Penticton is known as a wonderful British Columbia location for it’s sunshine and beaches, especially in the beautiful summer months. But, Penticton is filled with a rich history that can be fun to explore for seniors and young people alike. Because of its location, Penticton was a natural transportation hub – first as a port for steamers plying the lake, and later as a headquarters for the Kettle Valley Railway. Seniors can appreciate checking out Penticton’s rich history by visiting any of these wonderful locations.
The S.S. Sicamous is the largest remaining steel-hulled sternwheeler in Canada, and it rests on the southern shores of Okanagan Lake right in downtown Penticton! Originally commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, BC Lake and River Service, and built in Port Arthur, Ontario – it took 19 rail cars to move this ship to her assembly point in the Okanagan. A self-guided tour of the cargo deck is available for those who want a closer look.
Kettle Valley Railway
Completed in 1916, the Kettle Valley Railway traversed nearly 500km of some of the toughest terrain during the age of steam railways. The last passenger train pulled into Penticton in 1964, and these days the railway lives on as a popular easy-access hiking trail.
The displays in the Penticton Museum highlight the area’s heritage highlights. Learn about local wildlife, First Nations, and Penticton society from the early days and through to the transformation into the fruit orchards it is today. The Museum is open year round.
For curious seniors, any of these wonderful historical sites can provide a day of entertainment and pleasure as they explore Penticton’s rich history.