Raising a family

Penticton is ideal for raising a family. It has the ease of small centre living and is still large enough to offer a range of education, extra-curricular and support programs for parents and families.


Penticton has a full suite of Kindergarten to Grade 12 options including multiple elementary and high schools, with both public and private systems. In addition we have an arts school as well as a local college and the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus is located one hour's drive from downtown Penticton.


In addition to parks, beaches, pools and state of the art recreation facilities and programs Penticton has a wealth of programs, gyms, leagues and lessons for growing minds and bodies.

There is a world class Soccer Academy and league for all ages; a competitive swim club program; and a world renowned hockey school and hockey league play for all ages.

Scouts and Guides, Boys and Girls Clubs, JCI Penticton, Enactus and many more groups are active in Penticton.

Housed in nature's playground, there is time and space to enjoy horseback riding clubs; 4H programs; cross country, downhill and freestyle ski programs; curling; baseball and slow-pitch; BMX track and league; skate parks; and world class mountain bike trails and hiking clubs and fabulous water sports from kitesurfing to jet skis. Oh yes, and tennis (with lit courts) and something called pickleball.

If you want to be indoors there are dance schools; belly dancing; gymnastics programs; figure skating; plus art and music programs and expert tutoring with private lessons.

Family Support

While its only 10 minutes across town, sometimes parents need some free time. Providing a safe helping hand are a range of after-school programs and daycare, plus Penticton is a community where neighbours mean help, support and that carpools are easy to find. Private and public care and support programs are also available right in Penticton; you can learn more about the wide range of support and information available at the Penticton and District Community Resource Society

Our children play in playgrounds and on the beach, walk to school and romp in our parks. Many local parents comment on the freedom of living where the kids can walk to school year-round.