Lifestyle & Location
Penticton is located in the south central region of British Columbia, in an area known collectively as the Okanagan Valley. The City is one of two in the world that is situated between two lakes – Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. Shimmering blue water, long stretches of sandy beach with a backdrop of vineyard, orchard and gentle, sloping mountains and a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities await you here.
Penticton offers all the charm and friendliness of a small community with all the amenities you might expect of a larger centre such as a newly renovated Community Centre containing two indoor pools, 4 sheets of ice, tennis courts, a curling rink, and a state of the art South Okanagan Events Centre housing the Penticton Vees hockey team.
With over 2100 hours of sunshine, and only 15 inches or rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round.
Penticton, from the Interior Salish word snpintktn, is commonly translated as “a place to stay forever,” or more accurately, “a place where people live year-round.” For over 7,000 years, Penticton has been home to the Syilx First Peoples, who were instrumental in helping the first European fur traders travel through the Okanagan in the early 1800s.
While in Penticton you will find a community with a rich and diverse culture that is easy to immerse yourself in. Numerous art galleries, a museum which houses a permanent exhibit detailing the history of the city and the SS Sicamous – an inland marine museum are great spots to get a glimpse into Penticton now and then. The Shatford Centre for the arts offers classes in pottery, painting, creative writing and even cheese making. If theatre is your passion we have that too.