So what does a Penticton BC vacation offer that the rest of the Okanagan doesn't?
Well, we think it is the most beautiful, family friendly city in the Okanagan Valley. No matter what you wish to see or do, you'll find something here within easy reach.
Geared for tourism all year round, the visitor oriented community offers all the conveniences of bigger cities, but without all of the big city hassles. And you really couldn't ask for a better place to visit with kids.
The slogan for this South Okanagan city is 'A Place To Stay Forever'. And many do. It's also a great retirement community.
The city is surrounded by orchards and vineyards, and is a popular wine tour destination, with over 20 wineries within a short drive, and most other Okanagan wineries within an hours drive of the city.
Golf courses in the area are plentiful, and offer great play as well as beautiful views of the valley and the lakes.
Rock climbing at Skaha Bluffs, and western Canada's largest rock climbing school with avalanche courses, guided ski touring and leadership courses brings climbing enthusiasts here year round. You can even fly into the Penticton regional airport if you're coming from Vancouver.
Our city puts on some pretty great festivals, fairs and events with a variety of entertainment throughout the summer. And, we enjoy beautiful weather and a mild climate all year round!
And with the South Okanagan Events Center, local entertainment has risen to a new level, with high profile entertainers such as Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Rhianna, Taylor Swift, Feist, and Reba McIntyre to name a few. You may be able to catch a concert while you're here.
There's never a lack of fun things to do. Here are some great summer attractions and things we recommend...
Great Place For A Sandwich!
Float The River Channel
Kid Friendly Attractions
Munson Mountain Lookout
Peach City Beach Cruise
Subaru Ironman Canada
Loco Landing Mini Golf
With skiing and snowboarding being the main winter attraction here, many of us locals spend our winter vacation at Apex Mountain Ski Resort, which is just 45 minutes from the city. You can also take in a Vees hockey game, or even do a winter wine tour.
When it comes to lodging and vacation lodging in the city many people who vacation here prefer the family friendly motel resorts near one of the city's two main the beaches.
On Okanagan beach waterfront is the Lakeside Resort Hotel, the city's main hotel, which has it's own private beach area and a casino. It's also pet friendly. And if you're here during winter season, you can get a stay and ski package deal and head up to Apex Mountain for a day when you stay at the Lakeside.
There are several motels near Skaha Beach, which is on the south end of the city. As well, motels near Okanagan Beach are directly across the street from the beach, and easy walking distance to downtown and many attractions. Most summer festivals take place at this end of the city, so these accommodations are very convenient. But there are other options for lodging too. You'll also find some great places for camping within the city, as well as campgrounds & RV parks in the surrounding South Okanagan.
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