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Penticton

Welcome to Penticton

Nestled in between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake, Penticton is a destination you’ll want next on your list. This South Okanagan city attracts people from all over the world to experience world-class wineries, beautiful lakes, and adventurous mountain sports. 

With a modest population of 35,000, Penticton is a wonderful place to live – with hot, sunny summers and mild winters, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better climate in Canada. Located one hour south of the Kelowna International Airport and home to a regional airport, it is an easy city to get to. 5 hours east of Vancouver, and 8 hours west of Calgary by car, Penticton is a popular road trip destination. 

The hot, dry summers attract visitors to spend time by the lake, while the winter offers deep snow in the mountains for skiers and snowboarders. This four-season playground has no shortage of activities no matter what you’re into. 

Take a look below to see some of our favourite things to do, places to stay, and the delicious food & drinks that this Okanagan gem has to offer. Fair warning, once you experience it, you may never want to leave!

Things to Do

It’s no secret that Penticton is an outdoor playground. Whether you’re exploring the Skaha Bluffs or kayaking on Okanagan Lake, you’ll be in awe of the natural beauty and unique landscape. Here for the wine? We hope so – each winery visit is an intimate and unique experience, allowing you to appreciate the rich wine culture that runs deep in the region. 

Outdoor Recreation

From biking to rock climbing to kayaking, Penticton is a mecca when it comes to outdoor adventure. In the spring and fall, the Skaha Bluffs attract passionate rock climbers from around the globe. When the snow falls, the masses migrate to the mountain, where downhill and Nordic skiing are popular activities at Apex Mountain Resort. During the summertime, people are hiking, biking, and enjoying various water sports.

Wine

Fun fact, there are 80 wineries within a 20-minute drive of Penticton. Amazing, right? These numbers speak for themselves – wine is perhaps the most popular reason to visit Penticton. Spend your day exploring the local, unique wineries on either a private or self-guided tour and learn the history of these world-renowned varieties. Welcome to wine country. 

Beaches

The options are seemingly endless when it comes to beaches in Penticton. On those frequent hot, sunny days in the summer, there’s no better place than the beach. Skaha Lake Park Beach and Okanagan Beach are the two classic hotspots. Whichever you choose, you’re going to enjoy basking in the hot sun and having a clean lake to cool off in!

Family Fun

There is no shortage of family-friendly activities in Penticton. Bring your raft and take a float down the Penticton Channel, let the kids blow off some energy at LocoLanding Adventure Park, or bring the family to Okanagan Beach for some fun on the Penticton Wibit! No matter what you choose, you’re sure to create some lasting family memories. 

Water Sports

Two lakes within a 5-minute drive from downtown – Penticton is the epicentre of a water sports enthusiast’s dream. Boating, kayaking, SUPing, and swimming are just a few of the popular lake activities here. With an abundance of rental options at places like Penticton Boat Club & Rentals and Skaha Marina, there’s no shortage of picks to get you out on the water.

Golf

Being in the Okanagan, Penticton has one of the longest golfing seasons in Canada. From the incredible lake, mountain, and vineyard views to the perfectly manicured greens, there are plenty of high-quality courses that are sure to test your game. With a wide variety of courses to suit all players, Penticton should be at the top of the list for a golf trip. 

Arts & Culture

Let your creativity flow in the many workshops and exhibitions held at the Leir House Cultural Center. This historic building is the heart of arts & culture in Penticton, and for good reason. Catch a performance at the Cleland Community Theatre, and get lost in the beautiful work at the Penticton Art Gallery. The art community is quickly growing here, so make sure to come and see for yourself!

Shopping & Markets

The Penticton Farmers Market, home to 80 vendors weekly, is a widely recognized market. Head downtown on a Saturday morning between April and October to find incredible hand-made goods, fresh produce, and a variety of farm products for sale – you won’t be disappointed. Cherry Lane Shopping Center is the go-to place for all your shopping needs and will be sure to provide your retail therapy!

