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About Penticton

Location & Lifestyle

Penticton is located in the south central region of British Columbia, in an area known as the Okanagan Valley. It is one, of only two cities in the world, situated between two lakes – Okanagan Lake & Skaha Lake  

Shimmering blue water, long stretches of sandy beach, vineyards, orchards, gentle mountains and a wide variety of outdoor activities await you here.

Our city offers all the charm and friendliness of a small community with all the amenities you might expect of a larger centre including:  

  • The South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) Complex – over 95,000 square feet of meeting space and three ice sheets. 
  • Penticton Community Centre – 25 meter square lap pool, leisure pool, sauna and steam room, gym, dance studio and home to the Cleland Theatre.

Weather

With over 2,100 hours of sunshine, and only 15 inches or rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round. 

Penticton Weather Chart

Historic Penticton

From the Interior Salish word snpintktn, the name Penticton, is commonly translated as “a place to stay forever,” or more accurately, “a place where people live year-round.” For over 7,000 years, our region 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 here 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 the city’s rich history. 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.