All winter long, adventure and leisure await in one of the Okanagan’s most vibrant destinations
Penticton, nestled between two picturesque lakes in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, is one of British Columbia’s most popular summer destinations among local, national and international tourists, hosting tens of thousands of visitors each year between June and September.
But Penticton is a true all-season destination — in fact, it was recently voted one of the Top 18 Cities to Visit anywhere by users of Expedia.ca. Its temperate climate, modest snowfall, outdoor activities and world-class dining and imbibing (including award-winning breweries, distilleries, and 80-plus wineries), make it the perfect winter getaway for families, couples and solo travellers alike.
Here are just three reasons to keep Penticton top of mind throughout the months ahead.
Apex Mountain Resort
While snowfall in town is usually light — which means getting around is easy — the mountain receives an average of 600cm each winter, providing just the right amount of dry powder beloved of skiers and snowboarders. As well, Apex boasts an all-ages, no-skills-required Tube Park; a kilometre-long Adventure Skating Loop that winds through breathtaking forest scenery; an NHL-sized outdoor rink; and, on February 16, 2019, the annual Brewski beer-and-spirits tasting event, also featuring an array of food stations and live entertainment. apexresort.com
All year round, Hoodoo Adventures hosts one-of-a-kind outdoor activities and events that entertain, stimulate and challenge, as well as provide the perfect showcase for Penticton’s stunning natural beauty. Go to hoodooadventures.ca for upcoming winter activities, including popular snowshoe expeditions. Check back for news about Hoodoo’s recent acquisition of the beautiful Chute Lake Lodge in nearby Naramata; the historic property is currently being renovated and is due to reopen December 1, 2018, with all-new recreation and adventures.
Great Estates Wine Experience Centre
It can be hard to know where to begin with the Okanagan’s scores of world-renowned vineyards. Luckily, there’s a new first-stop destination for both seasoned and novice wine lovers. Opened this past September, the Great Estates Wine Experience Centre, in downtown Penticton, is a hub for the award-winning wares of the wineries in the Great Estates Okanagan portfolio: Black Sage, Dark Horse, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Nk’Mip, See Ya Later Ranch, Steller’s Jay, Sumac Ridge, and SunRock. Open daily from 10am to 7pm, the Centre offers educational seminars and tastings that highlight the unique qualities of Okanagan terroir. And you can take home your favourite new discoveries from the in-house shop. greatestatesokanagan.com
About Travel Penticton
Travel Penticton promotes the wealth of attractions that draw visitors from nearby and around the world to the Okanagan Valley. Picturesquely situated between two lakes, and amidst stunning beaches and mountains, Penticton is internationally renowned for its 80-plus wineries, outdoor activities, seasonal festivals, and more. visitpenticton.com