Get to know some of Penticton’s hot spots and fun destinations before your extended family and friends come and visit you in the beautiful Okanagan! Thompson Crocker has listed a few places and things that are good to know about the city, before and after you move.
Moving and relocating to a new city can bring forward a lot of challenges, including choosing where to send your kids to school. We’ve included a link to the School Districts website, so you can easily find Penticton elementary and secondary schools. We’ve also included a link to the Penticton Daycare society for the little scholars in your life.
Here is a list of websites to help you choose the right school for your family in the Penticton Area:
Thompson Crocker knows the importance of a quality school. If you have any questions after you have browsed the links above please contact us directly with any questions about where these schools are. We’d love to take you for a personal tour of Penticton to help you with your relocation to the city.
Penticton isn’t just a place to shoot a round of golf, but rather it should be noted as a major golf destination. With over a dozen courses to choose from, the dry Southern climate makes Penticton an idyllic golf location. In fact, the temperate weather allows Penticton to boast the only golf course in the Okanagan that stays open all year round! Penticton golf courses offer something for every skill level of golfer from a nice variety of terrain to beginner and more advanced course design. Coupled with the natural beauty of lake and mountain views, you’re guaranteed to have a great day on the links when you come to golf in sunny Penticton, BC.
Thompson Crocker recommends the website below for finding Penticton Golf Courses:
When you play the Penticton Golf and Country Club course, you are playing through a bit of BC’s golf history. The origins of the club go back to a 9 hole course that shared a fairway with a racetrack, located in the area near the intersection of Railway Avenue and Power Street. This course was entirely built by enthusiastic volunteers and maintained by the players.
If the Okanagan is a wine destination then Penticton should be formally labeled as ground zero. Centrally located to the smaller wine communities, Penticton is no more than 20 minutes to over 40 local wineries. Whether you’re looking for some hidden gems, or you want to search for an award winning bottle to add to your collection there is no arguing that Penticton has both. The Okanagan is world renowned in the eyes of oenophiles and no longer struggles to prove itself – it’s also no longer a secret and tourism is always on the rise with sun seekers and wine tasters flocking to our city to see what the buzz is all about. Along with the curious wine tourists, come the determined wine makers and hobbyist grape growers. Penticton is the perfect place to set up shop for both and wine centric real estate is a hot new vertical we’ve seen explode in recent years. If wine is your passion and you want to make it a part of your real estate plan, then speaking to a member of the knowledgeable Thompson Crocker is a must.
Thompson Crocker recommends the following website to discover more about our world famous wineries and wine centric events:
With wineries at every bend in the road, there’s no shortage of touring and tasting to be had. Penticton and area have made a significant mark on the world as a must travel to wine destination. We’re very lucky to call this home.
It’s always house hunting season in Penticton! The summers are hot and sunny, while the winters are short and tranquil. There are five months of summer (May, June, July, August and September), two of autumn (October and November), three of winter (December, January and February) and two of spring (March and April).
Penticton’s four diverse seasons dictate a distinct way of dressing – layers are required at all times. Temperatures and weather conditions can vary quite radically, especially in the mountainous regions of the valley, so you don’t want to be caught off guard without proper attire.
Spring is announced by a copiousness of impressive wildflowers, especially the yellow arrow leaf balsamroot that carpets the hillsides, while sagebrush perfumes the air from spring through autumn and blooms in late summer. Precipitation averages just 332.7mm/13.1in annually.
Summers are famous in Penticton with long, hot days averaging highs in July of 28°C/82°F and countless days well into the 30sC/90sF. Humidity is very low.
Penticton can be breezy, especially in fall, winter and early spring. Wind speeds (ideal for wind and kite surfing on Skaha Lake) average 9km/6mi per hour to 16km/10hr, but can be far stronger.
Penticton winters are brief and mild with little snowfall and average January highs of -0.9°C/30°F. Variations in altitude make the seasons flexible. It’s not unheard of for residents of Penticton to ski Apex in the morning and hit the links to golf nine holes on the same long and sunny afternoon.
If Apex is a destination then winter tires are strongly recommended. Higher elevations can produce treacherous road conditions even when conditions in the valley appear exceptional. A four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle is best suited for rugged backcountry travel within Penticton’s back country.
No matter what your weather preference you can be assured that Penticton has a season that will appeal to everyone.
Penticton is gifted with with a long list of recreational opportunities that can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. Our city’s beautiful landscape lays down the foundation for enjoying premium outdoor activities to keep you entertained and energized.
From the summer to the winter, you can never run out of things to do in Penticton. Whether you’re interested in joining a sports team, learning a new outdoor activity, or taking music or art lessons, the City of Penticton’s Recreation Department offers a variety of opportunities to help stimulate you and connect with other locals.
The Penticton Community Centre provides both adults and children access to excellent facilities, including a 10-lane lap pool, leisure pool & waterslide, fitness room, gymnasium, dance studio, and theatre. This state-of-the-art building received a 23.3 million dollar renovation in 2011. This renovation not only expanded the facility, but helped it meet higher energy efficiency standards with the goal of the BC Climate Action Charter in mind.
For the more outdoorsy types, there is an endless list of summer activities you can explore in Pentiction, including biking, hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking, wakeboarding, and waterskiing. When the winter hits, Apex Mountain resort is a short 30-minute drive from the city, and offers skiers and snowboarders quality snow and great conditions throughout the season. Regardless of your hobbies, there is something to do for everyone in this picturesque city.
Find out more about the recreational opportunities available in Pentiction by visiting the websites below:
The Penticton waterfront is part of the natural beauty of our city that makes people never want to leave. It’s postcard perfect year round and our big, beautiful lakes (we have two!) offer up something for everyone!
The magic of Penticton will capture your heart from the first moment you set your eyes on the majestic lakefront that surrounds the community. Penticton’s lakefront is ripe with a mix of breathtaking private and public beaches offering up serene summer moments. A drive along either lakeshore will find an assortment of homes from cozy cabins to spectacular estates. Thompson Crocker offers advice and information on many of these spectacular retreats including details on where to find the best sandy beaches, private piers, and buoy access.
People come to Penticton for swimming, boating, wind and kite surfing and more recently to stand up paddle board on the calm waters of either lake surrounding the city. A man-made channel connects the two lakes via the Okanagan River. In summer, this narrow waterway plays host to a lively ongoing party as water loving, kids and families ride with the mild current on tubes, and air mattresses.
The dry temperate climate of Penticton makes it easy to enjoy the waters that surround the city well beyond the end of a typical calendar summer. This is just one of the many reasons people flock to lake side real estate in Penticton.
Choosing a moving company to haul your possessions across town can be daunting, which is why we are happy to recommend the following Penticton companies who are trusted professionals within our network:
At some point during the home buying and selling process you will require the services of a legal professional to help with your real estate deal. Thompson Crocker can recommend the following legal professionals in the city of Penticton to finalize your real estate deal:
Whether you are moving out or in to your new Penticton home you may want to leave the cleaning to the pros. We are happy to include the following Penticton cleaning companies as members of our professional network:
If you’re buying a new home in Penticton you want to ensure that you have done your due diligence on having the home inspected structurally and for pests. If there is a pool you will also want to have a pool inspection completed before you release your subjects. Thompson Crocker includes the following inspection companies in their network of professionals:
Moving to a new home (especially in a new city) is a busy time. In an effort to help you with your new South Okanagan surroundings, the team at Thompson Crocker has put together some resources that will help you with your move all in one place.