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Penticton Snowbirds

A Perfect Winter Retreat for Snowbirds

Penticton lies in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, which is renowned for its balmy falls and mild winters. This makes it the ideal winter retreat for those living in regions with more unforgiving climates.

Canadian snowbirds can stay in Canada over the winter, with no need for a passport or extended medical coverage. Penticton is also easy to get to in the winter, with a regional airport, YYF Penticton Airport, in the city, and YLW Kelowna International Airport just over an hour drive away. We are a four hour drive from Vancouver and an eight hour drive from Calgary.

Keeping Active

As the main tourist season draws to a close the city becomes noticeably quieter, but there are still plenty of activities and events to enjoy. Thanks to the milder Okanagan weather, golfing, fishing and other outdoor activities are available until much later in the year.

Our fully indoor Community Centre is also open year round and offers a pool, sauna, steam room & hot tub, as well as a range of fitness classes with very reasonable monthly admission rates. Or why not sign up with Penticton Curling Club, which welcomes new members and runs weekly leagues from October to March.

If you are feeling more adventurous take a trip up to Nickel Plate Nordic Centre and go snowshoeing or cross country skiing on the mountain trails (shuttle bus services are available). Or visit Apex Mountain Resort for downhill skiing, night skiing, tubing, a skate around their 1km skating loop through the forest, or a game of hockey on their outdoor rink.

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Warm up to Winter

The last thing that you’ll want to do in Penticton is hibernate. With so much to do, you’ll find yourself falling in love with winter again.

Enjoy an evening at the theatre courtesy of the Many Hats Theatre Company, a night of live music at The Dream Cafe, or try your luck at Cascades Casino. Take in a Penticton Vees hockey game or sit down to a delicious meal followed by a movie at the Landmark Cinema.

For those looking for more artistic or cultural opportunities, visit the Penticton Art Gallery, one of the exhibitions at the Leir House Cultural Centre, the various exhibits at Penticton Museum & Archives, or one of many local art galleries along Main St and Front St.

You may also be surprised to learn that several wineries remain open throughout the winter months for tours and tastings. Drop in and learn about the art of ice wine making.

Where to Stay

Penticton & area offers a wealth of accommodation options to suit any budget for snowbirds and extended winter stays, click here to find out more.

Extended stays and snowbird stays are generally available from October to April. For more information on availability and rates, please contact the accommodations directly.

Penticton Weather

Penticton is a year-round destination and the milder winter months bring in snowbirds looking to get away from colder Canadian climates.

With over 2,100 hours of sunshine, and only 15 inches of rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round. The days are shorter in winter but temperatures can still reach highs of up to 5°C with an average low of just -4°C from December to February, and up to an average high of 15°C in October and April. You may need to bundle up but there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures including skiing, skating, snowshoeing, and fat biking, with snow falling an average of 40 days through the winter.

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Snowbirds Guide

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*Please note that this guide was published in 2016 and rates and information for accommodations and listings may have changed. Travel Penticton is not responsible for errors or omissions in this guide.