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Welcome .................................................... 5 Wineries ..................................................... 6 Heritage & Culture ................................ 12 Playtime ..................................................... 16 Golf ............................................................ 20 Wineries & Golf Map ............................ 22 Penticton Map ......................................... 24 Naramata Map......................................... 26 Day Trips ................................................... 27 Shopping, Dining & Entertainment ..... 28 Festivals & Events ................................... 34 Outdoor Adventure............................... 38 Winter Activities .................................... 42 Visitor Tips & Services .......................... 44 Touring Options...................................... 46

NTRODUCTION The Penticton & Wine Country Visitors Guide is a Penticton & Wine Country Tourism publication. To obtain extra copies of this magazine, please contact: Wine Country Visitor Centre 553 Railway Street, Penticton, BC V2A 8S3 Call 1.800.663.5052 (toll-free) Email visitors@penticton.org Published by The Penticton Western News Telephone: 250.492.3636 PUBLISHER: Mark Walker PRODUCTION MANAGER: Kirk Myltoft PHOTOGRAPHY: Cover Photo Credit: Chris Mason Stearns Photography Inside Pages: Ace Film Company, J. Kevin Dunn Photography, Jason Dziver Photography, ©Andrea Johnson Photography, Andrew Morrell Photography, Chris Mason Stearns Photography, Don Weixl Photography, Kurt Werby Photography, ©Wylie Photography Lori Burgoyne, Dave Chapman, Bradley Cooper, Bryson Gilbert, Rhonda Henry, Lloyd Jamieson, David Layland, Steve Park, Simone Rivers, Ron Smuin, Kerry Stansfield, Andrew Summers Courtesy: Apex Mountain Resort, Apple d’or Guesthouse, Maple Leaf Spirits, Sage Mesa Golf and Country Club EDITORIAL: Stacey Cleveland Printed in Canada. All rights reserved. Free distribution only. May not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without prior written permission from Penticton & Wine Country Tourism. Penticton & Wine Country Tourism has made every effort to ensure the information in this publication is accurate and will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Listings compiled as of October 2008.

We all have our own definition of the perfect holiday. For some, it’s a relaxing break from the demands of a busy work schedule, hectic home life and endless “to do” lists. With leisurely mornings spent on the golf course (Golf p. 20) or sipping coffee on the patio of your luxurious, five-star guesthouse, followed by an afternoon at the beach (Playtime p. 16) or visiting some of the over 100 wineries (p. 6) in the Okanagan Valley, the nine-to-five hardships will seem a world away. If you’re at the other end of the spectrum, where timeoff equals some serious adrenaline-inducing activity, then we have plenty of hiking, biking and rock climbing (Outdoor Adventures p. 38) as well as water sports (p. 16) to keep you busy and get you in peak physical shape come ski season (Winter Activities p. 42). Throw in a pleasant climate, lively festivals (Festivals & Events p. 34), interesting heritage attractions (Heritage & Culture p. 12) and appealing shopping, dining and entertainment (p. 28) options and we’ve provided all the necessary elements for you and your family to create the ideal vacation. Welcome to Penticton & Wine Country time to breathe…


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IME TO BREATHE Let tthe certified travel counsellors at the Official Penticton Pentic & Wine Country Visitor Centre help you plan and book your vacation. Drop in, call or e-mail us for information on accommodations, sightseeing, festivals and events, transportation, restaurants, outdoor adventure and more. Location: 553 Railway Street (corner of Eckhardt Avenue and Highway 97) Hours of operation: May long weekend to September long weekend - 8 am to 7 pm daily After the September long weekend and up to the May long weekend - 9 am to 6 pm daily Phone: 250.493.4055 Toll Free: 1.800.663.5052 Email: visitors@penticton.org Website: www.tourismpenticton.com Mailing Address: Wine Country Visitor Centre 553 Railway Street, Penticton, BC Canada V2A 8S3

WELCOME On behalf of the City of Penticton, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Penticton and Wine Country. Penticton provides the perfect holiday base for wine tourists and families year-round. Located on the shores of two beautiful lakes in the heart of Okanagan wine country, Penticton has long been regarded as a popular tourist destination. Here you will find a vast array of sophisticated yet unpretentious wine and culinary experiences, outdoor adventures, and world-class events, all infused with small town charm. Penticton is known for sandy beaches, award-winning wines and unparalleled recreational opportunities in a spectacular natural setting, but you may be surprised to discover a dynamic arts scene, thriving local food movement and wide variety of lively festivals and events. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that the people who come here never want to leave. Penticton truly lives up to its name as interpreted from the language of the Okanagan First Nations, ”Sn’pinktn,” or “a place to stay forever”. Respectfully yours, Dan Ashton Mayor, City of Penticton


LAVOURS AS DISTINCT AS THE DESTINATION The Okanagan Valley is blessed with nearly 3,000 hectares of prime, grape-growing land thanks to a low annual rainfall and long, hot summer days. Drink in delicious views of some of the most spectacular scenery in the province as you wine tour your way through a range of tasting experiences at quaint, boutique wineries and impressive, large-scale producers. With nearly 100 exceptional wineries surrounding the city of Penticton, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Fortunately, the Wine Country Visitor Centre helps make your life – and vacation planning – easier. Stop in at the brightly-coloured visitor centre, located on the corner of Eckhardt Avenue and Highway 97, for winery maps, event and tour information.

