ARTS AND CULTURE
AŁI 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 over 7,000 years, the 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 — or by visiting the En’owkin Centre.
The SS Sicamous Museum and Heritage Park on the shores of Okanagan Lake is a stunning venue for receptions, where attendees can ant to 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 public art sculptures, leading to the renowned Penticton Art Gallery.
Numerous galleries, exhibitions, and performances take place throughout the year, both indoors and out, providing ample opportunities to add a special cultural event to your gathering, an incentive for your delegates, or simply a break to explore Penticton’s vibrant arts scene.