History

Missing for almost half a century, the iconic Joe Drinkwater tugboat has returned to Sproat Lake.   In the mid 1940's the Joe Drinkwater III, arrived from Great Central Lake to Sproat Lake.  During its almost 30 year stay, the famous tugboat was a signature trademark of a vibrant and flourishing forestry industry; hauling building materials, towing log flows and delivery fresh food and and spirits to both residents and businesses around Sproat Lake.

The original Joe Drinkwater Tugboat dates back over a century ago to 1899.  The tugboat was named after Joseph Drinkwater, a prospector and trapper who pioneered much of the gold rush activity.   Joe Drinkwater discovered the tallest vertical falls in Canada (440m/1443ft) and named them Dellas Falls after his wife Della.   Accessible only by hiking trails, Dellas Falls is approximately 45 kms northwest of Sproat Lake.   

Sproat Lake Landing is proud to continue the tradition with Drinkwaters Restaurant and the launch of the Joe Drinkwater IV tugboat signifying the bounty of the vibrant tourism industry in the Alberni Valley and mid-Vancouver Island.  

As the latest chapter in the Sproat Lake's rich history, Drinkwaters promises to be true to the legacy.  We endeavor to provide quality, fresh local food, abundant spirits and many fond memories to residents and visitors enjoying the natural beauty of Sproat Lake.