Penticton is a warm and welcoming lakeside community that offers high-quality local wine and culinary experiences and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation in a climate that is one of Canada’s most appealing. Penticton, or “Snpintktn” as translated from the Interior Salish language of the Okanagan First Nations, means “a place to live forever” (the commonly accepted translation) or “a place to live year-round.”
In September 2006, residents voted 80.3% in favour of the construction of the South Okanagan Events Centre. The $73 million arena, sports complex and convention centre could possibly serve as a summer or early fall training facility for the Vancouver Canucks as well as the home of the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, so named in honour of the senior hockey team that in 1955 won the Ice Hockey World Championships against Russia. The Centre has boosted the city’s convention market and is a popular stop on concert tours and for other special events.
The Penticton Vees now play in the South Okanagan Events Centre which opened in September 2008.
Penticton also serves as the regions major destination for shopping needs. With Cherry Lane Mall hosting numerous well known stores including The Bay, London Drugs, Save on Foods, Davids Tea, Rogers, Bootlegger & many others. Other shopping centres in Penticton include: Staples, Winners, Superstore, Wal-mart, Whole Foods.