Take advantage of the BC Wine Information Centre’s daily tasting to practice swirling, sniffing and sipping like a pro before hitting the wineries. For a more in-depth wine education, consider attending an immersion course like the Naramata Unfiltered Wine Education Weekend Retreat or the week-long Okanagan Wine Academy wine vacation. Once you’ve gathered your materials and mastered the tasting techniques, it’s time to decide how you want to explore wine country – self-guided and group tours are available by bicycle or vehicle. If you decide to join a scheduled tour, book ahead as they are very popular and often sellout during the high season and holidays, or during special events like the annual spring and fall wine festivals. Just a short drive (or scenic bike ride) from Penticton, there are three main concentrations of wineries: Bottleneck Drive (11 wineries northwest of Penticton), Corkscrew Drive (10 wineries south of Penticton) and the Naramata Bench (23 wineries northeast of Penticton). Each route offers visitors a distinct tasting and touring experience. (See page 22 for a map of the area wineries.)


SOMETHING’S BREWING If your beverage of choice comes by the pint then we have three local micro-breweries for you to check out. In April, the annual two-day Fest-of-Ale gives beer lovers an opportunity to try over 75 brews on tap, as well as enjoy great food and entertainment.

Jolly good spirits Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah are just a few of the traditional grape varietals grown in the Okanagan Valley. And while the Okanagan region has only recently emerged as an international wine destination, our intensely flavourful and aromatic ice wines have enjoyed a long and illustrious history amongst oenophiles. Less common, but rapidly increasing in popularity, are wines and spirits derived from locally-grown tree fruits such as cherries, apples, peaches and pears. The Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys are home to several fruit wineries, cideries and distilleries. Branch out and include a tree fruit-based libation on your winery tour.

Celebrate the bounty Known as the “fruit bowl” of Canada, Penticton will overload your senses with the sights, aromas and, most importantly, flavours of sun-ripened fruits and vegetables. Follow hand-drawn signs along tranquil country roads to purchase or pick delicious Okanagan delicacies directly from the source. Every Saturday morning starting in May until the end of October, farmers’ markets transform two downtown blocks into a lively and colourful collection of local vendors and artisans. Sip a cup

of organic coffee while stocking up on the freshest selection of seasonal fruit and veggies available. Sample a fresh fruit galette or try an Ogopogo organic bison dog for breakfast. Grab a baguette and some sweet treats for an afternoon picnic in the park.

Harvest time If you want to take a “taste” of the Okanagan home with you this summer, plan your trip around the harvest dates of your favourite fruit or vegetable. Orchards, farmers’ markets and roadside stands provide a colourful offering of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables selling fresh produce, honey and baked goods as well as unique hand-crafted items. Approximate harvest dates Asparagus ..........................................May Peas .................................................... June Cherries ............................... June to July Apricots .......................... July to August Peaches .................... July to September Cucumbers .............. July to September Corn ...................August to September Tomatoes ............ August to first frost Melons ....... Mid-August to September Pears .......... Mid-August to September Grapes ................................... September Squash ................................... September Apples.................July to early October


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LIVELY CREATIVE SPIRIT While the sky-rocketing temperatures attract droves of sun-worshippers during the summer months, th PPenticton’s arts and culture scene is hot yearround thanks to an eclectic and passionate creative community. Don’t let our modest façade fool you – the displays of public art decorating city streets and parks and profusion of galleries, theatre companies and entertainment venues reveal a heartfelt reverence for artistic expression. Enjoy live music and a meal in a casual, intimate setting or check out the hot, new play that critics are applauding. Attend the opening of a much-talked about exhibit or visit an artist’s studio and observe the creative process in action.

The picturesque lakes, mountains, orchards and vineyards that make Penticton an attractive place to visit also inspire great works of art, music and literature, have been captured in award-winning photographs and films, and influence everything from our architecture to our cuisine. The Penticton Art Gallery has several large galleries, displaying works by local and international artists, as well as special events and small concerts. The Okanagan School of the Arts offers innovative programs and projects to help budding artists awaken and express their creative spirit. There are several theatre companies, both professional and amateur, catering to those who love live theatre. The Orchard House Theatre is an intimate and comfortable place to take in a play, while the Cannery Stage has a unique setting in a renovated fruit canning facility. The Cleland Theatre, located in the Penticton Community Centre, is a versatile venue featuring such groups as the Okanagan Symphony. Completed in 2008, the 5,500-seat South Okanagan Events Centre features an impressive line-up of big name performers and entertainers as well as provides home ice advantage for Penticton’s BCHL Junior “A” hockey club, the Vees.


Celebrating a rich history The stunning, geographic features that form the area’s dramatic landscapes are largely a result of ancient glacial deposits occurring thousands of years ago.When the last glacial period ended, vast, fertile benchlands were carved into the valley walls, literally shaping Penticton’s future in agriculture. Early archaeological

records provide some insight into Penticton’s fascinating history, which dates back to the Okanagan First Nations who inhabited these lands 3,500 to 4,000 years ago. A dynamic and resourceful people, the aboriginals demonstrated considerable familiarity with the land and its resources through their hunting and gathering practices and, later, raising livestock and crops. Penticton’s first non-native settler, an Irishman by the name of Tom Ellis, arrived in the valley in 1865 and is credited with establishing the framework for this fine city that celebrated its centennial in 2008.

