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Guidebook for Penticton

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Guidebook for Penticton

Food Scene
Wonderful baking, Breakfasts, homemade soups and sandwiches and vegan and gluten free options. Try the London Fog Tea Latte!
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The Bench Market
368 Vancouver Ave
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Wonderful baking, Breakfasts, homemade soups and sandwiches and vegan and gluten free options. Try the London Fog Tea Latte!
Delicious Indian Cuisine with excellent dine in or carry out options. Try the 'two can dine for $29", it gets you two dishes, rice, salad and fresh baked naan bread to die for!
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Lachi
510 Main St
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Delicious Indian Cuisine with excellent dine in or carry out options. Try the 'two can dine for $29", it gets you two dishes, rice, salad and fresh baked naan bread to die for!
Sunday brunch for eggs Benny. Cool Jazzy vibe in this downtown cafe displaying local art and fresh home roasted coffee.
The Bellevue Cafe
245 Main St
Sunday brunch for eggs Benny. Cool Jazzy vibe in this downtown cafe displaying local art and fresh home roasted coffee.
BC's largets outdoor market held during summer through to early October. Find a great selection of locally grown organic food, artisans, and food trucks. A must see in Penticton, Saturday's from 8:00-2:00.
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Penticton Farmers’ Market
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BC's largets outdoor market held during summer through to early October. Find a great selection of locally grown organic food, artisans, and food trucks. A must see in Penticton, Saturday's from 8:00-2:00.
Penticton's beautiful and only downtown winery located at the old Landmark Cinema's location. Enjoy wine samplings, and delicious appy's and light meals from their locally sourced menu.
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TIME Winery & Kitchen
361 Martin St
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Penticton's beautiful and only downtown winery located at the old Landmark Cinema's location. Enjoy wine samplings, and delicious appy's and light meals from their locally sourced menu.
Sightseeing
Some of my favorite things to do and see in Penticton and Area.
View the icon White Penticton sign on the mountain up close and personal. The lower view point is an easy 2 minute walk from the parking area. See the Okanagan valley spread before you in all of it's glory. For the more adventurous, it's well worth the steep but short walk to the top view point for stunning 360 degree view of the valley, and the HUGE white Penticton letters on the mountainside below/
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Munson Mountain Road
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View the icon White Penticton sign on the mountain up close and personal. The lower view point is an easy 2 minute walk from the parking area. See the Okanagan valley spread before you in all of it's glory. For the more adventurous, it's well worth the steep but short walk to the top view point for stunning 360 degree view of the valley, and the HUGE white Penticton letters on the mountainside below/
Use the hand drawn map in the guest guide at the Blue Door Inn to access this scenic ride. WELL WORTH it. stunning views, an easy grade, gently enough for young and old alike. visit the Apple store for an ambrosia apple slushy or a piece of delicious pie.
Kettle Valley Rail Trail
Use the hand drawn map in the guest guide at the Blue Door Inn to access this scenic ride. WELL WORTH it. stunning views, an easy grade, gently enough for young and old alike. visit the Apple store for an ambrosia apple slushy or a piece of delicious pie.
This wonderful gift shop and ice creamery is a must visit. They have a wonderful selection of work by local artisans, including pottery, fruit jams, jellies, and syrops, locally roasted coffee, knit items. Enjoy your ice cream (trust me, a single is PLENTY big enough!) while taking in the sights and smells of rural, agricultural Summerland. Listen carefully and you may hear the whistle of the summerland steam train, who stops just down the road at the iconic trestle. Or if you are feeling like you want to earn those creamy calories, why not plan to ride from Penticton's West Bench, along the West KVR. Your ride will afford you stunning, panoramic views from high above highway 97. Keep an eye out for the wild horse herds, who frequent the hills around this trail. You're journey will end at the iconic train trestle bridge, which is just down the road from Summerland Sweets.
