Penticton Regional Airport, or Penticton Airport, is a regional airport located 1.8 nautical miles (3.3 kilometres; 2.1 miles) southwest of Penticton, British Columbia, a city in the Okanagan region of Canada. Owned and operated by Transport Canada, it serves South Okanagan, Similkameen, and West Kootenay. It has a 6,000 by 148 feet (1,829 by 45 metres) runway aligned 16/34. The airport was given permanent license in 1956. It has a restaurant, Sky High Diner, as well as a medical facility, accommodation areas and administrative buildings. In 2011, it served approximately 80,000 passengers.
What to see & do
Straddled between Okanagan and Skaha Lakes, Penticton is a city in the Okanagan Valley of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Its name was derived from a word in the Okanagan language, with different meanings given in the British Columbia Geographical Names Information System entry for the city. One is “a place where water passes beyond” and from the Indian name Pente-hik-ton, "ever" or "forever", which refers to the constant, steady flow of the Okanagan River out of the lake. Penticton was incorporated as a district municipality on December 31, 1908 and as a city May 10, 1948. It has a semi-arid climate with low precipitation, hot summer days with cool nights, and moderately cool, mostly cloudy winters.
Some of the notable places worth seeing and visiting during your trip would be the S.S. Sicamous Inland Marine Museum, which features the steam sternwheeler that was the last commercial passenger vessel to operate on Okanagan Lake; the Peach, a concession stand located at the foot of Winnipeg Street on Okanagan Lake shaped and painted as a giant peach; Munson Mountain Park, home to the large 'Penticton' sign; Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, which houses a permanent collection of work by local and area artists as well as bone carvings by traditional Inuit artists; and the city’s collection of wineries, most of which are found in the immediate Penticton area, with the terroir of the Naramata Bench considered as the premier wine growing region of British Columbia for its climate and geography.
Some of the great outdoor activities you can do in the city include going to the beach, like Okanagan Beach; playing golf in one of the four golf courses in the city limits, with more beyond; rock climbing at the popular Skaha Climbing Bluffs; bicycling and hiking at the Kettle Valley Trail; and even floating down the River Channel.
How to get around within Penticton
The city’s compact size makes it ideal for walking and biking around. In fact, it’ll only take 15 minutes to bike from one lake to another and an hour to do it on foot. Both sides of the River Channel have walking/biking trails and a painted bike lane on a major north-south corridor of the city. Two taxi companies operate at Penticton: Courtesy and Klassic Taxi, which both provide luxury cars and six passenger vans, and recently, wheelchair vans. A local bus operated by BC Transit services the city, with five regular routes and a night route. If you’re planning on visiting the wineries, which are mostly located out of town, the best way would be to rent a car.
How to get there
Air Canada Express and WestJet Encore serve the airport, with flights to and from the Vancouver International Airport via Air Canada Express, and flights to and from the Calgary International Airport via WetJet Encore. Southern Skies Aviation provides aircraft charters for transportation and sightseeing. From Penticton Airport, there are taxis and care rentals available via Budget Rent a Car and National Car Rental. No bus service is currently available. Other ways of getting in is by car, via Highway 97, the major north-south route through the city; and by Greyhound, which operates coach service with connections from all other British Columbia cities.
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