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While it’s still technically summer, September is just around the corner…which means it might be time to cap off your seasonal celebrations with another fun adventure. If you’re looking for a beautiful — and sustainable — option, check out what the sunny city of Penticton has to offer.

Nestled between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake, this South Okanagan city is brimming with spectacular sights and local charm. However, one of the coolest things is that you can travel the area (almost) without fuel.

Sure, you’ll need a little gas to get there, but once you’re there, you can walk, pedal, or paddle to get anywhere. And with no shortage of things to do, both you and the planet will be immensely grateful for the abundance of sustainable travel methods.

A four-hour drive from Vancouver (or eight from Calgary) with plenty of electric vehicle charging stations along the way — plus some really cute places to stay nearby — Penticton is the perfect weekend getaway for anyone who loves charming towns, rock climbing, wineries, and more.

Go rock climbing in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

For free

Address: Smythe Drive, Penticton, BC

Why you must go: If you’re an avid rock climber, the mountains in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park offer some seriously beautiful routes to try.

You can also take rock climbing classes at Skaha Rock Adventures or Hoodoo Adventures.

For non-climbers there are plenty of hiking and biking trails that also give you great views of the terrain and wildlife.


Delicious food at the Penticton Farmers’ Market

Price: Admission free

Address: Hauptstr. 100, Penticton, BC

Why you must go: Fill your tummy with everything from freshly baked goods, homemade spreads and refreshing fruit at the Penticton Farmers’ Market.

Besides food, you can also browse local art, handmade soaps and candles, and even bouquets of flowers.

You can also visit the Penticton Downtown Community Market on Saturday mornings, which features handcrafted goods such as clothing, food and jewelry, collectibles, antiques and furniture, as well as food vendors, live music and entertainment.


To float leisurely down the Penticton Channel

Price: Starting at $21.50 (including taxes and fees)

Address: 215 Riverside Dr., Penticton, BC

Why you must go: There is a 7-kilometer river channel that connects Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake with calm, flowing waters.

Instead of firing a powerboat (or your biceps) you can just relax and let the current carry you. It’s the perfect way to hang out with friends and cool off from the summer heat. Remember your sunscreen!


Embark on a beautiful wine tour

Price: Varies

Address: Varies

Why you must go: The South Okanagan Valley is filled with wineries of all types and you can choose a tour to suit your taste.

It’s nicknamed the “Napa Valley of the North” for a reason, and you can even find lodging if you want to take time out to enjoy the finer things.


Bike the Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Price: Admission free

Address: Access the entrance via the White Ave East and Government Street Pedestrian Bridge, or start at the Vancouver Place KVR Trailhead.

Why you must go: Hop on a bike and enjoy this trail turned railroad with views of orchards, vineyards, the Okanagan Lake and more. This is an easy trail suitable for riders of all abilities and is very family friendly.

If you don’t have your own, you can always rent a bike from the nearby Freedom Bike Shop or an e-bike from Pedego or Penticton E-Kruise.


To play golf all year round

Price: Varies

Address: Varies

Why you must go: Penticton is one of the few places in Canada where you can play golf almost anytime thanks to the area’s beautiful weather.

Whether you prefer to hit a driving range or complete a full 18-hole course, there are numerous options available. Two local disc golf courses are also available for a new twist on this classic game.


Go on a culinary adventure

Price: Varies

Address: Varies

Why you must go: Satisfy your inner foodie with a local culinary trail featuring the best brunch, ice cream and everything Penticton has to offer. Many places use sustainable products and sourcing practices. Some even have their own farm or garden, so you can feel completely at home.

You can even stop along the way to visit art galleries, museums, and other community attractions.


No matter how you like your adventures, whether it’s an exhilarating physical activity, a leisurely stroll, or a combination of both, Penticton has it all.

If you want to travel more sustainably and explore a spectacular place, then a trip to Penticton should be on your radar.

To find more fuel-free things to do in Penticton, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Before you set off, check out our responsible travel guide to help you be informed, safe, smart and most importantly, respectful on your adventure.

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