Penticton is the jewel of the south Okanagan. A vibrant city bookended by two pristine, blue lakes and framed with the surrounding gorgeous beauty of mountain vistas and vineyards as far as the eye can see. It’s a city that is an astounding feast for the eyes and senses making it a year round boon for tourists and locals who are fortunate to call Penticton home.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN PENTICTON?
Any good tourist driven town is going to have events, activities and attractions that will appeal to a cross section of people and Penticton is no stranger to this concept. Our city caters to everyone from single elite sommeliers to tent hauling families and we treat everyone with the same south Okanagan hospitality. We produce events for outdoors enthusiasts, rock and metal heads, country music fans, and sports of all kinds at the South Okanagan Events Center located in central Penticton.
We also have a plethora of family themed events throughout the city, including the WIBIT on Okanagan Lake, floating the Penticton Channel, go karts and adventure parks, and all the levels of hiking, biking, swimming, diving and boating at your front and back door. There are also a ton of activities for those who are less into mobile activity and more into relaxing if you will. We are a city of rich indigenous culture, and the high end restaurants, wineries and tap houses have realized early on that local is fresh and fresh means good. As such, we have unique experiences to offer residents and travelers from locally made cheeses, butters, beers and wines to immersive cooking experiences in palatial lakeside homes. There really is an activity, sport or experience waiting for every type of person who visits Penticton.
WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE IN PENTICTON?
Let’s be honest this is arguably one of the main reasons for people who come to visit Penticton not leaving without a quick look at real estate prices first. The temperature is as ideal as it gets with always an opportunity for more or less depending on your tolerance. For instance, there is almost always a winter, but often times we aren’t as impacted in the city with the mundane work week snow clearing, however if you want more snow, then Apex Ski Resort is only a short commute west where you are guaranteed to fill your boots, get your Christmas card snaps and maybe even enjoy some apres ski.
The same goes for summer, not only does Penticton routinely have the highest hours of recorded sunlight in Canada, but we also have some serious desert heat come high summer, which makes lakeside more of a need to have rather than a nice to have when you’re trying to stay cool. The climate in Penticton is clearly ideal for all sorts of agriculture, from traditional Okanagan Apple, Pear, Cherry and our favourite, unofficial city mascot Peach orchards to the new kids on the farm block- the grape vines. We are clearly blessed with a moderate year round temperature, which makes wanting to live here all the more enticing.
WHAT'S THE ECONOMY LIKE IN PENTICTON?
When you Google the key term “Penticton Economy” you are returned a catch-all result which states: The 2 largest sources of employment are the service industries and trade. Agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, Mining and the retirement industry are also important. Penticton is the largest retail and service centre in the South Okanagan.
All encompassing at best, but what is Penticton known for? That’s even easier to define – it’s known for that life that surrounds you everywhere you look. While Penticton is undoubtedly casual, make no mistake that it’s unpretentious by design. From awe inducing wineries perched high in the southern hills and benches to the locally sourced and sustainable food trucks that dot busy beachside parking lots, there is economy and industry happening all the time, all around us. Penticton, like many small BC communities, relies on small, local business as a healthy part of it’s financial ecosystem. Almost all industry has a tourism slant to it from agriculture (vineyards) to manufacturing (laminated timber). In fact, Penticton has 280 acres of industrial-zoned land, and according to KMPG, it is the most cost-effective jurisdiction for manufacturing anywhere in the Pacific Northwest! The economic picture in Penticton is as stable as it gets if you’re an entrepreneur, tradesperson or service/industry worker. There is plenty of opportunity to create and sustain a growing number of businesses in the city of Penticton.