East Okanagan Lake Waterfront

"Vibrant Penticton" is more than just a revitalization project: it marks our community's time to shine.

The view of Okanagan Lake will be more green this fall, as the City of Penticton creates its newest park along the eastern end of the waterfront. Marina Way Lookout is a project to restore habitat in the environmentally sensitive area just east of the Penticton Art Gallery.

The Marina Way Lookout project [PDF - 584 KB] fits within Council's strategic priority of waterfront enhancement. While the project may be much smaller in scale than other waterfront initiatives, it has the potential to provide great return for residents and visitors, with more green space, restored ecological habitat and a tranquil place for people to enjoy the Okanagan Lake vista.

Environmental restoration includes planting more than 20 trees and 300 shrubs indigenous to the area to restore habitat. Undesirable and invasive plant species will also be removed.

While the area will be restored, the space will also be transformed into a passive “lookout” space to enhance the experience of enjoying the lake view. A gravel path that connects with the Okanagan Lake walkway will lead out to the end of the breakwater, allowing visitors a clear vantage point of Okanagan Lake. New benches and picnic tables will also be installed, and parking will be maintained.

Staff is also investigating how the heritage of the area could be celebrated, as the location served as the primary gateway to accessing the original townsite, just to the east of Penticton Creek.