Penticton (population 33,250) is a small city in transition. At the centre of the burgeoning Okanagan wine industry, this long-established summer resort is morphing into a city of more sophisticated urban appeal.
The already well-developed arts scene is being augmented with new restaurants and accommodations. People now come to Penticton for wine tasting and dining, to visit galleries and museums and to take in the symphony, plays and concerts.
But Penticton's location between two lakes and surrounded by highlands and mountains ensures that outdoor recreation will always be a draw.
People still come to Penticton for swimming, boating, wind-surfing and kiteboarding, golf, rock climbing, hiking and cycling in summer and downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.