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Summerland Sweets
6206 Canyon View Dr
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This wonderful gift shop and ice creamery is a must visit. They have a wonderful selection of work by local artisans, including pottery, fruit jams, jellies, and syrops, locally roasted coffee, knit items. Enjoy your ice cream (trust me, a single is PLENTY big enough!) while taking in the sights and smells of rural, agricultural Summerland. Listen carefully and you may hear the whistle of the summerland steam train, who stops just down the road at the iconic trestle. Or if you are feeling like you want to earn those creamy calories, why not plan to ride from Penticton's West Bench, along the West KVR. Your ride will afford you stunning, panoramic views from high above highway 97. Keep an eye out for the wild horse herds, who frequent the hills around this trail. You're journey will end at the iconic train trestle bridge, which is just down the road from Summerland Sweets.
This is where the legend started! Take a scenic 25 minute drive along windy East Side Road to OK falls. This little shop by the creek has a wonderful assortment of gifts and treats, not to mention a HUGE selection of ice cream, with some options being unique flavors made right on premises. Plenty of dairy free options too!
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Tickleberry's
1207 Main St
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This is where the legend started! Take a scenic 25 minute drive along windy East Side Road to OK falls. This little shop by the creek has a wonderful assortment of gifts and treats, not to mention a HUGE selection of ice cream, with some options being unique flavors made right on premises. Plenty of dairy free options too!
Take a pastoral drive through rural Summerland to arrive at the train station. Take a ride on an authentic restored steam train through the rolling agriculture of rural Summerland, ending at the breathtaking trestle, hundreds of feet above the creek.
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Kettle Valley Steam Railway
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Take a pastoral drive through rural Summerland to arrive at the train station. Take a ride on an authentic restored steam train through the rolling agriculture of rural Summerland, ending at the breathtaking trestle, hundreds of feet above the creek.
Parks & Nature
Access this walking and biking trail at the foot of Vancouver Pl, a left hand turn at the Pedestrian controlled crosswalk just up Vancouver Hill from the Bench Market. This wide, groomed trail offers stunning views of okanagan lake, Summerland, Penticton and the Naramata Wine country. Forned from the former KVR rail line, it is at a gentle grade and offers comfortable walking and biking all the way to and through Naramata. Take your camera and lots of water. For the more enthusiastic cyclists, you can follow this trail all the way to the historic tunnel with stunning views encompassing the whole valley: skaha Lake to Peachland. The trail carries on clear through to Kelowna.
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Kettle Valley Rail Trail
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Access this walking and biking trail at the foot of Vancouver Pl, a left hand turn at the Pedestrian controlled crosswalk just up Vancouver Hill from the Bench Market. This wide, groomed trail offers stunning views of okanagan lake, Summerland, Penticton and the Naramata Wine country. Forned from the former KVR rail line, it is at a gentle grade and offers comfortable walking and biking all the way to and through Naramata. Take your camera and lots of water. For the more enthusiastic cyclists, you can follow this trail all the way to the historic tunnel with stunning views encompassing the whole valley: skaha Lake to Peachland. The trail carries on clear through to Kelowna.
Arts & Culture
Locataed at the foot of the scenic Penticton Creek walking path, this lovely japanese garden features a large pond filled with huge Koi and surrounded by traditional Japanses plantings. Enjoy the peace from the large floating deck in the middle of the pond- perhaps take your lunch and enjoy the peace, listening to the gurgling fountain and the gently lapping waves beyond as Penticton Creek spills into Okanagan Lake. If you've had enoug of outdoors, take a tour through the artgallery and pick up a souvenir made by local artisans at the gift shop.
Penticton Ikeda Japanese Garden
15 Ellis St
Locataed at the foot of the scenic Penticton Creek walking path, this lovely japanese garden features a large pond filled with huge Koi and surrounded by traditional Japanses plantings. Enjoy the peace from the large floating deck in the middle of the pond- perhaps take your lunch and enjoy the peace, listening to the gurgling fountain and the gently lapping waves beyond as Penticton Creek spills into Okanagan Lake. If you've had enoug of outdoors, take a tour through the artgallery and pick up a souvenir made by local artisans at the gift shop.
