Learn more about Penticton and the amenities available during your stay
Penticton is a summer paradise, located between the crystal clear waters of Lake Okanagan and the warm sandy beaches of Skaha Lake. Each lake offers a unique mix of summer attractions including boat and jetski rentals, parks, volleyball courts, bike rentals and concession. First time visitors to Penticton will especially enjoy the long stretch of beach located on the Lake Okanagan side as it follows Lakeshore Drive which is populated with many restaurants, pubs, shops and boutiques.
A favourite summer activity of both locals and tourists is to float down the river channel connecting the two neighbouring lakes. You have the option to bring your own floatation device or rent one for the day. At the end of the hour and a half ride there is a restaurant and bus service available to take you back to your car.
The Okanagan is famous for fruit and wine and the city Penticton is no exception. Plan to stop by your favourite wineries to take in an informative tour as well as sample a selection of their products. Fresh fruit can be purchased from Saturday morning markets or at a variety of roadside stands that populate the highway.
During the winter you can experience great skiing conditions and plenty of fresh Okanagan powder at Apex Mountain Resort, only 30 minutes drive from Penticton. With 67 marked runs and a cozy village bustling with activity Apex makes the perfect winter getaway.
No matter when you choose to visit the city Penticton, let the staff of Sandcastle Accommodations take the guess work out planning your vacation.
Salty's Beach House
"In my opinion Salty's Beach House is the best restaurant in Penticton."
Located lakefront at 1000 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton, BC - Salty's Beach House has been a favourite stop for seafood of both locals and tourists for years. Decorated with Island mementos this a hot spot day or night.
"No trip to Penticton is complete without an afternoon at Skaha Beach, plus the water is warmer then Lake Okanagan."
Located on the South side of Penticton, Skaha Beach offers plenty of shaded areas, a concession stand, boat & jetski rentals as well as childrens waterpark.
"A great way to beat the summer heat is to spend the afternoon floating down the Penticton Channel."
The Penticton Channel connects Lake Okanagan and Skaha Lake during the summer months and provides a gentle 90 minute ride from Riverside Park to the end. You can either bring your own floatation device or rent one for a small fee. A return bus ride is also available for a small fee.
Penticton is located in the Okanagan Valley region, between Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB on Highway 97, approximatley 65 km north of the Canada/United States border.
Kelowna International Airport is the closest major airport and the 10th busiest airport in all of Canada, offering daily flights to Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Available airlines include Jazz, WestJet, Air Canada, Horizon Air (Alaska), Harmony Airways and Regional 1 Airlines.
When flying into Kelowna taxi, shuttle and car rental services are available inside the terminal.
- Penticton is located 420 km East of Vancouver: Hwy 1 East to Hope. Follow either Hwy 5 North, connect to Highway 97 and follow to Penticton, or Hwy 3 direct to Penticton.
- 670 km West of Calgary, AB: Via Highway 1, the Trans Canada Highway connects to Highway 97A South and Highway 97 South though Vernon, Kelowna and arriving in Penticton.
- Kelowna International Airport is the closest major airport and is serviced by many of the top Canadian airlines — Jazz, WestJet, Air Canada, Horizon Air (Alaska), Harmony Airways and Regional 1 Airlines. These airlines are partnered with many international carriers and fly non-stop to Kelowna daily from Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Calgary, Kamloops, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Seattle.
- Calgary, AB - 668 km
- Vancouver, BC - 443 km
- Kamloops, BC - 239 km
- Vernon, BC - 117 km
- Kelowna, BC - 65 km
Things To Do In Penticton
The Okanagan Valley provides excellent terrain for mountain biking and trail riding. Penticton is no exception with an excellent selection of easy to advanced riding terrain. For cross-country riders make sure to check out Campbell Mountain which offers many challenging routes from summit to base, while downhill riders will enjoy the intersecting free ride trails and 4000 feet of vertical available at Peat Bog.
Penticton is the perfect place to spend a day on the boat. Locked between two lakes, the city features many rental locations where guests can setup daily or weekly boat rentals. More popular ways to enjoy the lake include waterskiing, wakeboarding or jet skiing. For all of you’re Boat Rental needs ask your reservation agent when booking accommodations.
Casabella Princess Cruises offers exciting and scenic cruises on Penticton's historic paddle wheeler. Contact them for special events and dinner cruise schedules.
A favourite activity of both locals and tourists, float down the river channel which flows between Okanagan and Skaha Lake. Tube rentals are available on-site and transportation back to your vehicle is optional. Make sure to bring your sun screen and a bottle of water as you will be on the water for at least an hour.
Penticton is home to several annual festivals that attract people from all over Canada and the United States. Peachfest has been a tradition since 1947 offering 5 days of live entertainment, singing, dancing, fireworks and parades. The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival provides patrons with 4 days of festivities in all of the Okanagan cities. Another major event is the Penticton Challenge Triathlon which is held every August challenging competitors to a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike ride and 42 km run.
With one of the longest golf seasons in Canada, Penticton has no shortage of fairways, boasting seven championship courses within easy driving distance. Enjoy the desert landscapes and beautiful vineyard views from any of these spectacular courses. Make sure to book your tee times early, as during the summer months it can be very busy.
The natural landscape of the Okanagan Valley make Penticton a great place for hiking. Brent Mountain provides excellent trails and stunning views of the Monashee Mountains, while the Okanagan River Channel features a paved path from the south side of Highway 97 all the way to Skaha Lake.
Downtown Penticton offers plenty to do after hours with a variety of restaurants, pubs and night clubs. One of the most popular night clubs is The Blue Mule, which has great drink specials and is sure to entertain all summer long.
Parks & Beaches
Bordered by two lakes, the city of Penticton has some of the best beaches in the valley. Okanagan Lake offers a large stretch of family beach along Lakeshore Drive which is populated by many interesting restaurants and shops. On the other side of town, Skaha Beach offers s beautiful stretch of sand, warm water and plenty of activities such as volleyball courts and bike rentals.
With more then 400 stores and shops in downtown Penticton, you are sure to find the perfect souvenir. There are two major malls in town, each provide a nice air-conditioned break from the summer heat. Make sure to browse the Front Street area as it houses many unique boutiques and specialty shops.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Apex Mountain Resort is only a short 20 minute drive from Penticton. With an average snowfall of nearly 20 feet per year, your family is sure to enjoy all the local attractions such as outdoor skating, snowmobile tours, snowshoeing, and the Tim Hortons Tube Park.
Known internationally for spectacular vineyards and producing award winning wine, the vineyards surrounding Penicton and area are a must see for any visitor. Many of the most popular wineries such as Hillside, Poplar Grove and Red Rooster offer guided tours, wine tastings and gift shops full of specialty wine products. Several local companies offer bus tours which stop at multiple wineries and offer lunch at one of the beautiful estates.
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