As the world starts to emerge from the first two phases of the COVID-19 pandemic and the weather begs us to go outside, it’s time for families to start making that list of places to go and things to do.
There are more than enough days remaining on the calendar to salvage the year 2020.
The south side of Penticton, which is on the shores of sparkling Skaha Lake, is the perfect place to start when you’re in the South Okanagan. It is the ideal spot to set up shop, a central location that will allow you to go out on many adventures.
The family can also have plenty of fun without getting in the car, as there are more than enough entertaining choices within walking distance of Skaha Lake.
Here are the top 10 things to do in Penticton and area during the summer of 2020, which is not over yet—not by a long shot.
1. Skaha Lake Park
The massive green space has plenty to offer, including beach access, rest rafts and beach slides, a beach-front promenade, a children’s water park, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, in-line hockey court, tennis courts, picnic areas, power and water, a softball field, fire pits and free parking. There are also washrooms and concessions, so you never have to leave. The Skaha water is warm, too, because it’s not as large as Okanagan Lake.
2. Skaha Lake Motels
This is where you want to rest your head each night you’re visiting Penticton, because you can’t get any closer to Skaha Lake. The family-friendly Skaha Lake Motels, which include Beachside Motel, Sunny Beach Motel and Waterfront Inn, feature pools, hot tubs, saunas and game rooms themselves, but they are mere steps from all the fun that can be had at Skaha Lake Park and the beach itself.
3. Penticton River Channel
If you don’t have your own floatie, Coyote Cruises offers inner-tube rentals that will allow you to float down the seven-kilometre channel from Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake. Depending on how quickly the water is flowing, the journey can take between one and three hours. It doesn’t get much more Penticton than this.
4. Hoodoo Adventures
Rent a kayak and go for a twirl. Or pick up a bicycle and go for a spin. We know you’ve always been thinking about giving a stand-up paddleboard a try; Hoodoo has those available as well. The store, which is located at 131 Ellis St., also offers rock climbing gear rentals.
5. Covert Farms Family Estate
What? You thought we were going to talk about the South Okanagan and not bring wine into the conversation? Covert Farms, which is a 30-minute drive south from Penticton, falls into the family category because it is is owned and operated by a family that didn’t forget about the kids when putting its business together. Enjoy some of the Okanagan’s finest wine while the kids rip around the property.
6. Kettle Valley Rail Trail
It used to be a railway system. Now it’s a 650-kilometre recreational trail that runs from Hope to Castlegar. The decommissioned tracks can be used for either self-guided treks or organized tours. You can do a day trip riding or walking, or you can go on overnight ventures if you are an experienced rider.
7. LocoLanding Adventure Park
It started out as a mini-golf course in 1999, but now it boasts attractions that will keep kids entertained all day. Mini-golf, go-karts, a high-level ropes course, rock climbing, bumper boats and monkey motion are operating this summer at LocoLanding, which is located at 75 Riverside Dr. in Penticton.
8. The Book Shop
If you’re going to lie on the beach all day, you’re going to need something to read other than your phone. The Book Shop has been a part of Penticton since 1974, and it has every kind of genre you could possibly want. In other words, the kids will even be able to find something they like—to read in the fall, of course.
9. Kettle Valley Steam Railway
The trains will start rolling again near Summerland on July 18, giving families plenty of time to enjoy the thrill of riding the rails like they did in the old days. Restored locomotive No. 3716 takes passengers through vineyards, and then provides stunning lake and canyon views during a 90-minute sojourn.
10. Penticton Speedway
The speedway is great family fun with affordable pricing and plenty of entertainment. It’s a quarter-mile, paved, oval racetrack that has been part of the Penticton landscape for more than 50 years. The action is fast and furious, and it will get every family member’s heart racing.
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