Popular landmark has deep history under Okanagan waves
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Popular landmark has deep history under Okanagan waves

President Dan Sigal and son Sam Sigal, of the Holiday Park Resort, hold up a historical piece that was published in The Calendar in 2008. The resort’s mascot, the Orchard City II, an old tugboat that was originally commissioned in 1903. – Carli Berry/Capital News A white and blue ship has made its home on dry land next to Highway 97. Seen as travellers enter Lake Country, there’s more to the white sails than meets the eye as the 116-year-old boat, now a Holiday Park Resort sign, was once preserved underneath the waves of Okanagan Lake. The Orchard City II was commissioned in 1903 and was used as a tugboat to cart logs and lumber around Okanagan Lake. In 1948, the vessel sank after a storm near the Mission where it slept for more than 30 years. In 1979, it was brought to the surface and refurbished by Kelowna entrepreneur Leo Budnick, who had plans of using it as a restaurant, according to Lake Country Museum and Archive documents. The plans never came to fruition and the boat found a home in Okanagan Centre, where artists used it for inspiration. The importance to the art community “Never before would […]

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