Gone to the Beach
Penticton is one of just two cities in the world located in between two lakes. Okanagan Lake lies at the north end of the city and Skaha Lake to south. Both lakes are fresh water and great for swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking and many other water sports. Along the shores you’ll find long stretches of golden sandy beaches and all the amenities you need to enjoy a day at the lake.
Whether you just want to kick back and relax or jump on a jetski and create some waves there are countless ways to have some fun in the sun.
Throwing down your towel
Okanagan Beach along Lakeshore Drive, is what local’s refer to as the tourist hotspot. Close to downtown and some fantastic local restaurants and craft breweries, it’s a natural draw for visitors. As well as being home to the legendary SS Sicamous Paddle Wheeler and iconic peach on the beach, the parks along Okanagan Beach play host to a variety of events and festivals. From May to September the beach, parks and promenade are a hive of activity.
Skaha Lake Park & Beach in between Skaha Lake Road and Eastside Road was named one of Canada’s top beaches by Chatelaine magazine. The lush green parkland surrounding the beach provides a perfect shady retreat for cooling off or enjoying a delicious picnic lunch. The area offers an ideal mix of recreation and relaxation with numerous ball courts, play parks and walkways all steps from the water’s edge.
Sudbury Beach along Skaha Lake Road, features a huge beach and swimming area with rest rafts and slides. The beach is also a popular launch site for wind surfers and kite boarders and is especially busy in the fall season when the winds are stronger.
Three Mile Beach is a popular swimming area between Naramata and Penticton. There are two distinct beaches one on either side of the peninsula that meet in the middle and each one has a different look and vibe to them. This not only refers to the scenery but also clothing options. One of the beaches features fine sand with gorgeous views of the lake and large sandy bluffs and is a well known spot for nudists. The other beach faces towards Penticton and also has great views with more of a rocky beach and no naked people.
Manitou Park & Beach is a popular spot in Naramata for locals and visitors alike. There’s a white sand beach with plenty of shade trees right near the water and picnic tables, making this an ideal stopping place when exploring wine country.
Sun-Oka Beach & Provincial Park Located just south of nearby Summerland, is one of the most superb beaches in the entire Okanagan. The name is shortened version of “Sunny Okanagan.” The park provides outstanding beach, waterplay and picnic opportunities as well as fantastic views down Okanagan Lake.
The weather can get surprisingly hot in Penticton with temperatures in summer reaching the mid to high thirties (95 – 102F). Make sure you use a good quality, high-factor sun screen, especially when travelling with kids and remember to re-apply sunscreen after swimming. The hottest time of day is around 2pm to 4pm, so perhaps take a break from sunbathing and seek more shady areas. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and stay hydrated.