Photo: SS Moyie National Historic Site Kootenay Lake

The SS Moyie, a National Historic Site, sits on a concrete berth on the scenic shores of Kootenay Lake in Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada.

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The SS Moyie was a sternwheeler paddle steamboat that plied the waters of Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada from 1898 to 1957. It is now a National Historic Site situated on the shores of Kootenay Lake in Kaslo. Originally intended to sail the Stikine River as part of a project that planned an all Canadian route to the goldfields in the Klondike Gold Rush, she sailed Kootenay Lake after the project failed because of the lack of a railway. The Moyie became the darling of the fleet, with her comfortable overnight cabins, large dining saloon, and private ladies' saloon, all hand-decorated in rich gold leaf and ruled the waves of Lake Kootenay during the years of the early 1900's when the population of the Kootenays was growing fast and needed passenger and freight service.

On April 27, 1957, the Moyie sailed her last voyage and was greeted along the way of her 87 mile long route by sad residents, bidding her a final farewell. The 700 residents of the Town of Kaslo decided that they wanted to give the Moyie a lasting home and arrangements were made with the Canadian Pacific Railway, her owner, to sell the sternwheeler to the town for $1.00. The Kootenay Lake Historical Society was formed to bring her back to the state she was in during her glory days.

Today, she has been fully restored and rests on a concrete berth at the end of Front Street in Kaslo. She is a popular British Columbia landmark and has been designated a National Historic Site. Thousands of visitors from all areas of the world tour the Moyie annually and marvel at the old paddle steamboat's appointments. When they step aboard the Moyie, they are transported back in time to the beginning of the last century and enjoy the recreated smells, sights and sounds of life on the Moyie. Set in the scenic region of the Kootenays on the shore of Kootenay Lake, she welcomes all visitors to her hand and her time.

SS Moyie National Historic Site on the shores of Kootenay Lake in the town of Kaslo, Central Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/11.0, exposure time of 1/25 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 20mm.

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