Provincial funding will lead to some interior upgrades to the Fintry manor house.

Fintry manor house receives funding

The provincial government will pump $1,.5 million into the 1911 manor house at Fintry

A vital part of Okanagan history is being enhanced for future generations.

The provincial government will pump $1,.5 million into the 1911 manor house at Fintry Provincial Park off of Westside Road.

“It’s a real gem and this is a real chance to celebrate the history of the place,” said Mary Polak, environment minister.

Upgrades include $700,000 to reconstruct the interior of the manor house, which was constructed by James C. Dun-Waters, commonly known as the laird of Fintry.

Dun-Waters bought the land in 1909 and he was known for his cattle herds and orchards.

The interior reconstruction work — a new meeting room, caretaker’s suite, office space and an accessible washroom — will completed in 2016.

Other upgrades include waterfall trail staircase repairs, a new sani-station and a new water system reservoir.

Fintry Provincial is 360 hectares in size and along with heritage buildings, it includes 101 campsites and beach along Okanagan Lake.

“It’s a beautiful park and any enhancements that make the visitor experience more enjoyable  are welcome,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

The upgrades at Fintry are part of more than $13 million the government is spending on B.C. provincial parks in 2016/17.

“We’re making priorities to enhance and maintain our parks system,” said Polak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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