As Kootenay Lake Historical Society closes in on its fundraising target of $100,000 we are able to embark in early spring upon our Weather Rehabilitation Project of the S.S. Moyie under the capable guidance of Board Member Kit Ashenhurst. The Moyie is currently in a deteriorated state and requires urgent repair.

The restoration work on the ship will include new canvas on the decks, material which requires cutting and stretching, railing replacements, toe kicks, and a repaint of the entire ship. A large expense is scaffolding which will be up for the better part of the season.

The total expense for the stabilization, not including the structural support posts and repaired floors already paid for by the Society, is estimated to be $618,000.

The Kaslo Visitor Centre will open as usual on Mother’s Day. However, there may be times where it will be necessary to close the ship as needed for safety considerations. We plan to give as much notice as possible in advance of any closures  through our website and social media. When we’re open to visitors to the site we plan interpretation by various staff members to explain to visitors what the work entails and how it is done.

KLHS hopes that we attract the attention of Kaslo youth who have an interest for summer work on the S.S. Moyie. This restoration represents an opportunity for hands on work and instruction by skilled trades and may lead to a way forward into a career. 

Job vacancies will be posted on the KLHS website and other websites and periodicals as necessary until we have all hands on deck as needed. Your support for this community based asset is deeply appreciated.

Kootenay Lake Historical Society