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Overview of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

The City of Penticton is part of the Okanagan Valley, located in the south central interior of British Columbia Surrounded by rolling hillsides and protected from the weather by the west coast mountain range, Penticton is a great place to vacation year round.

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  • Population: 30 985 (2001)
  • Area: 42.42/km²
  • Population Density: 730.4/km²
  • Latitude: 49°29?28?N
  • Longitude: 119°35?19?W
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Penticton, British Columbia

Penticton, as translated by the local Salish Native Americans, means "a place to live forever". Tom Ellis, the first Non-Native settler in the area, took the meaning to heart and settled there in 1865. By 1907, Penticton had a population of about 600 residents, and was officially recognized by the British Columbia Government as a municipal district. By 1921 the city population was 4 000, but it took until 1948 for Penticton to gain City status.

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Penticton's Demographics

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Penticton's Climate

Penticton is considered by many to have the best climate in all of Canada, with very warm summers (daytime temperatures above 30°C are common). Winters are brief with mean daily temperatures averaging just below freezing for only about eight weeks out of the year and the average daily maximum remains above zero the entire year.

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Education in Penticton, British Columbia

Penticton, part of SD67 Okanaga Skaha school district, has elementary, middle and secondary schools. Okanagan College has a main campus in Penticton as well.

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Transportation around Penticton, British Columbia

Penticton Transit has a modern fleet of "low floor" transit buses which are handicapped-accessible, serving the residential neighbourhoods and commercial area. All buses (except on the Naramata Bus) are equipped with racks that can carry up to two bikes at a time. There are six regular transit routes, including a night route. Buses operate six days a week excluding statutory holidays.

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Tourism and Attractions of Penticton

A tourist favourite in Penticton is drifting down the river channel in a tube, which can take between 1 and 3 hours—a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Winemaking is very popular the Okanagan-- visitors can sample world class wines while enjoying the scenery of nearby lakes and mountains. Take a self-guided wine tour, and experience the magic first hand. Discover the excitement of Penticton's Front Street, with its unique shops and fabulous restaurants. The hiking trails in the area provide an excellent opportunity to see unique plants and animal life. Penticton also has many fine golf courses for the golf enthusiast.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Penticton
  • Lakeden
  • Okanagan Falls
  • Oliver
  • Bridesville
  • Osoyoos
  • Keremeos
  • Cawston
  • Hedley
  • Olalla
  • Kaleden

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Geography of Penticton, British Columbia

Penticton is located on Highway 97 in the south Okanagan, between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake, 68 km south of Kelowna and 60 km north of Osoyoos. To the south of Penticton is Okanagan Falls, and to the north (on either side of Okanagan Lake) are Naramata and Summerland.

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Penticton's Government

Penticton is represented locally by a municipal government consisting of a Mayor and six councilors that represent the city as a whole.

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Penticton's Economy and Industry

Penticton's primary economic strengths are tourism, wine production and fruit orchards.

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Penticton's Culture and Significant Events

In August, you won't want to miss the Ironman Canada Triathlon, or the biggest summer festival in the Okanagan Valley, the annual Peach Festival. Penticton has been considered the Square Dancing Capital of Canada--hosting a week-long Square Dance Jamboree in August. The annual Jazz Festival in September is also a popular event.

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Sports in Penticton, British Columbia

Penticton is home to the Penticton Minor Hockey Association, the Penticton Minor Baseball Association and The Penticton Soccer Club to name a few!

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Media of Penticton

The Penticton Western News Advertiser is a local newspaper published Tuesdays and Saturdays and The Penticton Herald-Front Page is published daily. Several FM radio stations broadcast out of Penticton and Shaw Cable and Okanagan Television are local cable networks in Penticton.

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