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

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.