Transportation & Maps
Penticton is located on Highway 97, a major north-south transportation route that runs from California to Alaska.
The city lies 72km/44.8mi north of the US border crossing at Osoyoos, which is also the junction with Highway 3, the closest route east to Calgary in Alberta (670km/416mi). Drivers heading for Vancouver (395km/245mi west) have two choices: take Highway 97 south 10km/6.2mi to the junction with Highway 3A/B or north 50km/31mi to the junction with Highway 97C at West Kelowna.
Rental cars are available downtown and at the Penticton Regional Airport. Winter tires or chains are strongly recommended on mountain roads from October through April. Road conditions at higher elevations can be treacherous even when excellent in the valley. Four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicles are best suited for rugged backcountry travel.