Five Reasons To Call Penticton Home
If you're in the market for four-season living at its finest, we urge you to consider calling Penticton home, and book a showing at one of our newest pet-friendly apartment buildings in the Okanagan Valley, The Perennial.
Nestled on the shores of Skaha Lake at the southern tip of the Okanagan Valley, Penticton is the jewel of British Columbia's Naramata Bench region. Derived from the Indigenous Okanagan word sin-peen-tick-tin, the name Penticton can loosely be translated as 'permanent place'. Though the original name refers to the ever-moving waters for which the area is famous, it has been adopted as the local motto, “A Place to Stay Forever”.
With so much to offer, it was difficult to pick only five reasons to choose Penticton. After much deliberation, here are our favourite features of this Southern Interior gem.
With over eighty wineries within a twenty minute drive of Penticton, your greatest challenge will be deciding which one to try first. Each vineyard offers a unique selection of the seventy-five different grape varietals thriving in the Southern Okanagan sun. Many locations are open to visitors during the winter months as well, with cozy tasting rooms and perfectly paired culinary delights to tempt even the pickiest pallet.
Daydreamer Wines [https://daydreamerwines.ca/] is a family-run favourite, with a portfolio handcrafted by Rachel and Marcus Ansems, Master of Wine, both of whom have been involved in the industry for over twenty years. Test drive Township 7's infamous Black Dog vintage, full of rich aromas such as ripe blackberries, leather and tobacco. [https://township7.com/wines/] What wine tasting would be complete without cheese? Upper Bench Winery & Creamery [https://www.upperbench.ca/] craft their own delicious dairy products with small-batch artistry, and invite visitors to their on-site restaurant to experience a showcase of their offerings. Reservations are encouraged.
A half an hour drive out of town will bring you to Apex Mountain Resort. Boasting 603 m (1,978 ft) of vertical playground, a day pass will give you access to 4.5 km2 (1,112 acres) of skiable terrain with an offering for every ability level. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, skating, and tubing in the winter, with an incredible network of hiking trails in the summer. [https://apexresort.com/]
If you're looking to expand your recreational possibilities, try Silver Star Mountain Resort located an hour and a half away in nearby Vernon, or Big White Ski Resort, only an hour's drive from the city of Kelowna.
Freshwater beaches await at Skaha Lake Park, [https://www.penticton.ca/parks-recreation/parks/find-parks-and-gardens/skaha-lake-park ] just a two minute drive or a ten minute walk from The Perennial Apartments on Hemlock Street. Voted one of the best beaches in Canada by Chatelaine in 2022, [https://www.chatelaine.com/living/best-summer-canadian-beaches/] features of this family-friendly location include a beach-front promenade with rest rafts and slides, children's water park and playgrounds, picnic areas with washrooms, concessions, boat launch, fire pits, and free parking.
If you're looking to swim a little further upstream, Okanagan Lake Beach on Lakeshore Drive is ten minutes away by car. This picturesque kilometre of golden sand is framed by arid hills and desert mountains. It offers a swimming area, floating docks, children’s slides, shade-giving trees, wheelchair-access ramps, fire pits, washrooms, and free parking. This park is also home to the S.S. Sicamous Museum and Heritage Park, featuring a classic paddle wheel ferry boat that used to carry passengers up and down Okanagan Lake.
For the digital nomad commuting to larger city centres, Penticton Regional Airport is home to four airlines for all of your domestic travel needs. Air Canada, West Jet, Pacific Coastal, and Cascadia offer flights all over Canada, and can connect you to Vancouver International Airport in under an hour–less time than it takes to drive from downtown Vancouver to YVR in rush hour traffic.
Direct flights are also available from Penticton Regional to Calgary International, which expands your options to include connections to Toronto, Mexico, Arizona, and Europe, often at prices competitive to those out of YVR. With only a five minute drive from The Perennial Apartments, you'll never miss your flight again.
The Kettle Valley Rail Trail runs from Hope to Castlegar, with a network of 650km (400mi) of refurbished railway, decommissioned in 1915. Tailored to cyclists, walkers, roller bladers, and horseback riders, this multi-use path is a branch of the greater Trans Canada Trail.
With an incline which never exceeds 2%, you can bring along the whole family, including your four-legged friends, without worrying about hiking uphill both ways. An extension of this trail system begins at the Channel Parkway, just steps away from Skaha Lake Road. [https://www.hellobc.com/stories/5-places-to-experience-bcs-kettle-valley-rail-trail/]
If we’ve convinced you that Penticton and the beautiful Okanagan is the perfect place for you to call home, we hope you’ll book a showing today at The Perennial – a beautiful and contemporary, pet-friendly apartment building in Penticton, just steps away from Skaha Lake and every amenity you could hope for!