Heritage & Museum

Our History

On April 8th, 1949, the Okanagan Landing and District Community Association came into being under the Societies Act. Since then the Association has continued to steward a successful park and buildings known as Paddlewheel Park and Hall.

Over 100 years ago, the area known as Paddlewheel Park was the site of CPR shipbuilding and a bustling centre of commerce. It was here that the sternwheel steamships Aberdeen, Okanagan, Sicamous, and the tugboat Naramata were constructed. To learn more about Steam Ships click HERE.

Stationhouse Museum

Open for private tours year round. For private guided tours contact Diana at 250-558-4233 (tours conducted by donation to the museum).

The Museum Committee conducted a safety assessment and implemented appropriate precautions regarding COVID-19 guidelines. Safety measures are in place and volunteer hosts will be trained following the guidelines. We encourage parents to bring their children down for a guided educational visit. We are at 7813 Okanagan Landing Road, Vernon BC.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer host for occasional two hour shifts, call Diana. 

The Okanagan Landing Stationhouse Museum (a satellite of Greater Vernon Museum and Archives) celebrates the history of the area and houses an amazing 21’x4′ scale model depicting Okanagan Landing in 1914,  when sternwheelers provided the only transportation from Vernon to Penticton. Groups of primary students from Okanagan Landing School and Alexis Park School have already enjoyed a field trip to the museum in June, learning that Paddlewheel Park looked very, very different a hundred years ago!

Before the rise of the automobile, journey by ship was the fastest and easiest way to travel in the Okanagan. The lake boats would have carried everything needed for daily life and commerce. Ships were the only reliable and efficient way for mail, people and cargo to travel. The Stationhouse was the primary facility to board the Sternwheelers.

When the railroad withdrew its services in 1936, the Stationhouse passed into private hands. In 1982 it was donated to the Okanagan Landing & District Community Association by Wes and Kay Whitehead. The heritage building now serves our community as a museum and repository for historical memorabilia, an amazing 21′ x 4′ scale model depicting Okanagan Landing in 1914 when sternwheelers provided the only transportation from Vernon to Penticton and photos from our past.