Penticton is nestled between two lakes in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, where golden beaches meet green vineyards. With nature around every turn, it’s easy to see why the town was initially named “Pen-Tak-Tin”, a Salish phrase meaning “a place to stay forever”.
Things to do
Cycle along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, British Columbia’s longest bike route, which extends 650 kilometers from Hope to Castlegar. Completing the entire abandoned railway is a challenging venture, but the most impressive scenery is accessible by completing certain sections, such as the magnificent Myra Canyon featuring 18 historic trestle bridges and two rocky tunnels.
During winter, you can go skiing, snowboarding or sleighing at Apex Mountain Resort, known for its powdery snow, wooden chalets and family-friendly terrain. For a dose of history, visit the S.S. Sicamous Museum and Heritage Park, housed in the largest surviving sternwheeler vessel in British Columbia. Retrace the ship’s rich heritage as you explore the pilots’ quarters.
Spend a relaxing day on Okanagan Beach, where the golden sandy shores invite volleyball and the tree-lined esplanade provides the perfect setting for a picnic. For water sports, head to Oka-Sun Provincial Park or explore Lake Okanagan on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard.
Explore Penticton's world-class wineries on an organized tour. Visit the award-winning Ruby Blues Winery and taste their “Forever Young” Chardonnay in the eclectic tasting room. Stop for a locally-inspired lunch paired with vintage reserves at Hillside Winery and Bistro before wrapping up your day with a handcrafted cheese platter at Upper Bench Estate.
Penticton Regional Airport receives domestic flights, while Kelowna International Airport is a one hour’s drive north of Penticton. Buses arrive from most major cities, including Vancouver, Calgary and Seattle. Penticton is easily explored on foot, while coaches and tours are available for getting around the region.