The name Penticton translates to “a place to stay forever.” After just one visit, you’ll know why. Between the beaches, vineyards, vistas, and craft breweries, this small city is definitely one of BC’s best kept secrets.
Nestled between Lake Okanagan and Skaha Lake and surrounded by vineyards, orchards, trails, and gorgeous scenery, Penticton is paradise for cyclists, hikers, rock climbers and anyone who likes relaxing on a warm, sandy beach. On a hot day, splash in the cool lake, float on the water on a stand-up paddleboard, canoe or kayak, or drift lazily on an inner tube down the channel between the two lakes. If you’re feeling more active, head to the majestic Skaha Bluffs for some sensational rock climbing or jump on a bike to explore the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. In this four-season playground, you can golf most of the year, shop for local produce at the Penticton Farmers’ Market and fruit stands, and hit the slopes at nearby Apex Mountain Resort in the winter.
There is a lot more to this picturesque, lakefront city in the heart of BC’s wine country than the beach, the Peach and the Naramata Bench. Penticton has been a leader of the Okanagan craft beer scene for 25 years as home to the annual Okanagan Fest of Ale and a strong community of six craft breweries. And in 2020, that legacy was recognized by Lonely Planet when it named Penticton Canada’s “craft beer capital.”
Early founders Tin Whistle Brewery and the Barley Mill Brewpub ignited the craft beer scene 25 years ago. Innovation and new energy were provided by Cannery Brewing, Bad Tattoo Brewing, and Highway 97 Brewing. The newest arrival, Slackwater Brewing, offers a fresh take in its big downtown space. And local pubs and restaurants offer even more options for craft beer explorations following a day at the golf course or touring some of the excellent local wineries. This truly is a place to stay forever.
The Okanagan’s original brewery is still going strong 25 years later. Located in the historic Cannery Trade Centre.
Enjoy down to earth options for breakfast, lunch and evening tapas. Found in the same building as Tin Whistle Brewing.
This downtown Penticton brewpub is the perfect place to share your tales about that big fish that got away. It is a welcoming space to meet with old friends or make some new connections, or just hang out and enjoy a beer and some food.
Start your walk at the S.S. Sicamous – the largest of four steam-driven stern wheeled lake vessels that have been restored in Canada, or indulge your inner child with an ice cream or crazy shake at the giant iconic Peach on the other end of the boardwalk.
Pair your meal with local craft beer and a relaxed atmosphere. Soak up some Okanagan sunshine on their giant patio.
Stake your spot at one of the many beaches in the area – Okanagan Lake Beach, Marina Way Beach, Skaha Lake Beach, Sudbury Beach or Three Mile Beach.
This bike tour along the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail will take you by a local hopyard, past stunning vistas with visits to local distilleries and craft breweries – Cannery Brewing and Bad Tattoo.
One visit to Cannery Brewing’s popular taproom will reveal that this brewery is all about great beer and community. And nachos. Don’t forget the nachos!
Bad Tattoo has permanently made its mark with its diverse beer list and delicious pizza.
Savour delicious Neapolitan pizza featuring classic, contemporary and sacrilegious pizza pies alongside a local craft beer.
Looking for a more leisurely tour? Book the Beer Buddies Tour and visit the breweries in style with a driver. While on your tour, look for Munson Mountain, Little Tunnel, Square One Hop Growers, the trestles and the famous vineyards of the Naramata Bench.
Taste ingredients from local orchards, farms and vineyards. Simple, fresh food made by nice people.
A world renowned destination with views of Skaha Lake, just south of Penticton. Enjoy hiking, rock climbing and wildlife viewing.
Named for the scenic highway that runs along the Okanagan’s spine, Highway 97 welcomes you to Penticton.
The Barley Mill has been a local favourite for more than 20 years. If you’re into sports and beer, this is definitely a place you want to check out.
For the perfect leisure activity, float the Penticton Channel and soak up the Okanagan sunshine. If you want to try out more craft beverages, visit the many wineries, cideries or distilleries in the area. If you happen to visit in April, check out the Okanagan Fest of Ale, the Murderers Row Cask Event at the Station Public House and a variety of other events. If you plan a visit in the fall, plan it to coincide with Penticton Oktoberfest and the annual Penticton Beer Week.