Come cool off in the air conditioning while you view various art installations. Purchase locally made art souvenirs a the gift shop. Don't forget to go around back and spend some time in the peacefully Ikeda Japanese gardens with Koi pond.
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Penticton Art Gallery
199 Marina Way
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Come cool off in the air conditioning while you view various art installations. Purchase locally made art souvenirs a the gift shop. Don't forget to go around back and spend some time in the peacefully Ikeda Japanese gardens with Koi pond.
Essentials
groceries, bits and pieces that you forgot, DvD rentals etc
Just a few minutes up Government St, this smaller hometown grocery store is well known for it's excellent customer service and smaller portions available in the meat department, perfect for singles, couples and vacationers. The bakery offers a wide variety of home cooked meals and take away gourmet sandwiches. The Produce department carries the most local fruits and vegetables of any grocery store. I love this store for it's small size- I can quickly be in and out in less than 20 minutes with everything I need.
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1160 Government St
Just a few minutes up Government St, this smaller hometown grocery store is well known for it's excellent customer service and smaller portions available in the meat department, perfect for singles, couples and vacationers. The bakery offers a wide variety of home cooked meals and take away gourmet sandwiches. The Produce department carries the most local fruits and vegetables of any grocery store. I love this store for it's small size- I can quickly be in and out in less than 20 minutes with everything I need.
This little old fashioned department store carries a bit of everything, from toys, floaties, arts and crafts, basic hardware/tools, basic groceries and household items. Need some noodles and a baking pan, plus some beach toys for the kids? This is the store. You can park in the pay parking lot accessed from Backstreet Boulevard (BUT don't pay, just click past the pay option, enter your plate and getthe ticket, the first hour is FREE) . Once parked, take the pedestrian tunnel through to main st and turn right.
SmartShopper Value Variety Convenience
232 Main St
This little old fashioned department store carries a bit of everything, from toys, floaties, arts and crafts, basic hardware/tools, basic groceries and household items. Need some noodles and a baking pan, plus some beach toys for the kids? This is the store. You can park in the pay parking lot accessed from Backstreet Boulevard (BUT don't pay, just click past the pay option, enter your plate and getthe ticket, the first hour is FREE) . Once parked, take the pedestrian tunnel through to main st and turn right.
This store RENTs DVDS! They have a huge selection of movies and TV series: in addition to the usual 'block busters', they have BBC, foreign, documentary... you name it. They also have their name sake- a HUGE selection of used books. The inner store is twice the size of the apparent store front.
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The Book Shop
242 Main St
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This store RENTs DVDS! They have a huge selection of movies and TV series: in addition to the usual 'block busters', they have BBC, foreign, documentary... you name it. They also have their name sake- a HUGE selection of used books. The inner store is twice the size of the apparent store front.
Entertainment & Activities
Offering the only indoor climbing wall in Penticton, this company offers many classes for both adults, children and families, in both rock climbing indoors and outdoors at the famous Skaha Bluffs, Bike tours and Kayaking activities. My personal favorite is the Kayak and Naramata winery tour, where you Kayak along the beautiful east side of Okanagan lake to lovely 3 mile beach in Naramata, where you are picked up, the boats are loaded and you are driven back through stunning Naramata vineyards, stopping at three local wineries for tastings.
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Hoodoo Adventure Co
131 Ellis St
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Offering the only indoor climbing wall in Penticton, this company offers many classes for both adults, children and families, in both rock climbing indoors and outdoors at the famous Skaha Bluffs, Bike tours and Kayaking activities. My personal favorite is the Kayak and Naramata winery tour, where you Kayak along the beautiful east side of Okanagan lake to lovely 3 mile beach in Naramata, where you are picked up, the boats are loaded and you are driven back through stunning Naramata vineyards, stopping at three local wineries for tastings.
