S.S. Moyie ~ Heritage Park

In the decades before railway branch lines and all-weather roads, shallow-draught paddlewheel steamships provided a reliable link between many remote settlements and the outside world. Besides passengers, they carried farm implements, dry goods, foodstuffs, sacks of mail, liquor and other necessities into isolated communities returning with passengers and sundry cargo.

Built in 1898 the S.S. Moyie was originally intended to ferry miners and supplies along the Stikine River in northern British Columbia. When gold fever petered out in the Klondike the S.S. Moyie was sent to British Columbia's southern interior instead. The Canadian Pacific Railway shipped the steel hull west from Toronto in 1,000 pieces and assembled it at Nelson on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. The ship was finished under the supervision of a master builder and elegantly appointed after the fashion of the day. The S.S. Moyie spent the next sixty years hauling coal, freight and passengers across the waters of Kootenay Lake, B.C.

The originally S.S. Moyie, preserved in Kaslo, B.C., served as the model of Heritage Park's two-thirds size vessel.