Things We Love to Do in Penticton
We don’t just work here, we live and play here, too. These are some of our favourite spots you won’t want to miss while you’re in town. We’ve highlighted a few well-known attractions as well as a couple of local gems you may not have heard about, but we think are well worth a visit. Need more hints about where to go and what to do? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.
Penticton Art Gallery
The Penticton Art Gallery (formerly the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan) is a registered non-profit, charitable organization. The gallery offers the locals of South Okanagan and visitors to the area a wide variety of exhibitions of fine and decorative art from regional, provincial and national sources.
Cascades Casino Penticton
Only a 5 minute walk from the Coast Penticton Hotel. Cascade Casino Penticton features over 400 Slot machines, a great mix of Table Games, the Buffet room with daily themes as well as the Match Eatery & Public House restaurant.
While here you can also visit the BC VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) shop located onsite.
Skaha Lake Park
The Skaha Lake Park offers a variety of year round recreational opportunities, including one of BC’s most beautiful red sand beach, children’s water park, picnic areas, duck pond, etc.
Apex Mountain Ski Resort
Apex Mountain Resort remains one of the hidden gems of Canadian skiing. Located a short 30 minute drive from Penticton, BC, Apex is a full service destination resort with quality snow, great weather, incredible terrain, and friendly people. Apex being located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, features the perfect mix between large amounts of precipitation and low humidity that makes for the lightest champagne powder snow imaginable. Smiles stretch from ear to ear, as locals and visitors alike hoot and holler amongst the glades & open terrain, leaving clouds of powdery snow to lightly settle behind them. With an average temperature of -4 C, Apex receives about 600 cm of dry “Okanagan” powder each season.
Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park
One of the most superb beaches in the entire Okanagan, the Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park is located 10 minutes north of Penticton. The park provides outstanding beaches, waterplay and picnic opportunities as well as spectacular views down Okanagan Lake. As well as a large Dog beach area to the east of the main beach.
Penticton Golf and Country Club
When you play the Penticton Golf and Country Club course, you are playing through a bit of BC’s golf history. The origins of the club go back to a 9 hole course that shared a fairway with a racetrack, located in the area near the intersection of Railway Avenue and Power Street. This course was entirely built by enthusiastic volunteers and maintained by the players. The golf club was founded in 1922.
Ikeda Japanese Garden
The Penticton-Ikeda Japanese Garden provides a peaceful setting in which to take a deep breath and contemplate life; it was created in honour of a relationship between Penticton and the city of Ikeda, Japan. Rocks, tress, water, and plants foster a serene rest-stop for visitors who wish to unwind after an active day of wine touring, golfing or water-sport activities.
This area is well known for its wine—as attested by the over 100 wineries in the Okanagan Valley. Take a tour of a few and raise a glass!
South Okanagan Event Centre
Spanning over nine acres, the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) is part of a larger complex. The SOEC Complex contains over 95,000 square feet of meeting space and three ice sheets. While overseeing the Okanagan’s premier sports and entertainment venue, Spectra Venue Management also manages the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, Memorial Arena, and Okanagan Hockey School Training Centre.
The Bench Market
This delectable restaurant and store was started by two sisters. It’s a fantastic place for breakfast or lunch—or just to pick up a great bottle of Okanagan wine to go.
Penticton Farmers’ Market
From May 4 to October 26, this is the best place in town to mingle and pick up local produce and artisan goods—not to mention enjoy tasty food. A visit to the crepe truck is a must!
Penticton RibfestJun 28, 2019 — Jul 1, 2019
Penticton Ribfest will return in 2017! June 28th through July 1st, Rotary Ribfest will bring Okanagan Lake Park alive with a full weekend of fantastic family fun. We will offer a rib cook-off between four champion barbecue teams from across Canada, music throughout the entire event, entertainment and activities for children and youth, as well as a beverage garden and loads of vendors. Organized by the Penticton Rotary Club. Over the 3 days Rotary raised funds for ongoing community projects for the citizens of Penticton.
Axel Merckx GranfondoJul 12, 2019 — Jul 14, 2019
The 8th annual Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. This mass cycling event ranks as one of the best in North America. The 2017 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) is more than an epic ride through the heart of British Columbia’s wine country. It’s an entire weekend of cycling, family fun, and Okanagan sunshine.
Our Granfondo Weekend features the Kids’ Piccolofondo, Cycling Expo and much more.
Penticton PeachfestAug 7, 2019 — Aug 11, 2019
You and your family can expect a variety of activities including the annual downtown Peach Bin races, Shooting Star Amusements midway, square dance festival, sandcastle competition, chef’s cook off, crowning of Miss Penticton, Sheila Bishop Memorial Wooden Bat Slopitch Tournament, PenTown Throwdown Skateboard and BMX competition and Steamfest Regatta.
Our Peter Bros. Grand Parade is one of the largest in BC and there is a kiddies parade for the little ones too!
Pentastic Hot Jazz FestivalSep 6, 2019 8:00 am — Sep 8, 2019 5:00 pm
Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival The weekend following Labour Day, Penticton BC hosts 3 days of World Class Jazz to entertain and excite music lovers of all ages. Don’t Miss It! Book early because it sells out every year.
Ghost with Nothing MoreSep 21, 2019 7:30 pm — Sep 21, 2019 11:00 pm
San Antonio’s three-time Grammy-nominated alt/rock band Nothing More, who earned three Top 10 singles from their most recent album The Stories We Tell Ourselves, will provide support for the tour.
September 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Dallas Smith and Dean Brody FRIENDSOct 25, 2019 7:00 pm — Oct 25, 2019 11:00 pm
This fall will bring together two iconic country artists, Dallas Smith and Dean Brody, for the larger-than-life Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone Tour along with special guests Chad Brownlee, and MacKenzie Porter. This tour will land in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Friday, October 25, 2019.