Construction kicks off on downtown Kelowna's new marina

By Julie Whittet

Those enjoying the sun while walking along Kelowna's downtown waterfront this afternoon had to make a few unexpected detours.

The stretch of walkway at the end of Bernard Avenue was dug up and construction workers were regulating foot traffic through the area. The construction crew was in the process of  laying in electrical and sewage systems in preparation for the new marina and pier.

Edmonton-based developer, Westcorp, was granted the Downtown Marina project in 2012 and are building a floating pier for public use and leisure boating, and an additional pier for commercial boating.  

The area is about to get a lot noisier in the coming days. A large pile driver, stationed near The Sails, will be installing a series of underwater piles that will support the new concrete pier. A number of wooden docks will also be constructed on the west side of the lake, then floated over and anchored to the pier.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250) 718-0428.

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