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.
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 just south of Summerland. The park provides outstanding beaches, waterplay and picnic opportunities as well as spectacular views down Okanagan Lake.
Okanagan Beach & Promenade
Okanagan Beach is located on Okanagan Lake at Lakeshore Drive. Featuring nearly a kilometre of premium, sandy beach this is one of our most popular and most beautiful beach areas. Okanagan Beach features a swimming area, rest rafts, kiddie slides, shade trees, washrooms nearby, firepits, and free parking.
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!
Lackawanna Water Park and Playground
2017 Annual Fest-Of-AleApr 7, 2017 5:00 pm — Apr 8, 2017 8:00 pm
Since 1996 The Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society Consumer Tasting has been bringing together beer lovers and brewers to celebrate the almighty ale at one of the biggest and long-standing Craft beer festivals in North America. The event offer a great mix of live entertainment, fare from some great local restaurateurs and with over 30 brewers and 90 products expected at this years event there is sure to be something to please everyone! Net proceeds from the event are donated back to the community on an annual basis. Great fun for a good cause.
WeezerApr 8, 2017 7:00 pm — Apr 8, 2017 10:00 pm
Penticton, BC – Power 104’s POWERBALL featuring Weezer with special guests, The Trews and The Flatliners, are making their way to the South Okanagan Events Centre, in Penticton, this upcoming April 8th.
Aboriginal Business Match WestMay 8, 2017 8:00 am — May 10, 2017 5:00 pm
The Coast Penticton welcomes all delegates this May for the Aboriginal Business Match West. Bringing Aboriginal and Non-aboriginal decision makers together for mutual opportunities. Group booking code CPH-GF206.
From ABM website”The Penticton Indian Band has been a longstanding part of the National ABM Network since its inception with a shared belief that being proactive in inter-Nation trade, partnerships and business development opportunities will lead communities into self-determination. We are pleased to offer ABM West on Syilx/Okanagan Territory hosted by Penticton Indian Band, providing a platform where good business can take place with self-determination and diversification at its core.”
Peach City Bridge TournamentJun 12, 2017 — Jun 18, 2017
This annual bridge tournament brings hundreds of bridge players together for a five day tournament.
- Live entertainment on Wednesday evening
- Thursday 199er & Goodwill Reception
- Friday night ELVIS evening
- Door prizes & giveaways
$14 per session for ACBL Members - $18 per session for non-members
ITU Multisport World ChampionshipsAug 17, 2017 8:00 am — Aug 28, 2017 5:00 pm
Penticton, British Columbia will host the 2016 Canadian Multisport Championships as it prepares to welcome the world with the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships in 2017. In this multisport event Canadians in age-group categories from 18 years of age can join the best elite athletes in the world to represent their country in Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon and Long Distance Triathlon.
This world class 10 day sporting event is expected to bring 4,000 plus athletes into the South Okanagan.
Pentastic Hot Jazz FestivalSep 8, 2017 5:00 pm — Sep 11, 2017 5:00 pm
Pentastic 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 almost every year.