CNR Wharf

Popular Waterfront Destination

CNR Wharf Park, also called the "old ferry docks," is a major waterfront, recreational attraction in the City of West Kelowna and a heritage landmark in Gellatly Bay.

The Wharf includes:

  • An aquatic playground with jumping towers, zip line and dock
  • Benches
  • Pier
  • Viewing and line-casting platform

Phase 1 Improvements

CNR Wharf Improvements - Phase 1 began January 13, 2014 and were completed in June of the same year, in time for the outdoor swim season.

The $536,541 project involved:

  • Demolition of the aging wharf
  • Removal and offsite disposal of the wharf and adjacent diving platform
  • Extraction of all piles from Gellatly Bay
  • Salvaging of the iconic metal lift pulleys for use in the new structure
  • Reconstruction of a seven-metre wide by 41-metre long steel wharf with timber decking and aluminium railings
  • Two lighted towers, with one to accommodate a three-metre jumping platform and a zip line
  • Installation of the salvaged pulleys on the two new towers, and
  • A new floating platform
On December 10, 2013, Council awarded construction contracts totaling $536,541 to Burton Marine Pile Driving Inc. for the CNR Wharf Upgrade Project – Phase 1. 
CNR Wharf - G. Robinson for CWK

Award Winning Project

In February 2015, The Central Okanagan Heritage Society presented an award to the City of West Kelowna for the CNR Wharf Upgrade Project. Wharf rehabilitation was honoured with the Special Heritage Project Award.

The wharf is one of the community’s most recognizable landmarks and has been an economic and recreational hub since it was built in 1930. In 2010, CNR Wharf was identified for reconstruction as the structure was deteriorating and presented a risk to the public.

Since CNR Wharf represented significant social and cultural value for the community, and the site was the first to be listed on West Kelowna’s Heritage Register, the city wanted to preserve and celebrate the history of the structure as much as possible. The project was designed to preserve the look of the wharf while improving safety, minimizing vandalism and improving the visitor experience. Special elements that paid homage to the heritage of Okanagan Lake were included in the design, including the fabrication of a steel cut out of the SS Okanagan, installed as a public art piece on the wharf.