Quality Lifestyle and Convenient Location

Penticton is located in the south central region of British Columbia, in an area known collectively as the Okanagan Valley. With over 2100 hours of sunshine and only 15 inches or rain annually, Penticton has a comfortable climate year round. Add two fresh water lakes and gentle rolling mountains, and you have an ideal vacation spot.

A Biking Community

With our great weather, extended season and world-class variety of routes and trails, it’s no surprise that Penticton is a cycling community. We like to get out and about – whether we’re cruising a leisurely path between wineries, taking a technical route down the side of a mountain, racing in international competitions like the Axel-Merckx Granfondo or spending a Sunday at the local BMX park.

Thousands of cyclists are drawn here every year for our numerous events and cycle-attractions – regardless of what kind (or what level) of cyclist they are. As a community, we’ve mapped out beginner and professional routes for road cyclists, mountain bikers, off-roaders, single trackers and families. Contact Epic Cycling for our road cycling wine tours!

If that wasn’t enough, many of our local businesses are cyclist-friendly too. We have top notch tour companies, rental shops, equipment providers, accommodations, cafes and breweries who are happy to accommodate you when you need a break. We also have a large trail map, bike repair kit and several bike racks right beside the beach in the heart of downtown.

Lastly, our cycling community is thriving. Thanks to countless volunteers, avid community members and passionate cyclists, we launched a city-wide biking initiative to keep our trail network growing and improving. They offer an active voice in trail design and maintenance, as well as event support and organizing rides. Their coaches and long-time members provide a wealth of knowledge to the community, for residents and new-comers alike.

The City of Penticton is delighted to announce our newly declared status as a Biking Precinct by the BC Ministry of transportation for all these reasons, and more.

Community Events Calendar

Penticton hosts cycling events for all levels and riding styles, from road and multi-sport to mountain biking from April through October. Take a look at the calendar:

2018 DatesName of EventOfficial Event WebsiteLocation
JANUARY
Jan 13-14Okanagan Valley Throwdownhttp://www.throwdownseries.ca/the-seriesPenticton
FEBRUARY
Feb 17Apex Mountain Resort: Brewskihttps://www.apexresort.com/eventsApex Mountain
Feb 24OneWorld Multicultural Celebrationhttp://www.soics.ca/programs/welcoming-communitiesPenticton
MARCH
Mar 10Verticals and Vintageshttps://www.apexresort.com/eventsApex Mountain Resort
Mar 6-7Okanagan Concert Band Festivalhttps://okconcertband.weebly.comPenticton
Mar 9-18CSSHL BDO Championshipshttp://championships.csshl.caPenticton
Mar 24Penticton Ramada Elevator Racehttp://www.hoodooadventures.ca/the-elevator-racePenticton
APRIL
Apr 6-8Okanagan Valley Writer’s Festivalhttps://okanaganvalleywritersfestival.comPenticton
Apr 13-14Okanagan Fest of Alehttp://festofale.caPenticton
MAY
May 3-13Spring Okanagan Wine Festivalhttps://www.thewinefestivals.comOkanagan, BC
May 12Barley Mill Pub Bare Bones Duathlonhttp://www.pentictontriathlonclub.com/eventsPenticton
May 17-21Meadowlark Festivalhttp://meadowlarkfestival.caPenticton, Similkameen Valley
JUNE
Jun 2Penticton Beer Runhttp://www.hoodooadventures.ca/penticton-beer-runPenticton
Jun 11-17Peach City Bridge Tournamenthttp://tournaments.acbl.orgPenticton
Jun 21-24Pacific Northwest Elvis Festivalhttp://www.pentictonelvisfestival.caPenticton
Jun 22-24Peach City Beach Cruisehttp://www.peachcitybeachcruise.comPenticton
Jun 29-Jul 2Penticton Ribfesthttp://www.pentictonribfest.comPenticton
JULY
Jul 1Penticton Canada Day Celebraionshttp://downtownpenticton.org/canadadayPenticton
Jul 1Okanagan Trestles Tourhttp://www.okanagantrestlestour.comMyra Canyon to Penticton
Jul 7Penticton Scottish Festivalhttp://www.pentictonscottishfestival.caPenticton
Jul 8Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckxhttp://www.granfondoaxelmerckx.comPenticton
Jul 15Peach Classic Triathalonhttp://peachclassic.caPenticton
AUGUST
Aug 8-12Penticton Peach Festivalhttps://www.peachfest.comPenticton
Aug 8-11Penticton Square Dance Festivalhttps://peachfest.com/peachfest-events/be-active-at-peachfest/peachfest-square-dance-festivalPenticton
Aug 17-19Superleague Triathlon Serieshttps://superleaguecanada.comPenticton
SEPTEMBER
Sep 7-9Pentastic Hot Jazz Festivalhttp://www.pentasticjazz.comPenticton
Sep 7-11Young Stars Classichttps://www.visitpenticton.com/young-starsPenticton
Sep 8-9Penticton Dragon Boat Festivalhttps://pentictondragonboat.comPenticton
Sep 22Freak’n Farmer Adventure Obstacle Racehttp://www.hoodooadventures.ca/freakn-farmer-adventure-obstacle-racePenticton
Sep 27-Oct 7Okanagan Fall Wine Festivalhttps://www.thewinefestivals.comOkanagan, BC
OCTOBER
Oct 20Penticton Oktoberfesthttp://pentictonoktoberfest.caPenticton
NOVEMBER
Nov 1-5Ashley Home Store Curling Classichttp://pentictoncurlingclub.comPenticton
DECEMBER
Dec 1Santa Claus Paradehttp://downtownpenticton.org/santa-claus-paradePenticton

 

The Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson river valleys experience BC’s hottest summers, with temperatures often in the 30s °C. The Similkameen Valley, the approximately 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of vineyards planted in the Okanagan account for more than 90% of all wine produced in British Columbia and are second in economic importance for wine production to the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario.

The Wines of British Columbia are exceptionally food-friendly. Our extreme northern growing conditions – at the very edge of where grapes can be grown – produce wines with a remarkable balance between fruitiness and acidity. Our wines are fresh, crisp and lively, which makes them perfect for food and impressively adaptable.

The Okanagan and Similkameen climates are well suited to sustainable and organic grape growing – there are an increasing number of vineyards switching to organic techniques. Hot summers, low rainfall, low humidity and persistent winds all help to reduce damage and crop losses from pests and diseases.