||Penticton is in the Okanagan Valley between Okanagan Lake and
Skaha Lake. There are sandy beaches on both lakes. Tourism is the primary industry in the Okanagan, followed by
fruit orchards. Logging and mining is also present, and there is a thriving industrial area with light
manufacturing. In winter, Apex Alpine offers skiing in
dry powder snow. In summer, down at the lake is the place to be with summer temperatures of 25ºC to 30ºC not being
uncommon. For some people, this is too hot, but if you can swing it to do your work in the shade of a tree down at
the lake in summer, it's pretty hard to beat. There are lots of other things to do with golf courses, trail rides,
water skiing, sailing, and fishing to choose from.
The drive from Vancouver is five
hours. By air, it's only about half an hour away. By road, take Highway 1 from Vancouver to Hope, and then Highway
3 through Princeton and Keremeos, and then Highway 3A to Highway 97 and then north to Penticton. On the way into
town, you will pass the Penticton Airport. There is scheduled to Vancouver and other BC communities. An alternate
route from Hope is over the Coquihalla Highway through Merritt to Peachland. This route is longer, but possibly a
bit quicker. Osoyoos and the US border are about an hour or so to the south, and northwards, Kelowna is only an
hour away, and Vernon is only another 45 minutes past there.
Be sure to visit the Dragon's Den at 12 Front Street and say hi to Jill and everyone else! They have a
terrific selection of art supplies and specially chosen gifts from all around the world. Telephone 250-492-3001.