10 Reasons Why Penticton is an Awesome Place to Raise Kids

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Imagine taking all the wonder and fun of a BC family vacation in a beautiful, entertaining place and turning it into your everyday life:

A place where the kids could walk to school, then you could go for a family kayak on the lake before dinner. Where there’s a festival or event every weekend in the summer and when it’s rainy, there’s always a museum, indoor pool or ice rink to enjoy. Where you can all ride bikes to the farmers market, get an ice cream, or catch the action of a hockey game. I bet Penticton came to mind when I mentioned a BC family vacation, now how about BC family living? Here are 10 reasons why Penticton is an awesome place to raise kids, plus a fun giveaway for the whole family to enjoy!

Penticton - Chris Stenberg Photo
Penticton – Chris Stenberg Photo

10 Reasons Why Penticton is an Awesome Place to Raise Kids

1. You’re surrounded by beaches and lakes

  • Penticton is home to 7 public beaches
  • Choose from two lakes: Skaha and Okanagan Lakes
  • The summers are warm and sunny
  • Great playgrounds and splash park options
  • Lots of opportunities to play outside, get off screens (water sports, sandcastles, etc)
  • You can rent boats, kayaks, paddleboards

2. It’s a place where kids play outside

  • Draw with chalk, ride bikes, play street hockey
  • Call the kids home when it’s dinner time
  • Kids can walk to school
  • Neighbourhood block parties (start your own!)

3. Living in a tourist town creates access to unique experiences

S.S. Sicamous

4. It’s a great place to ride bikes

  • There are 120 km of spectacular hiking and biking on the famed Kettle Valley Rail Trail
  • Lake-to-Lake Bike Route and other City routes, including riding along the Channel
  • Two skate parks
  • Bike pump track
  • Mountain biking trails
  • Play with friends on the streets
Summer in Penticton

5. The city attracts large-scale festivals and events

Just a few of the most popular events for kids:

Summer in Penticton

6. There are so many things to do in summer

  • Float the Channel with Coyote Cruises
  • Bike rides
  • Hiking
  • Great parks and hiking trails
  • Swimming, paddleboarding, and of course ice cream

7. The fun doesn’t stop, all year-round

Skate with the Penticton Vees - Photo submitted
Skate with the Penticton Vees – Photo submitted

8. Great amenities and indoor activities

  • Hoodoo Adventures indoor climbing wall
  • Community Recreation Centre pool with lazy river and waterslide
  • McLaren Arena (indoor ice skating)
  • Cheering on the Penticton Vees hockey team
  • Busy Beans indoor playground
  • Drop-in gymnastics programs (with Flip-PEN Gymnastics and Springers Gymnastics)
  • Penticton Museum and Library

9. Eating local is easy

  • Penticton has a deep roots in agriculture, from peaches and cherries to grapes and so much more. It’s home to one of the largest outdoor farmers’ and community markets in Canada! The Penticton Farmer’s Market is open Saturday mornings from mid-April to October with live music, lots of stands, food trucks, and more. Also, the Downtown Penticton Community Market features hundreds of vendors from May – September.

10. Less driving, more living

  • Get from one side of Penticton to the other within 10 minutes.
  • Kids spending less time in the car, more time exploring.
  • No traffic or rush-hour commutes = more time with your family!

Enter to Win

Get a taste of Penticton living by entering to win LocoLanding Adventure Park day passes (family 5-pack) which can be used over multiple days (value $165).

Here’s how you can enter to win:

Win a Family Pass to Loco Landing in Penticton

There you have it! 10 (and a few more) reasons why Penticton is a great place to raise kids. If you need anymore information or inspiration, follow Start Here Penticton on Facebook and Instagram.

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17 Comments  —  Add a Comment Below

  1. SakuraThursday, May 5th, 2022 — 10:22am PDT

    Great article. I love all of the suggestions. I will be making a list of things to do this summer.

  2. BobbiThursday, May 5th, 2022 — 12:17pm PDT

    Love our city! ❤️

  3. Jean WThursday, May 5th, 2022 — 12:43pm PDT

    Good list!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Ann AvdovichThursday, May 5th, 2022 — 5:38pm PDT

    I love Penticton…it truly is a place to stay forever~

  5. AmyThursday, May 5th, 2022 — 8:31pm PDT

    Would LOVE this!!!!!

  6. LouiseThursday, May 5th, 2022 — 8:37pm PDT

    You forgot to mention that daycare spaces are difficult to find, rental prices are expensive, and single family homes can be unaffordable. Good paying jobs are hard to find, and they are knocking down historic houses to put in investment properties.

  7. CathyThursday, May 5th, 2022 — 8:39pm PDT

    What a great blog! So much to do in Penticton!

  8. Christine AFriday, May 6th, 2022 — 6:06am PDT

    Never been to Penticton and would absolutely love to go!!

  9. TaniaFriday, May 6th, 2022 — 8:58am PDT

    The kids love this place!!💕💕

  10. RinoFriday, May 6th, 2022 — 9:13am PDT

    Great write up with so many ideas!

  11. Sharon LFriday, May 6th, 2022 — 9:18am PDT

    Yes, great place to raise a family. I came down for a 2 week holiday 42 years ago and never left.

  12. Lillian PFriday, May 6th, 2022 — 9:55am PDT

    Looks like fun place to visit

  13. Tresa BarthelFriday, May 6th, 2022 — 12:42pm PDT

    We love LocoLanding!!!

  14. Tresa BarthelFriday, May 6th, 2022 — 12:42pm PDT

    We love going there with the kids!

  15. Dian AndersonFriday, May 6th, 2022 — 8:36pm PDT

    We love coming to the mainland and going to Pentiction in the summer. Always come home with boxes of fruit for canning and freezing

  16. Sharone O’BrienSaturday, May 7th, 2022 — 9:42am PDT

    There are excellent RV Parks in Penticton for family to come, visit and enjoy the beaches, lakes and all that is offered. 🙂

  17. Denise MSunday, May 8th, 2022 — 1:50pm PDT

    As a family, we love Loco Landing. It is a great place to spend time in the sun. Lots to do to keep everyone entertained!!

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