History revealed Evidence of the valuable contributions made by the Okanagan First Nations, Tom Ellis and other pioneers in the region can be found at a number of local heritage attractions. Located on the Penticton Indian Reserve, the En’owkin Centre is an indigenous, cultural, educational, ecological and creative arts organization open to the public with ongoing exhibitions and events. The permanent collection at the Penticton Museum & Archives features interactive displays of natural history, military artifacts and First Nations collections. Get to know the early pioneers and find out why the Kettle Valley Railroad is such a marvel of engineering. The glory days of steamship travel are captured in the beautifully restored S.S. Sicamous, Canada’s largest remaining

sternwheeler, located in the Okanagan Inland Marine Heritage Park on the shores of Okanagan Lake. During the summer, enjoy the acclaimed S.S. Sicamous Follies, a live musical review on board the ship. The B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame pays homage to one of the country’s most popular pastimes through informative displays and related memorabilia. The Kettle Valley Steam Railway chugs along the only preserved section of KVR railway track left in existence. Clinging to the hillside it meanders through lush agricultural land and ends at the Trout Creek Trestle Bridge, 73 metres above the canyon floor. The Summerland Museum transports you back to the days when fruit ranches were being established in the valley. Vintage car enthusiasts will enjoy Summerland’s Classic Car Museum, showcasing over 80 pristine automobiles manufactured between 1936 and 1970. It’s a heart-stopping 1,000 metre climb above the valley floor by bus to get to the Hedley Mascot Gold Mine followed by a 100 metre descent on foot to the mine entrance where your underground tour begins. The Bassett House and Museum in Okanagan Falls gives visitors a glimpse into the early life of “Dogtown” as a ranching, steamship and freight hub in the early 1900s. Canada’s only desert is located just 45 minutes south of Penticton. Here you will find two desert interpretive centres.The Oliver District Museum has been preserved as a rural detachment.


MBARK ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY ALONG THE HISTORIC KVR TRAIL In the early 1900s, Penticton was the centre of operations for a building project of epic proportions – construction of the Kettle Valley Railway. It was a difficult, expensive and, at times, extremely dangerous undertaking as the route traversed through some of the most inhospitable terrain in North America. After decades of faithful service, the scenic rail line was decommissioned in the 1960s. Today, Penticton serves as the unofficial headquarters of the KVR trail that was developed along the old rail bed. The same dense forests, steep ravines and raging rivers that plagued engineers and labourers at the turn of the century, provide magnificent scenery for users of this popular recreation corridor. And it’s not only outdoor enthusiasts who are attracted to this biologically rich trail. Various species of wildlife are frequently seen nibbling the vegetation lining the mostly gravel and dirt track that passes through

pastoral countryside resplendent with vineyards, orchards and parklands. Running straight through the city, the KVR trail is very accessible. In Penticton, there’s a trailhead at Vancouver Place – just off Vancouver Avenue – where parking is available. Pass through the gate and continue along the trail past Little Joe Lookout and the cemetery and you’re only about a 10-minute walk from the McCulloch Trestle which spans Randolph Draw. Further north on the KVR, there’s an extensive network of technical, single-track hiking and mountain biking trails called Three Blind Mice, located at the top of Arawana Road. Unparalleled lake views reward those who tackle these challenging climbs and fast-paced descents. Pick up a trail map at one of the local bike shops before you head out. As you set forth on this journey back in time, look for interpretive signage along the way that tells the story of this historic rail trail at significant landmarks like Myra Canyon*.

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areas and picnic tables as well as concession stands and washrooms. Watch the world go by from your park bench with a lake view.

Okanagan Lake attractions E TAKE HAVING FUN SERIOUSLY Some like it hot. If you’re one of them, then you’ll love Penticton’s summers. In July and August, daily temperatures can reach the upper 30s – higher on average than in the Napa Valley. Fortunately, our beautiful lakes and beaches offer a welcome respite from the rising mercury. Beached between Okanagan Lake at the north end of the city and Skaha Lake to the south, there’s no shortage of water access in Penticton. On the shores of both alluring, warm water lakes, you’ll find clean, public beaches with a variety of amenities to enhance your day of fun in the sun. And in quiet neighbourhoods throughout the city, pretty, municipal parks provide the perfect setting for an afternoon picnic or game of Frisbee. Many of these pleasant green spaces are equipped with grassy play

On record as the last known address of the legendary lake monster, Ogopogo, Okanagan Lake is a great place for a quick dip or a nap on the shore. Slides, rafts, splash parks, concession stands and marinas are just a few of the attractions. Here are some others: Riverside Park is the place to go if you want to spend an afternoon navigating bumper boats, go-carts or a climbing wall or playing a round of mini-golf or aeroball. Check out the second largest skate park in the province, the Youth Park, which was designed by a professional skate park architect for skaters, bladers and BMXers of all ages. Serene pleasures await those who visit the Penticton Rose Garden – the perfect setting for a wedding or romantic picnic. Also home to the Okanagan Inland Marine Heritage Park. The Sunset Strip promenade along Okanagan Lake is a great place for an evening stroll after a bite to eat at one of the fine beachfront restaurants. Motels, private


residences and small shops catering to beach life mingle together. Pedal cars, trikes, kayaks, scooters and a “bike” the whole family can ride are available here. The kids will have a great time at the Kettle Valley Railway themed splash and play area in Lakawanna Park, located mid-way along Okanagan Lake beach at Power Street.A concession stand serving snacks and cold drinks keeps everyone well-cooled and fueled. Ordering a tasty treat from the giant Peach on the Beach creates a thrill for the little ones and nostalgia in adults. This one-of-a-kind concession stand has been ripening in the sun since the 1960s and is one of our most photographed landmarks. For an unobstructed, panoramic view of the lake, venture out along the Kiwanis Walking Pier. Go parasailing or rent your choice of recreational watercraft nearby for a great day on the lake. Located east of the Lakeside Resort, Okanagan Lake Park hosts many summertime festivals and special events. The fenced dog beach is a hit with canines and their owners and the wide open grassy space makes it an ideal spot to throw a Frisbee, practice yoga or play a game of football. Moored at the Okanagan Lake Marina, the Casabella Princess paddle wheeler provides stunning views and local folklore on their popular one-hour narrated cruise as well as special event packages that include dinner and entertainment. Sailing lessons, tours and charters originate here.

