THE OKENAGEN SOUTH AND GREAT LITTLE TOWN
"Everything under the sun"
The population of Penticton is 31,100.
Penticton is located in a semi-arid desert region that receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually (more than Honolulu!).
The average temperature is 28 C in the summer and 0 C in the winter.
HI-Penticton was built in 1908 as a residence for bank employees and has gone through a number of cosmetic changes. Since then it has been everything from a half way house to an old folk’s home.
The name Penticton stems from Pen-Tak-Tin, a First-Nations Salish word meaning ‘a place to stay forever.’
The Penticton Vees were World Champions of 1955. Chosen to represent Canada in the 1955 World Hockey Tournament in Europe , the Vees went through the series undefeated, shutting out Russia 5-0 in the finals to return the World Cup to Canada . A mural painted on the Elks Lodge one block north of the hostel was completed in November 2000 to commemorate their amazing achievement.
Penticton hosts the Trans Canada Trail and world-class Skaha Bluffs rock climbing area, as well as the Ironman Canada Triathlon, run the last Sunday in August each year.
Within 20 minutes of downtown Penticton is an extinct volcano, Munson Mountain. Today you will find PENTICTON spelled out on it in letters 50 feet high and 30 feet wide.
"Great sports and leisure centre"
Ray Ferraro, Brett Hull, Andy Moog, Paul Kariya, Brendan Morrison, Rob Tallas, Jason Padollan, Dany Bousquet and Dean Stork all played Junior hockey in Penticton before advancing to the NHL.