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“Cool little local museum”

S.S. Sicamous Museum and Heritage Park
Ranked #11 of 84 things to do in Penticton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Calgary, Canada
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41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Cool little local museum”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

This was one of those let's stop and check it out kind of experiences and we were not really sure what to expect. As it turns out the ship is pretty amazing and the restoration work that has been done to it is beautiful. If you take the time to stop and read all the signs you get the full picture of the history of the area and the ship. It was a little strange to see other exhibits inside the ship, including a model railway layout, a room dedicated to local photography and another dedicated to the local hockey team but all in all worth the change you spend to tour it. My only issue with the boat was that the staff did not seem very willing to engage us past asking for our money.

Visited July 2012
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English first
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206 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“A must-see in Penticton”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

Wide variety of interesting exhibits, historical objects and photos. You get an authentic feeling of what it was like to travel on a paddle-wheel steamer. Check out the captains and crew quarters, passenger cabins and the boiler room and steam engine. If you are into old tug boats, a volunteer will tour you thru the steam tug that's alongside.

Visited August 2012
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Penticton, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“More than worth a visit.”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

I spent the most wonderful afternoon on the Sicamous, its more than a Museum it is a fantastic step into the past, a really great experience, and work being done to restore the vessel is really beautiful, make this a must on your visit to Penticton the history is wonderful.

Visited July 2012
Thank Barbara R
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent Museum”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

The scale model railway depicting the KVR is worth the visit. The Sicamous is lovingly cared for and in a beautiful setting right on the beach.

Visited June 2012
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North Vancouver, Canada
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125 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A steal for $2”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

My partner and I stumbled in here accidentally on a Tuesday when admisssion is only $2. Having walked past the Sicamous a myriad of times we both realized we'd never actually been inside.
I don't know what the regular admission is, but for $2 it was a steal. The toy train set up is a little bit kitschy, but once you get to explore the different levels and inner workings of the ship - and try and envision what it would have been like to stay in one of the tiny state rooms - it becomes a very interesting and well documented look back at the ship's history and contribution to the province.

Visited July 2012
Thank Tanis R
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