Skaha Lake attractions Skaha Lake is the smaller of Penticton’s two lakes, but it’s big on family-friendly good times. From boat rentals

to playgrounds, this area is a favourite with locals and visitors. Rafts and beach slides, a children’s splash park and duck pond make Skaha Lake Park the perfect place to spend a day. Challenge your friends to a game of beach volleyball, tennis or basketball.Visit the concession stands or go in-line skating along the beachfront promenade. If you lose track of time, check the world’s largest analemmatic sundial – it really works! The Skaha Marina has a boat launch area and rents a variety of recreational watercrafts. Sudbury Beach is a popular launching area for kayakers, windsurfers and kitesurfers. Boat rentals are available here, as well as great grub at the concession stand.

Okanagan River Channel Drifting leisurely down the Okanagan River Channel is one of the most popular local summer activities as well as a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Engineered in the 1950s to control flooding, this man made, seven kilometre long waterway flows south from Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake. Bring your own floatation device or rent one from Coyote Cruises in Riverside Park, where you’ll also find a public landing to launch from. Depending on the current and wind, it can take three to four hours to float the entire length of the channel. Parking and exit points are available at Green Mountain Road and Skaha Lake. A shuttle service from the mid-point or end is also offered for carefree cruising.


OP 10 PICKS FOR FAMILY FUN Here’s our list of popular family-friendly Penticton activities and attractions – in no particular order – as voted on by a few friendly families. Take a narrated, one-hour cruise on Okanagan Lake aboard a 43-passenger paddle wheeler. Relax and take in breathtaking views of Penticton as you learn a bit about the area’s history. Tour the historic Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) trail, ideal for cycling, walking or jogging. Bicycle rentals are available at several Penticton locations. Start your engines! An oval race track is a thrill a minute for the whole family. The action takes place on weekends and is just a 10-minute drive up Carmi Avenue. Visit the fully-restored S.S. Sicamous sternwheeler located in the Okanagan Inland Marine Heritage Park. Guided and self-guided tours are available as well as summer family musical theatre, interpretive displays and a model of the Kettle Valley Railway. Take the family on an aerial tour of the beautiful

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A ARNING: STUNNING SCENERY MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HANDICAP Swing-stopping views, sweeping fairways and velvety greens await golfers in the Okanagan Valley. The captivating scenery surrounding these renowned links, which range from challenging full-length courses to comfortable short layouts, provides the perfect excuse for any missed shot. Penticton is within easy driving distance of over 29 golf courses. Between Summerland and Osoyoos alone, there are a dozen courses for golfers to choose from – six championship, three executive and three par three.All local links take full advantage of the unique and exquisite surroundings to provide a memorable golfing experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family, beginning and

accomplished players alike. Seasoned professionals offer private and semi-private coaching to help novice golfers master the fundamentals of this patience-testing sport and experienced golfers hone their technique. Sometimes it only takes a little instruction to improve your game – and enjoyment level – a lot. Dedicated duffers can play golf nine months of the year – one of the longest seasons in Canada – and witness the effect the changing seasons has on thoughtfullydesigned courses bordered by sagebrush, grasses and Ponderosa pines. Set against an iridescent lake side backdrop, the contrast is striking and magnificent. After a satisfying round on Canada’s desert links, relax awhile at the 19th hole with a well-deserved glass of Okanagan wine. Socialize with friends, enjoy delicious food and relive some of the day’s finer moments. Ideal weather, diverse terrain and, above all, the challenge will keep you coming back. Many accommodators offer special golf packages, allowing you to “stay and play” at some of the Okanagan Valley’s finest courses. Visit the tourismpenticton.com website for a listing of the current travel specials.


ON’T MISS A THING Summerland : 32 km or 20 mi round trip Eroded clay cliffs delineate the benchlands of Highway 97 north on the way to Summerland. The original town site was located on the waterfront where today you’ll find a resort, a spa and the Summerland Trout Hatchery. The present community lies at the base of Giant’s Head Mountain. An “Old English” theme encompasses streets lined with boutique shopping, restaurants and cafes. Be sure to include the 11 wineries of Bottleneck Drive on your tour. Visit local food producers for vinegars, fruit jams and syrups. The Kettle Valley Steam Train and Trout C r e e k Tr e s t l e Bridge are located here, as well as a museum, art gallery, classic car collection and ornamental gardens. Okanagan Falls/Green Lake Road/ White Lake Road: 80 km or 48 mi round trip Take Eastside Road to the south end of Skaha Lake and the small community of Okanagan Falls. Best known for Tickleberry’s ice cream and chocolate, it is also the hub for some rare and revered wineries, like “See Ya Later Ranch” on Green Lake Road. Bassett House Museum provides an historical overview and Okanagan Falls Provincial Park is a haven for naturalists with superb bird and wildlife viewing and recreational opportunities. Lakes, grasslands and artist studios make for a tranquil outing. An interstellar close encounter at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory on White Lake Road and the Linden Gardens in Kaleden are highlights of this drive. Vaseux Lake/Oliver/Osoyoos: 120 km or 72 mi round trip The drive south to Osoyoos encompasses a wide range of naturalist interests and geographic anomalies. Vaseux Lake Wetlands, McIntyre Bluff, Spotted Lake, Haynes Point Wetlands Trail and Canada’s only pocket desert survive in this landscape. The approach to Oliver

