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Penticton and Area


School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha) is located in the sunny interior of British Columbia, in the region known as the Okanagan Valley.  The district includes the communities of Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, West Bench and Kaleden, which are situated between two sparkling fresh water lakes, lush orchards & vineyards and majestic mountains.  Surrounded by world class recreational opportunities and sensational scenery, the communities are well known for their beautiful weather, numerous beaches and healthy lifestyle.

According to Environment Canada, the Penticton area has the most attractive climate of all Canadian cities with over 2,100 hours of sunshine and only 33 centimetres of rain annually.  This area has a comfortable climate year round with hot, dry summers and is one of the few places in Canada with short, mild winters.

Okanagan-Skaha is a highly desirable place to live as it offers a wide array of sport tourism and outdoor adventure opportunities.  Enjoy skiing or snowboarding at Apex Mountain Ski Resort, rock climbing at Skaha Bluffs, mountain biking along the Kettle Valley Trail, swimming at the beaches, floating down the river channel, kayaking, hiking, fishing and golfing at one of the 28 golf courses in the local area - the area offers endless hours of outdoor fun.

Recreational activities in modern facilities include an indoor pool with water slide and wave pool, ice arenas, curling rinks, dance studios, local live theatres and an indoor soccer facility.

A mixture of festivals, local markets, cultural institutions and multicultural events create a safe, nurturing environment that celebrates the richness of human diversity.

The area is a leading tourist destination in Canada, and one of the most desirable places to live.

The city of Penticton is easily accessible to the city of Vancouver, which is 45 minutes by air frPenticton Sceneryom Penticton Airport to Vancouver Airport, or a 4.5 hour drive by car.

The Penticton area has a population of 60,000 people with all the amenities of a larger city, but the friendliness and safety of a smaller community.  The communities are primarily English speaking and offer diverse activities for those who enjoy the outdoors.