The province has committed $1.5 million for upgrades to Fintry Provincial Park which sits on the west side of Okanagan Lake, between Kelowna and Vernon.
A big chunk of the funds, $700,000, will be spent working on Fintry Manor House, a historical building commemorating Capt. James C. Dun-Waters.
Known as the “Laird of Fintry,” Dun-Waters bought and named the land in 1909 and built many of the heritage buildings that exist in the park.
Interior reconstruction work includes a new meeting room, caretaker’s suite, office space and an accessible washroom.
In the park, there will be repairs to a waterfall trail staircase and safety fencing, a new sani-station and a new water system reservoir – to ensure an adequate supply of potable water.
“Fintry Provincial Park provides a step back in time for visitors with its unique cultural history,” said Steve Thomson, Kelowna-Mission MLA. “These upgrades will ensure these important historical sites will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.”
Environment Minister Mary Polak thanked the Friends of Fintry Provincial Park Society, a non-profit group which works with BC Parks in the management of the area’s cultural history, for its hard work in helping to preserve, restore and interpret the heritage buildings.
“The historical features throughout this park help add to the uniqueness of our province’s world-renowned parks system,” Polak said.
Fintry Provincial Park features a campground, beach and triple waterfall. It is also a protected-area California bighorn sheep habitat.