Penticton is located 60 km (37 miles) north of Osoyoos
and 68 km (42 miles) south of Kelowna
on Hwy 97. Penticton is situated in the lower half of the Okanagan
Valley between Skaha and Okanagan Lakes.
With a semi-arid climate providing more than 2,000 hours of sunshine,
two lakes bordering city limits and a landscape surrounded by mountains,
Penticton can offer you an exciting lifestyle throughout all four
Place to Stay Forever'
Translated from the native Salish First Nations, the name 'Penticton'
means 'a place to stay forever.' Once you drive in on Hwy 3 in either
direction this name becomes very apparent. Lush orchards, panoramic
vistas, crystal clear lakes and incredible-looking bluffs overlooking
Skaha or Okanagan Lakes will have you in complete awe.
Beaches at Skaha and Okanagan Lakes
For boating and water fun check out the beaches at both Skaha and
Okanagan Lakes. Both lakes have incredible beaches for sun tanning
or swimming. The water is very clean and warms up nicely during
the summer months. For those who require some shade try Skaha Lake
where there is a city park complete with trees, grass and a large
Penticton has a reputation for offering a great range of recreational
activities all year round. Whatever you desire to do or see, Penticton
can fill your activity needs.
There are a number of golf courses for all level of play with a
season that starts in early April and can extend into late October.
There is a large choice of both executive-style courses to the full
18 holes for those who want to be challenged. For those who don't
mind a short 20-minute drive in either direction on Hwy 97 there
are courses at both Kaleden and Summerland.
There is biking along the Trans Canada Trail that takes you to Kaleden,
Naramata or Summerland following abandoned
Kettle Valley Railway right-of-way. For hiking there are trails
at Ellis Ridge and the Ridgedale Trail along Penticton Creek.
If you ski or snowboard there is a great mountain resort close by
called Apex Mountain Resort and, within a short drive south, there
is Mt Baldy near Oliver or, if you go north,
Big White in Kelowna and Silver Star
For wine lovers Penticton makes a good base for touring quite a
few wineries in all directions. On the north-east side towards Naramata
are the wineries: Hillside Estate, Lang Vineyards and Red Rooster
Winery. Going south there are five wineries in the Okanagan
Falls in an area nicknamed Corkscrew Drive. Just a short ride
north on Hwy 97 at Summerland there is Sumac Ridge and Scherzinger
Most of the wineries offer sampling as well as tours of their sites.
If you can, a good time to visit is in the early part of October
when the grapes have ripened to the fullest extent. A good place
to start gathering information regarding the wines and vineyards
of Penticton is at the BC
VQA Wine Information Centre conveniently located at the corner of
Eckhardt Avenue and Hwy 97.
Besides the wineries, fantastic beaches and great golf, Penticton
has so much more to offer you. There are numerous 'Show and Shines'
featuring incredible hot rods and specialty cars throughout the
summer. If you enjoy gaming, there a Lake City Casino located at
the Penticton Lakeside Resort. For museums and history fans there
is the S.S. Sicamous and R. N. Atkinson Museum and Archives.
Peachfest, which first started in 1947, is a five-day celebration
that marks the start of the local Penticton peach harvest. If you
enjoy parades Peachfest usually has the largest display of floats
in British Columbia. Other festivals include: Pentastic Jazz Festival,
Penticton Elvis Festival, Okanagan Fest-of-Ale and Penticton Kiwanis
Bluffs a Natural Marvel
Just south of Penticton on the east side of Skaha Lake is Skaha
Bluffs Provincial Park one of British Columbia's premiere rock
climbing areas. Even if you don't climb have a look at the wonder
of this landscape. There are some incredible geological formations
that form the Skaha Bluffs with a loop trail throughout the rock
areas. Make sure you visit the City of Penticton for directions
and parking restrictions.
Plus if you have kids take them to an adventure park located
near the S.S. Sicamous called LocoLanding.
Penticton is also home to one of Canada's premiere athletic competitions
called Challenge Penticton. This event happens every year during
the month of August.
If you get a chance, scope out the course and marvel at the challenge.
Swim 3.86 km (2.4 miles) in Okanagan Lake, bike a total of 180.2
km (112 miles) down to Osoyoos, up Richter Pass then back to Penticton
then, to top it off, run for a full 42.2 km (26.2 miles) down to
Okanagan Falls and back along the east side of Skaha Lake.