Penticton - the perfect sun, sand and surf destination. With Okanagan Lake to the north and Skaha Lake to the south, this city is a leisure and recreation mecca. The semi arid desert climate provides more than 2,000 hours of sunshine each year. One of the longest playing golf seasons in the country beckons golfers to return to the city year after year. Hikers and rock climbers challenge nature on Skaha Bluffs. The Peach Festival held in mid July has been a main event for more than 50 years.(There are more than a 1,000 hectares of orchards found within the city limits.) Stay for the " Beach Blanket Film Festival." Festival goers curl up on their beach blankets and enjoy Canadian film screenings that are projected onto a full sized screen floating 25 feet offshore on Okanagan Lake. While in town take a tour of the SS Sicamous, permanently docked at the end of Lakeshore Rd. Now a museum, it is the largest remaining steel-hulled sternwheeler in Canada.
Oliver, south of Penticton, was once covered by cacti and sage brush. A gravity-fed canal was constructed to provide irrigation to the semi-arid area. Today, Oliver is a thriving community, with agriculture, tree fruits and vineyards still the prime industries. The very south of the Okanagan is the only natural desert in Canada. Often referred to as the fruit basket of Canada even bananas are grown here! The town of Osoyoos, straddling Osoyoos Lake is central to this most unique region. THE place to beat the summer heat; sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and parasailing are all here for your pleasure.