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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Weiser, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We truly enjoyed stepping back in time to tour the S.S, Sicamous and learn about its history and the history of steam ships in B. C. The volunteers have done an excellent job restoring this old beauty. There is also a model railroad display and diorama. It is well worth the $1 extra to see the train go 'round.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This enormous stern-wheeler has a charming museum installation with a lot of local color. Excellent staff here, who go out of their way to inform and amuse. One caveat though - call ahead to see if they are open to the public... many many weekends they get booked for weekends and private functions (and the odd music festival!). The website... More 

1 Thank mm__j__ww
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely restoration of an old steam ship. Small fee to view goes towards upkeep and maintenance, nice displays, you can go throughout the whole ship freely. Can be booked for events too.

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The website said they were operating but when we got there we were told, by a very rude employee, that the place was closed- apparently the boat is in such bad shape that it leaks whenever it rains! Nothing about that on the website. if the personnel of the museum are going to be rude to the paying public- then... More 

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

Hi Mark! Thanks for your feedback. We apologize, as unfortunately the opening times can change, depending on the circumstances. If you are planning to come for a visit we encourage you to give the crew a call first (at 250-492-0403) and we will be happy to answer any questions :) (...Also, just a hint, its best not to shout at... More 

Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We walked or drove by the S.S. Sicamous many times while visiting the area but it was always closed. This time it was open! We expected to spend less than one hour and ended exploring for more than 2 hours. The restoration work is amazing and well presented. There is a lot to learn for all ages. The displays illustrate... More 

1 Thank Studio_Driver
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Beautifully restored ship with many historical pictures. Lovely place for a wedding or reception/party.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

I had no idea this museum even existed til we were planning a quick trip to Salmon Arm and someone recommended stopping at the SS Sicamous on the way back. What a gorgeous museum! Truly a step back in time and lots of interesting facts about not only the ship and its role in transportation, but Penticton's overall history. We... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This iconic lake ship has been part of the Penticton landscape for a long while, but it was only recently that we decided to go aboard to see the museum. It exceeded our expectations! You can learn a lot about BC history in general, and interior of BC history specifically, in a short period of time. The displays are great!... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

My hats off to the museum society who have lovingly restored the SS Sicamous to it's former glory years. In the early 1950'e while out of service and moored at Okanagan Landing in Vernon I remember at age 10 or 12 running along the decks of this ship. It was a pleasure to again explore this ship and the excellent... More 

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