Dive Site Description
Fintry Provincial Park
Park is accessable from April 1st to mid-October
The park is located on the northwest side of Okanagan Lake on Fintry Delta Road, off Westside Road, approximately 34 km north of Kelowna or 49 km south of Vernon. Boat access is possible from Ellison Provincial Park and Kopje Regional Park in Lake Country.
Off the beach in the park is a CPR - Canadian Pacific Railway Barge. The barge moved cargo around Okanagan Lake and in later years was used by other commercial enterprises. It sunk off the beach in the park and lays in 25 to 60 feet of water. The structure of the barge is excellent and it's possible to access the interior thru the deck. She is approximatley 190 feet in length and 30 feet across.
You should be a Certified Wreck Diver before accessing the interior on any sumberged wreck
Off the Northwestern end of the barge is the frame for an old gas company - see if you can figure out which one. At the other end of the barge is the remains of a small boat. It's very unstable and shouldn't be touched. Between the barge and the beach are some of the KingPosts used to support the barge structure.
This site has been surveyed by the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia and a Plaque is located on the deck towards the Eastern end of the barge.
Please do not remove anything from the wreck or the surrounding area as it is a protected archaeological site.
The best access from the beach is a path from campsite #62. Once on the beach swim out to the dropoff about 15 feet in depth and follow the dropoff west or with the beach on your left. You should run into the debris field and the barge after a few minutes of swimming.
Parking is a problem but there is space available in a small lot located between the historic Fintry Manor House and the campsites. It's not a long walk to the water and there are other access points to the beach which can put you on the dive site.
The Packing House
Located further east is the original fruit packing house. It was here that the barge loaded and unloaded cargo. Have a look around you never know what was left from those early days.
Please respect the park and campers. Parking alongside the campground roads or in the grass areas is not acceptable.