Penticton & Area
Penticton, it is said, means ‘A Place to Stay Forever’
And who could disagree
Affectionately known as the ‘Peach City’ by the Penticton-and-area residents, the juicy- and-delicious fruit seems to suit the tag bestowed on the small and popular Okanagan Valley city. The peach is just one of numerous fruits that has helped lure flocks of visitors to our region for well over 100 years. Those visiting in recent decades have opted to return and call Penticton home. Who could blame anyone for making that choice?
Living in the South Okanagan
What can one say about life in the South Okanagan except that it is absolutely wonderful. From Osoyoos in the south heading northward along Highway 97 towards Penticton and Naramata, there are so many things to do and see – from water sports to skiing to golf. I know of a few who ski and golf in the same day in the spring. South Okanagan golf courses tend to open for play in February, if not earlier! Some golfers have actually hit the fairways 365 days a year. Hard to believe, but true. Cycling popularity is continuing to be on the rise as is running. Triathlons remain a hit for those of all ages. There are activities galore for all ages. You name it, the South Okanagan will surely be accommodating. There is just so much to offer. And, don’t forget this is Wine Country!
Golfers of all ages and skill levels will find a course to their liking as the Peach City boasts four layouts within the city limits. There is the lush Penticton Golf & Country Club which warmly welcomes visitors as do Skaha Meadows Golf Club, Pine Hills Golf Club and the Wow Golf Club.
Parks & Beaches of Penticton
It goes without saying that Penticton, being situated between famed Okanagan Lake (Ogopogo!) and Skaha Lake boasts great beaches and equally as impressive parks.
Peach City beaches are easily accessible, well maintained and provide floating docks and slides for children. A mega waterslide is planned for a park area near Skaha Lake.
There is also a Doggie Park just south of the city along Eastside Road! Click on the link below for more information.
When not just kicking back and enjoying the sunny Okanagan, there are a number of events to choose from throughout the year. Here are but a few of the many events enjoyed by locals and visitors alike:
Triathlons have become a mainstay in Penticton each August since the early 1980’s. It draws some 2,000 triathletes of all ages and an equally number of volunteers. Thousands come to take in the event and cheer the triathletes on. Check out the link below.
The Okanagan Fest-of-Ale is one of the largest and longest running beer festivals in BC. Since its inception in 1996, the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale has grown to become the pre-eminent craft beer festival in the Okanagan Valley. This two-day event features live entertainment, fabulous local food, and samplings of everything from the palest of ales to the darkest of stouts. Local registered charities reap the benefits It is truly a fun event and is held every April. Click the link for more info.
Every year in late June the Peach City hosts the Penticton Elvis Festival. The top Elvis impersonators from throughout the world compete annually. Penticton’s own Adam Fitzpatrick has excelled in the competition and is a former winner.
My absolute favorite event is Bacchanalia! Taste over 200 wines from over 50 local wineries and sample the Lakeside Penticton’s Chris Remington’s culinary masterpieces at the 20th annual Bacchanalia event.
South Okanagan Events Centre
The South Okanagan Events Centre is more than just the friendly confines of the championship Penticton Vees of the BC Hockey League. The SOEC also offers other top name entertainment.
Penticton has a variety of neighbourhoods that will appeal to all different people. As a true local, I can help you define the neighbourhoods and areas that suit your needs and lifestyle.
The variety of neighbourhoods and styles of homes varies. From war-time neighbourhoods with beautifully custom heritage homes, subdivisions with million dollar lakeviews, beachfront, family homes, condos, starter homes and fixer uppers.