Whether you’re a snow lover, a sun worshipper, or anything in between, Penticton has something for you! With its ideal climate and stunning backdrop, the South-central Okanagan town is a great place to visit year round. Derived from the Interior Salish work snpintktn, that’s just what Penticton means: “a place people live year-round.”
From festivals and great restaurants to outdoor activities, Penticton has something for everyone, no matter what time of the year it is. Here are a few of our favourite year round Penticton activities!
With the onset of Spring comes the opening of Penticton’s famous Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday from May until October, head down to the 100 block of Main St in the heart of downtown Penticton, where you can find offerings from local farmers, artists, bakers, crafters and prepared food vendors.
Quench your thirst with a wine tour after you’ve finished at the market! Head up to Naramata Bench, or drive to Canada’s wine country and tour through Oliver and Osoyoos! Make sure you check out our wine loop for exclusive offers and experiences before you go!
Start your day with Epic Cycling Wine Adventure Tours! Epic Cycling offers guided rides for avid road cyclists who wish to explore Penticton’s beautiful wineries. Along with the ride of a lifetime, come and get a taste of Europe with a world-renowned wine region waiting for you to discover.
To cool off after your ride, cool off and lounge down the Penticton River Channel! Grab a floatie (or you can rent one there for $10) and make your way to the north end of Penticton at 215 Riverside Drive for a relaxing afternoon. The best time of day to go is between 1:00pm and 6:00pm when the sun is the warmest. If you want to float the whole length of River Channel, you could leave a vehicle at the end of the channel at Skaha Lake, but parking is quite limited. Don’t feel like investing three or four hours to float? Get out at the midway point, where you can grab a bite at HounDogs Reztaurant and even get a bus back to the launch site!
You’re in Wine Country, why not take part in BC’s largest wine tasting and farmer’s market? Cropped, by Valley First, is an annual event in Penticton. In 2017, it will be held on October 6th and 7th at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. Featuring over 80 wineries and a fall farmer’s market, Cropped is a sensory and visual experience. Okanagan wineries and farmers come together to create a truly unique experience. Click here for more details.
Save some time and order some dinner from Skaha Pizza! Their artisan, thin crust creations are absolutely delicious and use fresh ingredients!
Home of champagne powder, the Okanagan Valley is the best place to partake in winter activities! Why not head to Apex Ski Resort just outside of Penticton? Not a skier? No problem! They have something for everyone. How about going for a skate on the 1km long, Zamboni maintained adventure ice loop! Skate through the trees and enjoy the beauty that Apex has to offer! Check out their website for more details!
If you’d rather stay indoors and avoid the snow, visit Penticton Virtual Reality Studio and pretend you’re in another world! Fend off the bad guys, explore space, or travel to a different world in a fully immersive virtual reality experience!