is thick with orchards and fruit stands. At Jackson Triggs Winery, Tuc-el-Nuit Road veers off from Highway 97 and cuts to the east side of the valley sustaining a handful of wineries. Back on Hwy 97, the quaint town of Oliver has good restaurants and interesting shops. The “Golden Mile” of vineyards lines this section of highway as you continue south to the warm waters of Osoyoos Lake. Keremeos/Hedley : 150 km or 93 mi round trip Less than an hour west of Penticton along Highway 3, Keremeos is known as “the fruit stand capital of Canada.” It is an area rich in agriculture and history. Offering a true wilderness experience for the adventurous, Cathedral Provincial Park comprises an expanse of jagged mountain peaks, azure lakes and flower-dappled alpine meadows. Hedley offers a stimulating tour of the Mascot Gold Mine and Indian pictographs can be found along the old Hedley Road. Naramata: 32 km or 20 mi round trip Just east of Penticton, Naramata Road winds its way across the picturesque terraces overlooking Okanagan Lake. Fruit orchards and 22 boutique wineries line this route. Tasting rooms, vineyard patios and breathtaking scenery greet you at every curve. Naramata Road also provides several access points for the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) trail. The beach at the foot of Three Mile Road is a popular spot for swimmers and boaters. In Naramata village, there is a charming heritage inn and spa, a general store, art studios, boutiques and eateries. Manitou Park has a lovely beach for sunbathing and swimming and Wharf Park hosts a weekly seasonal farmers’ market on Wednesdays.


N ABUNDANCE OF URBAN A APPEAL EEat, drink and…shop? Penticton provides tempting options for all three popular pastimes depending on your taste and preference. Sip exquisite wines, savour epicurean delicacies and shop for hours in an assortment of fashionable boutiques and specialty stores. Then head back to your comfortable hotel, inn, B & B or resort to marvel at your latest purchases before making that most important decision of the day – where to have dinner. (Be forewarned, it won’t be an easy decision to make as Penticton has a wide variety of superb restaurants to choose from.)

are concocting flavourful and unique dishes that are as pleasing to the eye as to the palate. These culinary masterpieces are garnering rave reviews from food critics and, well, anyone with tastebuds. Whether you live to eat or simply eat to live, Penticton offers tantalizing dining experiences that will have you coming back for seconds and, possibly, thirds. From innovative menus featuring seasonal ingredients to exotic unions of traditional and ethnic fare, Penticton’s wine country cuisine is exciting foodies throughout the region. Dine alfresco at an estate winery or pack along your own gourmet picnic lunch chockfull of fresh produce from a roadside stand or local farmers’ market. In addition to cozy pubs, cafés and delis, there are clusters of restaurants with house specialities ranging from regional to international and fine dining to fusion. Your best bet for finding a bite is along Lakeshore Drive, Front Street, Main Street and Skaha Lake Road.

Entertainment Dining Right now, in kitchens all over the city, talented chefs

Dressed up or dressed down, you’ll enjoy the relaxed vibe emanating from a range of decidedly hip locales that


put the “fun” back in funky. From professional and amateur theatre and comedy to karaoke and bowling – Penticton offers many ways to amuse and be amused. If it’s live music you’re after, the city is full of intimate and offbeat venues that cater to talented newcomers as well as big name acts. On any given day or night at any number of local bars, pubs, clubs, cafés, restaurants, outdoor stages and wineries, you can get down to the sounds of an international smorgasbord of tunes to suit every taste. For after-hours entertainment, head to a nightclub and groove to the sounds of classic rock, country or top40. Our deejays will keep you tearing it up on the dance floor until the lights come on and the sun comes up. To find out what’s happening in Penticton, visit the tourismpenticton.com website, contact the Wine Country Visitor Centre or pick up a local newspaper.

blackjack, roulette and Texas Shoot Out and a new area for Texas Hold’em Poker. Enjoy a meal or cocktails overlooking the lake at the Sand Bar Restaurant and Lounge. (The legal gambling age in British Columbia is 19.)

Casino Take a gamble and try your luck at the lavish Lake City Casino at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. The colourful, Caribbean-themed casino features hundreds of interactive video slot machines, table games including

Shopping It’s easy to lose track of time – and money – while shopping in Penticton. Throughout the city, there are dozens of specialty


stores and boutiques, which feature vivid displays of clothing, artwork and jewellery from around the world and around the corner, for much of what is for sale here is also made here. And, in many of the smaller shops, don’t be surprised if the person assisting you also owns the business. You’ll feel like an old friend or part of the family at these “mom and pop” type of establishments. Complementing the local merchants are popular national retailers that offer reliable quality and service in a casual setting with familiar product lines. Shopping in Penticton means satisfying your needs and wants without sacrificing your budget. Downtown At the crossroads of Main and Front Streets is the heart of Penticton. Original turn of the century storefronts house an eclectic mix of restaurants, boutiques, day spas, galleries, bookstores and cafés along with offices, financial institutions and travel agents. This busy hub is also where the Saturday morning farmers’ market is held. Vendors sell fresh fruits and produce, breads and pastries, vinegars, syrups, honey and mustards as well as handcrafted and artisan items. Live music and entertainment add energy to this vibrant street scene. For a change of pace, recharge with a bit of peoplewatching over lunch on a shaded outdoor patio. Pick up a novel at one of the bookstores and lose yourself in its pages while sipping an iced Americano at a nearby café. After basking on the beach, order up a triple chocolate scoop to restore your energy for shopping and sightseeing excursions. Spoil yourself with an afternoon of pampering at one of the nearby day spas or perhaps get your tea leaves read. Main Street South Stretching down the length of Main Street and on to

Skaha Lake Road, open air plazas, shopping centres and big box stores line this corridor with familiar stores and chain outlets. Penticton Plaza at Duncan A large grocery store, specialty liquor store, drug store and a selection of other outlets have all the basics covered for your everyday needs. Apple Plaza at Okanagan Apple Plaza has a walk-in Medical Clinic along with a bank, meat shop, fresh fish shop and bakery. A restaurant and video store are also on hand. Cherry Lane Shopping Centre at Warren Anchored by department, grocery and drug stores, Cherry Lane Shopping Centre has over 60 stores and services. It is the South Okanagan’s largest indoor shopping area and includes banking facilities, a food court and restaurant as well as clothing and gift items for all ages. Power Centre at Warren This plaza-style shopping area features a department store, office supply outlet, pet store and a well-known discount clothing outlet. Peachtree Square at Green Avenue A major merchandising chain and financial institution anchor this shopping area with a mix of other retail and service outlets.

