Moorage of M.V. Fintry off Kickininee Provincial Park

  • Posted on: 6 April 2017
  • By: Michael Brydon

Just a heads-up: The RDOS has been asked to comment on a proposal for the temporary moorage of the Fintry Queen in Okanagan Lake off Area F.

  1. The proposed management plan can be found here
  2. RDOS staff report to Area F APC


The RDOS is not the decision maker, the Province of BC is.  Howerver, like the PIB, we may be considered stakeholders and are being asked to comment.  Please let me know (or leave a comment below) if you have any strong views one way or another on this proposal.




While I have no problem with the moorage, as it seems to me to be away from home lake view obstruction, there seems to be a near certainty that this would end up being either a homeless shelter or a party barge. Either one would promote major delinquency. Neither affects me personally, but it could generate an increase in policing costs for our area. Would a moorage closer to or in the yacht club (Summerland or Penticton) not be a more practical answer? Oh, I forgot, this is a government decision. Sorry. Bureaucracy at its finest.

The proponent is in the process of establishing moorage in Penticton and Summerland.  The idea is to run a cruise circuit between Penticton, Naramata, and Summerland.  The problem is that shore moorage requires more infrastructure, planning, and approval (hence the requirement for a temporary solution).  This is 400m offshore so requires little in terms of infrastructure.

What requirements will be in place for salvage should the vessel end up on the shore in a big blow? In other incidents, the province has been quick to deny any responsibility for beached and abandoned damaged craft (e.g. Trout Creek). An insurance policy sounds obvious, but such requirements require enforcement. Transport Canada, who oversee such matters, have been notoriously slack on the lake regarding their own shipping laws.

Yes, big issue.  The RDOS staff report states:

It is also noted that the applicant has stated that “the ship at anchor carries a $1,000,000 million liability policy with a $300,000 salvage inclusion” and it is entrusted that the province considers these sums sufficient in the event that the ship should requiring salvaging from its current location. 

In short, we rely on the province and Transport Canada to take care of all the technical details (which is good, because this is well outside of the RDOS range of expertise).  What we are really looking at is a neighborhood issue:

  1. Do people want to look at this (a cost)
  2. Would people welcome the cruise service as an amenity or economic driver  (benefit)


As Ruth pointed out in a comment above, few homes in Area F would see the moorage.  But you would see it when driving to Kelowna or using one of the pull-out parks along that stretch of road.