The beautiful city of Penticton is located within the Southern Interior of British Columbia within the Okanagan Valley. The city of Penticton sits right between scenic lakes, Skaha Lake and Okanagan Lake, making it an ideal location for boating, fishing and water sports. Both lakes have gorgeous beaches and thus the city has become an exciting tourist spot. The population during 2010 was 37,721.
Penticton is home to several recreational opportunities which can be enjoyed year round. For instance, Apex Mountain Resort offers exciting and challenging vertical runs for snow boarders and skiers. There is the Kettle Valley Railway Trail which provides a great opportunity for biking and hiking. The Skaha Bluffs are well-known for rock climbing. All through wintertimes, Penticton Vees, the BCHL hockey team, play. The PCSL soccer team is the Penticton Pinnacles and their season is from the month of may up to the month of July. Penticton is also home to Penticton Lakers, the KIJHL team.
The South Okanagan Events Centre is amongst the newest construction additions to the city of Penticton. In the year 2006, residents voted 80.3% in favor of the building. This seventy three million dollar convention centre, sports complex and arena bring many big name concerts and entertainers such as Cirque de Soleil to the city of Penticton. It could likewise possible serve as an early fall or summer training facility for the Vancouver Canucks. It is home to the BCHL's Penticton Vees. The hockey team is named in honor of the senior hockey team which won the Ice Hockey World Championships against Russia in the year 1955. The South Okanagan Events Centre opened in September the year 2008 and has quickly become a popular stop on concert tours and different special events.
Penticton city is in the Okanagan Wine Valley and has access to 88 wineries in a one hour drive. Naramata is a city located close by that had twenty two wineries for the 2009 Fall Wine Festival.
For a historic and scenic trails, there is the Kettle Valley Railroad Trail Network, that comprises more than 160 km of flat rail-bed trails. This part is perfect for both hiking and biking adventures. This trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail and it has become a well-known summer place for day trips or longer overnight treks where individuals camp out along the way. During Spring 2011, the Penticton Aquatic Center was constructed to be able to replace the Community Center pool. This new facility provides a relaxing and refreshing ambiance for those who want to participate in aquatic classes or simply enjoy the health advantages of the sauna, swimming lanes and hot-tub.
Penticton has a Semi-arid weather with cold winters and warm summers. The average precipitation is slightly more than 330 mm annually. During the hot summertimes, the daytime temperatures usually reach thirty degrees. Since humidity is rather low, the summer evenings are fairly warm. Wintertimes within Penticton are brief. For approximately 8 weeks of the year, the mean daily temperatures average just below freezing. During the entire year, the average daily maximum temperature remains above zero.