Posted by: cherylyoung | September 10, 2012


Cradled within tree trimmed mountain slopes,

dramatic clay cliffs and bordered by the Okanagan

and Skaha Lakes, Penticton is one of the larger

cities in the BC interior, and a popular destination

for visitors of all kinds.

The Cradled within tree trimmed mountain slopes,

dramatic clay cliffs and town name, translated

from native Salish, means a place to live forever,

and many heed that advice, at least partly, spending

a large part of their holidays here each year.

There’s literally something here for everyone, from

water skiing to quaint boutiques, golfing to

exploring local hiking trails.


During the early days, Fur Brigades consisting of

up to 200 head of pack horses travelled down from

the north, through the Okanagan, and on south to

the mouth of the Columbia River.

At that time, it was possibly the easiest route to

travel in order to be able to get the fur pelts to

world markets.


There were occasions when these brigades would set

up camp several miles west of Penticton.


Transportation was important in Penticton’s history,

when sternwheelers plied the lakes and the Kettle

Valley Railway had its headquarters here.

Penticton takes full advantage of its dual lakefronts.


The south end of town (with its go-cart tracks,

amusement centres, miniature golf courses, water

slides, and RV parks) touches the north shore of

Skaha Lake.


The north end of town sidles along the southern tip

of the 113-km-long Lake Okanagan.

Penticton is on the edge of what many consider to

be the only true desert in Canada.


Although the large exotic type of cactus seen in

Arizona is not found here, there is a species that is

small, with very sharp spikes.

They can be found in some of those rarely occupied

spaces where there is little or no irrigation.


Walkers in these areas are advised to wear heavily

soled shoes that completely cover the foot.



Location:Penticton is located on Highway 97 in


the south Okanagan, between Okanagan Lake and

Skaha Lake, 43 miles (68 km) south of Kelowna and

38 miles (60 km) north of Osoyoos.


To the south of Penticton is Okanagan Falls, and to

the north (on either side of Okanagan Lake) are

Naramata and Summerland.

View a map of the Osoyoos to Kelowna region.




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