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O MANY REASONS TO CELEBRATE When you live in paradise,every day’s a celebration of life. A friendly and spirited community, Penticton knows how to throw a party.Whether hosting a world-class athletic competition, unique cultural event or colourful arts festival, enthusiastic locals extend a warm welcome to all involved.

April Fest-of-Ale – April 3 to 4 Kiwanis Music Festival – April 3 to May 3 Spring Wine Festival – April 30 to May 9 Naramata Unfiltered Wine Education Weekend Retreat – Spring TBA

May Kiwanis Music Festival – April 3 to May 3 Spring Wine Festival – April 30 to May 9

June Bridge Tournament – June 15 to 21 Rotary Fishing Derby – June TBA Peach City Beach Cruise – June 26 to 28 Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival – June 26 to 28 Okanagan Hockey School – June 27 to August 22 Penticton Farmers Market – May 2 to October 24 (Saturday mornings) Okanagan Wine Academy – June 7 to 12

July Okanagan School of the Arts – July 6 to August 16 Beach Blanket Film Festival – July 17 to 19 Junior Boston Pizza Triathlon – July 18 Peach Classic Triathlon – July 19 Okanagan Hockey School – June 27 to August 22 Penticton Farmers Market – May 2 to October 24 (Saturday mornings)


August Penticton Peach Festival – August 5 to 9 Penticton Square Dance Festival – August 5 to 9 Subaru Ironman Canada Triathlon – August 30 Okanagan Hockey School – June 27 to August 22 Okanagan School of the Arts – July 6 to August 16 Penticton Farmers Market – May 2 to October 24 (Saturday mornings)

September Pentastic Jazz Festival – September 11 to 13 Naramata Bench Tailgate Party – September 12 Penticton Farmers Market – May 2 to October 24 (Saturday mornings) Naramata Unfiltered Wine Education Weekend Retreat – Fall TBA Okanagan Wine Academy – September 27 to October 2

November Santa Presents Craft Show – November 7 to 8

December October Fall Wine Festival – October 1 to 11 Naramata Bench Rootstock 09 – October 3 & 10 Penticton Farmers Market – May 2 to October 24 (Saturday mornings)

Santa Claus Parade – December 5 For more detailed festival information visit our website at www.tourismpenticton.com.


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OSE Y YOURSELF IN NATURE; FIND YOUR YOURSELF IN PARADISE A mecca is defined as “a centre for a particular activity.” Based on that description, Penticton could be considered a mecca for so many activities – hiking, biking, rock climbing, water sports… Thanks to an enviable location amidst lakes and mountains, there are endless opportunities for exploration in this popular outdoor playground. We invite you to discover and enjoy these special areas, but please “tread lightly” and help us protect the delicate eco-systems of the region. Skaha Bluffs From Penticton, every direction on the compass (or GPS waypoint) leads adventurers to a unique environment

full of natural wonders like the world-famous Skaha Bluffs – a series of north-south canyons with clean, solid holds that make for some of the best rock climbing anywhere. Located above Skaha Lake at the south end of the city, the Skaha Bluffs offer climbers superb crags with over 500 bolted routes (rated 5.6 to 5.13). Predominately known as a sport climbing area, exhilarating traditional climbing opportunities also exist. Local guiding companies provide lessons and gear rentals for novice climbers. A new parking area with access via Smythe Road is expected to open by spring 2009. Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) trail If hiking, biking or walking is more your speed, the area boasts an abundance of trails – from paved paths within the city limits to mountain passes overlooking the valley. Perhaps most popular with both day trippers and dog walkers, the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) trail boasts breathtaking views as it weaves its way along two sparkling lakes – perfect for a quick dip on a hot day – and across lush benches lined with orchards and vineyards. With numerous access points and a relatively gentle (2.2 per cent) grade, this 455-kilometre long multi-use


trail appeals to all ages and fitness levels and is a cherished part of the Trans Canada Trail network, connecting the interior of British Columbia with pathways spanning the continent. It’s easy to plan a variety of single or multi-day trips using Penticton as your base. Arrange a shuttle service, book a guided excursion or go it alone by foot, bicycle or horseback. For more on the KVR trail, go to page 15. Munson Mountain It’s a short hike up, but the panoramic view from the top of Munson Mountain, located at the northeast corner of city, is well worth the effort. This is also where you can get an up close look at the “Penticton” sign. Vaseaux Lake Provincial Park Vaseux Lake Provincial Park, just south of Okanagan Falls, has a series of nature trails leading through a sensitive ecosystem that is home to some of Canada’s most endangered species. Other popular trails & wildlife areas

Okanagan River Channel (5 km/easy) – paved bike lane and unpaved walking path Penticton Creek (5 km/easy) – paved and unpaved walking and biking path Carmi/Ellis Creek (3 km/moderate) – unpaved walking, mountain biking, cross country ski and snowshoe trails Campbell Mountain (various distances/challenging) – multiple unmaintained single and double track trails on a variety of surfaces Okanagan Lake (2 km/easy) – paved walkway along Lakeshore Drive at the south end of Okanagan Lake For more information on area trails and recreation maps, visit the Wine Country Visitor Centre. Horseback riding Saddle up for a ride you won’t soon forget. Novice cowboys and cowgirls of all ages will enjoy scheduled trail rides led by experienced guides through beautiful, wilderness areas; while more experienced riders may be interested in multi-day trips into the back country. Either way, you’ll likely discover a newfound swagger in your step at the end of the day.


