"The Fintry Queen"

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Fintry Queen - pic 03Originally named the "Lequime", the 150ft ship was one of three car ferries built to carry passengers and vehicles between Kelowna and West Kelowna, before the first floating bridge was completed in 1958. In 1965 she was purchased by Arthur Bailey, who re-christened her "Fintry" and added the paddlewheel, to reflect the traditional paddlewheelers who would call into more than 25 landing sites along the shores of 80 mile long Okanagan Lake.

"2017 will be big year", says Schwab, "Canada's 150th Anniversary and the Fintry's 70th." In addition to the $10 daily cruise sailings, there will be three special event cruises, a "Maiden Voyage" on the Victoria Day Weekend, a July 1st - Canada Day Celebration and on September 1st, the "Fintry's Birthday". "Everyone remembers where they were on Y2K," says Schwab" these events will be special !"

$10 Cruises for 2017 and special events tickets can be purchase on the Fintry Queen's web site at www.fintryqueen.ca and on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site. "If we do not reach our objective and if the ship is not sailing in 2017, we will refund all the tickets purchased" promises Schwab.

Fintry Queen - pic 04Historically over 30,000 passengers toured the lake each summer aboard the "Queen" when it was moored in downtown Kelowna's Kerry Park. "10,000 tickets may seem like a big number", says Schwab, "but where else can you get an hour and a half cruise for $10. That's 5000 couples paying just $20, or 2500 families of 4 for just $40."

Being on Okanagan Lake seems to mark a special time and place in many people's lives. The Fintry Queen has been a favorite location for many memorable weddings, banquets and special events for decades.

Re-starting the ship will create up to 60 full and part-time jobs, from Captains and Deck Hands to Food Service Staff. Volunteers are welcome to get involved with the renovations or spread the word about the ticket sales. "We'll be active on social media to connect with future staff, groups or anyone interested." said Schwab. "We anticipate a lot of support from local businesses, to come on board with their staff or develop new opportunities, based on thousands of families and tourists travelling aboard the Fintry Queen."

Fintry Queen - pic 02

For more information you may contact
Andy Schwab at 250-808-2628 or info@fintryqueen.ca

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