Health & Wellness

Relax and rejuvenate at one of the many spas in Penticton. Whether you’re looking for a full body massage, manicure & pedicure, a facial, or a new hairdo, there’s a place here to provide you with the pampering experience you deserve. 

Events

There are a number of annual events that Penticton is well-known for. In the summer, Peachfest is the main summer draw with live music, rides, and entertainment over the span of a few days. Ironman Canada comes to town in August, which the whole city rallies around, and the South Okanagan Events Center is constantly hosting various concerts that draw people from all over the province.

Winter Activities

Apex Mountain Resort is the go-to winter destination for locals and tourists alike in Penticton. Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, skater, or snowshoer, Apex has something for you. In town, rent a fat bike and explore the Kettle Valley Railway, or take a snowy hike up Munson Mountain! Although it’s not beach weather, there’s still plenty to do in this winter wonderland. 

Entertainment

There’s no shortage of entertainment on any given week in Penticton. Head to Cascades Casino to win big on the slots or poker tables, or check out the new movie releases playing at Landmark Cinemas. No matter what you choose, you won’t be bored in this lively and exciting city!

Places to Stay

With accommodation options that cater to every budget and style, you’ll get the rest you need here in Penticton. From lakefront hotels and motels to vacation rentals nestled into the rolling vineyards, there’s no shortage of comfortable lodging options for you and your crew. 

Resorts in Penticton

Penticton Lakeside Resort sits on the south shores of Okanagan Lake. This resort-style hotel pairs affordable luxury with outdoor adventure, giving guests the best possible experience when visiting Penticton.

Kettle Valley Beach Resort is Penticton’s newest resort, also located on Okanagan Lake. With brand-new amenities, guests have easy access to luxury while still being able to enjoy the outdoor activities this city has to offer. 

Hotels in Penticton

Ramada by Wyndham Penticton Hotel & Suites is the pinnacle of comfort in Penticton. Located on Highway 97, this hotel allows for easy access to many beaches, wineries, golf courses, and hiking trails. With many room options, there is something here that will fit your needs. 

Sandman Penticton has all the amenities you need for a perfect Penticton vacation. Sitting across the street from the South Okanagan Events Center, it’s a prime hotel for exploring the many attractions that Penticton has to offer. 

Fairfield Inn & Suites provides contemporary comfort to ensure you’re rested and ready to take on the Okanagan. This pet-friendly hotel is within walking distance of a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. 

Motels in Penticton

The Bowmont Motel is the go-to spot to unwind and connect. Located just steps away from Okanagan Lake, this throwback-style motel has all the amenities to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. 

Beachside Motel is located conveniently close to the Skaha Bluffs, wineries, and Skaha Lake. Described as the ideal place for the best Penticton experience, you are setting yourself up well by staying here.

Riverside Motel provides kitchenette rooms, a courtyard, an outdoor pool, and more. Located a few blocks from Okanagan Lake, the Riverside Motel is an ideal place to stay when exploring Penticton thanks to its close proximity to great restaurants, shops, and beaches. 

Camping in Penticton

Wrights Beach Camping sits on Skaha Lake and is waiting to be explored. Pitch a tent in their clean and spacious campsites, or rental and trailer for a different experience. Wrights Beach Camping also rents boats, which is the best way to explore Skaha Lake. 

South Beach Gardens Tent & RV Park is a family-friendly campground located steps from Skaha Lake. Close to the popular Skaha beaches and a variety of activities, South Beach is a great camping option in Penticton. 

XR Family Campground provides space for both tent and RV camping. Sitting amongst beautiful orchards, there are free campgrounds as unique as this. With monthly rates available here, you can’t go wrong at XR. 

Eat & Drink

Penticton is filled with a variety of wineries to explore and restaurants to indulge in, with the common practice focusing on the use of local ingredients. Spend a day exploring the many wineries scattered up and down the rolling hills, connect with friends and family over a locally sourced, delicious meal, and embrace the unique wine and dining experiences Penticton has to offer. 

Breakfast in Penticton

The Nest puts an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and top-notch service. Come here to taste modern, original breakfast dishes that feature the taste of the Okanagan.

