Penticton, BC, Canada is a lake community in the Central Okanagan Valley region situated on the shores of Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. The community is situated in between the two recreational lakes and is a major centre in the valley.
There is a sandy beach anchoring the community on both sides of town. Across the street from the sandy beaches and lakefront are outdoor patio restaurants, Penticton accommodations, attractions and retail stores. The beaches, in the summer, are busy with people swimming and suntanning.
The surrounding landscape of is covered in desert hills, sage brush and cactus. The lower lying valleys include the Penticton, BC vineyards, orchards and wineries. There are wine tours offered in town featuring many of the wine making operations in the region.
Penticton in the Okanagan Valley is a full service destination in the region with many services. Some of the services in town important to travelers include gas stations, grocery stores, banks, laundromat, internet, restaurants, medical, auto repair shops, post office and more.
There is a vast assortment of outdoor activities in the region enjoyed year round. In the summer months people enjoy mountain biking, kite surfing, cycling, kayaking, water skiing, canoeing, hiking, birdwatching, backpacking, rock climbing, dirt biking, houseboating, golfing, fishing, channel tubing, windsurfing and others.
In the winter months, the snowfall season, people in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. The local mountain, Apex Mountain, is the ski destination for people who enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding.
There are many parks, lakes and trails in the region. The most well known hiking and mountain biking trail in the region is the KVR - Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Some of the parks in the area worth an adventure include the Okanagan Mountain Park and Skaha Bluffs.