DescriptionThe first orchards in Okanagan Valley were planted by the Oblates at Okanagan Mission 1860-61, and the fruits, especially peaches, became a staple of the area. Tom Ellis established the first cattle ranch in 1865 and it was an empire when he sold it for a hefty sum in 1905; by 1909 orchards had replaced cattle in the agricultural economy. Today Penticton's fruit industry combines with tourism and lumber industries to keep the community strong.
Okanagan and Skaha lakes, at opposite ends of the city, offer ample expanses of shoreline for recreational pursuits. A popular summer activity is floating down the 8-kilometre (5-mi.) river channel from the mouth of Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake. The channel has rest and picnic areas and is paralleled by a bicycle path and a jogging trail. The Casabella Princess , a 48-passenger paddlewheeler departing from Penticton Marina, takes passengers on a 1-hour cruise of the south end of Okanagan Lake or on a 2-hour dinner cruise (June-Sept.); phone (250) 215-2779.
Visitor InfoPenticton & Wine Country Visitor Centre 553 Vees Dr. PENTICTON, BC V2A 8S3. Phone:(250)276-2170 or (800)663-5052
Things to SeePenticton Art Gallery
GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENTSLake City Casino
SkiingApex Mountain Resort
WINERIESHillside Winery and Bistro