Penticton is a busy city in the summertime, but it’s an exciting place to be year round. Residents and tourists alike can explore the city to find hiking trails, unique stores, and unbeatable scenery.
But if you’re looking for the top sights to see, you might not know where to begin. We’ve put together some of our favourite spots in Penticton to relax, unwind, and enjoy the best of what this city has to offer.
If you plan on travelling to Penticton, or you live in the city, set aside some time to visit these scenic spots:
The Kettle Valley Rail Trail (referred to as the KVR Trail for short) used to be a railroad; now, it’s been repurposed as a hiking, cycling, and walking trail. As you traverse the trail, you’ll see plenty of orchards and farms. This trail eventually connects to the Trans Canada Trail, which expands across Canada. Along the way, you’ll travel through tunnels, climb steep inclines, and catch stunning views of Okanagan Lake.
You can still ride the historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway. It’s a 90-minute journey that takes you through rocky canyons and pristine vineyards.
Literature fans must stop by The Book Shop; it’s one of the biggest used book stores in Canada. Originally opened in 1974, this massive store stretches 5,000 square feet, and it’s packed with books and movies.
The inventory features plenty of out-of-print books, bibliographies, best sellers, science fiction, and more. With an inventory this diverse, you can find a book on practically any subject.
Looking to rent a movie? You’ll find almost 20,000 titles, including foreign films, classics, children’s movies, and major releases.
If you’re looking for a book to take with you on your travels, stop by The Book Shop, and you’re sure to find something interesting.
Learn more about the history of the Okanagan by visiting this heritage site. It’s home to the S.S. Sicamous, a preserved steam sternwheeler from 1914. This ship used to sail across Okanagan Lake, providing transport for remote communities. In the museum, you can visit the Gentleman’s Saloon, the Engine Room, and the Grand Staircase.
When you visit this heritage site, the funds help support the S.S. Sicamous Society, a non-profit organization that preserves the heritage of the Okanagan.
Skaha Lake Park features some of the most breathtaking views in Penticton. Spanning 21 acres total, this park features basketball, tennis, and beach volleyball courts. A beautiful beach wraps around this calm lake, which is surrounded by mountains. Feel like some recreational water sports? Visit the boat launch, and head out to the lake for some water skiing or tubing.
At Skaha Lake, you can relax with some friends at a picnic table, or stretch out on the beach and soak up some sun rays.
Stock up on fresh, locally-grown/produced products at the Penticton Farmers’ Market. You’ll find a wide selection of baked goods, preserves, crafts, and local liquor. Looking to support local artists? Check out the array of prints and paintings made by creatives in Penticton. Or, satisfy your sweet tooth with a fresh pastry.
With a philosophy of “make it, bake it, grow it”, you never know what you might find at the Penticton Farms’ Market.
If you’re up for a challenge, try rock climbing at the Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park. It’s a world-class place for climbing, with one-of-a-kind views. This park features a large network of hiking trails and green spaces. It’s a bit of a tough hike, so it’s not recommended for beginners.
In this expansive and diverse park, you can catch a glimpse of BC’s wildlife, including deer, bears, and Canadian geese.
If you’re planning to visit this park, be sure to check online first. Depending on the season, certain areas may be closed due to wildfires.
When the sun is high, and the weather’s right, take a long float down the Penticton River Channel. Also known as the Okanagan River Channel, this smooth ride will take up to 2-3 hours to complete; it’s a soothing way to spend your afternoon. Rent a tube (or bring your own) and drift down this scenic river. Once you reach the end of the channel, you can use the shuttle service to get back to the beginning.
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