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UR FOUR-SEASON SECRET IS OUT With all the hype about Penticton’s sunshine and beaches, it’s understandable that our winter appeal is often overlooked – until you’ve experienced it, that is. Apex Mountain, a scenic 30-minute drive away, is where most of the winter action takes place, but throughout the valley, you can find plenty of ways to keep warm when the temperature drops. Popular mountain biking trails double as snowshoe routes once the snow falls and, on lakes frequented by paddlers and swimmers in the fair weather, you’ll find people skating and ice fishing. The wine industry also stays active during the winter months. Take an ice wine tour and learn what challenges are involved in producing this exquisite liquid treat that is coveted yearround.

Apex Mountain Resort Framed by brilliant, blue skies, the snow sparkles like diamonds on a crown of mountain peaks at Apex, where

the average winter temperature is -4º C and 600 centimetres of dry “Okanagan” powder falls annually. And while the Okanagan Valley may have a reputation for producing world-class wines, it’s this champagne-like snow that excites skiers and boarders. With a season that extends from late-November until April, there’s plenty of time for ski bunnies and hot doggers to carve it up on the wide-open slopes. Ask the locals what they like best about Apex (after the snow) and they’ll tell you it’s the varied terrain, absence of lines and friendly mountain atmosphere. In the village and on the hill, frigid temperatures are mitigated by the warm smiles worn by everyone from the cheerful attendants at one of three high-speed lifts to the helpful Mountain Hosts, who offer complimentary tours. The well-equipped village provides a wide-range of accommodations from cabins to condos and hostels to hotels, almost all with ski-in/ski-out access. There is also a variety of restaurants and cafés to keep you fuelled up for a full day – and night – of activity. After the lifts close, unwind at the famous Gunbarrel Saloon, soak in your hot tub, enjoy a spa treatment or, in true Canadian-style, round up some friends for a game of


ice hockey on the outdoor rink. A family-friendly mountain, Apex also offers great youth programs, a licensed child care facility and a variety of resort activities for all ages including: a tube park, snowmobile and snowshoe tours, an ice climbing tower and a one-kilometre night lit adventure skating loop.

10 Ways to Stay Warm & Dry • Grab a coffee and explore some of the unique local shops.

• Attend a show at one of the live theatres. • Visit the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame. • Check out the latest exhibit at any number of museums, art galleries and cafés. • Catch a flick at the cinema. • Pamper yourself with a spa treatment... or two. • Work up a sweat at the gym or take a fitness class. • Browse one of Western Canada’s largest used bookstores. • Have your personal tea blend created. • Explore the S.S. Sicamous in the Okanagan Inland Marine Heritage Park.

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre A little higher up the mountain is the Nickel Plate Nordic Ski Centre where you can explore over 60 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails – both classic and skate skiing tracks – or 25 kilometres of marked snowshoe and backcountry trails before heading back to the warm and inviting day lodge for a well-deserved break. For young skiers, there is a cross-country ski terrain park and adventure trail. The centre also offers a full line of rental equipment, lessons, races and special events for all ages and skill levels.


GRATUITIES AND TIPPING: Tips and gratuities are usually not included on the bill. Standard gratuity would be 15 % on the amount before taxes. TAXES: Provincial Sales Tax (PST) is 7% on all retail purchases Goods & Services Tax (GST) is 5% LOCATION: Penticton is situated in the heart of Wine Country and is centrally located along the designated wine route on the Okanagan stretch of Highway 97. Just north of the US border, Penticton is the largest city in the South Okanagan region and serves as a hub for shopping, recreation and more. CLIMATE: Penticton has one of the most attractive climates in Canada, with low levels of precipitation and high average temperatures year-round - more than 2,000 hours of sunshine and only 28 centimetres of precipitation annually. Comfortable humidity levels, short winters and early spring seasons make this community a winning vacation destination. Temperature Celsius to Fahrenheit: multiply by 1.8 and add 32 Fahrenheit to Celsius: Subtract 32 and divide by 1.8 TIME ZONE: Penticton and Wine Country is located in the Pacific Time Zone. LANGUAGES: English and French are the official languages of Canada. English is predominant throughout BC.

Visit www.rc.gc.ca/visitors or call 1-800-668-4748 for more information. TO ENTER: • To enter Canada by air US citizens are required to show a valid passport. As of June 1, 2009 all U.S. and Canadian citizens who are 16 and older traveling between the U.S. and Canada by land or sea (including ferries), will be required to present a valid passport. U.S. or Canadian citizens who are 15 years old or younger will still be allowed to travel with a copy of their birth certificate. Adult supervised groups with teen members between the ages of 16-18 will be allowed to travel with a copy of their birth certificate. • Visitors from countries other than the US require a passport and in some cases a visa. • Dogs and cats that are older than three months require a certificate from a licensed veterinarian, stating that the pet has been vaccinated against rabies in the previous 36 months. • No personal firearms and other weapons (along with self defense sprays) are allowed in Canada. For more information contact Canada Customs at 1.800.461.9999 (in Canada) or 204.983.3500 (outside Canada).

ELECTRICAL CURRENT: 110 volts (same as US)

DRIVING IN BC: Visitors are able to drive in BC for up to six months with a valid driver’s license from another province, state or country.

LEGAL DRINKING AGE: The legal drinking age in BC is 19. Minors are not allowed in nightclubs, pubs or bars.

