The West Kelowna Yacht Club has great facilities for up to 149 people for meetings, weddings, birthday parties and more. The Club was largely renovated in 2014 with new floors, ceilings, walls, lighting and bar furniture. The Bar was redesigned and now has two serving locations. Information about renting the facility for special events is located here.
The Club is used for regular meetings of the West Kelowna Rotary Association, The Kinsmen Club of Westbank, and Okanagan Business Excellence.
It all started when the Department of Transport built a breakwater in Gellatly Bay for the moorage of pleasure boats for the Westbank area. A local group was required, such as a Yacht Club to take care of the moorage and build a walkway to connect the breakwater to the shore.
In 1962, thirteen enthusiastic boaters gathered to form the Westbank Yacht Club.
Permission was received from the Parks Board to use a small house located in the park directly across the road from the breakwater, for the club house. The members painted the exterior and fixed up the interior a little but the members were not happy with the old house.
On New Years Day in 1965 the M.V. Pendozi sank at the C.N. wharf in Kelowna. It was a clear day, slightly below zero with a strong wind creating waves to wash onto the car deck and turn to ice, weighting the ship lower in the water. The engines had been removed from the engine room but the cooling discharge ports were left open. Water poured in and it quietly sank... read more
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