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Penticton on Lake Okanagan
Penticton on Lake Okanagan
Location in British Columbia
Penticton, British Columbia
State : CanadaCanada Canada
Province : British Columbia
Regional District : Okanagan similkameen
Coordinates : 49 ° 30 ′  N , 119 ° 35 ′  W Coordinates: 49 ° 30 ′  N , 119 ° 35 ′  W
Height : 385  m
Area : 42.1 km²
Inhabitants :
Metropolitan Area :
32,877 (as of 2011)
42,360 (as of 2011)
Population density : 780.9 inhabitants / km²
Time zone : Pacific Time ( UTC − 8 )
Postal code : V2A
Foundation : 1909 (incorporated)
Website :
Penticton Beach

Penticton is a city in southern central British Columbia , Canada , between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake . The name "Penticton" is derived from the coastal Salish language and roughly translated means "place to stay forever". The incumbent mayor has been called John Vassilaki since the 2018 election.


Penticton is about 60 km south of the next larger city, Kelowna . The city is located between Okanagan and Skaha Lake . Another small town with 10,000 inhabitants, Summerland , is about 15 km north, the southern neighboring community is Okanagan Falls . The megacity of Vancouver is around 400 km west of the city, and Calgary is 670 km away.


The granting of local self-government (incorporated) for the municipality took place for the first time on January 1, 1909 as District Municipality . Three further changes to the municipal status followed in the next few decades, the fifth and so far the last on October 7, 1954 as City (Stadt).


The census in 2011 showed a population of 32,877 inhabitants for the municipality. The city's population has increased 3.0% compared to the 2006 census, while British Columbia's population increased 7.0%. 42,360 people live in the Penticon census region (Census agglomeration of Penticon), 2.6% more than in 2006.


The economic focus is primarily on tourism , viticulture and fruit growing . Penticton is used as a starting point by tourists who want to pursue sports activities such as skiing, fishing, golfing, hiking or mountain biking.

Regular events

Since 1983, Ironman Canada , now the Challenge Penticton , has been held annually in and around the city in August or September - a long-distance triathlon competition - and the Ultraman Canada triathlon .

Transport infrastructure

Road traffic

Penticton is connected to the long-distance network via Highway 97 . This leads south to the Crowsnest Highway , an important east-west connection, and to the border with the United States . To the north you can reach Kelowna and Highway 97C, which is the fastest connection to Vancouver.

Flight connections

The Penticton Regional Airport (YYF) was during the Second World War, built as an emergency landing. A few years later, the runway was extended to 1,829 m so that larger machines can also take off and land. Air Canada Jazz has scheduled services to Vancouver. The Pacific Coastal Airlines connects Penticton to Vancouver and Calgary . Since the place is classified as an airport of entry and officials from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are stationed there, entry from abroad is also possible.

Public transport

Local public transportation is provided by the Penticton Transit System.


Town twinning

See also

Web links

Commons : Penticton  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Penticton City Website (accessed August 27, 2019)
  2. Statistics Canada (2011 Census). Penticton Community Profile
  3. Penticon Airport. Canada Border Services Agency , November 12, 2014, accessed November 24, 2014 .