Destination guide

Experience the beauty surrounding Penticton cottage rentals

The name Penticton comes from the Okangan language and loosely translates to "a place to stay forever," which it absolutely is. The city is a paradise for those looking for stunning mountain views and long stretches of sandy beaches. The vineyards and orchards are ripe with greenery, complementing the shimmering blue lakes. It's one of the two cities in the south central region of British Columbia, between Okangan Lake and Skaha Lake. Whether you're travelling as a couple, a family, or a larger group, you can find plenty of holiday houses to stay in and enjoy the natural surroundings. There are even cottage rentals available for a cozier and more charming setting.

History

The area was home to the Sylix First Peoples for over 7,000 years before the first white settlers came in 1866. Since then, Penticton has grown into the beautiful holiday destination that it is today, as well as the hub of wine tourism in the Okangan Valley. The surrounding lakes aren't the only things that run deep in Penticton. Its rich history can be glimpsed through the Penticton Archives, which hold historical photographs and textual records detailing events from the past century. You can also learn about the local wildlife, the First Nations, and the development of the fruit orchards surrounding the area.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Penticton

Are you looking for things to do during your stay? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Penticton a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Apex Alpine Resort (15.9 mi / 25.5 km)
  • LocoLanding Adventure Park (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • La Frenz Estate Winery (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Red Rooster Winery (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
  • Poplar Grove Winery (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Hillside Estate Winery (2.9 mi / 4.6 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Penticton

If you're planning a vacation around the weather, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 81°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Penticton

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Penticton is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Rotary Park (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Okanagan Beach (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Penticton Ikeda Japanese Garden (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Penticton Rose Garden (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Skaha Beach (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park (4.7 mi / 7.6 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Penticton

The nearest airport is in Penticton, BC (YYF-Penticton Regional), located 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Kelowna, BC (YLW-Kelowna Intl.), which is 32.6 mi (52.4 km) away.

How to get around

Navigating Penticton's scenic landscapes from your vacation rental

Penticton can be easily reached through major BC highways and the Trans-Canada Highway. Its expansive layout makes having your own set of wheels ideal. Car rental services are widely available and allow you to be in full control of when and where you choose to go, whether it's around downtown or further out to the surrounding vineyards and orchards. You can also make use of the shuttles dedicated to wine tours to get around the wineries.Taxis are plentiful in Penticton, and there are accessible public transit buses that can get you from your vacation rental to major commercial areas in the city.

Food & drink 

Treat your palate with the tasty flavours of Penticton

Specialty restaurants ride the wave of seasonal ingredients available in Penticton, ensuring year-round excitement for innovative dishes. You'll find plenty of casual cafes and brunch venues filled with locals and visitors, feasting on the fresh, local delicacies along with a few international flavours. But the food and drink scene in Penticton places more emphasis on the drink, with the amount of orchards and vineyards matching the number of breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Enjoy a local brand of craft beer with your friends or take a leisurely trip to various vineyards on one of the wine tours – as long as you're 19 or over!

Essential info

Helpful facts to know when staying at Penticton vacation rentals

Penticton covers 42 sq km of land between two lakes. The city is a 5-hour drive from Seattle, Washington, and 8 hours from Vancouver. The climate of the area favours the lower end of the thermometer even in the summer, while winter yields below freezing temperatures. Packing layers and a scarf is a good idea. The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19, and tipping at bars and restaurants is customarily set at 15-20% of the bill, paid in Canadian dollars. Penticton is relatively safe but if you need assistance, dial 911 for emergencies or 250-492-4300 for non-emergencies.

How many vacation rentals are available around Penticton?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 393 house rentals around Penticton. From 202 Houses to 95 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Penticton is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Penticton?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Penticton:

  • Okanagan Falls: 41 vacation rentals
  • South Pandosy: 208 vacation rentals
  • Black Mountain: 20 vacation rentals
  • Upper Mission: 35 vacation rentals
  • Crawford: 22 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Penticton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Penticton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Skaha Beach: 408 home rentals
  • Okanagan Beach: 407 home rentals
  • Apex Alpine Resort: 369 home rentals
  • Penticton Art Gallery: 404 home rentals
  • Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park: 410 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Penticton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Penticton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 202 Houses in Penticton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Penticton include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 95 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 24 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 24 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Penticton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 57 vacation homes with pool available in Penticton.