One of the main draws of Penticton is its stunning setting. In the summer the city comes alive. It is a very popular tourist destination for its beaches and sunny hot weather. Residents get to enjoy the parks and beaches year-round and the lifestyle that goes with it. Here is a brief overview of some of the more popular parks, beaches and trails in Penticton and what each has to offer.
Gyro Park is both an events park as well as a leisure park. It is home to Penticton’s Canada Day celebrations and other summer festivals. Gyro Park is also a popular place to enjoy a family picnic or some of that famous Penticton sunshine. It has:
- 1.6 acres
- Clean public washrooms
- Ample parking
Okanagan Lake Park
Okanagan Lake Park is located near the downtown core and is one of the most popular of Penticton’s parks. The park hosts a wide variety of festivals between May and October. Amenities include:
- 4.5 acres
- Off-leash dog beach
- Beach and lake access
- Public washrooms and parking
Skaha Lake Park
This beautiful park offers outdoor fun for the entire family. Skaha Lake Park spans 21 acres and is perfect for year-round recreational activities. It features one of British Columbia’s most beautiful beaches – Red Sand Beach which is the best launching point to enjoy the warm waters of Skaha Lake. Features and amenities of the park include:
- Children’s water park.
- Beach slides.
- Sand volleyball courts.
- Marina & boat launch.
The beaches of Penticton have been rated some of the best beaches in the province and are a huge attraction for both tourists and locals.
Penticton’s best beaches include:
- Okanagan Lake Beach – with over a kilometer of sand, this is one of the most popular and picturesque in the area.
- Skaha Lake Beach – this beach is connected to Skaha Lake Park.
- Marina Way Beach – features a small sandy beach and swimming area.
- Okanagan Lake Park Beach – has an off-leash dog area and day moorage for pleasure boats.
- Sudbury Beach – a huge beach and swimming area.
- Three Mile Beach – features two beaches, an off leash dog area and day moorage for boats.
Kettle Valley Railway Pathway
The Kettle Valley Railway Pathway is not only a piece of Penticton’s storied history, it is part of the Trans Canada Trail. This trail is very popular for biking, jogging and sightseeing. The trail passes through many of Penticton’s vineyards and orchards. It winds around various gorgeous creeks and scenic Okanagan Lake.
Penticton City Strolls
The city of Penticton provides some excellent walks that are paved and wheelchair accessible. Enjoy a stroll along the Kiwanis Promenade which provides access to Okanagan Beach and the Okanagan River Channel.
The Okanagan River Channel connects Okanagan Lake with Skaha Lake and is a popular summer destination. As you walk this gentle 8 km pathway be sure to see the many adventurers who “float the channel”- a must do summer activity.
Another paved path leads to a lookout on Munson Mountain which offers spectacular views of Penticton and Okanagan Lake. This is also the site of the giant Hollywood-style Penticton sign.
Penticton Golf and Country Club is more than just a golf course – it is a part of British Columbia’s golf history. The golf club dates back to 1922 and was built entirely by volunteers and maintained by its players. Over the course of the years the course evolved, and in 1961 the Penticton Golf and Country club opened the first 18-hole course in the province. The next time you want to enjoy a game of golf, make sure to take in the history of this fabled Penticton landmark.