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S.S. Sicamous museum returns after two years of closures

The S.S. Sicamous on Lakeshore Drive in Penticton.
Image Credit: Dan Walton

After two years of closures due to the pandemic, a museum nestled in a historic ship has reopened to the public.

The S.S. Sicamous opened for the season this weekend, and its days of operation will be from Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the summer.

Some Saturdays may be closed for select events.

During its closure, volunteers also conducted some renovations to the site, including refinishing the museum's floors, painting and polishing, according to the S.S. Sicamous Marine Heritage Society's Facebook page.

The Steamship Sicamous, a Canadian Pacific Railway ship, once plied the waters of Okanagan Lake from 1914 to 1937, moving passengers and freight from Penticton to the North Okanagan's Okanagan Landing. 

After de-commissioning and several years of retirement at the shipyards where it was built, the ship sat on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, and has been slowly returned to its former glory by volunteers.

The ship is now open as a Heritage Museum, and part of an Inland Marine Park in Penticton, honouring the tugs and ships that helped establish settlement of the Okanagan Valley, according to the society. 

To learn more about the S.S. Sicamous, visit the heritage society's website.


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