aŁl kwu suknaQInx | We are Okanagan

From the Interior Salish nsyilxcən word snpintktn, the name Penticton, while commonly translated as “a place to stay forever,” more accurately means “a place where people have always been all year long.”

For more than 7,000 years, this region has been home to the syilx First Peoples. This rich history can be explored in many ways and can be a part of your delegates welcome to Penticton. Visitors can learn more about local indigenous cultures and the history of the syilx through a variety of community events — including the annual Pow Wow Between the Lakes.

Visit Indigenous Tourism BC for more information and resources.

The SS Sicamous Museum and Heritage Park on the west shore of Okanagan Lake is a stunning venue for receptions, where attendees can learn more about the history of the Kettle Valley Railway and admire a fantastic working model. From there, a leisurely walk down the lakeshore takes you past a number of public art sculptures, and a variety of restaurants and bistros for lunch or dinner meetings — all with stunning views of the lake.

The downtown core is home to a number of galleries to explore, and performances take place throughout the year — both indoors and out — providing ample opportunities to add a special cultural event to your gathering at an intimate venue, or at a larger concert or show at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Seasonally, the Penticton Farmers’ Market brings Main Street to life with dozens of vendors and street performers. Many incentives for your delegates, or simply plan a break to explore Penticton’s vibrant arts scene.

The Penticton Art Gallery, on the eastern end of Okanagan Lake, has welcomed many international exhibitions and hosts many art events, workshops, and more throughout the year. Next to it, delegates will find the peaceful Ikeda Japanese Garden for a serenity break. The Penticton & District Community Arts Council maintains an eclectic schedule of events, and a robust calendar of happenings — large and small — can be found via Visit Penticton. Ask us how we can help entertain your delegates.