.

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Thank DebSWEdm
JessicaMDunlop, Manager at S.S. Sicamous Inland Marine Museum, responded to this review

Hi Deb, Thanks for taking the time to visit the ship, we appreciate your feedback. Is there anything in particular that you felt we could improve upon? We encourage you to come for another visit, or perhaps even a guided tour? We are happy to show guests around the ship, just ask at the front desk :) Our volunteers are... More 

Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our 7 year old grandson, at his request, for a tour of the Sicamous. He thoroughly enjoyed the model train display, the levels on the ship, the ballroom and staterooms, the idea of steam power and simply the size of it. We also enjoyed the historical value and the view onto Lake Okanagan.

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JessicaMDunlop, Manager at S.S. Sicamous Inland Marine Museum, responded to this review

Hello! Thanks for visiting the museum :) We agree, the model railway and the steam boilers are awesome. Guests are often surprised by scale of the machinery, and by the amount of coal that was needed to fuel it (up to 17 tonnes of coal - hand shovelled each and every day) The yellow engines at the back of the... More 

Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family members loved this paddlewheeler and all of the fun and interesting artifacts such as the pilot house, the state rooms, and the model railroad!

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely an interesting stop, along the boardwalk. Even my older teens were interested in the artifacts and the tour through the ship. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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Vancouver, British Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting ship, enjoyed a step back in time and learning about the history. Great view of the lake & beach from the upper deck.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this ship. The kids loved playing on the old fashioned type writer. Interesting history. Relaxing sitting in the chairs and listening to the lake waves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The SS Sicamous is both a museum and event centre. Take a tour of the ships, it's both interesting and educational for all ages. Then bring your beach chairs and relax on the beach!

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