By road: From the US, Penticton is easily accessed via Highway 97 from the US and other Okanagan locations. From Alberta use


Highways 1, 16, and 93. Vancouver is a five-hour drive on Highways 3 and 3A or Highways 5 and 97C. Distance Kilometres to Miles: Multiply by 0.6 (rough estimate), more accurate is Divide by 1.6 Miles to Kilometres: Multiply by 1.6 Speed 50km/h = 30mph, 80km/h = 50mph, 90km/h = 55mph, 100km/h = 60mph Km/h to Mph: Multiply by 0.6 Volume 1 US Gallon = 3.8 Litres

Bus travel: Greyhound Lines of Canada Ltd. connects Penticton with destinations across Canada. Air travel: Air Canada Jazz and Pacific Coastal Airlines offer daily scheduled flights at the Penticton Regional Airport with connecting flights to all Canadian and international destinations. Canada Customs, car rentals, sightseeing tours and a restaurant are available at the airport. ALCOHOL AND DUTY FREE: You must be out of the country for 48 hours before any alcohol can be declared duty free otherwise duty is payable. Coming into BC: Visitors coming into BC who are older than 19 may bring Liquor: 1.14 litres duty free or Wine: 1.5 litres duty free or Beer and Ale: 24 x 355 ml duty free. Going into the United States: Wine: 1 litre duty free. Anything over is subject to duty charges of .22 cents per bottle. Liquor: 1 bottle duty free. Anything over is subject to duty charges of a minimum of $2.85 depending on alcohol proof. Beer or Ale: 24 x 355 ml duty free.

TRAVELING DISTANCE FROM: Abbotsford Banff, AB Calgary, AB Chute Lake, BC Cranbrook, BC Creston, BC Edmonton, AB Golden, BC Hope, BC Kamloops, BC Kelowna, BC Keremeos, BC Naramata, BC Okanagan Falls, BC Oliver, BC

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Omak,WA Osoyoos, BC Peachland, BC Portland, OR Princeton, BC Revelstoke, BC Seattle,WA Sicamous, BC Spokane,WA Summerland, BC Twin Lakes, BC Vancouver, BC Vernon, BC Wenatchee,WA White Lake Observatory

For help with all your travel needs: Wine Country Visitor Centre • 553 Railway Street • 1-800-663-5052 250-493-4055 E-mail: visitors@penticton.org

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ENTURE OFF THE BEATEN PATH A Aren’t holidays supposed to be relaxing? Leave tthe planning to the professionals and enjoy the vvarious tour offerings available in Penticton & Wine Country. Winery Tours I: Scheduled or chartered winery tours, offered by several local companies, allow you to fully enjoy our excellent wines while someone else worries about the driving. Most tours include tastings at several choice wineries, and lunch may also be included. Half and full day options are available.

Winery Tours II*: For a self-guided winery tour, take a GyPSy. Using global positioning system (GPS) technology and a small device temporarily mounted to your car or RV, the GyPSy guides you through wine country and explains about the different grape growing regions, provides tasting suggestions and reveals small-lot producers that don’t make it on most tourist maps.The GyPSy Guide Okanagan Wine Tour is available at the Wine Country Visitor Centre. An Aerial View: Want a great way to see the lush vineyards and orchards that contrast the region’s tree-swathed mountains and luminous lakes? A flight over the South Okanagan provides an eyeful of intoxicating landscapes. Operating from the Penticton Airport, aviation outlets offer sightseeing packages, charter flights and rentals as well as professional flight training services. On the Water: Cruise along the calm waters of Okanagan Lake in comfort and style aboard a paddle wheeler or sail away on a racing sloop. Some voyages include a meal and refreshments. Get Moving: Explore the valley and surrounding countryside on bike, foot or snowshoe. Adventure tour companies offer seasonal half, full and multi-day tours, including transportation and gear (if needed).

A Mighty Pint: Brewery tours offer ale lovers a chance to sample local favourites from the 3 local breweries. Nature Lovers: The semi-desert, lake and forest habitats found in the region produce an eco-system that is home to a diverse range of plants and animal species. The Summerland Trout Hatchery, two desert interpretive centres* and ecotour operators teach participants about our native flora and fauna. Historic Haunts: A fascinating look back in time awaits those who ride the rails on the Kettle Valley Steam Train in Summerland, visit the SS Sicamous* in Penticton’s Okanagan Inland Marine Heritage Park, or tour underground at the Mascot Gold Mine in Hedley. Made Locally*: In the comfort of the artist’s own studio, observe the techniques used to create fine ceramics, paintings, sculptures and jewelry. Visit local food producers where a taste sensation awaits you. Try handcrafted organic premium wine vinegars, homemade syrups and jams and delicious cheeses. Blooming Beauties*: The City of Penticton’s gardens have earned high marks with judges during the National Communities in Bloom Competition. Include these floral sanctuaries on your garden tour: the Penticton Rose Garden, the Penticton-Ikeda Japanese Garden, the Summerland Ornamental Garden and Linden Gardens in Kaleden. *Self-guided tours.


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IN THE H HEART EART OF WINE C COUNTRY OUNTR RY Warm hospitality balanced with a welcoming feeling of casual elegance are what you will find in this 125 room resort style property. Situated in Penticton; one of Canada’s premier holiday destinations and in the midst of Okanagan Wine Country. Penticton is famous for its two gorgeous crystal clear lakes and miles of sandy beaches. Whether you are enjoying the beautifully appointed rooms and suites or our two-acre landscaped courtyard, you will be surrounded by many personal touches that are the hallmark of the Ramada Inn & Suites. • Next door to great golf & close to skiing • Minutes to popular beaches & shopping • Winery or sightseeing tours available • Kettle Valley Station Pub onsite • Outdoor pool & hot tub

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2009 Penticton Visitors Guide  

The Official Guide for Penticton & Wine Country. Find everything you need for planning Penticton Accommodations, visits to Penticton Beache...

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