Okanagan Valley, between the Okanagan and Skaha Lakes. Though European fur traders arrived in the area in the early 1800s, Syilx First Nations lived near present day Penticton for more than 7,000 years. They referred to the land as snpintktn, which likely translates to "a place where people live year-round."
It wasn't until the first decade of the 20th century, however, that real growth began in Penticton. The second period of prosperity came after the Second World War when returning veterans created a post-war population boom, leading to many infrastructure projects.
Today, Penticton houses technology and service industries in a city of 33,000 with small-town charm and modern facilities. The growth of the local wine industry and the Okanagan Wine Festival has also turned Penticton into a top tourist destination. Other local events include the Penticton Peach Festival, Challenge-Penticton Triathlon, and the Elvis Festival. With a significant retired population, Penticton is a good place to settle down. But with avenues for skiing, fishing, boating, rock climbing, hiking and biking, there's never a dull moment.