Penticton seems to have festivals, parades, events, or competitions going on throughout the year. The biggest event is the annual Penticton Peach Festival (250/487-9709, www.peachfest.com), held on the first weekend of August; it’s a tradition going back more than 50 years. Events include peach tasting, the crowning of Miss Penticton, Kiddies Day (the Sunday), a sandcastle competition, fireworks, and nightly entertainment in Gyro Park.
Other annual happenings include the Spring Wine Festival (250/861-6654, www.thewinefestivals.com), hosted by many local wineries in late April; the Ironman Canada (250/490-8787, www.ironman.ca) triathlon the last Sunday in August; and the Pentastic Jazz Festival (www.pentasticjazz.com) the second weekend of September.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition