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.
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.
Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park
One of the most superb beaches in the entire Okanagan, the Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park is located just south of Summerland. The park provides outstanding beaches, waterplay and picnic opportunities as well as spectacular views down Okanagan Lake.
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.
There are several beautiful beaches near our hotel—the biggest, Okanagan Lake, is just a block from the hotel and was voted one of Canada’s best beaches on TripAdvisor. At 35 km long and between 4 and 5 km wide, there’s plenty of room to sprawl out and take a dip. Also check out Skaha Lake and Sunoka Beach.
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!
The Bench – Artisan Food 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.
With over 50 golf courses to choose from in the area, you’re sure to find one that fits you to a tee—whether you’re looking for an easygoing game or championship course.
Penticton RibfestJul 1, 2016 — Jul 3, 2016
Penticton Ribfest will return in 2016! July 1st through 3rd, 2016, 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, this event drew 20,000 people to the park in 2015.
Over the 3 days Rotary raised funds for ongoing community projects for the citizens of Penticton.
Penticton Scottish FestivalJul 2, 2016
The Penticton Scottish Festival Society Chairman says, “Be Glad, Wear Plaid!”
On Saturday July 3rd, 2016 everyone is invited to attend the new Penticton Scottish Festival. Whether you’re a Scot, or not, bring the whole clan to Penticton’s Kings Park from 8:00 am-8:00 pm for a Highland Games feast , and a taste of Celtic culture.
“There will be performances from a number of participating local music and dance groups, as well as audience participation events for adults and children”, says Brian Johnston, Penticton Scottish Festival Society Chair, who adds, “the shaded grassy area of Kings park is the perfect setting for this family entertainment show.
“The show will give the audience a look of the first annual Penticton Scottish Festival, which will take place every year on the first Saturday in July also in Penticton.
The show will feature Pipes; Drums, Irish, Highland, and Scottish Country Dancing, folk singing, The Fiddle Kids, knights in armor and a caber toss event for children in the audience to participate in a fun and safe way and Ray from Britannia Pies will be there too.
Okanagan Trestles TourJul 2, 2016 1:00 pm — Jul 3, 2016 5:00 pm
Come ride the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail starting at the famous Myra Canyon, Kelowna to Penticton.Join us for this fun oriented non-competitive event. The 80km route starts with 18 trestles and two tunnels, beautiful views, flat profile for the first 36km then a 2.2% decline to Penticton. The 40km route starts at the half way point “Chute Lake” goes through Rock Oven Regional Park, Naramata Wine Country and is a 2.2% decline to Penticton. The 20km route starts at Glenfir Loop there is 4 km of gravel then 16 km of recycled asphalt. Take the challenge!
Prospera Granfondo Axel MerckxJul 10, 2016
The 2016 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) is much more than an epic ride through the heart of British Columbia’s wine country. It’s an entire weekend of cycling camaraderie, family activities, Okanagan sunshine and regional delicacies. Highlights of Granfondo Weekend include the Kids’ Piccolofondo, Granfondo Women’s Night, and of course, the Big Ride on Sunday, July 10th. Call for room rates.
Boston Pizza Junior TriathlonJul 16, 2016 8:00 am — Jul 16, 2016 5:00 pm
The 2015 Boston Pizza Jr. Triathlon is its 30th year and will held at Rotary Park in Penticton.
Peach Classic TriathlonJul 17, 2016
The oldest triathlon race in the Okanagan
The Peach Classic Triathlon is an amazing hidden treasure in the heart of Penticton, BC. – a great vacation destination for racing and a fun-filled resort area for every member of the family.
Choose Your Race Distance
The Peach Classic consists of an Olympic distance event and a Sprint distance event for those athletes who prefer a shorter distance event and younger athletes from 16-19 years of age to participate.
Olympic Distance – 1.5 km Swim / 47 km Bike / 10 km Run
Sprint Distance – 750 m Swim / 20 km Bike / 5 km Run
The swim consists of 1 loop. The bike is an out and back to Naramata while the run is an out and back along the KVR.
Penticton Peach FestivalAug 3, 2016 — Aug 7, 2016
The Peach Festival features a whirlwind week of family entertainment at Okanagan Lake Park. Join us for all the activities: a pancake breakfast, sandcastle competitions, music concerts, one of BC’s largest parades, plus a kiddies parade, food vendors, crafts and much more, including our annual Square Dance Festival. Fun for the whole family!
Pentastic Hot Jazz FestivalSep 9, 2016 — Sep 11, 2016
Great Music, Great food, and the best fun to be had.