Loki’s Garage offers European-inspired dishes with a kick of West Coast flavour. From classic Eggs Bennies to Chicken & Waffles with a twist, Loki’s believes in starting from scratch for the best flavour possible. 

The Bench Market is commonly known to locals as the top lunch spot in the South Okanagan. Serving all day breakfast and weekend brunch with locally sourced ingredients, The Bench never fails to impress. 

Lunch in Penticton

The Station Public House is another local favourite that focuses on pairing fresh and locally sourced ingredients with local wine and beer. Enjoy a cozy meal by the fireplace in the winter, or cool off on the shaded patio in the summer. 

The Bench Market is also famous for its hearty lunches. Whether you’re eating on their sunny patio, or grabbing something on the go, there is a wide variety of tasty lunch options that will satisfy your cravings.

Brodo features a wide variety of soups, sandwiches, and hearty sandwiches. Brodo’s menu changes with the seasons, allowing them to continually change and incorporate local ingredients in different ways. 

Dinner in Penticton

Salty’s Beach House is commonly known as Penticton’s favourite restaurant. Located on the southern shore of Okanagan Lake, Salty’s offers a variety of unique summer cocktails, tasty seafood, and modern spins on classic cuisine. 

Neighbourhood Restaurant, although most commonly known for their tasty beer, also offers delicious cuisine! The team of “Culinary Wizards” put emphasis on creating unique spins on traditional dishes. 

Elma is a Turkish-inspired restaurant that focuses on combining the flavors of the Okanagan with traditional Turkish dishes. Developed by the in-house culinary team, the menu is constantly changing, improving, and bringing customers back for more. 

Villa Rosa is home to OpenTable’s “100 best restaurants for outdoor dining list”. This, combined with their delicious authentic Italian food makes them the most popular Italian restaurant in the South Okanagan. With a deep-rooted history, this is a must-try when visiting Penticton.

The Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen is the perfect fine dining experience in Penticton. Pair a local Okanagan wine with a tasty dish from their Mediterranean-inspired menu to experience what sets apart this high-quality restaurant from the rest. 

International Restaurants in Penticton

Theos Restaurant has been serving Penticton since 1976. Creating all of its wonderful dishes from scratch, Theos is known for its incredible dishes, atmosphere, and passion for creating a memorable experience for all its guests. 

Wild Ginger features delicious Asian cuisine right in the heart of Penticton. From Pad Thai to Spicy Curry, to crispy spring rolls, Wild Ginger is the go-to spot for Asian-inspired cuisine in the South Okanagan.

Lachi uses local ingredients to create authentic Indian dishes. Whether you enjoy the spicy, intense flavours, or something a little more mild. Lachi has something that caters to everyone’s taste buds. 

Wineries in Penticton

Penticton is essentially built around the many rolling vineyards placed up and down the valley. The Naramata Bench is home to over an impressive 30 wineries that are waiting to be explored by you!

Four Shadows Vineyard & Winery is a family-first winery. What began as a winery that was created off inspiration from a family portrait, Four Shadows offers a variety of blends that each tell their own story. For the full experience, book into their on-site guest house!

Poplar Grove Winery has its roots running deep in this region. This winery is one of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench! Poplar Grove is most commonly known for their Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and delicious Pinot Grigio. 

Three Sisters Winery focuses on ensuring everyone who visits feels welcome. All their wine is produced using sustainable methods and farm-owned fruit. Bring your own picnic and enjoy it on the Patio, paired with a delicious wine from their Sister Series. 

La Frenz Winery was voted the 2021 best small winery of the year. Taste their incredible wines while overlooking Okanagan Lake, and be sure to purchase some of their award-winning wines for the road!

Breweries in Penticton

Slackwater Brewing features a double-floor, open-spaced patio for everyone (above 19) to enjoy. Known for “enjoying many libations in the spirit of companionship”, Slackwater is an incredible brewery with a large variety of unique beers to choose from.

Cannery Brewing serves beer of unmistakable complexity and balance, which is why they’ve created such a strong name for themselves. Come enjoy live music every Sunday while sipping on some tasty local brews!

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