Penticton, British Columbia

The town name, translated from native Salish, means a place to live forever.


Surrounded by Okanagan and Skaha lake, orchards, wineries, clay cliffs and mountain slopes, the city offers both beauty and a variety of activities for locals and visitors all year round.  There is something here for everyone: Hiking, skiing, fishing, wine-tasting, golfing, swimming, and biking. Penticton experiences four seasons with long hot summers and mild winters.  Penticton is on the edge of what is thought to be the only true desert in Canada. Hot dry summers make Penticton a hot vacation spot. A boaters paradise: Sandy, sheltered beaches, secluded bays and 135km of clear Okanagan Lake.

Population: 31,909

As the Okanagan Valley is known for orchards and it's fruit, Penticton is also known as the Wine Country.  Visitors can sample world class wines while enjoying the scenery of nearby lakes and mountains. Experience the beauty and flavor on a self-guided tour through Naramata and visit the wineries. More than 2000 hours of sunshine each year make for very lush vineyards. The weather is perfect for growing grapes. 

Create an Adventure! Explore Penticton by plane, helicopter, boat, horse, quad, bike or foot. There is somewhere between 80-100 lakes within a 2 hour distance from Penticton, most of them fish-filled. The world-famous Skaha Bluffs are a draw for rock climbers, paragliders, hikers and horseback riders. If you are into hiking, biking or just plain walking, you'll want to check out the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. It follows an old railway line through provincial parks and protected areas. Penticton is just 35 km from one of the biggest ski hills in the Okanagan, Apex Mountain Resort. Okanagan beach features paddle boats, house-boat rentals, marina, bicyle rentals, giant peach-shaped concession stand, busy sidewalks, and pale-brown sands. Also found on Okanagan Beach is the S.S. Sicamous, the largest remaining steel-hulled sternwheeler in Canada. Skaha Beach offers shade trees, boat and jet-ski rentals, children's water park, marina, concession stand and a red firm sandy beach.

Penticton on a Map

Penticton is located on Highway 97 between Okanagan Falls and Summerland, nestled in between Okanagan and Skaha Lake. There are over 10,000 hectares of rugged landscape, mountain lakes, grassland and spruce/fir forests, trails and campsites combined.

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