This family fun zone offers a multitude of outdoor activities for energetic kids ages 5-15 from the Monkey bounce, high ropes course, to the inflatable 'drop zone' cliff jump. Parents can join the fun on the bumper boats, electric go carts and mini golf course.
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LocoLanding Adventure Park
75 Riverside Dr
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This family fun zone offers a multitude of outdoor activities for energetic kids ages 5-15 from the Monkey bounce, high ropes course, to the inflatable 'drop zone' cliff jump. Parents can join the fun on the bumper boats, electric go carts and mini golf course.
Kids of all ages (even big kids like Dad or Mom) will enjoy testing their balance, agility and strength as they wobble around on this huge inflatable water playground. A wristband provides you with all day fun, coming and going as you like, or show up in the later afternoon, after 5 to test it out at a reduced rate until closing.
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Wibit The Evolution Of Waterplay
1010 Lakeshore Dr
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Kids of all ages (even big kids like Dad or Mom) will enjoy testing their balance, agility and strength as they wobble around on this huge inflatable water playground. A wristband provides you with all day fun, coming and going as you like, or show up in the later afternoon, after 5 to test it out at a reduced rate until closing.
Enjoy Penticton's state of the art movie theatre. Download the Atom app and choose your seats, book your tickets and treats all online, and bypass the lines when you arrive, going directly to the atom kiosk to scan your code. Don't miss the many matinee time options during the summer and every weeked.
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Landmark Cinemas Penticton
250 Winnipeg St
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Enjoy Penticton's state of the art movie theatre. Download the Atom app and choose your seats, book your tickets and treats all online, and bypass the lines when you arrive, going directly to the atom kiosk to scan your code. Don't miss the many matinee time options during the summer and every weeked.
Great spot to take the kids on a rainy day or when you've had enough beach time. Enjoy the warm pool with spray features and a small lazy river, the large hot tub, steam room and saunas. With a waterslide, high diving board, low diving board, cold pool with swimming lanes, it's bound to have something for everyone. A family pass is just $16, and fun features turn on at 1 pm on weekends and at 6pm on weeknights. If you're craving a workout, visit the gym with cardio machines looking out through windows over the pool, universal machines, and free weights.
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Penticton Community Centre
325 Power St
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Great spot to take the kids on a rainy day or when you've had enough beach time. Enjoy the warm pool with spray features and a small lazy river, the large hot tub, steam room and saunas. With a waterslide, high diving board, low diving board, cold pool with swimming lanes, it's bound to have something for everyone. A family pass is just $16, and fun features turn on at 1 pm on weekends and at 6pm on weeknights. If you're craving a workout, visit the gym with cardio machines looking out through windows over the pool, universal machines, and free weights.
Drinks & Nightlife
Found in the Lakeside Resort, with a gorgeous patio right at the lake, this is Penticton's last bar/night club. The Parrot has a varied Pub menu and often has live music on the Patio on Friday 's from 5-8. With multiple large screens, you can enjoy watching a sports game, and after 9 the atmosphere kicks it up and people dance on the small dance floor and stage area.
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The Barking Parrot Bar
21 Lakeshore Dr W
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Found in the Lakeside Resort, with a gorgeous patio right at the lake, this is Penticton's last bar/night club. The Parrot has a varied Pub menu and often has live music on the Patio on Friday 's from 5-8. With multiple large screens, you can enjoy watching a sports game, and after 9 the atmosphere kicks it up and people dance on the small dance floor and stage area.
Just a short walk from home, Cannery Brewing is a cozy brew pub offering unique small batch brews and light snacks. They often have live entertainment on the weekends. Enjoy their casual patio or sip indoors.
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Cannery Brewing
1475 Fairview Rd
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Just a short walk from home, Cannery Brewing is a cozy brew pub offering unique small batch brews and light snacks. They often have live entertainment on the weekends. Enjoy their casual patio or sip indoors.