The Okanagan is a fantastic destination to enjoy some sun in Western Canada. The whole valley is filled with picturesque lakes, vineyards, beaches, mountains, bike trails and endless sunshine. Penticton is a small town of around 40,000, located between Lake Okanagan and Lake Skaha and a great spot to spend a weekend.
Here are some awesome ways to spend time there:
Hiking the Skaha Bluffs
Located to the South East of Penticton, the Skaha Bluffs is a mountainous Provincial park with numerous hiking trails and rock climbing walls. It’s a great place to explore the natural side of the town, get some great views over the valley. The rock climbing is also great, with variety of routes and difficulty levels. Download the area map here and don’t forget your water!
Lounge on the Beach
Penticton is sandwiched between two beautiful lakes – Skaha and Okanagan meaning there is no shortage of beaches here. Both are great to sunbathe, enjoy a picnic lunch, and play in the water. Okanagan Lake Provincial Park is located on Lakeshore Drive on the North end of town and features nearly a kilometer of sandy/pebbly beach. There is a swimming area, slides, shaded areas, washrooms, firepits, and free parking.
On the South side of town, is Skaha Lake and 20 acres of park and beach, with a beautiful red sand beach with red sand that is great for sunbathing and swimming in the warm water. Skaha Lake also has a variety of water-sport rentals such as sea-dos and boats.
Shop the Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday from May to October, you can shop for local goods like farm fresh eggs, fruits and veggies, honey, preserves and handmade crafts at the Penticton Farmers Market. The market spans several blocks on Main Street and is a great way to see the downtown of Penticton, meet locals and buy some local goods. There are even wines for sale from some of the local vineyards if you aren’t able to get out wine touring.
Wine Tour in Naramata
Possibly one of the best stretches of wine region in the whole Okanagan valley, make sure you take a drive around the Naramata bench and sample some incredible local vino! There are over 40 different vineyards in the sunny stretch, so take your time and explore several. Drive out of Penticton along the North-east side of Lake Okanagan, and follow the signs, or take a look at the WineBC map below to help you chose your route.
If you don’t want to drive, check out this reasonably priced wine bus that also leaves from Penticton: