It is said that Penticton enjoys the best climate in the whole of Canada. The city gets over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, so it is no wonder the Salish name for Penticton is “Snpintkth” which means “a place to live forever”. The Syilx People have lived in the Okanagan Region for over 7,000 years taking advantage of the fertile land and pleasant climate. Penticton is nestled between two fresh water lakes and surrounded by vineyards and farmland. October is a great time to visit the city and there are plenty of things going on during the month.
If you are after a few indulgent days away, then a visit to Penticton during the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is the perfect time for you. The festival draws in crowds who enjoy the finer things in life, or just fine wine! This year the festival runs from September 30 to October 9 with over 100 events taking place, and it is actually the only wine festival in North America that takes place during the grape harvest. During the festival you can partake in a bit of wine tasting, enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the wineries and you can even join in on some grape stomping! It really is a celebration of the rich fruit and produce available in the area.
The Okanagan Region produces plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and the best place to pick up a few treats for your dinner (which you can make at the hostel) is the local Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday from 8am to noon on Main Street. At the market you’ll find not only local produce, but also work by local artisans and entertainment. It is very popular with both locals and tourists.
Prost! For one night only, Germany comes to Penticton in the form of Oktoberfest. This year that special night is October 22. At Oktoberfest you can try an array of traditional German fodder and of course beer, all of which is accompanied by live German music and entertainment. It sure is an excellent night out!
Yep, there is still one more thing to do in Penticton in October… check out the hockey stars of tomorrow at a Penticton Vees Junior match. The Penticton Vees or Broncos or Knights or Panthers as they have also been known have produced quite a number of NHL Players, including: Duncan Keith, Brett Hull, Brendan Morrison and Paul Kariya to name a few. Tickets are only $11 for adults.
Where to stay:
HI-Penticton is located in the heart of downtown. Guests can expect a relaxed, home-away-from-home feel when staying at HI-Penticton, a renovated 1908 heritage home. The hostel is just one block from a variety of unique restaurants, pubs, night clubs and shops.
If all this is not enough to whet your appetite for a couple of days of food, wine and the beautiful Okanagan countryside, then maybe this fantastic offer at HI-Penticton will help:
- $20 a night in a multi-share room
- $55 a night in a private double
Offer valid until November 1, 2011 and subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Reservations are required. Call 1-866-782-9736 quoting 12months.
Image Credit: Okanagan Tourism Association