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It's hard to argue against Penticton's credentials as an idyllic holiday spot, given that its name derives from the name, in the Salish of its one-time occupants, for 'a place to stay forever'. You'll soon discover its beaches and lake bordered landscape explain why it's such a hit with the recently retired, but also why when the summer comes its population doubles in size. Add the increasingly popular winter skiing season and you've got a great place to escape to, whatever the weather.

Things to see

A holiday in Penticton is largely centred around its beaches, and one of the most popular places to go in search of the sun is the glorious golden sands of Okanagan Beach. With just under a kilometre of unspoiled sand at your disposal, you'll discover there's more than just lazing around with a book to do, as the beach also offers a swimming area, a dedicated children's play area, and two firepits. An alternative is the red sands of Skaha Beach, which also has a water park and a number of other amenities on offer, including a picnic area and tennis, baseball, and volleyball courts. It's not just about idling away the hours on the sand, however, with the trademark arches of the South Okanagan Events Centre host to a range of concerts and sporting events, with a host of globally renowned artists bringing their show to the town along with the ever-popular ice hockey matches.

Hotels in Penticton

There's a huge range of accommodation to suit every budget, from the higher end variety – some of which come with their own private beaches and casino – to the more budget, no-frills motels and inns. Hotels in Penticton tend to be in the mid-range bracket, but that doesn't mean you can't expect anything other than a solid range of amenities including WiFi, flat-screen televisions, and tea and coffee making facilities. Some hotels will have their own on-site swimming pools and business and fitness facilities additionally. Heading a little out of the city center may make your money stretch even further.

Where to stay

You'll want to stay in Penticton proper, and you'll soon discover that there's much more to this sleepy resort than the beaches, although they're a pretty great place to start. This is also wine country, and much of the charm of the region is the easy access you'll have to some first-rate vineyards and wineries dotted around by the beaches and hills. There's also plenty to do besides kicking back, with large shopping centers and eateries, especially in the downtown area which is perfect for exploring and window-shopping in between sandy sessions or tasting the latest grape harvest.

How to get to Penticton

The most likely way of arriving in Penticton is via its own airport, Penticton Regional Airport, which sees regular flights to and from Vancouver arrive, with a journey time of around 1 hour from that major Canadian city. Transport options are fairly limited, so you may want to hire a car to get you from the airport, and to allow you to explore the wider area. It's possible to come to Penticton by bus, also, with regular Greyhound services from Vancouver and Kamloops taking around 7 and 4 hours respectively.