Steamfest Comes to the Okanagan!

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At precisely 2:15pm on Tuesday May 19th, 1914, a giant splash greeted the launch of the Okanagan's latest steam-driven paddle wheeler, the SS Sicamous. The graceful ship represented a long line of transport vessels that ran up and down Okanagan Lake since the 1890s, and for the next 23 years it connected small communities on the water to the commercial hubs of Vernon, Kelowna, and Penticton. Just over a year later on May 31st 1915, KVR Locomotive #4 and three passenger cars arrived at Penticton Lakeshore Station to officially open the newly completed Kettle Valley Railway. More than 1500 people were on hand to greet the start of the age of steam rail travel in the area, and connecting the Okanagan to the outside world.

Fast forward to 2014 and the age of steam is being recognised again through the launch of Steamfest! For 18 months starting in May of 2014, the museums of the South Okanagan will be hosting a huge celebration to recognise the impact steam technology and travel had 100 years ago with the launch of the SS Sicamous sternwheeler and the arrival of the Kettle Valley Railway. Steamfest will feature a combination of fun events, amazing exhibits, musical performances, machine demonstrations, and sumptuous culinary celebrations during which the character and history of the South Okanagan will be recognised and remembered.

Eventbrite - SS Sicamous Centennial Celebration

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Steam Machines Demo Days June 20-22 2014 - Penticton Lakefront (central)

Get a real appreciation for the awesome power of steam as various steam-powered machinery are fired up with boilers hissing and gears grinding! Check out the horse-drawn steam powered pumper and join the Boys with Old Toys as they fire up all manner of big machinery!

Steamfest Regatta Sept 19-21 2014 - Penticton Lakefront (west side)

A hundred years ago, the people of the Okanagan would hold aquatic regattas that were community building and full of competitive fun! We're recreating the old-timey feel of these popular events with kayak, canoe, outrigger, and War Canoe races; plus vintage bathing suit competitions, and lots of events for the kids including a Splash Race! Win an 'Ogopogo Cup' and bragging rights! Proceeds from the events will go to the Penticton Museum's War Canoe Restoration Project.
Family friendly and great as a corporate team-buildeing exercise. Register now as an individual or team!

"Fireborn" Penticton Museum Original Exhibit Sept 2014 - 785 Main st, Penticton

What better way to learn about the history and engineering of steam engines than through this brand-new exhibit where interactive elements meet cutting edge design in this amazing must-see experience.

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Partners and Sponsors in creating Steamfest

The festival is coordinated through different heritage groups including: SS Sicamous Restoration Society, Kettle Valley Steam Railway, Penticton Museum and Archives, and Okanagan Historical Society.

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Contact Us

Okanagan Steamfest

785 Main street
Penticton BC
(250) 490-2451

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