A Per­fect Win­ter Re­treat for Snow­birds (Bri­tish Columbia)

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The Okana­gan life­style is “ac­tive when you want, re­lax when you wish”. In Pen­tic­ton you will find a wel­com­ing com­mu­nity and a cli­mate that has the win­ter slip­ping by with ease. The moun­tains block Arc­tic winds from reach­ing Pen­tic­ton and the bit of cloud cover keeps the tem­per­a­tures mild. Snow depths of greater than 1cm are seen on about 35 days each year, com­pared to Cal­gary which sees 88 days or Ot­tawa at 120 days of snow!

All this lovely weather makes en­joy­ing both out­door and in­door ac­tiv­i­ties sim­ple and at­trac­tive. Get­ting out of the house for er­rands or some shop­ping does not mean bundling up with mit­tens, hats and scarves. Pen­tic­ton of­fers the best of all worlds; a friendly, re­laxed, small town feel with all the ameni­ties you might ex­pect of a larger cen­tre.

The city is home to a re­gional hos­pi­tal, pub­lic trans­porta­tion and sev­eral shop­ping cen­tres. Pen­tic­ton is just 10 min­utes south of pic­turesque Sum­mer­land, 1 hour south of the larger com­mu­nity of Kelowna and four hours east of Van­cou­ver. All of this tucked between the scenic shores of Lake Okana­gan and Skaha Lake – ready for you to call home for­ever, or just for a few months.

Pen­tic­ton as well as neigh­bour­ing Sum­mer­land are both rich with en­ter­tain­ment op­tions, from art gal­leries to con­certs to live the­atre. The land-locked her­itage pad­dle wheeler, S.S. Si­ca­mous on the shores of Lake Okana­gan boasts an im­mense scale model of the Ket­tle Val­ley Rail­way. The Mu­seum on Main Street houses a per­ma­nent ex­hibit de­tail­ing the his­tory of the city as well as ro­tat­ing tem­po­rary dis­plays. The Pen­tic­ton Art Gallery fea­tures ex­hibits which change monthly and there are sev­eral gal­leries lo­cated in the down­town core which fea­ture tal­ented lo­cal artists.

The Okana­gan Val­ley is renowned for its an­nual fes­ti­vals and events – even in the win­ter months. The Pen­tic­ton Santa Clause Pa­rade, Sum­mer­land’s Fes­ti­val of Lights, the Christ­mas Craft Faire and other Christ­mas mar­kets will fill you with sea­sonal cheer. You will also have the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple lo­cal wares at our many hol­i­day open houses such as Light Up the Vines in Sum­mer­land, Hol­i­day Cheer Open House in Okana­gan Falls and Coun­try Christ­mas in Sim­ilka­meen.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Pen­tic­ton & Wine Coun­try, go to www.vis­it­pen­tic­ton.com/snow­birds or call our Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre at 1-800-663-5052.

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