In a world that is constantly evolving and changing, it is valuable to pause and celebrate the enduring symbols of our past, the guardians of our history. The SS Moyie National Historic Site is one such treasure, a relic of a bygone era that has stood the test of time. As we approach the 125th anniversary of its launch, it’s only fitting that we come together to commemorate this remarkable piece of our heritage.

On October 22, 2023, the Kootenay Lake Historical Society will host a celebration dinner at the Kaslo Legion – a date that marks 125 years to the day since the SS Moyie first took to the waters of Kootenay Lake. This event promises to be a memorable evening, filled with nostalgia, stories, and the warm camaraderie of those who appreciate the significance of this historic vessel.

The SS Moyie, a sternwheeler that plied the waters of Kootenay Lake for decades, holds a special place in the hearts of residents and visitors alike. It was a lifeline, a connection to the outside world, and a symbol of progress in the early 20th century. Its distinct paddlewheel churning through the waters of Kootenay Lake is etched in the collective memory of the region.

Any proceeds generated above the costs incurred will be dedicated to the ongoing restoration of the SS Moyie. Preserving this iconic vessel is not just about safeguarding the past; it’s an investment in the future, ensuring that generations to come can experience and appreciate the rich history it represents.

You are invited to gather with us at the Kaslo Legion for a special evening, to reflect on the 125 year journey of the SS Moyie, the stories it carries, and the communities it connected. Join us on October 22, 2023, for a night of reminiscence, gratitude, and a shared passion for history. Let us raise our glasses to the SS Moyie. Tickets are available at the Kaslo Visitor Centre, Willow Home, and Sunnyside Naturals in Kaslo or by emailing us at

Kootenay Lake Historical Society