Penticton, British Columbia is a very quickly becoming more and more popular as a regional vacation getaway. It’s located not too far across the US-Canadian border from the North Central Washington area and, specifically, Okanogan County. Penticton sits on Highway 97 which is a major north-south route not only in British Columbia, but south through Washington, Oregon, and into California too. This helps make it easily reachable from the states. It’s also very easy to get to from the east and west within British Columbia too.
When you visit Penticton you are heading to an area known for outdoor recreation and beautiful scenery. This small community also offers some fun shopping experiences, great restaurants, and a nice list of things to do too. For example, if you’re a fan of wine and wineries, Penticton really has you taken care of there.
We reached out to the go-to Penticton travel resource recently for our “5 Questions With” series and VisitPenticton.com was gracious enough to help us out.
Five Questions With VisitPenticton.com
The Pacific Northwest features some beautiful and interesting names that have survived centuries of translation. What is the meaning of the name “Penticton”?
Penticton, as translated by the local Salish Native Americans, means “a place to live forever” (the commonly accepted translation) or “a place to live year-round”.
Most communities have one or two local celebrations during the year. What are the best celebrations or festivals that vacationers can come and participate in while visiting Penticton?
Penticton is home to so many fantastic annual festival and events. Here are just a few.
Penticton Peach Festival – August 9-13, 2017
This year Penticton celebrates 70 years of Peachfest
Okanagan Fest of Ale – April 7-8, 2017
Pacific Northwestern Elvis Festival – June 22-25, 2017
Peach City Beach Cruise – June 23-25, 2017
Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival – September 8-10, 2017
Penticton Dragon Boat Festival – September 9-10, 2017
For a full list of events in Penticton, go to: Penticton Events
Penticton looks like a fun place to visit for people of all ages. In your opinion, what are the top three things that people shouldn’t miss out on experiencing when they go there?
*Floating ‘the channel’ between Okanagan and Skaha Lake. It’s one of the most popular activities in the summer here.
*Wine touring – with over 70 wineries within a 20 minute drive, it’s no wonder we are called Wine Country.
*Cycling/Mountain biking – whether it’s the Kettle Valley Railway or the many downhill mountain biking routes we have available.
Possibly my favorite question, is there a little known fact or piece of trivia that most people don’t know about Penticton?
Penticton is one of two places in the world situated between two lakes
Many travelers through our region are very interested in the local history of the area. What are a few of the top attractions in and around Penticton that a history buff would love to experience?
The S.S. Sicamous – The SS Sicamous is the largest surviving stern wheeler in Canada. The ship is now a museum, wedding venue and must-see tourist attraction. The lower deck hosts the original steam boiler, steam engines and a model of the Kettle Valley Railway (with working miniature trains!) The upper decks have been fully restored, and you can see the cabins, dining saloon and even the Captain’s wheel. Visits take up to an hour, and guided tours are available.
Once again, I’d like to thank VisitPenticton.com for helping us out by answering our pesky questions. You can check out all that Penticton has to offer and maybe even start the ball rolling on scheduling your own trip there by checking out their website below: