Penticton's culture and history includes the fur trade, cattle ranching, fruit growing and a key position as transportation hub for the South Thompson Okanagan.
But thousands of years before Hudson's Bay Company fur traders first trekked the Brigade Trail through the Okanagan Valley, the Okanagan First Nations lived here as successful hunter/gatherers.
The Penticton Indian Band (PIB) is one of seven member bands of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. With reserve lands adjacent to the city, the PIB is an integral part of the community. The city's name is actually derived from the word "snpintktn," commonly translated from the Interior Salish language of the Okanagan People as "a place to live forever" or "a place to live year-round."
The PIB operates the En'owkin Centre, a developing cultural, educational and ecological centre on the Penticton Indian Reserve where the public is welcome to attend exhibitions and events. Band members also own and operate Coyote Cruises, providing rentals and shuttle service for floating the Okanagan River Channel. See First Nations artifacts at the Penticton Museum.