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!
BDO CSSHL Hockey ChampionshipsMar 9, 2018 8:00 am — Mar 18, 2018 5:00 pm
The event will be held March 9-18, 2018 in Penticton, B.C., with all 69 teams, both male and female, in action over the course of the 10-day event, an increase of 20 teams from the 2017 event.
The CSSHL has also launched a Championships website, championships.csshl.ca, that will be the home to all things regarding the CSSHL Championships. Schedules and standings can be found exclusively on championships.csshl.ca.
Colin KamesMar 22, 2018 6:30 pm — Mar 22, 2018 10:00 pm
From the prairies of Saskatchewan to the stages of the world, sharing his talent with some of the greatest and most influential musicians of all time, Colin James has quietly and steadily established himself as one of Canada’s greatest musicians.
ShinedownMar 27, 2018 7:00 pm — Mar 27, 2018 10:00 pm
Acclaimed rockers Shinedown announce their 2018 Canadian Tour with the first leg of dates set to kick off in Penticton, BC on March 27th.
Okanagan Fest of AleApr 13, 2018 4:00 pm — Apr 14, 2018 6:00 pm
Heralded, as one of Penticton’s best spring events and recently recognized by Expedia as one of the attractions warranting a spot on the list of the Top 18 Cities to Visit in 2018 , the Okanagan Fest of Ale Craft Beer & Cider Festival is sure to please.
Join 65 craft brewers and 5000+ craft brew enthusiasts at one of the largest and longest running beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest.
Cirque Du Soleil – CrystalApr 18, 2018 7:00 pm — Apr 22, 2018 5:00 pm
In CRYSTAL, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world class audience experience. Synchronized skating, freestyles figures, and extreme skating are featured alongside traditional circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial traps and hand to hand. The result is an adrenaline-packed show for the whole family that pushes the boundaries and surpasses all expectations!
George Thorogood and the DestroyersMay 10, 2018 6:00 pm — May 17, 2018 11:00 pm
George Thorogood and the Destroyers announce the continuation of their “Rock Party Tour” into 2018 in the U.S. and Canada, starting April 13 in Lincoln, Rhode Island, through May 12 in Coquitlam, British Columbia, with additional dates forthcoming. The group is also donating proceeds from their “Rock Party Tour” to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
Slayer with Lamb of God, Anthrax and TestamentMay 17, 2018 5:00 pm — May 17, 2018 10:00 pm
Slayer with special guests Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will rock the SOEC on Thursday, May 17 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.
Penticton Elvis FestivalJun 22, 2018 — Jun 24, 2018
Dozens of tribute artists grace the outdoor stages which are set around the picturesque Okanagan Lake, along with special guests – “Friends Of Elvis”. It’s a wonderful weekend of remembering Elvis through his extensive musical library, and touching stories from those who knew him about how he touched their lives.
Peach City Beach CruiseJun 22, 2018 4:00 pm — Jun 24, 2018 5:00 pm
Show Cars line up along the Magic Mile – Lakeshore Drive – Beachfront – what could be better?
Accommodations? There are many quality hotels and motels on Lakeshore Drive – right across from the beach and right across from where you will park for show.
Three Days of fun, food and entertainment.
- Friday Afternoon Wine Tour, where we will visit some of the Okanagan’s “World Class Wineries”.
- Friday evening Parade of Show Cars down Main street.
- Live entertainment – Rock and Roll is here to stay and we’re lining up some classics for the “outdoor concerts”.
- Vendors, souvenirs, great food, DJs, dancing and an outdoor beverage garden – what could be better?
Come and join us and a thousand or so of your closest friends at this year’s Peach City Beach Cruise.
Axel Merckx GranfondoJul 8, 2018
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 8, 2018 8:00 am — Aug 12, 2018 5:00 pm
The Penticton Peach Festival begins on the morning of the first Wednesday after the long weekend in August, (Civic holiday) and runs for 5 days, finishing on Sunday night.
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!