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Penticton is a city located in the southern part of British Columbia, between the Skaha and Okanagan lakes. It was first settled by the Syilx (Okanagan people), of the Salish language in 1865. Its name was coined from the Salish/Indian tribe and it means “a forever place”. Penticton was made a district municipality in 1908, and a city in 1948. In an attempt to develop the place, these first settlers engaged in activities such as transportation, recreation, education, trade, and agriculture, on which they survived.


In the Okanagan-Similkameen regional district, which is part of Okanagan, Penticton is the largest city by population and area, for which it’s the third largest in the region.



It has low precipitation with 346.0mm as the annual precipitation and high daytime temperatures. The mean relative humidity ranges from 63-77 percent in the morning and 36-69 in the afternoon. It has a very low amount of fog and a mild winter season. The average snowfall of Penticton per year is 58.7cm, and it is the fourth driest city in Canada.


Penticton has a school district called school district 67 Okanagan Skaha, with 10 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 3 high schools. The city also has some francophone schools, namely: Ecole entre-lacs primary school and the Ecole Secondaire de Penticton. The faith-based schools in Penticton include Penticton Christian school, Holy cross school, and Concordia Lutheran school. The post-secondary schools in Penticton are Sprott Shaw College, Okanagan College, and the Okanagan Hockey School. The Penticton Public Library was formerly a part of the Okanagan Regional Library but was separated in 1968.


The major type of sport played here is hockey, and the city has hosted several hockey games which various teams from around the world have been invited. Some other sports that have also been hosted by the city include the 2010 British Columbia Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the 2013 Continental Cup of Curling, the 2016 BC Winter Games, and a couple of others.

Moreover, Penticton hosts numerous events every year, and among them are the Penticton Peach Festival, the Okanagan Wine Festival, the Meadowlark Nature Festival, the Superleague Penticton Triathlon, and the Miss Penticton Pageant. The Pageant takes place during the Penticton Peach Festival, the Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival, and the Peach City Beach Cruise.


The recreational activities in Penticton involve skiing, golfing, fishing and boating, rock climbing, and hiking. The Penticton Art Gallery and the Penticton Community Market also serve as tour centers for visitors all around. The Penticton Community Center offers a lot of recreational and fitness services such as a gymnasium, fitness programs, a dance studio, and a Cleland center. Furthermore, Penticton is known for its wineries, with over 40 wineries in the city.


Consequently, Penticton is an extremely industrious place, with the economy revolving majorly around its wineries and agriculture. But it also has very good shipping and traveling businesses, such as the Penticton Airport and the Kettle Valley Railway which serve as a helpful means to distribute their goods and services worldwide.



Is Penticton a good place to spend the holidays?

Penticton is a great place to spend the holidays due to the fun activities and exciting places that are available in the area. Some of the fun things to do include:


  • Biking or hiking the kettle valley railway
  • Picking of fresh fruits at a local orchard
  • Skiing at the apex mountain resort
  • Rock climbing
  • Fishing and boating on Skaha Lake and Okanagan Lake
  • Floating down the channel between Okanagan Lake and Skaha lake
  • Several festive activities


And the beautiful places you can go to include:


  • The Penticton art gallery with amazing artwork
  • The Penticton community center which holds several recreational activities
  • Taking a tour at the wineries
  • The beautiful restaurants that serve delicious dishes
  • The farmers’ market that attracts visitors for its Saturday event from May to October
  • The Okanagan and Skaha beaches and parks
  • Summer resorts and luxury hotels
Is it expensive to live in Penticton?

The cost of living in Penticton is relatively low. The estimated cost of living for one person is $1708, rent inclusive, while that of a family of four is $4007. The cost of living for one person, without rent, is $732 while that of a family of four is $2226. Utilities for one person is $977 and for a family of four, it is $1781. Food for one person is $546 while a family of four is $1414. And lastly, transport for a person is $59.6 and for a family of four, it is $163. Also, the average estimated monthly salary after tax is $2304.

What type of food is served in Penticton?

Due to its extensive agricultural practice, Penticton has a wide variety of foods. Some of the fruits and vegetables you will find in Penticton include cherries, peaches, apricots, pears, plums, apples, oranges, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. There are also varying shapes and hues of heirloom tomatoes. There are nice restaurants that offer mouth-watering, tasty meals and wines. Some of the restaurants include the Villa Rosa Restaurant, known for the best Italian dishes and wines, Lachi-Fine Indian Cuisine, Gusto Ferrari Cuisine, Mykonos Pizza & Spaghetti House, La Casa Quzeria restaurant, and the Cellar Wine Bar and Kitchen. The Villa Rosa Restaurant offers the best Italian local British Columbian wines and serves tasty meals such as bruschetta, va caprese, Capelli di Angelo o di pomodoro, spaghetti Bolognese, gelato Italiano, and Formaggio di Boncconcini fritto. The wineries in Penticton also produce different types of wines with a unique taste. The Perricone farms specialize in the production of the best-tasting, freshly produced juices like orange juice, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, apple juice, lemonade, and strawberry juice.

Does Penticton have any international relationship?

A sister relationship has existed between Penticton and Japan since 1977, making it one of the oldest relationships in Canada. It all started in 1975 when residents of Penticton went in a bid to look for business opportunities in Japan. They formed an alliance with the mayor of the town of Ikeda, Japan, who proposed a sister-city relationship with Penticton because of its similarities in winery production, geographic features, and cattle industry. This relationship has brought about an exchange of culture due to exchanged visits of residents to the respective locations annually. It also led to the building of a Japanese garden in Penticton, known as the Ikeda Japanese Garden in honor of their agreement.