a) widely recognized and well-established
b) widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence
Now over 100 years since the city was incorporated, Penticton continues to grow. Penticton is an iconic destination that all types of visitors have been exploring for generations and creating traditions that are carried on for years to come.
When visiting Penticton, your trip will be remembered by the unique experiences, diverse landscape and product sectors, and casual culture in a vibrant local community, that all make up the identity of the City of Penticton.
With our city’s deep roots of agriculture, craft culture and outdoor recreation, Penticton is a destination that needs to be experienced multiple times throughout the year.
With 80+ wineries in the area, you can check out a new winery each time you visit, all while taking in the surrounding vineyards and orchards.
Our locals are masters of their craft, whether it’s a new sip of the season at our craft breweries, cideries and distilleries, or local artisans showcasing their bounty at the Penticton Farmer’s Market and Downtown Community Market.
The Syilx Okanagan People’s territory is a diverse and beautiful landscape of deserts and lakes, alpine forests and endangered grasslands, and includes snpintktn, the Penticton Indian Band. Learn more about the Indigenous history and culture by visiting the En’owkin Centre.
As the host of 30 annual major events, there is sure to be a sporting event, natural or cultural showcase, festival or other event that you can take part in or spectate while you visit.
Penticton is the hub of the South Okanagan, and is one of just two cities in the world located between two lakes – the other is Interlaken, located in Switzerland!
‘Float the Channel’
Grab a floatie and relax on the 7km river channel between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. A must do activity every summer!
Beaches & Water Activities
Spend the day soaking up the sun on the beach with 15 acres of premium sandy beaches, or cool down with one of many water activities, from water skiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing & fishing to canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail
This non-motorized trail connects Penticton to Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Summerland and beyond. Whatever your preferred activity – walking, trail running, hiking, biking or horseback riding – the KVR will take you through vineyards and orchards, with gorgeous view overlooking the lake.
In the warmer months, you can enjoy 350+ km of hiking, biking and running trails plus world class rock climbing, and in the winter, there’s alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, pond hockey and fatbiking.